Here are a few excellent articles on educational policy issues that have been published in the past day or two:

Here’s a great column from The Seattle Times pointing out that small class sizes were important to Bill Gates when he went to school, and are an important reason why he sends his kids to the school they attend. I’m adding it to The Best Posts Responding To Bill Gates’ Appallingly Clueless Op-Ed Piece.

The Columbia Journalism Review has an excellent article on the issue of newspapers publishing teacher rankings based on test scores. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Value-Added” Teacher Ratings.

What Is the Meaning of LIFO: You’re Fired Mr. Chips! is a good piece recounting the history of “Last Hired: First Fired.” I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.