"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Weekend Wrap-Up

Here are some fun links to explore:

1.  Education Reform Now (the 501c3 version of DFER) and the Education Equality Project teamed up to grade the 70-something gubernatorial candidates across the country.  They gave the Republican candidate a higher grade in 15 states, the Democrat a higher grade in 4 states, and the independent candidate received the highest grade in one state (candidates tied in the rest of the races - and keep in mind that many candidates did not respond to the ERN/EEP questionnaire).  Be sure to check out the criteria used.  It ain't pretty.  ERN/EEP gives, for instance, A's to AZ Governor Jan Brewer (!) and OR Republican candidate Chris Dudley.

2.  The Pennsylvania School Board Association's Education Research and Policy Center released a white paper about charter/cyber school funding.  I haven't had time to read it closely, but it looks like there's some interesting stuff in there.

3.  Richard Rothstein penned an excellent response to the Rhee/Klein manifesto.  It's a must-read.

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