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The Answer Sheet Archive: Race to the Top

Defending Arne Duncan, sort of

Education Secretary Arne Duncan is getting bashed by critics and even supporters for telling Congress that 82 percent of public schools could be at risk of failing to meet education goals this year, up from 37 percent last year.

By Valerie Strauss  | March 10, 2011; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  Accountability, No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top  | Tags:  education secretary arne duncan; arne duncan; nclb; no child left behind; 82 percent; ayp; adequate yearly progress; 82 percent and ayp;  
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The irony of Obama’s ‘help’ for Wisconsin teachers

President Obama’s support to Wisconsin's protesting teachers is ironic, given that teachers and their collective bargaining rights have already been undermined by his education reform policies.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 21, 2011; 11:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (78)
Categories:  Race to the Top, Standardized Tests, Teacher assessment, Teachers  | Tags:  collective bargaining, gov. scott walker, labor, labor movement, madison schools, madison schools closed, madison teachers, wisconsin, wisconsin governor, wisconsin protests, wisconsin teachers  
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Should Obama be commencement contest prize?

Again President Obama is offering himself as a commencement speaker to the high school that wins a new contest. So what's the problem?

By Valerie Strauss  | February 2, 2011; 4:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  High School, Race to the Top  | Tags:  commencement contest, commencement speaker, commencement speech, obama commencement, obama commencement speaker, president obama and commencement, race to the top contest, stephen colbert  
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'It makes no sense:' A dissection of Obama's education view

Here is a dissection of what President Obama said about education in his State of the Union speech, plus more.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 1, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, International competitiveness, Race to the Top, School turnarounds/reform, Yong Zhao  | Tags:  china and india and education, china education, chinese schools, education, education policy, education reform, indian schools, international competitiveness, obama speech, president obama, president obama school reform, public schools, race to the top, school reform, schools, state of the union, u.s. education  
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Obama’s faulty education logic: What he said and failed to say

Someone should have told President Obama that there were important contradictions in the education portion of his State of the Union address before he delivered it to Congress.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 25, 2011; 10:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (43)
Categories:  No Child Left Behind, Poverty, Race to the Top  | Tags:  education reform, no child left behind, obama, obama education initiative, obama education reform, obama race to the top, obama speech, obama state of the union, president obama, public school reform, public schools, race to the top, state of the union, state of the union speech  
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What Tom Friedman got wrong about schools and why it matters

The great New York Times columnist Tom Friedman wrote in a recent piece that if he were a cub reporter today, he’d want to be “covering the epicenter of national security -- but that would be the Education Department.” If Friedman the cub reporter had turned in this piece, a veteran education editor would have sent it back, asking him to back up his contentions with research. He’d have a hard time.

By Valerie Strauss  | November 29, 2010; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
Categories:  Guest Bloggers, Race to the Top, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  arne duncan, education secretary arne duncan, performance pay, public schools, school reform, schools, standardized tests, teacher evaluation, the new york times, tom friedman  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Saving public education: the 'Dolly Solution', Valerie Strauss , October 24, 2010
Threats to school reform ... are within school reform, Valerie Strauss , October 20, 2010
What ‘Superman’ got wrong, point by point, Valerie Strauss , September 27, 2010
Ravitch: Why civil rights groups oppose the Obama agenda, Valerie Strauss , September 19, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
Ravitch: Welcome back to school "reform", Valerie Strauss , September 8, 2010
Dogs: An unusual guide to school reform, Valerie Strauss , August 12, 2010
The problem with ‘Race to the Top’ is the race, Valerie Strauss , August 11, 2010
Principal: Not the change I had in mind, Valerie Strauss , August 6, 2010
Ravitch: Mayoral control means zero accountability, Valerie Strauss , August 4, 2010
Duncan being too 'modest', Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
Duncan and education’s “quiet revolution” , Valerie Strauss , July 27, 2010
Cutting food stamps for Race to the Top?, Valerie Strauss , July 20, 2010
Ravitch on teachers and her critics, Valerie Strauss , July 8, 2010
A tradeoff worth making for schools, Valerie Strauss , July 7, 2010
Favorite quote of the week (by Obey), Valerie Strauss , July 2, 2010
Teacher: 'Worst year in the classroom' in decades, Valerie Strauss , June 20, 2010
Arne Duncan's opposition: A partial list , Valerie Strauss , June 19, 2010
The desperation of Race to the Top , Valerie Strauss , June 1, 2010
Postcards to Mrs. Obama: End high-stakes testing, Valerie Strauss , May 27, 2010
Ravitch's 10 reasons to 'no' to Race to the Top, Valerie Strauss , May 26, 2010
Ravitch on Obama's scary ed reform agenda, Valerie Strauss , May 19, 2010
Say what, Secretary Duncan? , Valerie Strauss , May 10, 2010
Goodlad: Straight Talk About Schools, Part 2, Valerie Strauss , May 5, 2010
Are ed reformers ignoring American values?, Valerie Strauss , April 30, 2010
How to measure student growth, Valerie Strauss , April 28, 2010
Vote on Obama's commencement speech contest, Valerie Strauss , April 26, 2010
Obama should call an education summit, Valerie Strauss , April 22, 2010
Maryland’s big education mistake, Valerie Strauss , April 19, 2010
Crist vetoes bad bill, Florida teachers win, Valerie Strauss , April 15, 2010
Race to the Top should help desegregate schools, Valerie Strauss , April 13, 2010
Why Obama's education reform plan can't work, Valerie Strauss , April 2, 2010
Teachers fighting back in Florida , Valerie Strauss , March 31, 2010
Florida's terrible teachers bill a test for Duncan, Valerie Strauss , March 30, 2010
Arne Duncan the heartbreaker and Race to the Top, Valerie Strauss , March 29, 2010
A principal critiques Obama’s education plan, Valerie Strauss , March 18, 2010
Obama and NCLB: The good--and very bad--news , Valerie Strauss , March 13, 2010
Obama’s contradictions on education , Valerie Strauss , March 13, 2010
Race to the Top finalists and the 'ick' factor, Valerie Strauss , March 4, 2010
How to fix a bad education law, Valerie Strauss , February 11, 2010
Willingham: 'Race to Top' a doomed bribery scheme, Valerie Strauss , February 1, 2010
Mr. Obama: Say this on education , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
Obama's teleprompter , Valerie Strauss , January 26, 2010
A question for President Obama, Valerie Strauss , January 19, 2010
Top 10 education issues for 2010, Valerie Strauss , January 8, 2010
Do we need more male teachers?, Valerie Strauss , December 29, 2009
Why Duncan's record in Chicago is a problem, Valerie Strauss , December 29, 2009
Brady: The education reform train is off track , Valerie Strauss , December 23, 2009
The decade's 10 big education ideas, Valerie Strauss , December 18, 2009
An education job you may want, Valerie Strauss , December 8, 2009
Brady on Education Reform: Ignoring the Obvious , Valerie Strauss , December 3, 2009
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