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Wads of cash change hands in front of a skyscraper.
February 6, 2015 - 11:35 am CST
Why it is valuable to compare the performance of student loans in different states remains a puzzle; why it was necessary to spend $360 million to do so is even more puzzling.
Author Jan Resseger
February 5, 2015 - 4:00 pm CST
Title I Portability is “Robin Hood in Reverse”—“taking from the poor and giving to the rest.”
Author Jennifer Berkshire on bicycle.
February 5, 2015 - 3:08 pm CST

Dear education official: 

When a parent informs you that their child(ren) will not be participating in a standardized-test related activity, is the appropriate response to: 

A) inform the parent that such is his or her right under Massachusetts’ ever evolving position on said right (or lack thereof); 

A screenshot shows the ten states in the PARCC consortium; all are new.
February 5, 2015 - 11:43 am CST
Parents, print this out and bring it with you next time you meet with representatives from the NJ State Board of Education, the NJ DOE, or any administrator anywhere who tries to tell you the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) is a magic bullet.
February 4, 2015 - 1:37 pm CST

As I have noted often, the roots of the accountability era—President Reagan’s directive for the Nation at Risk report—are clearly connected to commitments to free market forces as central to education reform.

February 4, 2015 - 12:20 pm CST
After thirteen years, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation has announced that it is suspending the $1 million Broad Prize for Urban Education that has been awarded annually to the urban school district the Broad Foundation deemed was improving academic achievement and at the same time “narrowing gaps among low-income students and students of color.”
John McDonough High School, New Orleans
February 4, 2015 - 11:22 am CST

In which Louisiana’s Nancy Drew gets her hands on those elusive ACT scores: an interview with Mercedes Schneider.

EduShyster: Let’s get right to the question that’s on all of our minds. Is that John White as handsome as he looks in his pictures?

Mercedes Schneider: Well, it depends on how you define handsome. I personally find honesty to be an attractive trait. . .

Author Chris Goering
February 3, 2015 - 3:31 pm CST

On Friday I received a 188 word email invitation to an “Arkansas Forum” to “learn about and discuss current hot topics in Arkansas academia” from the Pearson company. Invitations like this aren’t all that uncommon; I receive them with some frequency and it seems that every single day there is a book buyer on campus with 3 million titles on her or his electric reader that wants to stop by my office, take a look at my books, and buy them from me. I’ve only responded to either a couple of times, asking them to promptly get lost.

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