How to Prevent Creaming in Higher Education Performance Regimes?

August 23, 2013 | Blog

One of the most prominent concerns raised about President Obama’s proposed performance-based funding plan for higher education is that it…

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It’s Good to Be an Education Optimist

April 19, 2013 | Blog

Once in awhile people ask me how I can continue to call myself an education optimist when the “new normal”…

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Remaking Academia: Improve the Hiring Process

January 7, 2012 | Blog

The latest entry in a continuing series here at The Education Optimists Have you ever sought a job as a…

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ESEA Come, ESEA Go

October 13, 2011 | Blog

The chatter among the education cognescenti this week is about what is and what isn’t in the bipartisan ESEA draft…

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Live By The Sword, Die By The Sword Redux

March 30, 2011 | Blog

A USA Today investigation calls into question “dramatic” improvements in student test scores in select District of Columbia schools due…

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Becoming Diane Ravitch

October 4, 2010 | Blog

Even before Alexander Russo’s tweet last week (“I read somewhat [sic] that you should wait at least 30 min between…

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Daily Drivel

March 22, 2010 | Blog

It’s hard to believe that the Wall Street Journal fancies itself a national newspaper while publishing this largely baseless, political…

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Compromise in Central Falls?

March 4, 2010 | Blog

The Central Falls (Rhode Island) Teachers’ Union, an AFT affiliate, has approached district superintendent Frances Gallo and signaled a willingness…

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Central Falls Redux

February 26, 2010 | Blog

I have to side with Rick Hess over Andy Rotherham on the question of whether the mass firing of teachers…

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Rhode Island District Fires All Of Its High School Teachers

February 24, 2010 | Blog

Today’s Providence Journal story reports that Central Falls, Rhode Island’s “tiniest, poorest city has become the center of a national…

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