Tag Archive for Arne Duncan

Race to the Top-Buyers Beware

While our local districts are comprised of well intentioned, highly educated and reflective leaders who are doing their best to find resources to fill the budget shortfall, we are perplexed that some districts (60% state-wide) agreed to submit a “Memorandum Of Understanding” with the Governor’s Office to participate in California’s application for the federal Race to the Top (RTTT) competitive grant program.

Race to the Test

Stop paying teachers and principals a salary. Instead, pay them on a per-standardized-test-point basis each day. At the end of the school day, simply give each student a standardized test. Then calculate what the teacher and principal will be paid that day based on the growth of the student, that is, on how much the student has improved over the previous day.

Right-Wingnuts Unhinged Over Obama Talking to Kids

UPDATE: Here’s the prepared text of the speech the president will deliver. Tim Rutten has an excellent OpEd in the LATimes today regarding the hysteria over the president’s planned Back to School address; Calls to boycott Obama’s speech to kids offer a disturbing lesson in paranoia. Rutten writes: While it long ago crossed the borders…