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New Developments in the Class Size Debate
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 30, 2010, 03:42 pm   

A few years ago, class size seemed to be one of the most talked about classroom policies. Smaller class sizes would lessen the load on an educator and give students a more individualized classroom experience, right? Well, just as fast as class sizes went down, they are now creeping back up and gaining attention in certain states struggling with budget shortfalls.
Conservatives Advocate a Change in Course
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 29, 2010, 01:56 pm   

Heritage Foundation blogger Jennifer Marshall argues that since the mid-sixties when the federal government waded into local education policy with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA), countless billions have been spent to close the achievement gap with neglible effect. 

Marshall advocates a "bold new course on education" that includes three top priorities related to spending, local decision making, and parental choice in education.  She also advises that states tackle the teacher pension problem (now estimated to be unfunded by roughly $933 billion) and systemic education reform ideas at the state level that empower parents, students, teachers and taxpayers.

Student Communication
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 24, 2010, 11:31 am   

This week marks the beginning of the holiday festivities.  For me, it used to mean the end of trimester one and the beginning of my fall break (I worked at a year-round school).

To end the trimester, I would often write a letter to each class.  After reading the letter together, I asked them to respond by answering some questions which I had written down.

All-Star Education Reform Lineup Speaks at Harvard
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 23, 2010, 12:06 pm   

Last week some of the best-known names in education reform converged for a round-table discussion at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. The moderator, former Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush, Margaret Spellings told the crowd, "It's like we have Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen, and Tina Turner together on the same stage," referring to the panel. Former Washington, D.C., chancellor of schools Michelle Rhee, former Florida governor Jeb Bush, and former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta called for teacher accountability and school reform in their discussion entitled, "Strange Bedfellows: The Politics of Education and the Future of Reform".
Stranger Than Fiction: Cheaters and Incompletes?
posted by: Cindy Omlin | November 19, 2010, 02:36 pm   

What would school be like without "F"s or consequences for cheating? Students at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, VA are finding out, as their school has determined there is no need for the failing grades in their grading system.

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