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Public education’s core functions are teaching and learning, an endeavor in which private enterprise plays a growing role. Edbizbuzz is an opinion blog offering a perspective on this emerging school improvement industry. (Edbizbuzz ceased publishing in September 2008.)

Education Opinion The Letter From: What is "Capacity"? (III): In Districts and Schools
Central management is not well-positioned to process the never-ending stream of case-by-cases decisions implied by a system of school accountability based on individual student performance.
September 19, 2008
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Education Opinion Educators Can Bypass the Middle Men for Teaching Content?
The marketplace for teacher-generated content will continue to evolve. In the process, those who benefit most are teachers.
August 29, 2008
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Education Opinion The Letter From: What is "Capacity"? (II): In Public Education
School systems generally have capacity when measured by the standard developed for the state accountability legislation passed before NCLB - average student performance. NCLB measures capacity by the percentage of students demonstrating proficiency in literacy and math on a path to universal proficiency. Most of public education lacks this capacity.
August 27, 2008
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Education Opinion Friday Guest Column: Encouraging Customers to Spread the Word
By engaging in deeper conversations with customers, you strengthen customer relationships. The strategy builds brand loyalty, generates support, and adds value to your products and services.
August 22, 2008
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Education Opinion The Letter From: What is "Capacity"? (I)
A few days ago, I was asked to define “capacity” in the context of school reform. It's a label that hides more than it reveal. When you get down to cases, it refers to whatever you believe is preventing schools from doing whatever you believes they should do.
August 20, 2008
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Education Opinion The Letter From: The Most Important Issue in Federal Education Policy Presidential Candidates Don’t Discuss (III)
As matters now stand, it’s not likely that either candidate will make their position on program evaluation a matter of record. Let me offer one election scenario where they might. It is a stretch, but offers some interesting opportunities to examine the politics of public education.
August 14, 2008
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Education Opinion The Letter From: The Most Important Issue in Federal Education Policy Presidential Candidates Don’t Discuss (Between II and III)
My perspective on the subject of this series is not without partisan overtones, and that's relevant. Consequently, I decided that before I discuss my scenario, readers need to appreciate how my interest in SBR policy intersects with my political support for John McCain.
August 6, 2008
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Education Opinion Friday Guest Column: Ideablob.com offers micro-capital prize for self-starting edupreneurs
Bronze is a place for students (particularly older students) to hang out after school. In order to help get it off the ground, I entered the idea at Ideablob.com, a monthly contest sponsored by Advanta Bank, where entrepreneurs submit their ideas to a vote.
August 1, 2008
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Education Opinion The Letter From: The Most Important Issue in Federal Education Policy Presidential Candidates Don’t Discuss (II)
In my view, the concept of program evaluation represented by NCLB's scientifically based research provisions is the most important issue in federal education policy the candidates don’t discuss. This week’s Letter addresses the options available if a Presidential candidate decides to take a position.
July 30, 2008
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Education Opinion Edbizbuzz Discloses Involvement in Presidential Campaign
However minor my role in the development of Senator McCain’s education policy, I think it’s better for all concerned if the relationship is placed on the table at a time when it is least likely to influence or be influenced by campaign events - or be characterized as such.
July 29, 2008
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Markets Opinion School Improvement RFP of the Week (2): How Much Sole-Source Business Should ED Do With CCSSO?
The Department of Education intends to make a sole source award to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), located in Washington, D.C.
July 28, 2008
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Markets Opinion School Improvement RFP of the Week (1): To Attract and Keep Teachers, Improve Compensation Without Increasing Labor Costs
The ability of schools and districts to offer employees low cost car and home insurance can only improve the attractiveness of job offers and employee retention. Something for full-service providers to add to their stable of offerings, or firms involved in teacher recruitment to suggest to their clients?
July 28, 2008
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Education Opinion Friday Guest Column: NW Education Cluster SY 2008 Goals and Progress
The NW Education Cluster has been reviewing progress towards the goals established back in September 2007.
July 25, 2008
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Markets Opinion The Letter From: The Most Important Issue in Federal Education Policy Presidential Candidates Don’t Discuss (I)
If I were a gambling man, I would not bet in favor of the candidates tackling SBR, but this outcome is not inevitable .It is quite unlikely that campaign directors will be all that interested - unless public education policy were to become far more important to winning the general election. In my estimation that would only come about if African-American and Latino votes prove to be crucial when the Presidential election is viewed from the perspective of the Electoral College. More on this later.
July 23, 2008
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