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Why We Should Still Care About Finland

In the often heated debates about how to improve education in this country, it is not uncommon for someone to look for salvation to Finland:  its early intervention supports, its high barriers to entering the teaching profession, its lack of standardized tests, and of course its consistently high performance on international benchmarking assessments.  Such praise is often closely followed by swift and predictable

What We Do With Data

Newly installed as the chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander is determined to shepherd through a reauthorization of the long-languishing Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  Seeking to put some daylight between the new ESEA and its widely reviled rebranding as No Child Left Behind (NLCB), Alexander has convened hearings and solicited testimony on several key aspects of the bill. 

Overdue Book Report: Rhee's World

I was surprised, but not that surprised, last month when my father-in-law gave me Michelle Rhee’s campaign-style autobiography, Radical: Fighting to Put Students First, as a Christmas gift.  My father-in-law and I see more or less eye to eye on most things, but we also enjoy nuanced discussions about politics and current events, especially when they intersect with education.  “It’s good to read people you don’t necessarily agree with,” he said.  On that point, I agreed …