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):
Experts Discuss the Success Academy Video is from The New York Times and Success Academy hammers New York Times for excellent viral story is from The Washington Post. Those are follow-up articles to the infamous NY Times video on the Success Academy (see NY Times Video Of Success Academy Charter School: “Rip & Redo”). By the way, I showed that video to all my classes and asked if anyone had ever experienced something similar in school. Many of my ELL students shared stories from education in their home countries, and a surprising number of others talked about experiences in the U.S. I told students that if anything like that what they saw in the video happened to them at our school, they should immediately speak to one of our administrators. I emphasized that I had confidence that they would act on it.
Is America’s Most Controversial Education Group Changing Its Ways? is from Mother Jones. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.
Does using high-stakes tests to fire teachers improve student outcomes? is from The Hechinger Report. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.
How Segregated Schools Turn Kids Into Criminals is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.
Hoping, and Waiting, for a Bronx School’s Fresh Start to Pay Off is from The New York Times.
L.A. teachers union wins dues increase, vows to battle foes of traditional public education is from The LA Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District.
NCTQ: Terrible Teacher Prep and Headline Research is by Peter Greene. I received a surprising (to me, at least) amount of criticism for my short and negative post about the same report (see “Learning About Learning” Provides Very Good Narrow Summaries Of Research & Over-The-Top Recommendations). Check out Peter’s post sharing a much more detailed analysis of its flaws.
I’m adding this tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About The Role Of Private Foundations In Education Policy:
Gates Foundation Names New Vision’s Bob Hughes @BHnvps As Its New K-12 Head https://t.co/qemE5F1KdV @gatesed @chalkbeatNY
— alexanderrusso (@alexanderrusso) February 12, 2016