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A State-by-State Report Card on Educational Innovation

A recent report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Center for American Progress identifies what it describes as “leaders and laggards” in efforts to reinvent our nation’s public schools. As a backdrop to the federal government’s $4 billion-plus Race to the Top competition for innovative state actions, the report calls for path-breaking approaches to school reform and teacher quality. However, the report seems to promote more status-quo thinking than not — and ignores a number of key factors central to improving student learning and advancing teaching as a results-oriented profession.

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