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April 20, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources For Learning About The Multilingual Education Act Ballot Initiative In California

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Out here in California, we’ll be voting this year on an important ballot initiative this fall, the Multilingual Education Act.

It’s pretty big stuff and there seems to have been surprisingly little written about it – so far.

Here’s the best of the lot – and I’ll be adding more as I see them:

Conor Williams wrote an excellent piece for LA School Report, and it’s headlined Commentary: Why CA’s ‘Multilingual Education Act’ matters: Politics, language and Los Angeles’ future.

Why voters should end California’s limits on bilingual education is an Op-Ed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Battle of bilingual education once again brewing in California appeared on the PBS News Hour site.

April 18, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NPR Begins Impressive-Looking Series On Money & Schools

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NPR has just began a three-week series on money and schools:

Over the next three weeks, the NPR Ed Team will unveil a vast collection of “School Money” stories told in collaboration with station reporters across the country. Our goal: To give voice to this school-funding imbalance and to explain what happens when many of America’s poorest students also attend its poorest schools.

Here’s one cause for alarm: The achievement gap between this nation’s wealthiest and poorest students is growing dramatically, not shrinking.

Their first story also includes a nation-wide interactive map.

I’m adding this info to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

April 17, 2016
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 – Part Two):

What the Vergara ruling means for the future of teacher tenure in the U.S. is from The LA Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

Using Japanese ‘Lesson Study’ to Increase Collaboration among Teachers is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

Districts, unions innovate to evaluate teachers is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

A Simple Cure For Education’s Jargonitis is from NPR.

April 14, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Vergara Overturned By Appeals Court!

As was expected by many legal experts, the terrible Vergara decision removing job protections for teachers was overturned today by a California appeals court.

You can read about it in this L.A. Times article, Appeals court rejects bid to end teacher tenure in California, marking a major victory for unions.

Here’s an excerpt from that article:

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You can read more about the case at The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

This has not been a good time for right-wing billionaires attacking education.  First, they lost on the Friedrichs case at the Supreme Court (see The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case) and now Vergara gets overturned.

They’re still hoping, though, since yesterday they filed suit to overturn teacher tenure laws in Minnesota (see Teacher Tenure Is Challenged Again in a Minnesota Lawsuit in the NY Times).

Community organizers know that you generally file a lawsuit only when you know you’ve essentially lost a campaign and want to put a better public face on defeat. It looks like opponents of teachers, students and their families are learning this same lesson, too.

April 11, 2016
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 – Part Two):

5 key lessons from the successes (and failures) of President Obama’s teacher evaluation reforms is from The LA School Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

We Have Student-Led Conferences. Why Not Teacher-Led Evaluations? appeared in Edutopia. I’m adding it to the same list.

Rejected by Colleges, SAT and ACT Gain High School Acceptance is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Chicago Teachers Union tries to leverage momentum from walkout is from The Chicago Tribune.

Report finds massive under-investment in nation’s school buildings is from The Washington Post.

At High Schools Just Miles Apart, a World of Difference in College Paths is from The Texas Tribune.

Evaluating CPD: hard but not impossible is from Must Do Better… (h/t to Doug Lemov). I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More

School Closures: A Blunt Instrument is by Rachel Cohen at The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

April 9, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NY Times Article On Teachers In Movies & TV

Why Teachers on TV Have to Be Incompetent or Inspiring is a good article in The New York Times that offers a critical lens at teacher portrayals.

Here’s an excerpt quoting one of my favorite teacher/writers:

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I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn About (And View Video Clips Of) Teachers In The Movies.

April 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Everything You Wanted To Know About The Every Student Succeeds Act, But Were Afraid To Ask

The Every Student Succeeds Act: An ESSA Overview from Education Week is probably the best overview you’re going to find anywhere about the successor to No Child Left Behind.

Though, for in-depth info on the law’s effect on English Language Learners, you still probably will want to go to:

The Best Resources For Learning How The Every Student Succeeds Act Affects English Language Learners

The Best Resources For Learning About The Ins & Outs Of Reclassifying ELLs

Ed Week’s package even goes with an explainer video:

I’ll add this post to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process.

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