Patrice Wingert

D.C.'s Groundbreaking Teachers' Contract Will Boost District's National Prominence

News today that D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and AFT President Randi Weingarten have at last reached a tentative agreement on a ground-breaking teachers' contract for teachers in the nation's capital comes with an added advantage for D.C. schools: it likely boosts their chances of winning the next round of the Race to the Top competition.

March Academic Madness

On the eve of March Madness, Education Secretary Arne Duncan used his bully pulpit Wednesday to lobby the NCAA to ban from post-season play any college that fails to graduate at least 40 percent of its players.If such a policy were in place right now, a dozen teams including top-seeded Kentucky, which graduates only 31 percent of its players, would be out of contention.

Michelle Obama's Childhood Obesity Plan: Reaching Out to America's Moms

When Michelle Obama became first lady, she stressed that her "No. 1 job" would be "first mom." Following through on that focus, today at the White House, she elevated her personal concern for her own kids' health and eating habits into a massive national campaign aimed at solving the U.S. epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation.

Michelle Obama's Childhood-Obesity Plan: Reaching Out to America's Moms

When Michelle Obama became first lady, she stressed that her "No. 1 job" would be "first mom." Following through on that focus, today at the White House she elevated her personal concern for her own kids' health and eating habits into a massive national campaign aimed at solving the U.S. epidemic of childhood obesity in a generation.

Duncan Pursues Teachers Who Make the Grade

Education Secretary Arne Duncan has spent the past several months dangling $4.35 billion in Race to the Top money at states to entice them to include data detailing students' year-to-year academic growth when evaluating teachers' performance (an idea that the teachers' unions have long dissed).Now he may be poised to push states to dramatically overhaul their teacher colleges by urging states to follow Louisiana's lead and include information specifying how well new teachers perform in real...

New Calls for a National Test?

Calls to create a national test have long been fought back by advocates of local school control, but the release of the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress results that showed no gains nationally in fourth-grade math scores—as well as shocking gaps between students' scores on that test vs.

Straight Talk

The debate over whether sexual orientation is a choice was reignited this week with the release of two new-and opposing-studies on the outcome of "reparative" therapies, which purport to convert gays and lesbians into heterosexuals.