Monthly Archives: August 2010

Remainders: The viral story for why the principal’s camping

The tent-sleeping principal of East Side Community HS explains why he moved outdoors. (YouTube) Ross Global Academy’s former principal was de facto cleared of test-tampering charges. (NY Sun) Kate Walsh says releasing teacher value-added data won’t serve all children. (Talk of the Nation) Why not publish only the names of the top 25% of teachers?, … Continue reading

What’s in a name? How public schools re-name and re-brand

For years, the High School for International Business and Finance has been one of four schools in the George Washington campus, each named the High School for Something and Something. But over the summer, the school changed its name, rebranding itself as College Academy. New York City public schools can re-name themselves only by jumping through … Continue reading

In Albany, Duncan defends competitive federal education funds

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan defended himself yesterday to critics of one of the centerpieces of his federal education policy — his practice of staging competitions to reward student progress or new ideas. Duncan’s approach, which inspired his signature Race to the Top grant program, has drawn criticism from advocates like the NAACP, some … Continue reading