The Role of the Feds in Local Public Schools

Turmoil certainly exists within our federal government, no matter where you sit on the politics. From an unorthodox President to a House and Senate who have difficulty working together (save the latest budget agreement), there’s little consistency or predictability for those of us watching from the sidelines. Through the years, the Feds have had relatively…

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First Glance at the Inauguration Speech

I hope you had the chance to hear the President’s Inauguration Speech today. This address has often been pivotal in American history. Jefferson’s, Lincoln’s second, and Kennedy’s are all very influential inauguration speeches that helped to change the shape of our country. If you didn’t see it, the full text and video of the President’s Inauguration…

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Lincoln the Leader

I have been fascinated by Lincoln since middle school when I became interested in his last days and specifically the controversy surrounding his assassination. (Did you know there’s revisionist historians who believe that his Secretary of War Edwin Stanton was behind his death?) Tonight I went to the movies with my three kids and my…

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ASCD’s Legislative Agenda-Day 1 of LILA

The challenge to “change the world” is given to educators every day. Our world may change in scope, from a single student to a classroom or a school. Today was the first day of ASCD’s Leadership Institute for Legislative Advocacy (LILA). For the next few days, ASCD is training a group of American educators to contribute…

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Duncan’s “Principals”

The role of government in education has varied greatly in the last 30 years. Traditionally, the governmental power within education was allotted to states but with the advent of NCLB, the Feds now have tremendous power through mandated assessment and most recently, an infusion of cash to school districts which is nearly impossible to pass…

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