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July 18, 2018
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New Study Finds – Wait For It – More Money For Education Helps Students & Teachers

 

As unbelievable as it seems, some people still question whether schools need more funding – despite tons of research documenting how it helps (see The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools).

The Learning Policy Institute today came out with a new report showing that money does, indeed, matter.

Check out Money Matters For Schools.

 

July 14, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Elon Musk, The Thailand Cave Rescue & School Reform

 

What Elon Musk Should Learn From the Thailand Cave Rescue is a great NY Times column by Zeynep Tufekci.

In fact, it’s the must-read of the day!

If you want to learn more about how know-it-all tech whizzes should stay out of education, check out The Best Posts & Articles Highlighting Why We Need To Be Very Careful Around Ed Tech.

And if you’d like to learn more about Zuckerberg’s Newark fiasco, you can read The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook.

July 14, 2018
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 2018 – So Far):

Students in Detroit Are Suing the State Because They Weren’t Taught to Read is from The Atlantic.

Holding Donors Accountable is by Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

Two Words That Could Shape the Politics of the Trade War: Loss Aversion is an interesting NY Times article. I include it here because I’ve previously shared how this concept can be applied destructively to education in The Best Posts On “Loss Aversion” & Schools.

How an Unknown Reformer Rescued One of America’s Most Troubled School Districts is from Politico.

Oklahoma teachers went on strike. Nearly 100 of them are now running for office to unseat Republican lawmakers. is from Vox.

‘Our Voices Were Heard.’ Dozens of Teachers Advance in Oklahoma Primaries After Walkouts is from TIME.

July 13, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Deep Data Dive Into “Global Education”

 

Our World In Data just released a deep dive into “global education” data.

You can see the description of charts in the image at the top of this post.

I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

For more international education data, you might be interested in:

The Best Resources For World Literacy Day

The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison Demagoguery

The Best Sites For Getting Some Perspective On International Test Comparison 

July 6, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best – And Worst – Education News Of 2018 (So Far)

 

Editor’s Note: I’ll be adding this list to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!  You might also be interested in The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far.

I usually just do year-end education news “round-ups,” but a whole lot has happened in the first six months of 2018. As usual, I don’t presume to say it’s all-encompassing, so I hope you’ll take time to share your own choices. I’ll list the ones I think are the best first, followed by the worst. It’s too hard to rank them within those categories, so I’m not listing them in any order. 

The Best Education News Of 2018 (So Far)

*The Gates Foundation admitted that, after spending $575 million on pushing teacher evaluation efforts, the policies they were pushing didn’t work.  The good news isn’t that they wasted their money.  Instead, the good news might be that a failure of that magnitude might reduce their level of hubris going forward.

* The amazing organizing led by teachers in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arizona, Colorado, and North Carolina for both increased salary compensation and more state support for education is a model to all of us.

* School shootings are tragic and are highlighted in the “Worst News” section.  However, how students have channeled grief and anger into organizing against gun violence has to be listed here under “Best News.”

* I’ve been long-concerned about The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and what can often be its lack of connection to racial equity issues. The Aspen Institute just published a report raising those issues very eloquently: Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action. I have questioned the value of some of the reports Aspen has put out about SEL, but I think this one should be studied by every school that thinks they are emphasizing SEL at their site.

* A misleading “graph that never dies” is often used by opponents of school funding to supposedly show that, despite evidence, additional education monies do not help students. At long last, two education journalists published accessible explanations about how that graph, and other versions of it, are wrong. You can read Matt Barnum’s article here and Matthew Di Carlo’s here.

* New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has initiated an effort to make the city’s specialized high schools more diverseA similar effort is going on in our Sacramento school district.  We can only help that these are just tips of the iceberg, and that schools around the country will create initiatives to increase the number of students of color in academically advanced programs/schools.

 

The Worst Education News Of 2018 (So Far)

* Horrible school shootings, at Parkland and at Santa Fe High schools, along with others, make The Onion’s headline, “No Way To Prevent This,” Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens, a regular truism.  However, the “Best News” section highlights the incredible organizing done by students in response to gun violence.

*The Supreme Court ruling in the Janus case is a huge blow to teachers unions, educators, students and their families.  On the face of it, letting people gain the benefit of union representation without having to pay for it is just not fair.  But it’s safe to say teachers unions are here to stay.  As the saying goes, “Don’t mourn – organize!”

* The terrible Trump Administration policy of separating refugee parents on our southern border from their children has rightfully resulted in widespread revulsion, including from educators. These families must be reunited, the children need to attend school, and their requests for asylum must be given due process.

* The planned closure of 265 schools in Puerto Rico is certainly not going to help families there recover from Hurricane Maria.  Plenty of research has shown the negative impacts that school closures have on students and communities – in fact, a new study just came out last month.

* Teacher pay is terrible.  Fortunately, as you can see in the “Best News” section, educators around the country are successfully organizing to change that situation.

* The Trump Administration is proposing to merge the Education and Labor Departments.  It’s a bad idea, and won’t go anywhere.  I wish I could say that about of the Administration’s policies.  And speaking of bad ideas, Secretary of Education DeVos has proposed eliminating the federal office supervising English Language Learners.  After all, there are only five million ELL in our nation’s schools – why should there be a federal office looking out for them?

* Secretary DeVos certainly did not make millions of students and their families feel safe when she initially said that it was up to individual schools if they wanted to report undocumented students to immigration authorities.  She finally admitted that she was wrong, but it’s not like immigrant families need more reasons to feel insecure.

* Speaking of the federal Department of Education – they have begun dismissing hundreds of Civil Rights complaints.  They are taking these actions, and others, despite a Government Accountability Office report finding racial disparities in school discipline. By the way, you can check out if there have been complaints at your school at this ProPublica data base.

You might also be interested in previous editions of this list:

 

The Best – And Worst – Education News of 2017

The good — and very, very bad — education news of 2016

Best and worst education news of 2015 — a teacher’s list

Best and worst education news of 2014 — a teacher’s list

The best and worst education news of 2013

The best — and worst — education news of 2012

July 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Could Justice Kennedy’s Retirement Mean That Schools Won’t Be Required To Accept Undocumented Students?

In Kennedy’s Retirement Also Jeopardizes Public Education for Undocumented Children, Slate highlights a critical issue: Justice Kennedy was one of five votes that ruled schools must accept undocumented students.

What will happen with his departure?

One interesting tidbit in the article that I didn’t know was that then Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (who went on to start the iCivcs site in her retirement) voted against requiring schools to teach the undocumented.

July 4, 2018
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 2018 – So Far):

How Education Philanthropy Can Accidentally Promote Groupthink and Bandwagonism is by Rick Hess. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

A History Of The Department Of Education is from NPR. I’m adding it to Trump Administration Will Propose Combining Education & Labor Departments.

Dress Codes Are One More Way to Police Students’ Bodies is from Racked. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Dress Codes.

Trump Officials Reverse Obama’s Policy on Affirmative Action in Schools is from The NY Times.

Trump Administration Rescinds Obama-Era Guidance Encouraging Affirmative Action is from NPR.

Debunking 5 Myths about Affirmative Action is from The Education Trust.

OPINION: What the Supreme Court’s union decision really means for teachers is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases.

Is This Supreme Court Decision The End Of Teachers Unions? is from NPR. I’m adding it to the same list.

June 28, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far

 

It’s time for another of my mid-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,900 “The Best…” lists here).

I’m adding this one to All 2018 Mid-Year “Best” Lists – In One Place!

You might also be interested in:

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2016 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2015 – So Far

The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2014 – So Far

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2013 — Part Two

All My 2013 “The Best…” Lists (So Far) On Education Policy In One Place

All My 2012 “The Best…” Lists On Education Policy In One Place

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part Two

The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2012 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy In 2011 — Part Two

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Polcy In 2011 — Part One

The Best Articles & Posts On Education Policy — 2010

The “Best” Articles (And Blog Posts) About Education Policy — 2009

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2008

The “Best” Articles About Education — 2007

Here are my choices for The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2018 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing). These are not listed in any order of preference:

First off, here are ed policy-related “Best” lists I posted this year:

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

No, Secretary DeVos, Schools Cannot Choose To Call ICE On Students – Here Are The Best Rebuttals To Her False Claim

The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

The Best Reports On The New “Lost Einsteins” Study

The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases

The Best Posts On The Nature/Nurture Debate

The Best Reports On North Carolina Teacher Walkouts

The Best Videos & Articles About The Arizona and Colorado Teacher Walkouts

The Best Videos & Articles On The Kentucky & Oklahoma Teachers Strikes

The Best Resources For Learning About The Importance Of Ninth-Grade For Students – & How To Support Them

The Best Resources Explaining The GAO Report That Finds Racial Disparities In School Discipline

The Best Resources For Learning About “The March For Our Lives”

The Best Articles & Videos Explaining Why Arming Teachers With Guns Is A Bad Idea

The Best Resources For Learning About The National Student Walkout On March 14th

The Best Articles & Videos Showing How Parkland’s Teens Are Responding To Tragedy

New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color

7 Things to Know About the Supreme Court Decision That Just Slammed Teachers’ Unions is from Ed Week and gives an excellent overview of this terrible decision.

We Need To Talk More About Schools As Mediating Institutions

After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops” is a post I wrote about this big news. I’m also including it here because it received 200,000 hits within a week.

Bottom-Up School Reform: Teachers (Part 1) is from Larry Cuban. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On “Teacher Leadership” — Contribute More!

I’ve been long-concerned about The manipulation of Social Emotional Learning and what can often be its lack of connection to racial equity issues. The Aspen Institute just published a report raising those issues very eloquently: Pursuing Social and Emotional Development Through a Racial Equity Lens: A Call to Action. I have questioned the value of some of the reports Aspen has put out about SEL, but I think this one should be studied by every school that thinks they are emphasizing SEL at their site. I’m adding this info to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources.

DeVos Might Eliminate Federal ELL Office

“Paired Text” Of The Day: Hiring Investment Bankers As School Superintendents

We Can’t Graph Our Way Out Of The Research On Education Spending is from the Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Has Your School Been Investigated for Civil Rights Violations? is from ProPublica.

This is an impressive CNN piece titled These charts show why America’s teachers are fired up and can’t take any more.

Why the school spending graph Betsy DeVos is sharing doesn’t mean what she says it does is by Matt Barnum. It’s related to NAEP scores, but the terrible graph he discusses shows up all the time. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Effect Sizes: How Big is Big? is by Robert Slavin.

From Policy to Classroom Practice: The Macro and Micro at Work is by Larry Cuban.

In Education, If It Sounds Too Good To Be True, It Probably Is….

Santa Fe High School & Illusion Of An American “Can Do” Spirit

Fifteen newsletters you need to know about if you really love education journalism is an extremely useful post by Alexander Russo. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Keep-Up With Current Education Issues.

She Breaks Rules While Expecting Students to Follow Them is an excellent commentary on Eva Moskowitz and her charter schools. It appeared in The NY Times.  I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

What School-Funding Debates Ignore is an important article that appeared in The Atlantic. It’s written by Jack Schneider. I’m adding it to: The Best Articles Providing An “Overall” Perspective On Education Policy

Researchers Find That African-American Students Punished More Severely Than Whites For Same Behavior

Less money for schools after the recession meant lower test scores and graduation rates, study finds by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat provides a good summary of the research, co-authored by Kirabo Jackson.

I Have Zero Tolerance for Advocates of Zero Tolerance Discipline is by Justin Cohen. I’m adding it to We Should Be Obsessed With Racial Equity.

What Makes a Good School? is from Slate.

How Effective Is Your School District? A New Measure Shows Where Students Learn the Most is an intriguing interactive from The NY Times.

Did new evaluations and weaker tenure make fewer people want to become teachers? A new study says yes is from Chalkbeat.

What Really Happened At The School Where ‘Every Senior Got Into College’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About Attrition Rates At So-Called “Miracle” Schools, since there’s a definite connection.

Tax Cut Terrible For Us, Our Students & Their Families, But At Least The Onion Was Able To Get An Ed-Related Laugh Out Of It

Brainwaves Videos on YouTube is a great channel to find short videos of educators discussing important topics (in fact, you can find one of me talking about helping students develop intrinsic motivation).

This new video on “Why Teachers Quit” is a great one to watch. I’ve shared Richard Ingersoll’s work at The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions, and he provides an important summary of it all here….

You may have seen Betsy DeVos on 60 Minutes (you can see the interview here and read reactions here).

Saturday Night Live aired this spoof of the interview:

Dylan Wiliam, who may have written the best piece I’ve ever seen on formative assessment (see This ASCD Article By Dylan Wiliam May Be The Best Article You’ll Ever Read On Giving Students Feedback) has written – if not the best, one of the best – articles on education research.

It’s headlined Getting educational research right, with a subtitle of “Research can guide teachers, but it cannot determine what will work in their classrooms.”

Here’s an excerpt:

 

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

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