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September 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise Here: Study Shows Teachers In U.S. Are Underpaid

To the surprise of not a single teacher in the entire country, an international study has found that U.S. teachers are underpaid in comparison to our counterparts in two dozen industrialized countries.

Here’s an excerpt from Ed Week’s article about it:

 

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

You might also be interested in these past related posts:

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September 10, 2017
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 – So Far):

Is living in poverty really a ‘mind-set’? is by Richard Rothstein. It’s a good commentary on some remarks HUD Secretary Ben Carson made earlier this summer, which I previously talked about in NY Times Publishes Best Summary Of Why Social Emotional Learning Isn’t Enough….. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

Trump Administration Advances School Vouchers Despite Scant Evidence is from Scientific American. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Education by the Numbers is from The New York Times.  It provides a good overview of present ed stats. I’m adding it to The Best Places To Get Reliable, Valid, Accessible & Useful Education Data.

A school where you can’t fail — it just takes you longer to learn is from The Hechinger Report.

Who Benefits From the Expansion of A.P. Classes? is from The New York Times.

September 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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There Will Be A Weird, Great or Something In the Middle Ed Show On A Bunch Of TV Stations Friday Night

Be prepared to watch a television show on education tomorrow night that is either going to be weird, great or something in the middle.

XQ (see The Best Articles For Learning About Laurene Powell Jobs’ Project To Redesign High Schools) has a big one hour show on redesigning high schools.

Here’s how they described it in an email blast today:

We are one day away from EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live! If you haven’t already heard, Samuel L. Jackson, Kelly Clarkson, James Corden, and Randall Park are joining XQ to help #RethinkHighSchool.
Here’s what you need to know:
  • At 3:30/6:30PM ET, tune in to our XQ website to watch our #XQLIVE red carpet pre-show livestream hosted by YouTube sensation Dytto and actor Jorge Diaz. 
  • At 8/7PM CT, tune-in on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, and the XQ website to watch our one-hour special event.

I have some concerns about the project, which I shared in the previously mentioned “Best” list.

You can also read more about the show at:

XQ is taking over TV to make the case that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. But is that true? is from Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat.

Four Networks to Air ‘XQ Super School Live’ Education Special on Friday is from Ed Week.

September 2, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Good NY Times Piece On Empathy’s Role In School Discipline

Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize. is a pretty interesting NY Times column by David L. Kirp.

He talks about two examples of how the use of empathy substantially reduced suspension rates for students of color. I found the first one particularly interesting. It had teachers take an online tutorial. Here’s an excerpt that talks about it:

This reminds me of something our administrators have done in the past – they’ve had panels of students of color share their stories and experiences at our staff meetings, and the followed up with them participating in “circles” (which we use a lot at our school in restorative practices).

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More

The Best Resources On Helping To Build Empathy In The Classroom – Help Me Find More

August 30, 2017
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 – So Far):

Ethnic Studies: A Movement Born Of A Ban is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The Value Of Ethnic Studies Classes – Help Me Find More.

Tucson’s Mexican Studies Program Was a Victim of ‘Racial Animus,’ Judge Says is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

The annual education poll by Phi Delta Kappa International was published today (you can see links to reports from previous years at The Best Posts/Articles On This Year’s Phi Delta Kappa and Gallup Education Poll — 2016).  Here are article summarizing this year’s poll:

More Americans Give Top Grades to Public Schools is from Ed Week.

Americans express support for traditional public schools in new poll, even as Trump disparages them is from The Washington Post.

Speaking of education polls, NPR reports on the results of a different one at Surprise, Trump’s Education Ideas Are Polarizing.

The State Supreme Court Just Changed Everything We Knew About Local Tax Hikes discusses a court decision that could have a huge positive impact on school financing here in California. Thanks to Paul Bruno for the tip.

Understanding the Common Core State Standards in California: A quick guide is from Ed Source. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core — I Hope You’ll Contribute More.

Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study is by Matt Barnum. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

August 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: We Need More Teachers Of Color

The National Center For Education Statistics issued a report today titled Characteristics of Public Elementary and Secondary School Teachers in the United States: Results From the 2015–16 National Teacher and Principal Survey.

Here’s a depressing, though unsurprising, excerpt from it:

 

Learn more about why these numbers are so bad, how they affect our students, and what can be – and is – being done about it at A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism – Help Me Find More).

August 12, 2017
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 – So Far):

A New Kind of Classroom: No Grades, No Failing, No Hurry is from The New York Times.

Betsy DeVos: School Voucher Program Could Be Included in Tax Overhaul Discussion is from TIME. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

After 6 months on job, education chief still highly divisive is from The Associated Press. I’m adding it to the same list.

When Privatization Means Segregation: Setting the Record Straight on School Vouchers is by Leo Casey. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

What should America do about its worst public schools? States still don’t seem to know. is from The Washington Post.

Black plaintiffs in Alabama appeal decision to allow white city to secede from its school district is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

This sequence of tweets from education researcher Kirabo Jackson (You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson) seem pretty important to me. He points out that while test scores might not be increasing rapidly, that “slow” growth coincides with a substantial reduction of the drop-out rates across all ethnic groups. So, the overall student population taking the tests now has different, and more challenging, characteristics than the student population who formerly took the test:

August 6, 2017
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 – So Far):

New Fears For Public Service Loan Forgiveness is from NPR.

Japan Might Be What Equality in Education Looks Like is from The Atlantic.

Justice Department To Probe Universities Over Affirmative Action Policies is from NPR.

Of course the Trump Justice Department wants to target affirmative action is from The Washington Post.

New Florida Law Lets Residents Challenge School Textbooks is from NPR.

Chicago’s school funding disaster just got a lot worse is from The Washington Post.

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