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June 24, 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 2017 – Part Two):

The big ed policy news coming up this week will be the Supreme Court decision on public sector unions. Janus, the Supreme Court, and Teachers’ Unions: An Overview is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases.

A.P. World History Tries to Trim Thousands of Years, and Educators Revolt is from The New York Times.

Teachers Condemn Family Separations at the Border as ‘Child Abuse’ is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Terrible Practice Of Separating Immigrant Parents From Their Children.

Closures Of Schools In Puerto Rico Complicate Family Life is from NPR.

Creating New Schools: Regression To the Mean (Part 2) is by Larry Cuban.

How bad is teacher pay? Nearly 1 in 5 teachers works a second job, report says is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis.

An ‘Education and the Workforce’ Agency? is from Inside Higher Ed. I’m adding it to a previous post that includes a variety of links related to the Trump Administration’s proposal to combine the Dept. of Ed with the Dept. of Labor.

I’m adding this tweet to The Best Articles, Posts & Videos On John Hattie’s Research (check out the many responses to it, too):

And here’s a response from John Hattie:

June 21, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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After Spending $575 Million On Teacher Evaluation, Gates Foundation Says, “Oops”

The Gates Foundation came out with a report this morning admitting that their heavy-handed, and expensive, focus on teacher evaluation was a failure.

The report’s authors suggest that maybe other factors were more important for students which, of course, just about any teacher could have told Gates before the money was spent (see The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement).

I guess the Foundation knew this report was coming earlier this year when they said they were going to end their funding of teacher evaluation efforts (see Gates Say They’ll Focus More On Poverty Alleviation – That’s Better For Everybody!).

But it doesn’t give me much confidence in their Big New Thing (see Uh Oh – Bill Gates Has A New Big Ed Idea).

You can learn more about the evaluation report at:

‘An Expensive Experiment’: Gates Teacher-Effectiveness Program Shows No Gains for Students is from Ed Week.

The Gates Foundation bet big on teacher evaluation. The report it commissioned explains how those efforts fell short. is from Chalkbeat.

This Twitter “thread” is interesting:

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy.

June 20, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Trump Administration Will Propose Combining Education & Labor Departments

Last month, a lot of attention was paid to a proposal by the federal Department of Education to eliminate its office for English Language Learners (see DeVos Might Eliminate Federal ELL Office).

Now, apparently, there’s even bigger news – a proposal to eliminate the Department of Education itself, which the Trump Administration will announce on Thursday.

For further information, see:

White House to Propose Merging Education, Labor Departments is from The Wall Street Journal.

Is Some Merger Afoot for the Education, Labor Departments? is from Ed Week.

UPDATES:

White House Proposes Merging Education And Labor Departments is from NPR.

An ‘Education and the Workforce’ Agency? is from Inside Higher Ed.

A History Of The Department Of Education is from NPR.

June 17, 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 2017 – Part Two):

What’s Going On With New York’s Elite Public High Schools? is from The Atlantic.

The Complex Disadvantages Underlying New York City’s Specialized-High-School Dilemma is from The New Yorker.

De Blasio’s Plan for NYC Schools Isn’t Anti-Asian. It’s Anti-Racist. appeared in The NY Times.

The Controversy Over Just How Much History AP World History Should Cover is from The Atlantic.

Betsy DeVos to California: Not so fast on that federal education plan is from The L.A. Times.

To Stem Likely Membership Losses, Teachers’ Unions Play Offense is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs & Janus Cases.

The Supreme Court case that could kneecap public sector unions, explained is from Vox. I’m adding it to the same list.

Unions After Janus: Fewer Members, Less Money, and More Teacher Voice? is from Ed Week. It goes on the same list.

June 15, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Per-Pupil Spending & Teacher Salaries Are Down

 

Average Teacher Salary Is Below the Living Wage in Half the Country, Report Says is a new Education Week article summarizing a recently unveiled report, titled Low Teacher Salaries 101.

I’m adding this info to The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis.

June 9, 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 2017 – Part Two):

Century-Old Decisions That Impact Children Every Day is from NPR, and is an interesting history of education. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About World Teachers Day because I have related historical resources there.

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!

Teachers Find Public Support as Campaign for Higher Pay Goes to Voters is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis.

From the classroom to the campaign trail: Emboldened teachers run for office is from The Washington Post.

It’s time to acknowledge that strikes work is from The Washington Post.

What Do Teachers Think About How Teachers’ Unions Affect Schools? is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.

Puerto Rico’s Schools Are in Tumult, and Not Just Because of Hurricane Maria is from The NY Times.

School districts need right to say ‘no’ to charters appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

The video in this next tweet reminds me of some people who want to “disrupt” education:

This next tweet is a familiar story to teachers everywhere:

June 5, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Painful To Watch, But Secretary DeVos Finally Says Schools Can’t Call ICE On Students

 

You probably have been following this controversy: No, Secretary DeVos, Schools Cannot Choose To Call ICE On Students – Here Are The Best Rebuttals To Her False Claim.

The exchange in this video is painful to watch, but today Secretary DeVos finally and reluctantly backtracks on her original statement:

June 4, 2018
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Teacher Pay Is Down

The New York Times has just published the best article I’ve seen on state and local education finances, including teacher pay.

You’ll definitely want to read The Numbers That Explain Why Teachers Are in Revolt.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools

The Best Resources For Learning About The Teacher Compensation Crisis

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