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May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Betsy DeVos Says Opponents Of School Choice & Vouchers Are “Flat-earthers”

Tonight, at a big pro-choice/voucher conference called the American Federation for Children’s National Policy Summit, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos called those of us who oppose school choice and vouchers to be “Flat-earthers”:

 

Actually, the research is on the side of us opponents, and you can read more at The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

This isn’t the first, nor is it likely to be the last, time Secretary DeVos makes a misstatement (see Bad Analogy Of The Day: No, Secretary DeVos, Public Schools Are Not Taxis & School Choice Is Not Uber).

You might also be interested in The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

May 22, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New PBS News Hour Video: “Why schools are worried about Medicaid cuts hurting special education”

I’ve written before about how the repeal of Obamacare could affect our students (see Statistic Of The Day: How Will Plan To Replace Obamacare Affect Students?). Here are additional consequences: Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending is from the Associated Press and A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education is from The New York Times.

The PBS News Hour just did a segment tonight on the same topic, and it doesn’t look good for our students, their families and our schools:

May 19, 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):

The biggest news is the victory – backed by an enormous amount of money from backers – by two pro-charter candidates in the Los Angeles School Board race. Charter advocates now control a majority of the votes on the board, which is not good new for students, their families or teachers. Here are some articles on the election:
Charter-backed candidates win majority on L.A. Unified school board is from Ed Source.

Charter-backed candidates win L.A. Unified majority, but can they lead from within? is from the L.A. Times.

L.A. Teachers Union Faces Tough Questions In Wake of Election is also from The L.A. Times.

Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win is from The L.A. Times.

Trump’s first full education budget: Deep cuts to public school programs in pursuit of school choice is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Five key questions about Trump’s education budget is also from The Washington Post.

Indiana’s School Choice Program Often Underserves Special Needs Students is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

For Families With Special Needs, Vouchers Bring Choices, Not Guarantees is also from NPR. I’m adding it to the same list.

The highs and lows of Betsy DeVos’ first 100 days is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

May 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Brown vs. Board Of Education Was Decided On This Day In 1954 – Here Are Tons Of Related Resources

Brown vs. Board of Education was decided on this day in 1954.

You might be interested in:

The Best Commentaries On The 60th Anniversary Of Brown vs. Board Of Education

The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More

A Collection Of Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On Race & Racism

I Am Tired Of “School Reformers” Using The Civil Rights Movement Legacy To Support Their Agenda

May 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: Students Feel Safer At School

Students Feel Safer at School, Fewer Incidents Reported, Federal Data Show is the headline of an Education Week article about a new report out today.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding this info to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

May 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Articles, Videos & Posts On Education Policy In 2017 – So Far

It’s time for another of my end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,700 “The Best…” lists here).

I’m adding this one to All Mid-Year 2017 “Best” Lists In One Place

You might also be interested in:

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 2017 – So Far (let me know what you think I’m missing). these are not listed in any order of preference:

The Untold History of Charter Schools is by Rachel Cohen. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Trump’s Wrong about the Schools is from The Huffington Post.

The Best Resources On Social Capital In Schools

Where is the U.S. in School Reform in 2017? is by Larry Cuban.

Education for Sale? is by Linda Darling Hammond.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’ is from NPR.

Educator, speaker, and writer Chris Emdin gave the keynote at SXSWedu, a big education and tech conference.

You can read an extensive interview I did with Chris for Education Week last year, ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin.

You can also read about this impressive keynote at Ed Week, SXSWedu 2017 Conference Opens With a Challenge of Attendees’ Motives.

Have We Lost Sight of the Promise of Public Schools? is an important New York Times column by Nikole Hannah-Jones. It’s about our public schools, and also discusses the role and health of our public institutions. You’ll definitely want to read the entire piece, and it’s not very long.

Here’s an excerpt:

You’ll Want To Read This Interview With Education Researcher Kirabo Jackson

The real meaning of school choice is by Nancy Vera. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

The Trump War on Public Schools appeared in The New York Times. Here’s an excerpt:

The Unit of Education is from Learning Spy. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Our School Is Not “Flush With Cash” & Our Students Are Not “Deprived Of All Knowledge”

More Students Are Graduating Because High School Is Getting Less Boring is from Vice. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

Milwaukee’s Voucher Verdict is from The American Prospect. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

New & Important Report On Deliberate Practice & Teacher Prep

School Vouchers 101: What They Are, How They Work — And Do They Work? is from NPR.

It Turns Out Spending More Probably Does Improve Education is the headline of a story in The New York Times.

A teacher makes eight education predictions for 2017 — some of them dire is the headline of my annual Washington Post column that appeared at the end of last year. I did not enjoy writing them…

There’s obviously a lot of other news related to the Trump Administration, and you can find many updates at The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

May 14, 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 2016 – Part Two):

I’ve written before about how the repeal of Obamacare could affect our students (see Statistic Of The Day: How Will Plan To Replace Obamacare Affect Students?). Here are additional consequences: Schools brace for impact if Congress cuts Medicaid spending is from the Associated Press and A Little-Noticed Target in the House Health Bill: Special Education is from The New York Times.

The Promise And Peril Of School Vouchers is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.

The L.A. school board race: Brutal, expensive and important is from The L.A. Times.

With higher revenues, Brown to provide $2.8 billion more next year for K-12 schools is from Ed Source.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By ‘Individual Choices’ is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

May 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Michelle Obama comments on school lunch changes”

Michelle Obama is – understandably and correctly – very unhappy:

Read more about it at The Washington Post article, Michelle Obama on Trump rollback: ‘Think about why someone is okay with your kids eating crap’

You might also be interested in The Best Sites For Learning About Nutrition & Food Safety.

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