State Policy Trends 2013: Abortion Bans Move to the Forefront

By: Sunday April 14, 2013 1:00 pm

In 2013, as in recent years, state legislatures are devoting significant attention to issues related to reproductive health and rights. During the first three months of the year, legislators have introduced 694 provisions on these issues, and 93 have been approved by at least one legislative body.


Data Analysis of Value Added Teacher Ratings Shows They’re Useless

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 10:40 am

The New York Times released “value-added” data for 18,000 elementary school teachers in New York City recently, joining the Los Angeles Times, which released data for LA teachers last year. But unlike in LA, the New York Times allowed the data itself to be released, allowing analysts to really dive in and look at the performance assessments and whether or not they make sense. They found the data is useless as a measure of teacher performance.

Dr. Welner Defends His Testimony in Khadr Trial, Spreads Administration Propaganda on Detainee “Recidivism”

By: Wednesday December 29, 2010 8:30 am

Last week The Washington Post published an op-ed by forensic psychiatrist Michael Welner, “What I really said about radical jihadism.” Dr. Welner achieved some notoriety for his testimony in the sentencing phase of the trial of fomer child soldier and Guantanamo prisoner, Omar Khadr. Welner’s op-ed merits a thorough analysis as it propels Obama administration arguments while defending Welner’s own testimony.

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