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Today in History: Race to the Top 

Announced on July 25, 2009 by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Race to the Top was a $4.35 billion grant for K-12 education reform to strengthen teaching and learning. It was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and sought several goals: develop rigorous standards and better assessments; adopt better …

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Today in History: No Child Left Behind 

Highly controversial and consequential it proved over its lifetime, No Child Left Behind was signed into law by President George W. Bush on January 8, 2002. This landmark legislation was co-authored by Representatives John Boehner (R-OH), George Miller (D-CA), and Senators Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and Judd Gregg (R-NH), supporting standards-based education reform, where high standards and measurable …

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Time to “Rhee”sign? 

On August 21, 2011 the New York Times published an article written by Michael Winerip entitled "Eager for Spotlight, but Not if It Is on a Testing Scandal". The article profiles the spotlight-hungry Michelle Rhee, former Washington, DC schools Chancellor and founder of StudentsFirst, the highly data-driven, education reformer-beloved "student" advocacy group. Specifically, Winerip revealed …

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Teachers Talk Back 

Does anyone remember Central Falls high school in Rhode Island? In February 2010, the state education commissioner Deborah A. Gist and the school board voted to fire all of the school's 93 teachers because of low test scores.  U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan applauded the move, saying that it was in the best interest of …

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TED-ED Brain Trust 

Hopefully by now you've discovered and explored TED: Ideas worth spreading - a fantastic source of educational and inspirational videos and materials, by some of the world's best and brightest thinkers. Because I love TED so much, I was very excited to see that TED is launching an arm explicitly devoted to education: In a …

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Making Failure Pay, with Jill Koyama 

A little discussed aspect of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) is a mandate that requires failing schools to hire afterschool tutoring companies, the largest of which are private, for-profit corporations, and to pay them with federal funds. In this book talk, Jill Koyama, author of Making Failure Pay: For Profit Tutoring, High-Stakes Testing, …

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Organizing for educational justice 

Title: Organizing for educational justice : the campaign for public school reform in the South Bronx Author: Michael B. Fabricant Publisher: University of Minnesota Press, c2010. Check it out: LA339.N5 F34 2010 From the publisher: An in-depth account of community-based school reform that offers a powerful model for parents searching for ways to change public …

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Balancing change and tradition in global education reform 

Title: Balancing change and tradition in global education reform Editor: Iris C. Rotberg Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Education Check it out: LB43 .G56 2010 From the Publisher: In Balancing Change and Tradition in Global Education Reform, Rotberg brings together examples of current education reforms in sixteen countries, written by "insiders". This book goes beyond myths and …

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The Flat World and Education 

Title: The flat world and education: how America's commitment to equity will determine our future Author: Linda Darling-Hammond Publisher:  New York : Teachers College Press, c2010 Check It Out: LC213 .D37 2010 c.2 From the Publisher: Today in the United States only 1 in 10 low-income kindergarteners goes on to graduate from college. At a …

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