An Interview with Neal McCluskey: Eyes on Wisconsin?

Monday, Mar, 07 at 2:42 am,

Michael F. Shaughnessy – What is clear is that Governor Walker wants to greatly decrease the power of public unions, and unions and Democratic state senators aren’t happy about it. What is not clear are motives:

Debating Tenure Reform

Tuesday, Mar, 01 at 1:37 am,

J. C. Bowman, PhD – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will begin his legislative push in education with an attempt to address the tenure issue this week in the General Assembly. Professional Educators of Tennessee members have historically been split on the issue of tenure.

In Wisconsin, it is the Beginning Teacher who should be Outraged

Saturday, Feb, 26 at 11:39 am,

The graduating class from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin should be outraged at the illegal sick-ins and out-sized demonstrations that have disrupted the educational process in Madison, Milwaukee and beyond. Until pension and health benefit policies stop gobbling taxpayer dollars, their chances of getting a good job with substantial salary increases will be negligible.

Winning the Fight Against Special Interests’ Control over Education

Friday, Feb, 25 at 11:08 am,

The Wisconsin assembly agreed at 6:00 a.m. this morning to end debate on Governor Scott Walker’s (R) budget repair bill and to finally move to a decision on the proposed collective bargaining reforms. The situation in the Senate, however, remains unresolved and for over a week now Walker has been putting the fire under the

Merit Pay in Name Only

Friday, Feb, 25 at 10:58 am,

Jay P. Greene – Most people are familiar with RhINOs (Republicans in Name Only), which is a pejorative for Republican officials who differ from other Republicans on certain key issues. Stuart Buck and I would like to introduce to the policy lexicon the term MPINO — .

WEAC's WEA Trust scam at stake in collective bargaining reform

Wednesday, Feb, 23 at 11:05 am,

The union uses its bargaining rights to drum up business for its pet insurance company. MUSKEGON, Mich. – Much of the current controversy in Wisconsin involves the impending loss of most collective bargaining privileges for state employees, including public school teachers.

Looking Out for Children in Wisconsin

Wednesday, Feb, 23 at 10:55 am,

Last week, students in several Wisconsin school districts were unable to attend school when classes were cancelled due to thousands of striking teachers throughout Madison and surrounding districts. While most teachers have returned to their posts today, protests continue in opposition to Governor Scott Walker’s (R) proposal to reform collective bargaining and pay down Wisconsin’s $4 billion deficit.

Unions at It Again: D.C. Being Made to Hire Back Fired Teachers

Tuesday, Feb, 22 at 12:27 pm,

“Will the unions help keep poor teachers from returning to the classroom?” asked Saturday’s Washington Post, reminding us that union intransigience stretches from Madison,WI to Washington, D.C. An independent arbitrator recently ruled that D.C. Public Schools will be required to hire back 75 teachers fired during Michelle Rhee’s tenure. On top of this, D.C. will

Friedman Foundation Continues to Promote Flawed Florida Reform Research

Tuesday, Feb, 22 at 12:01 pm,

Just two-and-a-half months ago, the National Education Policy Center released a Think Twice review of a report published by the Heritage Foundation called, “Closing the Racial Achievement Gap: Learning from Florida’s Reforms.” The review, authored by Teachers College, Columbia University Professor Madhabi Chatterji, identified and explained major flaws in the Heritage report.

Common Core vs. Charter Schooling?!! Waving That Yellow Flag

Saturday, Feb, 19 at 11:52 am,

Frederick Hess – Yesterday, I noted a few worrisome signs that the Common Core effort is moving forward with a lack of attention to how it may clash with other practical considerations or improvement strategies. A particularly compelling example is posed by the looming collision that might occur when the unfolding effort comes to the attention of charter schoolers and school choice enthusiasts.

Is Common Core Running Off the Rails Already? Waving the Caution Flag

Friday, Feb, 18 at 11:31 am,

I’ve mixed feelings on the whole Common Core enterprise–largely because I find it easy to envision scenarios where it fails in ways that undermine promising improvement efforts. But the effort also has real promise, which is why I trust my friends on the Common Core train will take the following not as reflecting ill wishes but as a big ol’ yellow caution flag.

The politics of education upended

Thursday, Feb, 17 at 1:06 pm,

JENNIFER EPSTEIN – In Wisconsin, about 1,000 teachers called in sick Wednesday to protest Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to strip their union bargaining rights. In Washington, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recounted his battle with his state’s teachers unions Wednesday, calling their leaders “greedy” and “selfish.”

Evidence Is Clear: Head Start Is Ineffective

Thursday, Feb, 17 at 12:34 pm,

House Republicans are attempting to live up to their pledge to cut $100 billion from the federal government’s current fiscal year 2011 budget. One of the proposed programs placed on the chopping block is Head Start – a “Great Society” pre-school program intended to provide a boost to disadvantaged children before they enter elementary school.

Why An Effective Teacher Matters: A Q&A with Eric Hanushek

Thursday, Feb, 17 at 12:27 pm,

This interview with Eric Hanushek was conducted by StudentsFirst and originally appeared on studentsfirst.org. Meet Eric Hanushek, who is a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and an expert on education policy. He was the first scholar to measure the effectiveness of a teacher based on the learning gains of his or her student. You may have also seen him in the movie, “Waiting For ‘Superman.’” Hanushek was kind enough to answer a few of our questions.

'Disparate Impact' Policy Draws Criticism

Wednesday, Feb, 16 at 12:41 pm,

Critics are challenging the U.S. Department of Education's new focus on curbing school discipline policies that disproportionately affect some student groups.

Relentless Relentlessness

Wednesday, Feb, 16 at 12:29 pm,

Robert Pondiscio – Trivia question: Which brothers combined to hit the most home runs in baseball history? Was it the three DiMaggio brothers, Dom, Vince, and Joe? Or maybe it was longtime major leaguers Felipe, Matty, and Jesus Alou. The Boyer boys? Old-timers Paul and Lloyd Waner? The correct answer is Henry and Tommie Aaron. Everyone remembers Hammerin’ Hank Aaron, who broke Babe Ruth’s career record with 755 round-trippers.

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