The Use of Recruiting Agents in the United States

Wednesday, Mar, 24 at 10:30 am,

3.24.10 – Nick Clark – Higher education in the United States has long been attractive to international students, and universities have historically been able to attract those students on little more than name and reputation alone. However, as smaller, less well-known institutions seek to increase their recruiting

Minnesota Legislators Resist Race to the Top

Saturday, Mar, 20 at 3:25 pm,

3.20.10 – Using Minnesota as an example, while the teachers' union has consistently opposed legislation that will call for alternative teacher licensure, another of RTTT's many components, legislators of both parties are increasingly alarmed at the unconstitutional nature of the mandates, the loss of state sovereignty

Another indictment of “turnarounds”

Thursday, Mar, 18 at 6:11 pm,

3.19.10 – Andy Smarick – Anyone interested in what to do about America’s most persistently failing schools–and especially those caught up in today’s turnaround craze–should consider Part II of this report a must-read. A MUST-read.

Gender Gap

Thursday, Mar, 18 at 6:20 am,

3.18.10 – Debates about gender and schooling have taken a surprising turn in the past decade. After years of concern that girls were being shortchanged in male-dominated schools, especially in math and science, there has grown a rising chorus of voices worrying

Privatizing for the Public Good?

Sunday, Mar, 14 at 8:55 am,

3.14.10 – Higher education is still being shaped by the economic downturn of 2001-2002, when state appropriations to public universities fell markedly. In response, some colleges pushed for greater autonomy, especially freedom to raise tuition and fees.

Helping Americans Help Themselves: Toward a National Single Stop Policy and More Efficient, More Effective Poverty Fighting

Wednesday, Mar, 10 at 2:21 pm,

3.10.10 – In "Helping Americans Help Themselves: Toward a National Single Stop Policy and More Efficient, More Effective Poverty Fighting," Tom Freedman, who is president of Freedman Consulting, LLC and served as a senior advisor to President Clinton, and Michael Weinstein, who is senior vice president of the Robin Hood Foundation, identify the key problems with today's poverty fighting system:

False Fronts? Behind Higher Education’s Voluntary Accountability Systems

Saturday, Mar, 06 at 8:23 am,

3.6.10 – Andrew P. Kelly, Chad Aldeman – In the throes of the recent economic downturn, the nation’s leaders have repeatedly pointed to America’s higher education system as one of the key engines that will drive the country’s recovery in the years to come.

How We’re Doing in the World

Monday, Mar, 01 at 11:39 am,

3.1.10 – Judged by most standards, America and the world are better off today than they were a year ago when President Obama entered office. While few Americans will forget the fear of global economic meltdown that accompanied the 44th president’s inauguration and the drastic stimulus and triage measures

Teacher Effectiveness Don't Forget School Design

Wednesday, Feb, 24 at 7:20 am,

2.24.10 – Barry Stern, Ph.D. – The Gates Foundation is spending $500 million to understand and improve teacher effectiveness. It will likely confirm what we know already about great teaching, perhaps with a few tweaks, such as those noted below:

Why Race to the Middle?

Tuesday, Feb, 23 at 12:30 pm,

2.23.10 – BOSTON/SAN FRANCISCO – A day after President Obama and Secretary of Education Duncan laid out an aggressive plan to expand federal control over K-12 academic standards at the National Governors Association (NGA) winter meetings, a new report criticizes the national standards process as “opaque”

The Education of John Jay

Sunday, Feb, 21 at 5:22 pm,

2.22.10 – Myron Magnet – Few could fathom why 55-year-old John Jay turned down President Adams’s nomination to rejoin the Supreme Court when his two terms as New York’s governor ended. What would lead him, in the hale prime of life, to retire instead to the plain yellow house he’d just built

Report makes recommendations to improve the ranks of the teaching profession through support of innovative practice-based teacher preparation programs.

Friday, Feb, 19 at 12:39 pm,

(Cambridge, MA) – As Education Secretary Arne Duncan calls for major reforms to the nation’s teacher preparation programs, a report issued by the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy highlights the role that innovative practice-based teacher preparation programs play in improving the ranks of the teaching profession in Massachusetts.

Will 9th Circuit Overturn U.S. Supreme Court Precedent

Thursday, Feb, 18 at 8:30 pm,

2.19.10 – Arlington, Va.­The Institute for Justice today asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision in Winn v. Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization, which declared unconstitutional a 13-year-old Arizona school choice program that now provides private school scholarships to more than 28,000 children each year.

Writing Instruction in Massachusetts

Friday, Feb, 12 at 9:46 am,

2.12.10 – This new Pioneer Institute policy brief on student writing in our schools will be helpful if it highlights the understanding that students will need to write often and at length in college and beyond.

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