Education Reform Policies Foster, Rather than Attenuate, America’s Permanent Underclass

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:19 am

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the former chair of Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and now a professor at UC-Berkeley, had a pretty bold opinion piece in the New York Times the other day, relating income inequality and educational opportunity in ways that I found compelling. The United States is caught in a vicious cycle largely [...]

Obama Administration Releases Guidelines for No Child Left Behind Waivers

By: Friday September 23, 2011 8:15 am

The Obama Administration released its plan for the future of No Child Left Behind. In the absence of new legislation to fix the the original bill’s demands, so the vast majority of public schools – around 80 percent – don’t get failing grades under the current standards of proficiency, the Department of Education will issue [...]

Obama Administration Announces Plan to Grant Waivers to No Child Left Behind In Exchange for “Reform”

By: Monday August 8, 2011 12:50 pm

The Education Department plans to grant waivers for the No Child Left Behind law to states and school districts that “embrace reform.” This bypasses Congressional reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind law, and allows states and districts to get out from under the onerous burdens of the law, which has a deadline for 100% [...]

Grijalva Pushing Back on “Nixon Goes to Waiting for Superman” Moment on Education Reform

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 8:24 am

I’ve said often that the area of common ground between Republicans and President Obama clearly was on the issue of education reform. They both believe in the talking points of merit pay, charter schools, and policies less friendly to teacher’s unions. Surely the two could hodl hands and union-bash together. Call it the “Nixon Goes [...]

Obama’s Education Agenda Prioritizes “Reform” Over Resources

By: Monday September 27, 2010 11:32 am

The President helped NBC kick off a PR event called “Education Week” by sitting down with Matt Lauer and boosting his education reform agenda, including this statement: Money alone isn’t the cure for America’s ailing school system, President Obama says. Speaking to TODAY’s Matt Lauer in the Green Room of the White House for nearly [...]

Duncan Runs Reform Contest, Hoards Education Money While 300,000 Teachers Face Layoffs

By: Wednesday June 2, 2010 7:25 am

So here’s the situation – state education budgets have collapsed, and school districts are staring down the barrel of around 300,000 layoffs. Some Democrats want to help – Tom Harkin has a proposal for $23 billion in funding to keep teachers working, but he failed to gather the necessary support for it in the Senate, [...]

“Race to the Top” Actually Forcing States To Hew To Arne Duncan’s Particular Favorite Policies

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 1:47 pm

Ezra Klein has some good words for the “Race to the Top” contest that the Education Department has been running for states to access $4.35 billion dollars in stimulus funds. He describes it here: Race to the Top is a $4.35 billion grant program created in the stimulus package. You can read the official description [...]

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