'Protest March Against Cuts In Education Budget' photo (c) 2008, William Murphy - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Here is a collection of recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues:

Vergara Plaintiffs Shouldn’t Put Individual Teachers On Trial is by Paul Bruno. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On California Court Case Attacking Teacher’s Rights.

This took Teach For America 24 years to figure out?
is by Valerie Strauss. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

How Does PISA Put the World at Risk (Part 1): Romanticizing Misery is by Yong Zhao. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On 2012 PISA Test Results.

An Even Sadder Tale of D.C. Common Core Testing is by John Thompson. I’m adding it to
The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing.

Essay-Grading Software Seen as Time-Saving Tool is from Education Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On Computer-Graded Essays.

This story about what’s happening in San Jose is worth reading about — it seems to me that they’re doing exciting stuff, but, though I don’t pretend to know the whole story, it’s very surprising to me the local union pushed forward on this right now (both stories are from Ed Source): San Jose Unified, teachers to ask State Board for waiver from tenure law and State Board punts, for now, on San Jose’s request for waiver from tenure law.

Teacherpreneurs Panel and How We Benefit Students is by Ariel Sacks. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Being A Teacherpreneur.

A Great Divide: The Election Fight for California’s Schools is from Capital and Main.

Can Professional Environments in Schools Promote Teacher Development? Explaining Heterogeneity in Returns to Teaching Experience is a new Harvard report showing how important working conditions are to teacher effectiveness. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

Are Working Conditions Related To Teacher Effectiveness? is another recent study. I’m adding it to the same list.

In standoff with California over testing, U.S. Education Department blinks is from The Washington Post.