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The outsourcing of almost everything in state departments of education

While Sandy is forcing us to ponder our reliance on those unionized, overpaid public employees known as first responders, a little discussion about outsourcing is in order.1 Many years ago, the head of a state department’s assessment bureau told me the bureau wrote no tests, though they were responsible for the state’s many tests from […]

Zombies teach grammar

Best grammar teaching tip by Twitter ever: I finally learned how to teach my guys to ID the passive voice. If you can insert “by zombies” after the verb, you have passive voice. — Rebecca Johnson (@johnsonr) October 18, 2012 Let’s see how this works with, say, part of the abstract of Robert Donmoyer’s editorial in […]

Brief notes on PIE network ambitions

Looking at Mike Petrilli’s summary this morning of the PIE network summit, I have a few thoughts: Parent trigger appears nowhere on the priority list. I had guessed earlier this year that whatever reformy support of the parent trigger existed was primarily caving to pressure from the few who really believed in this latest silver-bullet […]