Reclaiming the Idea of the Public

November 25, 2013 | Blog

Since I’m in the midst of a sabbatical, for the upcoming months my blog will feature writing by talented colleagues…

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Back to College

September 5, 2012 | Blog

UW-Madison students are happy students, as we recently learned from the Huffington Post. This high ranking of our institution is…

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Focus On Developing Teachers, Not Simply Measuring Them

February 9, 2012 | Blog

This cross-posted item is from a piece I wrote for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s TOP-Ed blog. ———————————————– Amid the…

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Baking Bread Without The Yeast

January 19, 2012 | Blog

Among my son’s favorite books are the ones in Richard Scarry’s Busytown series. In What Do People Do All Day?,…

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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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It Rhymes With ‘Tool’

August 9, 2011 | Blog

UPDATED, 8/11/2011, 1:10 pm Thursday morning in Washington DC — the only city that could host such a vacuous, inane…

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The New Normal

July 19, 2011 | Blog

Too many Americans appear willing to accept the hand they’re dealt. Most shockingly, many of our political, educational and civic…

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Happening This Week

March 7, 2011 | Blog

Dear readers, I want to personally invite you all to attend two terrific events happening on the UW-Madison campus this…

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GOP Spending Cuts Follow Tax Cuts For The Rich

February 4, 2011 | Blog

Just as I said. Republicans now controlling the House promised Thursday to slash domestic agencies’ budgets by almost 20 percent…

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Sailing A Ship With Half A Crew

January 21, 2011 | Blog

Andy Rotherham pens a smart column in this week’s TIME Magazine (‘States’ Rights and States’ Wrongs On School Reform’). In…

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