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Education Policy: Q&A with CA Senator Jack Scott
Sunday, 16 March 2008

EDUCATION POLICY: Equality, Knowledge, and Federalism

“Education is the future,” says CA State Senator Jack Scott, who chairs the State's Senate Committee on Education. Everyone agrees “that all Americans deserve a quality education,” but most political leaders launch into the ‘how?' before answering the ‘what?' in defining education policy. The 2008 Presidential candidates' position statements, for example, have focused on who sets educational goals and standards: parents or government? (Teachers, students anyone...

Q&A: Kansas State Senator John Vratil
Wednesday, 14 November 2007



Policy Today talks with Kansas State Senator John Vratil about the future of education in Kansas and the problem of educational inequality in America.

Feature Story
Mandates for Failure?
Tuesday, 30 October 2007

How can state and federal educational mandates damage the system they're trying to help? By ignoring deep social divisions in the system, constraining good teachers and adopting a "one-size-fits-average" premise.

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State Solutions: Education Policy
Education policy has long been the province of the states in our federal system. But with No Child Left Behind up for reauthorization and a bevy of national concerns on the agenda, the focus has shift...
What Makes A “Bad”? School Bad?
The roots of school underachievement are a complicated network of poverty, language barriers, unstable student homes and imbalanced public policies.
With No Child Left Behind, policy-makers struggling to shore up America's public education system bet heavily on standardized testing. With the act now up for reauthorization, parents, teachers and mo...
Two teachers, two California school districts and two starkly different sets of challenges.
Founding Fathers signing a document JULY 2008

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