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Everything is Untested Until You Test It

Teacher tenure is a hot topic in California these days thanks to the Vergara trial, so it was newsworthy when the San Jose chapter of the California Teachers Association asked the State Board of Education for a waiver from state law extending the probationary period for some teachers using a system of peer review. They didn’t get it: […]

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TWIE: Three More Thoughts On The LA StudentsFirst Forum

I wrote last week about the StudentsFirst “teacher forum” in downtown LA: 1. The event was well-attended. I was told the venue had 270 seats, and they appeared to be all full or almost full. An RSVP did not guarantee you a seat, and I’m not sure if anybody was turned away. There were some […]

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No True Scotsman Supports Education Reform

It turns out that many large civil rights groups support NCLB-type education reform. This is a little bit awkward for progressive critics of NCLB-type education reform because progressives and civil rights groups are usually thought of as being “on the same team” and in most other contexts progressive education reform critics would consider civil rights […]

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StudentsFirst Is Very Bipartisan In Its Giving. And That’s Weird.

Yesterday, in something of a scoop, Alexander Russo published StudentsFirst’s candidate spending in the 2012 election cycle. Overall, 72% of campaigns supported were Republican, and those campaigns received about 58% of SF spending. It’s not news that StudentsFirst’s political activity is Republican-leaning, so if anything the real news is that their spending is somewhat more […]

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What Does The Fordham Institute Think “Conservatism” Is?

Via Twitter, Fordham’s Michelle Gininger asks if this editorial in the Columbus Dispatch convinces me that there’s a “conservative case” for the Common Core State Standards. It does not. As I said before, a “conservative case” for the CCSS needs to appeal specifically to conservative philosophical concerns. That is, a “conservative case” for the Common Core […]

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There’s No “Conservative Case” For The CCSS

I’ve got a new post up at TWIE today arguing that Chester Finn is probably wasting his time trying to make the “conservative case” for the Common Core State Standards. The basic problem seems to be that Finn assumes that when considering a policy option conservatives should care first and foremost about the merits of […]

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