Teacher Quality and Accountability: A Failed Debate

“Value-added and other types of growth models are probably the most controversial issue in education today,” argues Matthew Di Carlo in his “What Value-Added Research Does And Does Not Show.” Di Carlo carefully examines, with ample evidence and a fair hand, the most recent cycle of education reform that has targeted teacher quality and accountability. One […]

Michigan School superintendent writes Governor Snyder of Michigan requesting his school be turned into a prison

With cash starved public educational facilities and districts, it would come as no surprise that public schools currently being closed or on the ‘list’ might be turned into prisons.  After all, with prison population rising and with good pay for prison guards, communities all over the US just might go for the argument that converting ‘failing schools’ […]

Everything is for sale!

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: August 22, 2010 Donor Pledges Dollars if Stephens College Workers Lose Pounds By Ilana Kowarski A Stephens College alumna has promised to give her alma mater $1-million, with one weighty condition: Employees of the women’s college in Columbia, Mo., must lose a total of 250 pounds by the stroke […]