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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.”

May 25, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Two Important Reports On Education Released Today

Two important reports on education were released today.

One is a big Education Week multi-article report on testing and assessment called SPECIAL REPORT: STUDENT TESTING: WHAT’S NEXT.

One of the most interesting articles in the packet is headlined What Happens When Students Design Their Own Assessments?

Here’s an excerpt from it:

And ELL teachers won’t want to miss their article, More Testing Is Forecast for Nation’s ELL Students. I’m adding that one to The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs.

I’m adding the entire Ed Week report to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

The other important report released today came from The National Center For Education Statistics.  They published their massive annual Condition of Education publication, which has all the data you could want about the nation’s schools and a whole lot that you probably didn’t want, too.

My eyes glazed over when I first downloaded the almost 400 page report, but I found searching the PDF for “English Language Learner” was useful, particularly for charts.

Here’s one example:

Here’s a video explaining their report:

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current ELL/ESL/EFL News & Research

The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Betsy DeVos Says Opponents Of School Choice & Vouchers Are “Flat-earthers”

Tonight, at a big pro-choice/voucher conference called the American Federation for Children’s National Policy Summit, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called those of us who oppose school choice and vouchers to be “Flat-earthers”:

 

Actually, the research is on the side of us opponents, and you can read more at The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

This isn’t the first, nor is it likely to be the last, time Secretary DeVos makes a misstatement (see Bad Analogy Of The Day: No, Secretary DeVos, Public Schools Are Not Taxis & School Choice Is Not Uber).

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New PBS News Hour Video: “Why schools are worried about Medicaid cuts hurting special education”

I’ve written before about how the repeal of Obamacare could affect our students (see Statistic Of The Day: How Will Plan To Replace Obamacare Affect Students?). Here are additional consequences: Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending is from the Associated Press and A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education is from The New York Times.

The PBS News Hour just did a segment tonight on the same topic, and it doesn’t look good for our students, their families and our schools:

May 19, 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 biggest news is the victory – backed by an enormous amount of money from backers – by two pro-charter candidates in the Los Angeles School Board race. Charter advocates now control a majority of the votes on the board, which is not good new for students, their families or teachers. Here are some articles on the election:
Charter-backed candidates win majority on L.A. Unified school board is from Ed Source.

Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within? is from the L.A. Times.

L.A. Teachers Union Faces Tough Questions In Wake of Election is also from The L.A. Times.

Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win is from The L.A. Times.

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Five key questions about Trump’s education budget is also from The Washington Post.

Indiana’s School Choice Program Often Underserves Special Needs Students is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees is also from NPR. I’m adding it to the same list.

The highs and lows of Betsy DeVos’ first 100 days is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

May 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Brown vs. Board Of Education Was Decided On This Day In 1954 – Here Are Tons Of Related Resources

Brown vs. Board of Education was decided on this day in 1954.

You might be interested in:

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

May 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Students Feel Safer At School

Students Feel Safer at School, Fewer Incidents Reported, Federal Data Show is the headline of an Education Week article about a new report out today.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

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