The Education Gadfly Show

Rick is out of retirement! He and Mike discuss the ascension of Senator Harkin to chair of the HELP committee, Philly's proposed changes for charter-school expansion, and the exodus of books from a prep school library. Then Amber tells us about the effects of Katrina evacuee students on the achievement of receiving schools and Rate that Reform disses MTV.
This week, Andy and Stafford discuss good grades in the Big Apple, school violence in Chi-town, and young principals in Beantown. Then Amber gives us the lowdown on the PDK/Gallup poll of American opinion on education and Rate that Reform grades Obama's (speech) lesson plans.
This week, Andy and Stafford discuss good grades in the Big Apple, school violence in Chi-town, and young principals in Beantown. Then Amber gives us the lowdown on the PDK/Gallup poll of American opinion on education and Rate that Reform grades Obama's (speech) lesson plans.
This week Mike, and not-really-a-guest-but-semi-regular-co-host Andy Smarick discuss the English teacher practice of letting students pick their own reading material, the new Boston Parent University, and performance pay for Los Angeles top school officials. Then Amber tells us about a new Ed Next study on the Obama Effect and Rate the Reform gets swine flu (figuratively).
This week, Petrilli and guest co-host Palmieri ponder DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new teaching and learning standards, Los Angeles's school outsourcing plan, and Detroit's attempt to solve bankruptcy by spending more money. Then Amber tells us about a new EEPA study on curriculum similarity and Mickey sits in on Rate that Reform with a mass dress code fiasco.
This week, Petrilli and guest co-host Palmieri ponder DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's new teaching and learning standards, Los Angeles's school outsourcing plan, and Detroit's attempt to solve bankruptcy by spending more money. Then Amber tells us about a new EEPA study on curriculum similarity and Mickey sits in on Rate that Reform with a mass dress code fiasco.
Mike and Rick discuss the education angle to the healthcare debate, school district PR campaigns to win back students and Race to the Top's influence on education policy. Then Amber tells us about the relationship between school voucher programs and diagnosing students as disabled. Finally, Rate that Reform tackles teaching the Bible in schools.
It's a Mike and Rick reunion, during which, amid much catching up, they discuss the tweaking of mayoral control in New York City, the slashing of school busing in some districts (figuratively, not literally), and the changes to Rhode Island's teacher evaluation systems. Then Amber explains Marguerite Roza's latest rapid response paper and Rate that Reform travels to Asia (just like many members of Congress).
It's a Mike and Rick reunion, during which, amid much catching up, they discuss the tweaking of mayoral control in New York City, the slashing of school busing in some districts (figuratively, not literally), and the changes to Rhode Island's teacher evaluation systems. Then Amber explains Marguerite Roza's latest rapid response paper and Rate that Reform travels to Asia (just like many members of Congress).
This week, Andy is back as guest co-host, joined by our Rick. They discuss the New York Times debate on standardized tests, whether Race to the Top needs a lesson in humility, and the chutzpah of teacher unions recruiting members at successful charter schools. Amber talks Master's degrees and compensation in her Research Minute and Rate that Reform grades the "pay-off-the-teacher-so-you-don?t-have-to-participate" tactic.

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