New York Times national education reporter. Back in the day: economics, books, real estate. Still interested in all of it. WSJ, FT alum.

Three Amtrak Victims With a Common Thread: All Were Heading Home to Family

nytimes.com — PHILADELPHIA - One was a midshipman at the Naval Academy who wanted to become a member of the Navy SEALs. Another was the young chief executive of an education start-up, excited about her new job. A third was a seasoned software engineer helping The Associated Press news service move into video.

Amtrak Crash Passengers Recall Routine Ride, Then Chaos

nytimes.com — For Jeremy Wladis, like millions of others who live in the Northeast, Amtrak is just part of the commuting routine. A frequent traveler between New York and Washington, Mr. Wladis likes to get up and walk the length of the train every hour or two.

Amtrak Crash Passengers Recall Routine Ride, Then Chaos

nytimes.com — For Jeremy Wladis, like millions of others who live in the Northeast, it is Amtrak that is part of the commuting routine. A frequent traveler between New York and Washington, Mr. Wladis likes to get up and walk the length of the train every hour or two.

School Districts Embrace Business Model of Data Collection

nytimes.com — MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - In this small suburb outside Milwaukee, no one in the Menomonee Falls School District escapes the rigorous demands of data. Custodians monitor dirt under bathroom sinks, while the high school cafeteria supervisor tracks parent and student surveys of lunchroom food preferences.

Teachers’ Unions Reasserting Themselves With Push Against Standardized Testing

nytimes.com — In Florida, the teachers' union has lobbied to limit the use of standardized tests, and the governor last week signed a bill that limits the number of hours students can spend taking them. The union in New Jersey financed an advertising campaign in which a grim-faced father talks about his son crying because of tests.

Where Are the Teachers of Color?

nytimes.com — GROWING up in the 1970s and '80s in the Chicago suburb of Blue Island, Ill., Gladys Marquez, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, never once had a Hispanic teacher. Sometimes, when trying to explain to her parents her plans for college - or even why she wanted to play softball or try out for the cheerleading team - she wished she had a mentor who shared her background.

Senators Propose Bipartisan Bill to Revise No Child Left Behind Law

nytimes.com — A bipartisan Senate bill revising the No Child Left Behind law was announced on Tuesday. It eliminates many of the most punitive elements of the law, the signature education achievement of the George W. Bush administration.

Schools Wait to See What Becomes of No Child Left Behind Law

nytimes.com — CLEVELAND - Ginn Academy, the first and only public high school in Ohio just for boys, was conceived to help at-risk students make it through school - experimenting with small classes, a tough discipline code and life coaches around the clock.

Obama Education Policy Draws Some Skeptics

nytimes.com — With an agenda that Arne Duncan, the secretary of education, has described as a "quiet revolution," the Obama administration has pushed rigorous new standards for a majority of the nation's public schools as well as requirements that states and districts evaluate not just schools but individual teachers, in part by assessing their ability to improve student scores on standardized tests.

Education Overhaul Faces a Test of Partisanship

nytimes.com — On the day that President George W. Bush signed No Child Left Behind into law in early 2002, he flew to a high school in Hamilton, Ohio, the home district of Representative John A. Boehner, a leading Republican supporter of the bill.
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May 28, 2015

Sepp Blatter, a lesson in "how true power works...It’s called plausible deniability.” @jonathanmahler nytimes.com/2015/05/28/spo…

May 27, 2015

Getting arrested at a 5 star hotel: "we need you to come to your door & open it for us or we’re going to kick it in.” nyti.ms/1BprGPj

May 27, 2015

“Elon Musk” by @valleyhack, debuts at No. 3 on NYT hardcover nonfiction bestseller list

May 27, 2015

Organized crime hackers breach IRS. Agency paid $5.8 billion in falsely claimed refunds in 2013. nytimes.com/2015/05/27/bus…

May 26, 2015

RT @NewsHour: Why are a small, growing number of students refusing to take standardized tests? @WmBrangham, @John_Merrow & @motokorich disc…

May 26, 2015

RT @John_Merrow: @NewsHour is doing a followup re 'Opting Out' tonight. I will be on w/ @motokorich of the @nytimes Hope you will tune in & spread the word

May 26, 2015

"To be good in this biz you have to bring in different voices from different places” @TheDailyShow on vets on TV nyti.ms/1HFqBun

May 25, 2015

Boo @APPLEOFFIClAL. when daughter asked Siri what he was doing for Memorial Day, replied "helping people decide what Apple watch to buy"



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