Here are some recent useful posts and articles on educational policy issues (You might also be interested in seeing all my “Best” lists related to education policy here):
DeSantis to Expand Florida’s ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Law to All Grades is from Ed Week.
California is preparing more credentialed teachers, but is it enough? is from Ed Source.
Wrote about one New York high school’s experience with the new AP African American Studies class that was banned in Florida.
“What struck me was the conversations we started having: People that didn’t talk in class found their voice,” one student said.https://t.co/vJ2tewe0y3
— Troy Closson (@troy_closson) March 22, 2023
❌ The bad news: Only a fraction of kids who need tutoring are getting it.
✅ The good news: It’s still possible to vastly expand tutoring.
I spoke with experts who explained how to find tutors, reach students, and ensure quality — at scale. https://t.co/iWOfrXhK8n
— Patrick Wall (@patrick_wall) March 22, 2023
In Texas, the school choice debate defies some conventional wisdom about partisan issues. It’s rural Republicans who are coming to the defense of public schools.
— Jackie Valley (@JackieValley) March 10, 2023
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 26, 2023
I’m adding this video to New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color:
Last week, Bill Gates released a lengthy statement extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and how wonderful it will make our lives blah blah blah. There’s been a lot of dunking from educators online about some things he says about schools. I’d like to highlight one passage:
In the United States, the best opportunity for reducing inequity is to improve education, particularly making sure that students succeed at math. The evidence shows that having basic math skills sets students up for success, no matter what career they choose. But achievement in math is going down across the country, especially for Black, Latino, and low-income students. AI can help turn that trend around.
Here, of course, one big mistake is saying that the best way to reduce inequity is to improve education. Plenty of research shows that this statement is plain wrong (see The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality and The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement). And, then, of course, he says nothing – there or later – about how AI can improve math achievement.
Schools forced to divert staff amid historic flood of records requests https://t.co/zsOf7RsH0J
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 28, 2023
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 28, 2023
“The state’s crusading censors are choosing the comfort of ignorance over the inconvenience of truth.” —- A Florida School Banned a Disney Movie About Ruby Bridges. Here’s What That Really Means. https://t.co/aNzO7aUVyJ
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 30, 2023
Politicians Want Universal School Vouchers. But What About The Public? is from Five Thirty Eight. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea.
I’m adding this next tweet to the same list:
Republicans are suddenly going all-in on vouchers. Evidence shows they don’t improve education outcomes. https://t.co/QXVmhWHZ0q
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) March 29, 2023
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About Balanced Literacy & The “Reading Wars”:
Great piece by @madeline_will and @s_e_schwartz about opposition to legislation regarding reading instruction and it got me thinking about a fairly wild take I’ve formed in the last few days. https://t.co/Eb4YhRBHT4
— Jennifer Binis (@JennBinis) March 30, 2023
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both:
It’s no surprise that grade retention is a common proposal to get kids back on track in the wake of the pandemic. What does the research say about the potential effects of this approach?
— RAND Corporation (@RANDCorporation) April 1, 2023
I’m adding this next tweet to The Best Education Articles From “The Onion”:
“School is hard enough for teachers, kids, and parents as it is. So I thought, ‘What if I could make it even harder?’” https://t.co/s1Alx3Kctt
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) March 31, 2023
NEW: In 2021, Chicago unveiled an unprecedented $135 million in-house curriculum named Skyline — a major investment of federal COVID relief.@SSKedreporter & I spoke with teachers, principals & students about how its high-stakes rollout is going so far. https://t.co/0UQpamh8H1
— Mila Koumpilova (@MilaKoumpilova) March 31, 2023
Public schools are susceptible to political attack because of their massive reach and because it’s nearly impossible for adults truly to know what happens within school walls, said @Edu_Historian, associate professor of education @UMassLowell. https://t.co/uuFXwHfmjY
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) March 30, 2023
— Morgan Polikoff (@mpolikoff) March 29, 2023