Issues

The Broader, Bolder Approach coalition formed in 2008, issued its first task force report on June 25, 2009. The subject?  School Accountability -- A Broader, Bolder Approach. Or as most understood it to mean -- what we and the public need to replace NCLB? The diverse...
The following are examples of ideas – creative solutions – advocated by progressive union locals.
At the April 23, 2008 National Press Club event launching the Forum for Education and Democracy's new study, "Democracy at Risk," Linda Darling Hammond presented data about the results of current policy to support the contention that we need a new direction in Federal Policy in Public Education....
Author William Slotnik, of CTAC, the outfit that advised Denver in the design of ProComp, has this week's Commentary in Ed Week and issued a very useful report -- "It's More Than Money" that describes the Six Cornerstones that need to be in place for Pay For Performance to work.
There's a great new web site created by Harvard University professor Susan Moore-Johnson's team at the Project on the Next Generation of Teachers with everything you ever wanted or needed to know about Peer Review. Click here: Peer Review at their Project On the Next Generation of...
Jody Leleck with 1st grade teacher Kim OliverWith all the talk about "Turnaround Schools" at the US Department of Education, and all the controversy about whether the wholesale removal of entire faculties has any positive effect, successful models that are just as dramatic but involve working...
When the LA Times published the names and ranking of 6,000 teachers based solely on a value added model of their student standardized test scores, educators and education researchers cried foul. Clearly, the misuse of this inaccurate, highly unstable, narrow indicator of an aspect of the result of...
In districts with mayoral control or superintendents who have graduated from the Broad Academy the reform agendas being pursued have begun to look startelingly similar. Schools and teachers are labeled "failing" based primarily on student test scores. The schools are closed. The teachers lose their...