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The Answer Sheet Archive: Educational leadership

A Florida teacher tells Obama he disappointed her

A Florida public school teacher explains how she told President Obama that he has disappointed teachers -- and what she wishes she had more time to tell him.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 7, 2011; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  class size, class size amendment, education month, jeb bush, jeb bush's foundation, obama and education, obama and education month, obama and jeb bush, obama visit to florida, president obama, school reform  
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Pearls of wisdom from the Education Department

In the “D-for duh” category, here is some of the advice that the Education Department spent time putting together as guidance just issued to governors on how to wisely spend federal money during these financially troubled times.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 5, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Educational leadership  | Tags:  arne duncan, ed department guidance, education budgets, education department, education secretary duncan, educational investments, educational productivity, guidance for governors, student outcomes  
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Texas district schools chief issues plea in Alamo-like letter

A Texas school superintendent issues a plea for help from legislators in an open letter patterned after a famous 1836 letter sent from the Alamo right before it fell.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 11, 2011; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Educational leadership  | Tags:  alamo, gov. rick perry, school reform, texas education, texas legislature, texas schools  
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The mess in Arlington schools (and how to fix it)

The abrupt resignation of an Arlington middle school principal and the letter she released spelling out her grievances with the district’s superintendent has left the system in something of a mess - and nobody is looking too good at the moment.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 3, 2011; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Middle School  | Tags:  arlington public schools, arlington schools, kathy francis, patrick k. murphy, principal fired, principal letter; arlington schools, principal quits, supt. murphy, williamsburg middle school  
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Arlington principal resigns: Read the letter

Here's the text of an extraordinary letter released to the Arlington public school community by Williamsburg Middle School Principal Kathleen Francis, who just announced her unexpected resignation. In the letter, she blames Arlington Schools Supt. Patrick K. Murphy for creating a hostile environment.

By Washington Post editors  | February 1, 2011; 9:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (60)
Categories:  Educational leadership  | Tags:  arlington principal, arlington principal resigns, arlington public schools, arlington schools, principal resigns, williamsburg middle, williamsburg middle school  
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Education 'Inception' and Michelle Rhee's wrong idea

Ms. Rhee has shown she believes that the best way to mobilize people is through conflict, oppositional language and negative emotion.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 15, 2011; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Educational leadership, Guest Bloggers, Michelle Rhee, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  Christopher Nolan, Inception, inception, michelle reform and school reform, michelle rhee, michelle rhee and agenda, movie Inception, peter cobb, rhee, school reform, students first  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Joel Klein's snow job, Valerie Strauss , January 11, 2011
A wrong-headed experiment in school leadership, Valerie Strauss , December 31, 2010
Michelle Rhee, celebrity, goes national, Valerie Strauss , December 6, 2010
What is Michelle Rhee up to in Florida?, Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2010
Bloomberg gets his schools chancellor in NYC, Valerie Strauss , November 29, 2010
Why non-educator school chiefs aren't the answer, Valerie Strauss , November 28, 2010
The N.Y. chancellorship mess gets messier, Valerie Strauss , November 22, 2010
Some advice for Cathie Black on NYC schools job, Valerie Strauss , November 16, 2010
NYC Chancellor Cathie Black, in her own words , Valerie Strauss , November 15, 2010
Are Rhee and Florida interested in each other?, Valerie Strauss , November 15, 2010
A narcissistic approach to education reform , Valerie Strauss , November 12, 2010
 
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