Friday, August 19, 2011

Debate on Education Reform Must Focus on Good Public Schools for All Students

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Test scores same at Wisconsin public, voucher schools
Chicago Tribune By DINESH RAMDE Associated Press, 1:15 p.m. CDT, August 17, 2011
State auditors on Wednesday confirmed a report that found little difference in test scores between students in Milwaukee's school-voucher program and those in the city's public schools. 
 lawmakers had asked the state Legislative Audit Bureau to evaluate a study, conducted by privately funded education researchers, that analyzed test scores from both groups of students. The study had found no significant difference, a conclusion that state auditors also reached.,0,2213524.story


Debate on Education Reform Must Focus on Good Public Schools for All Students


"The debate on education reform ought to revolve around the clear issue that we must provide good public schools for all students," said PSBA Executive Director Thomas J. Gentzel during his testimony on vouchers and charter schools before the state House of Representatives Education Committee on Aug. 18.


A complete version of Gentzel's testimony on vouchers and charter schools can be viewed and downloaded at


Zahorchak out as Allentown superintendent

Resignation comes after first year marked by teacher layoffs, community outcry and loss of key administrators.

By Steve Esack, Of The Morning Call, 8:07 p.m. EDT, August 18, 2011
Allentown Superintendent Gerald Zahorchak resigned Thursday, capping a tumultuous first year on the job punctuated by the controversial removal of principals, massive teacher layoffs, community outcry over his curriculum overhaul, and internal strife over the flight of key administrators to other jobs.,0,4757608.story


NCLB and waivers, what is going on?

thenotebook by Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 19 2011

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that states could apply for waivers from No Child Left Behind. What does this mean?


Published Online: August 18, 2011

New Race to Top Spurs Concerns About Testing Preschoolers

Education Week By Maureen Kelleher
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The proposed assessment requirements for the new Race to the Top early-learning competition are sparking concerns from some preschool advocates, who fear the provisions could lead to high-stakes testing of young children and unfair accountability measures imposed on educators.

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