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In a swift move prompted by their bankrupted relationship with Superintendent Esperanza Zendejas, the Indianapolis school board has replaced the embattled schools chief with Duncan N.P. Pritchett Jr., a 29-year veteran of the system.
Are standardized exams that certify teachers going to provide the nation's schools with the high-quality teachers that parents want for their children? This past fall, the high failure rate of students enrolled in teacher education programs at some campuses of City University of New York was front-page news in local papers.
When Carl Sagan died a year ago last December, America lost its best science teacher.
It's no secret that public schools today lack credibility. We sail from one fad to the next on a tidal wave of jargon, trailing the wreckage of our latest "instructional innovation" behind us, and then we wonder why regular people find it tough to believe we know what we're doing. Take portfolios, for instance. Here in Vermont they tell us we're "leading the nation." If so, the news isn't good for the rest of the country.
FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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