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NFL Witness

Rulings by the United States Supreme Court have myriad effects on our lives; we frequently see echoes of their influence in events many decades after the Court makes its statement. In some cases we don’t even have to strain our … Continue reading

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Tenure and Teaching

In California a district judge has responded to a lawsuit by throwing out the state’s tenure protections for teachers, including the provisions that require schools to consider job seniority in decisions regarding hiring and laying off teachers. One of my … Continue reading

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Draining Public Education

Reuters on February 15th reported on the many ways charter schools select the students they enroll. The report itself had the air of investigating a scandal, repeatedly describing activities that were not only questionable but potentially illegal. I would like … Continue reading

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Guns Rule!

The names, often repeated in the media, are easily remembered: Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, Tucson, the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Of course, there is also the chronic massive gun-related death toll … Continue reading

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Leave Behind NCLB

The Obama Administration has recently announced that a waiver has been granted to Arizona, along with at least twelve other states, to release them from the strict requirements and punitive consequences of the No Child Left Behind Act. This is … Continue reading

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Media Education

This year there have been two full-length movie documentaries about education in the United States. Each has attempted to make a significant contribution to the continuing discussion regarding improving the future of our children. Only one of them, however, provides … Continue reading

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Standardized Errors

What is it with standardized tests? They are the primary method of evaluation for the No Child Left Behind law (NCLB) and “school accountability”. Student test scores are being used as the principal data source for “value-added” assessments of teachers, … Continue reading

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