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The Sound of Ideas

New Ideas for Public Education

Posted Wednesday, August 6, 2008

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Governor Strickland has recently begun a 12-stop conversation tour of the state to gather ideas about education reform, but there are lots of ideas outside of Ohio that may be worth thinking about. Consider Edmonton, Alberta, where principals now have control over some 90 percent of their budget. There's also Washington, D.C., where a new chancellor is offering to pay teachers six figure salaries if they give up seniority and tenure. And though it's not a new idea, an extended school day and longer school year is gaining new currency. On the Sound of Ideas, a look at those and other somewhat radical school reforms from outside the borders of the Buckeye State. Join us Wednesday morning at 9.

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Listen to the extended interview with Bill Ouchi.


Education, Government/Politics


Claudio Sanchez, education reporter, NPR
Jim Peyser, New Schools Venture Fund
Bill Ouchi, author, Making Schools Work
Michelle Rhee, Chancellor, Washington DC, Public Schools
Chris Gabrieli, Chairman, National Center for Time and Learning

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One listener blogs a nice summary of the show.
View Governor Strickland's forum at the Idea Center here.

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