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July 3, 2015
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 & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

Common Core or Something Else? A Map of State Academic Standards is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core.

Sorry, Walmart: Charter Schools Won’t Fix Poverty is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

High school exit exam may be suspended immediately is from Ed Source out here in California. Good riddance! I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About Why High School Exit Exams Might Not Be A Good Idea.

Beware of Superintendents Who Push for Too Much Reform is by Rick Hess at Ed Week. There’s a lot of wisdom here.

Guest Post: Scalia May Be Critical Vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Ass’n is from “On Labor.” I fear it’s wishful thinking, but I’m still adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers’ Union Financing is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to the same list.

Colorado Court Rules Use of Public Funds for Private Schools Is Unconstitutional is from The New York Times.

The Whole Child Snapshots from ASCD are an amazing resource, providing reports on each state.

This was a reasonable question and I thought readers might find the question and response useful:

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June 30, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case

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The Supreme Court has just made a terrible decision to hear the Friedrichs case which, if they rule in favor of the plaintiffs (the likely outcome) will eviscerate public employee unions, including our teachers associations.

And those are not the only ones who will be affected. As I said in a tweet earlier today:

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I thought readers might find these resources on the case helpful (you might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important):

The End of Public-Employee Unions? is from The Atlantic.

Activists look to courts to weaken grip of California teachers union is from The Sacramento Bee.

What AFT members need to know about the ‘Friedrichs’ case is from The American Federation of Teachers.

Teachers ask high court to hear union dues case is from Ed Source.

Justices take up dispute over union fees is from The Associated Press.

Supreme Court to Reconsider Key Precedent on Teachers’ Union Fees is from Ed Week.

Joint Statement on Public Service Workers on Supreme Court Grant of Cert in Friedrichs v. CTA

Supreme Court to hear case challenging compulsory fees to CTA is from Ed Source.

Guest Post: Scalia May Be Critical Vote in Friedrichs v. California Teachers’ Ass’n is from “On Labor.”

Supreme Court Case Poses Threat to Teachers’ Union Financing is from Ed Week.

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June 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: “Waiting for help and worn out by the status quo”

Jenn Borgioli Binis shared and important article, Waiting for help and worn out by the status quo, about a school in New York City. It appeared in Chalkbeat.

Here’s an excerpt:

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Happily, we are less likely to face this kind of situation here in California and at our school, but I’ve got to think that what’s happening at this New York school is not an uncommon experience.

You might be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

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June 28, 2015
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 & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

Schools Chief in Newark Says Debate Lost Its Focus is from The New York Times.

Will Value-Added Reinforce The Walls Of The Egg-Crate School? is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

How Not to Be Misled by Data is from The Wall Street Journal. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

I’m adding this next tweet to the same list:

Black Leaders (and Teachers) Matter is an interview with Andre Perry and appears at EdShyster.

Is Special Education Racist? is an article in The New York Times that got a lot of attention, and shares info most of us wouldn’t expect. Here’s an article in Ed Week about the research, and reaction to it, and other one from an NPR station in California that points out the research lets our state off the hook.

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June 23, 2015
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 & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far):

Chris Christie’s Newark schools chief steps down following years of turmoil is from The Washington Post. The New York Times also has an article on her departure.

Grading the Common Core: No Teaching Experience Required is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Baltimore’s Challenge: Buy Computers For 100,000 Kids, And Don’t Mess It Up is from BuzzFeed News.

Education groups to Congress: Please get rid of No Child Left Behind, already is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The New NCLB Reauthorization Bill.

Texas Turns Away From Prosecuting Truants is from NPR.

Union-backed group calls for pause in federal money for charter schools is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

I’m adding these next tweets to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research:

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June 23, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Rafe Esquith Files Claim Against Los Angeles School District

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The mysterious and bizarre saga of suspended well-known teacher Rafe Esquith continues (see Rafe Esquith Suspended Because Of A Mark Twain Quote? If True, This Is Insane….).

Read about it in today’s Los Angeles Times article, Teacher files claim against L.A. Unified, blames controversy on joke.

Here’s an excerpt:

Mark Geragos, an attorney for Esquith, filed a claim Monday against L.A. Unified, a precursor to a lawsuit. The claim gave notice of class-action litigation involving scores of teachers in similar situations who say they have been denied due process rights.

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