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The Answer Sheet: January 16, 2011 - January 22, 2011

What Rhee’s comments about her children say about her

Amid the national debate about "Tiger Mother" Amy Chua's parenting style, let's look at what Michelle Rhee recently said about her own children and what those comments reveal about Rhee and her views about education.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 22, 2011; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (49)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  amy chua, battle hymn of the tiger mother, chinese mother, education in finland, finland schools, grade retention, michelle rhee, parenting styles, rhee and soccer, soccer, social promotion, south korean schools, tiger moms, tiger mother  
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How about a 21-hour school day?

Educators are talking about extending the school day by a half hour or so. Just maybe, it is posited here, what we need is a 21-hour school day.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 22, 2011; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Research  | Tags:  extending school day, kipp, length of school day, research and school time, school day, school reform, seat time, time in school  
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Say it isn’t so on IMPACT, Mayor Gray

Here’s why I was so disappointed to a plan by D.C. schools officials to have the flawed IMPACT teacher evaluation system reviewed by a Harvard think tank.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Michelle Rhee, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  d.c. schools, edulabs, harvard research, harvard thinktank, harvard university, mayor gray, mayor vincent gray, merit pay for teachers, michelle rhee, performance pay, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation  
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How Teach for America sees itself

Here, from the Teach for America website, is a detailed job posting that explains a lot about how the organization sees itself in the world of school reform.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Michelle Rhee, Teachers  | Tags:  achievement gap, closing achievement gap, leadership for educational equity, michelle rhee, teach for america, teach for america job posting, teach for america jobs  
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Testing the Common Core Standards

A veteran of the standardized testing industry sets out to discover whether the Common Core Standards are "revolutionary" or whether they look a lot like standards states already have. Here's his report.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 21, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, National Standards, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  academic benchmarks, common core standards, common standards, content standards, national standards, standardized testing, standardized testing industry, state standards, testing industry, todd farley, todd s. farley  
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Rhee moving organization to Sacramento

Michelle Rhee is moving her new organization to Sacramento, where her fiance is the mayor.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 9:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Michelle Rhee  | Tags:  kevin johnson, mayor kevin johnson, michelle rhee, michelle rhee and students first, rhee and johnson, rhee moves to sacramento, rhee organization moves, sacramento, sacramento and rhee, students first  
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Pensions for teachers vs. chancellors

It seems fair to note that after making a public stink about the awfulness of pensions for public school teachers, former New York City Schools chancellor Joel Klein has himself accepted a $34,000 pension check.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Teachers  | Tags:  chancellor klein, joel klein, klein pension, new york city schools, pensions, ponzi schemes, schools chancellor, teachers pensions  
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Giving guns to teachers: A Nebraska legislator submits bill

It was inevitable that someone would push a plan to allow teachers to pack concealed guns, and now, someone has.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  Student Life, Teachers, Violence  | Tags:  gun legislation, gun rights, guns, guns in schools, nebraska legislation, teachers and guns  
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Harvard’s unofficial early admissions process

Harvard University doesn’t have an official early admissions process, but some students still learn before everybody else whether they are being looked on with favor by the admissions folks. Meanwhile, the current early admissions seasons is the toughest ever for some schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Tags:  college admissions, college admissions process, dartmouth university, early action, early admissions, getting into ivy league, harvard admissions, harvard university, how to get into college, ivy league, ivy league admissions, university of michigan, yale university  
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Policing the rush to charter schools

What would happen if we applied some school reform policies to city police departments?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Teachers, Vouchers  | Tags:  charter schools, gov. mitch daniels, indiana education, indiana schools, journal gazette, schools and police, vouchers  
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How Colbert brilliantly skewered Wake County (N.C.) school officials

Here is how Stephen Colbert skewered the Wake County (Raleigh, N.C.) school board for its decision to scrap a success school diversity plan.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Equity, Laugh and cry  | Tags:  colbert, colbert and wake county, colbert nation, desegregation, resegregation of schools, stephen colbert, the colbert report, wake county diversity, wake county public schools, wake county resegregation  
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New report on educational productivity: a waste of resources?

It's hard to argue with the general notion in a new report about educational productivity released today that says -- are you surprised -- that we waste a lot of money. But beyond that, I'm trying to figure out what else of value the report offers. Help.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Accountability, Research  | Tags:  center for american progress, education, educational productivity, educational research, productivity, research and education  
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Is Rhee's key D.C. reform being tossed?

While Michelle Rhee is busy trying to build up a national organization to take on the teachers unions, back in Washington D.C., where she was chancellor for 3 1/2 years, the new mayor may be on the road to taking apart her signature reform.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  D.C. Schools, Michelle Rhee, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  IMPACT, IMPACT evaluation system, IMPACT teacher evaluation, d.c. schools, kaya henderson, mayor vincent gray, michelle rhee, school reform, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, vincent gray  
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The case against NCLB reauthorization

Here's an argument by someone other than Margaret Spellings against reauthorization of No Child Left Behind.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 19, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, No Child Left Behind  | Tags:  edujobs, elementary and secondary education act, nclb, nclb reauthorization, no child left behind, obama and school reform, president obama, race to the top, reauthorization esea, school reforms  
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Ravitch: The pitfalls of putting economists in charge of education

Diane Ravitch writes, "It is astonishing to realize the extent to which education debates are now framed and dominated by economists, not by educators or sociologists or cognitive psychologists or anyone else who actually spends time in classrooms."

By Valerie Strauss  | January 18, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Diane Ravitch, Guest Bloggers, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  diane ravitch, gates foundation, gates-funded project, mike rose, teacher assessment, teacher evaluation, value-added, value-added measures  
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Videotaping teachers the right way (not the Gates way)

A teacher describes what he says is the right way to videotape teachers to help them improve and explains why he thinks a Gates-funded videotaping project is taking the wrong approach.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 18, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  evaluating teachers, gates foundation, gates funded project, gates project and teachers, how to evaluate teachers, larry ferlazzo, teacher assessment, teachers, teachers and gates foundation, videotaping teaches  
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Are college campus smoking bans draconian?

Is it fair to ban smoking anywhere on a college campus?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 17, 2011; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (34)
Categories:  College Life  | Tags:  bans on smoking, nonsmokers rights, smoking, smoking at school, smoking bans, smoking on campus, smoking rights  
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Martin Luther King Jr. on education: In his own words

Here are some writings by Martin Luther King Jr., on education. Though they are from decades ago, some of this sounds like it could have been written today.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 17, 2011; 1:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Tags:  king on education, king's speeches, king's writings, martin luther king, martin luther king day, mlk day  
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A quiz: Martin Luther King’s unusual education

Martin Luther King Jr., had something of an unusual education. Test yourself on how much you know about it, and then read the answers, which include information that may surprise you about him.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 17, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  History, Quizzes  | Tags:  about martin luther king, day, facts about king, king and education, king facts, martin luther king, martin luther king day, martin luther king jr., mlk, mlk day, mlk facts  
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Why 'Inside Job' bests 'Waiting for Superman' on school reform

Now that "Waiting for Superman" has made the short list of documentaries up for an Academy Award, an educator explains why another film on the list, "Inside Job," does a better job of explaining the school crisis even though its not about education.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 16, 2011; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Kevin Welner, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  academy awards, critics choice awards, davis guggenheim, golden globe awards, inside job, oscars, public schools, school reform, schools, waiting for superman  
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