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):

Trump Orders Review of Education Policies to Strengthen Local Control is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools.

Trump Takes Aim at School Lunch Guidelines and a Girls’ Education Program is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, Former Chicago Schools CEO, Sentenced to Prison is from Ed Week. In one of her emails in which she was negotiating a kickback, she said, “I have tuition to pay and casinos to visit.”

The Merit Pay Myth: Why the Conventional Wisdom About Paying Teachers Is Wrong is from Matt Barnum. I’m not happy about what it says, but it’s still worth adding to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea so people are aware of the latest news on the topic.

In more news that isn’t thrilling, Ed Source writes Bill to lengthen probation for teachers clears first hurdle here in California.

Sowing Climate Doubt Among Schoolteachers is from The New York Times.  And here’s how teachers are fighting back.

Vouchers Found to Lower Test Scores in Washington Schools is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Mother Jones has a similar article: This Report Card for Betsy DeVos’ Favorite Education Policy Is Pretty Bad

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

Shaming Children So Parents Will Pay the School Lunch Bill is from The New York Times.

SPECIAL REPORT: SMART STRATEGIES FOR TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT is from Ed Week, and it includes the video below. I’m adding it to The Best Resources On Professional Development For Teachers — Help Me Find More.

In China, Daydreaming Students Are Caught on Camera is from The New York Times.

Here’s a piece on why student “proficiency” shouldn’t be a part of school accountability standards.

Scott Walker wants to let schools cut down on class time. That’s really risky. is from Vox.

Last In, First Out is by Tom Rademacher. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.