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October 4, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

October 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quotes Of The Day On The Perils Of Being Data-Driven

The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven” is one of my more popular “Best” lists.

Today, Ted Appel, our former principal who is now in charge of professional and leadership development for our district, shared a NY Times article that is more fodder for that list. It’s headlined College Rankings Fail to Measure the Influence of the Institution and discusses the recently released College Scoreboard from the Obama administration.

Here are two excerpts:



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October 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Survey On High School Drop-Outs Is Depressing, If Accurate


Thanks to Kelly Gallagher, I learned about a brand-new report from America’s Promise Alliance on the reasons why students drop-out of high school. They surveyed 2,000 students who took at least one semester off from school.

Tech Insider took the information and created a chart of the results (their chart is more accessible than the one in the report itself). You can see the entire chart here, and I’ve done a screenshot of the reasons that were at the top.

This is Kelly’s analysis of it:

I would add that it actually seems like schools are the primary influence on five of the top seven reasons.

I’m no statistician, and would love to hear from someone who is and who can comment on the methodology used in this survey.

In a quick Internet search, it appears that a study done in 1993 is often quoted as a source for listing the reasons behind dropping out of school. In that study, four of the top nine reasons were school related.

A lot of food for thought here, especially for those of us who teach in high school….

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October 2, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles & Posts On Arne Duncan’s Resignation – Help Me Collect More

You’ve probably already heard about Arne Duncan’s resignation today.

I thought it would be useful to begin collecting useful commentaries about his departure and legacy.

For what it’s worth, here’s my own “take” via a tweet and a short comment I sent Ed Source when they asked me what I thought:

I think California schools are in a position to make huge strides in spite of former Secretary Duncan’s attempt to get the state to march in step with his off-tempo drumbeat. His refusal to support the state’s waiver requests, and his subsequent encouragement of a waiver request by districts done without the support of local teachers, indicate how out of touch he has been with what effective school improvement efforts really look like. It’s important to note that Mr. Duncan has had nothing to do with what is arguably the most important school reform effort being done in the country today – Governor Brown’s transformation of school funding,

And now, for a beginning collections of commentaries from others:

Arne Duncan, Education Secretary, to Step Down in December is from The New York Times.

If you thought Arne Duncan was controversial, meet his successor is from The Washington Post.

The Education Secretary’s Greatest Hits is from NPR.

U.S. education secretary who clashed often with California to resign is from Ed Source.

Obama vs. teachers unions: It’s still on is from Politico.

What Arne Duncan did to American education and whether it will last is from The Hechinger Report.

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October 1, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: What Does Teacher Turnover Look Like?

Keeping New Teachers in, Bringing Back Those who Leave is the headline of an Ed Week article reporting on a study involving turnover with 156,000 teachers.

Here’s an excerpt:


You might be interested in two series I posted in Education Week Teacher on turnover in urban schools.

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September 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

Quote Of The Day: More Students Of Color Equals Less Funding For Their Schools

The Data Are Damning: How Race Influences School Funding is an Atlantic article that offers depressing, but not surprising, information.

Here’s an excerpt:


I’m adding it to A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More.

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September 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District

Crazy stuff is afoot in Los Angeles, with a planned massive effort to expand charters and divide the LA school district.

I’ll be adding new posts and articles to this list as events progress.

In addition, you might be interested in some previous posts about things that have recently happened in LA schools:

A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools

LA Superintendent Expected To Resign On Thursday — And Does!

Okay, now here is news about the charter plan:

Test scores complicate the debate over expanding L.A. charter schools, $490-million plan would put half of LAUSD students in charter schools, and Plan to boost charters splits L.A. Unified board are all from the Los Angeles Times, and are about the awful plan billionaire charter backers have to ruin the L.A. school district.

Major charter school expansion in the works for L.A. Unified students is from The LA Times.

Zimmer accuses Broad charter plan of strategy to ‘bring down’ LAUSD is from the LA School Report.

Teachers Union Protests Eli Broad’s Charter School Plan At Art Museum Opening is from LA’s CBS station.

Broad Foundation Plan Ignites Charter School War in L.A. is from Ed Week.

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