Valerie Strauss

Valerie Strauss writes the Answer Sheet blog for the Washington Post.

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Saturday, January 26, 2013
Teacher Boycott of Standardized Test in Seattle Continues to Spread
A boycott of Washington state’s mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers’ unions, parents, students, researchers and educators.
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Saturday, November 17, 2012
Jeb Bush, Arne Duncan, and the Bipartisan Scourge of Education Reform
Several months ago Jeb Bush publicly praised President Obama for selecting Arne Duncan as education secretary. “I think Arne Duncan has done a good job,” the former Florida governor said in this CBS interview. Perhaps to return the favor, Duncan is now scheduled to deliver a keynote address at Bush’s fifth annual Excellence in Action Summit later this month in Washington.
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Monday, November 05, 2012
What’s at Stake for Public Schools in Election
Tuesday’s election will determine whether Arne Duncan remains as President Obama’s education secretary (Duncan says he wants to stay and Obama has shown no interest in replacing him) or whether Mitt Romney will pick Duncan’s successor — but there’s a lot more at stake for public education when Americans go to the polls.
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
The Real Problem with Rahm’s School Reforms in Chicago
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushing a school reform agenda backed by the Obama administration that is at the center of the strike that the Chicago Teachers Union is now waging in the third largest school district in the country.
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Friday, August 31, 2012
Jeb Bush: How Shopping for Milk Is Like Choosing a School
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said pretty much what you’d expect him to say about education reform at the GOP convention — schools are failing and teachers unions are bad — but you might not have expected this as his pitch for school choice:
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Sunday, July 22, 2012
Guns at School
“Guns have no place in schools,” Arizona State University President Michael Crow was quoted as saying by the Arizona Republic when Gov. Jan Brewer issued a surprise veto this year against legislation that would have allowed guns to be carried on college and university campuses. The story is different in Colorado.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2012
The Real UVA Story: The 99 Percent Win
In the end, it wasn't really so much about the ousted and then reinstated University of Virginia president, Teresa Sullivan, or about the governing board leader, Helen Dragas, who had led a secret campaign against her and then, drowning in a tsunami of opposition, agreed to bring her back.
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Wednesday, May 30, 2012
High-Stakes Testing Protests Spreading
Opposition to high-stakes standardized testing is growing around the country, with more parents choosing to opt their children out of taking exams, more school boards expressing disapproval of testing accountability systems and even a group of superintendents joining the fight.
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Sunday, May 06, 2012
Major Groups Beg Congress to Rewrite NCLB
A coalition of 10 major organizations of state and local government officials just sent a letter asking — or, rather, effectively begging — Congress to finally do its job and reauthorize No Child Left Behind .
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Friday, March 30, 2012
Mega Millions: Do Lotteries Really Benefit Public Schools?
State lotteries that participate in games such as Mega Millions were sold to the public as enterprises that would benefit schools with millions of dollars in proceeds a year. So has public education really received a windfall?
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