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June 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

Inside Connecticut’s Education-Funding Turmoil is from The Atlantic. Here is how it ends:

“My classrooms are full of wonderful people, who are the equal of anybody anywhere. We should invest in them,” he said. “Not investing in them doesn’t just diminish them, it diminishes us.”

Here is more information about what is going on in Connecticut.

Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t) is from Chalkbeat.

GOP Health Care Proposals: What Educators Should Know is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning How Repeal Of Obamacare Will Affect Students & Schools.

As Government Retrenches, Philanthropy Booms appeared in The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Oakland charters more likely to enroll higher-performing students than district schools is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

June 18, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

When a Community Loses Its Schools is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

DeVos says school spending and student outcomes aren’t related, but recent research suggests otherwise is from Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

Student Mobility Takes an Academic Toll. But Why? is from Ed Week. I’ve also previously written about this topic.

Gov. Brown, Democrats to require school districts to give greater access to unions is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

In a city of charters, the LA school district runs many of them is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Effective Teacher Professional Development is from The Learning Policy Institute. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Setback for Groundbreaking School Choice Program Could Have Broader Fall Out is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Florida governor is signing K-12 public education bill that critics call a ‘scam’ — at a Catholic school is from The Washington Post.

I’m adding these next two links to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools:

Education Dept. Says It Will Scale Back Civil Rights Investigations is from The New York Times.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to investigate civil rights enforcement under Trump is from The Washington Post.

June 11, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

The Silicon Valley Billionaires Remaking America’s Schools is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Gates, Zuckerberg Philanthropies Team Up on Personalized Learning is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Son of Friedrichs advances: Unfortunately, a new court case that, if successful, could cripple public employee unions, is advancing. Read about it at this Associated Press story, New high court challenge to labor unions follows 4-4 split. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

To Understand Betsy DeVos’s Educational Views, View Her Education is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Girls outnumber boys in charter schools, study shows. Here’s why that matters. is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Back in 2014, I published a post titled The New Yorker’s “Wrong Answer” Feature Is The Must-Read Education Article Of The Summer. That New Yorker article is now being made in a movie with an impressive cast: Ryan Coogler & Michael B. Jordan Reunite for ‘Wrong Answer’ – Scripted By Ta-Nehisi Coates

Teachers’ training needs improvement so students benefit, new report says is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

June 3, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

How Education-Funding Formulas Target Poor Kids is from The Atlantic.

Hollywood’s Reductive Narratives About School is from The Atlantic. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.

Alexander Russo has moved his “must-read” education policy from “This Week In Education” at Scholastic to “The Grade” at Kappan.

Some Hires by Betsy DeVos Are a Stark Departure From Her Reputation is from The New York Times. The info on the person in charge of ELL policy was particularly interesting to me.

Why do billionaires care so much about charter schools? is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Solving the teacher shortage: Revisiting the lessons we’ve learned is by Barnett Berry and Patrick M. Shields. I’m adding it to The Best Articles & Posts About The “Teacher Shortage”

Improving Accountability Measurement Under ESSA is by Matthew Di Carlo. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding The Every Student Succeeds Act.

May 31, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No, No, No! Do Not Grade SEL Skills!

Why schools should not grade character traits is a column I wrote for The Washington Post a few years ago.

I believe all the arguments I made then still hold true.

Unfortunately, though, it sounds like people aren’t listening to them.

Is Your Child Showing Grit? School Report Cards Rate Students’ Soft Skills is a new article in Education Week that documents the growth in schools grading Social Emotional Learning skills.

This is happening despite many others raising the same concerns:

Depressing…

I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

May 27, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far):

With state budget in crisis, many Oklahoma schools hold classes four days a week is from The Washington Post.

You might want to read this New York Times article about the inventor of VAM, The Little-Known Statistician Who Taught Us to Measure Teachers. Then visit The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation. And you might want to read this response to The Times article from Jersey Jazzman.

Speaking of VAM, here are some tweets about an interesting development:

When School Vouchers Don’t Offer Much Of A Choice is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

What ‘school choice’ means in the era of Trump and DeVos is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to the same list.

Betsy DeVos Refuses to Rule Out Giving Funds to Schools That Discriminate is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

7 things you need to know about how Trump’s budget would affect schools in California and nationwide is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Four African-American Mothers File Lawsuit Against Mississippi for Education Equality is from NBC News.

Slate has published the Big Shortcut,”an eight-part series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes.”

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