Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News & analysis:
A Report Card on Education Reform
I sat down last week in Washington with Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, and Mitch Daniels, the former Indiana governor and current Purdue University president, after they had met with several dozen chief executives of big companies to talk about education. Their meeting was at the office of the Business Roundtable, the corporate lobbying group, and joining us for the conversation was John Engler, the former Michigan governor who runs the Business Roundtable. (New York Times – Economix Blog)
24/7 Wall St.: 7 states slashing education spending
Since the recession began, K-12 education spending has declined dramatically in some states. In Alabama and Oklahoma, per-pupil spending fell by more than 20%. (USA Today)
State education group MinnCAN tours area for feedback on what’s working well, where to improve
Many schools are doing many things right, according to MinnCAN, a statewide education-reform advocacy group. In an effort to spread that message, MinnCAN has been touring the state on its Road to Success tour, celebrating schools that have achieved success in closing education gaps. (Bemidj Pioneer)
‘Teachers Village’ Developers Have Big Dreams For Downtown Newark
If Ron Beit has his way, the next big thing in urban renewal won’t come from any of the political elite or the CEOs in cocktail attire who gathered in a parking lot here Wednesday morning for the ribbon-cutting on his latest project. (Huffington Post)
Philadelphia Seeks Salvation in Lessons from Model School
In little more than two years, the Philadelphia school district has stripped $400 million out of its annual budget, closed 30 schools, eliminated nearly 7,000 jobs, and lost more than 20,000 students. (Education Week)
Andy Smarick: End. The Broad Prize. Now.
I stared at the tweet, dumbfounded.
Houston: 2013 Broad Prize finalist?
That can’t be.
I had recently dug through old city-level NAEP results. They were all terribly depressing.
But Houston’s stopped me cold. (Ed Excellence Flypaper)