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Atheist Multi-Millionaire Believes in Catholic Schools

Search TagX on Google View all posts tagged as Tagx Find TagX related info in WikiPedia Bloomberg reports today that Robert Wilson – known as one of the great stock investors of the last 50 years, the now-retired peer of Warren Buffet and George Soros—gave $5.6 million to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York […]

“I admit we aren’t as bright as those boys on the Potomac. But this ain’t our first county fair.”

So says the governor of Wyoming. Governor Dave Freudenthal is threatening to sell off a chunk of [the Grand Teton national park]… unless the Obama administration comes up with more money to pay for education in the financially beleaguered state.

More about Student-Teacher Ratios

At the State of Ohio Education blog there’s a discussion of the Fordham report on the fiscal impact of increasing the student-teacher ratio. According to the report, Ohio could save $276 million on teacher salaries if each school increased its student-teacher ration by just one (say 17:1 instead of 16:1) and could save $1.38 billion […]

Parental Control — Or Just Compliance?

National Journal’s Education Experts Blog recently posed this question: Can Communities And Parents Help Turn Around Schools? This is a question that I’ve asked myself and my students. It’s one of the things that we talk about when we’re reading Jonathon Kozol’s Savage Inequalities. Kozol’s argument is that government should fix everything, but my students […]

Good-bye to the D

The AP reports that the Mount Olive (New Jersey) school district is getting rid of the D grade in the middle and high schools. Any score under 70 percent will be considered failing. According to The Star-Ledger, Superintendent Larrie Reynolds wants to motivate kids who are working just hard enough to get by. “This is […]

Helping Mom-and-Pop Charter Schools

Michael Petrilli at Education Next has a very interesting video interview with Chester Finn and Terry Ryan about the new book they’ve written with Michael B. Lafferty. All three are from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The book– Ohio’s Education Reform Challenges: Lessons from the Front Lines–chronicles Fordham’s attempts to help what they refer to […]

The Most Important School Factor: The Teacher

I always tell soon-to-be teachers that the teacher is the most important school factor in student achievement. Now comes more research data to back me up. David Leonhardt in the NYT reports on a study by Harvard economist Raj Chetty. Early this year, Mr. Chetty and five other researchers … examined the life paths of […]

No Rewrite Yet for NCLB

Nick Anderson at the Washington Post reports that the overhaul of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) seems to be stalled in Congress. Despite pleas from Duncan and Obama, it also appears increasingly unlikely that the Democratic-led Congress will provide a bailout for schools this summer to prevent teacher layoffs and program cuts related to local […]

IMPACT on DC Schools

“Every child in a District of Columbia public school has a right to a highly effective teacher — in every classroom, of every school, of every neighborhood, of every ward, in this City. That is our commitment. Today . . . we take another step toward making that commitment a reality.’’ —Michelle Rhee, D.C. Schools […]

Giftedness, Fairness and Kindergarten

Schools in New York City are trying to figure out the best way to determine which kids should be eligible for the city’s gifted and talented kindergarten program. Education chancellor Joel Klein favors using a score on a standardized test –the cutoff for admission is the 90th percentile–because it’s not subjective. This is the process […]