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):
Reading more on the Houston ISD decision to turn libraries into behavioral centers or zoom rooms. Here are some highlights from a tour of one of the new elementary schools from the Houston Chronical #HISD #edchat #tlchat pic.twitter.com/khzdrvUNAG
— Elissa Malespina (@elissamalespina) July 28, 2023
A plurality of parents (41%) say local public schools have improved since the pandemic, compared to 19% who say they have gotten worse. (34% say they’re about the same.) https://t.co/y1TlcvpP0U pic.twitter.com/0eut3KTVrH
— Matt Barnum (@matt_barnum) July 31, 2023
— Rachel Cohen (@rmc031) July 31, 2023
Lawsuit aims to halt the opening of nation’s first religious charter school https://t.co/MTB8fflbdp
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) July 31, 2023
NEW: Ron DeSantis has spent years fighting indoctrination in schools–yet his admin just approved content from a conservative group whose co-founder says they are in “the mind-changing business.”
“But what is the bad about our indoctrination?” he says.https://t.co/lDYgQO4iml
— Ana Ceballos (@anaceballos_) July 31, 2023
I think this is an accurate description of the mindset of district leaders in all too many dysfunctional school districts https://t.co/I36Eq7ACfl
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 1, 2023
Burnout, low pay and politics are driving away teachers. Turnover is soaring for educators of color is from The Associated Press.
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) August 3, 2023
I have a lot of respect for IB and, in fact, teach IB classes. However, it does not appear that they covered themselves with glory in this situation – based on their quoted comments. https://t.co/RTm7uxMsWR
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 3, 2023
Chicago schools run by more independent principals saw more passing test scores: study https://t.co/lTx29FWW9k
— Paul Bruno (@Paul__Bruno) August 4, 2023
This is absolutely awful.
Also, I wonder if/when some charter schools will start using algorithms to project with students to “counsel out” students (or are some using them already?). Obviously, a fair amount do this without algorithms now. https://t.co/vrpS8MglnB
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 4, 2023
Once a Big Player, Teach For America Tries to Regain Its Footing is from Ed Week. You might be interested in The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.
My office is opening a civil rights investigation into Chino Valley Unified School District.
Chino Valley’s forced outing policy threatens the safety of LGBTQ+ students.
Students should never fear going to school for simply being who they are. https://t.co/h2dijREKux
— Rob Bonta (@AGRobBonta) August 4, 2023
In a Reversal, A.P. Psychology May Be Allowed in Florida Schools After All https://t.co/BcA9d2twpI
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 5, 2023
Listen and stand with Black parents and parents fighting for their children to learn the truth, have access to books and have democratic control over their cities. https://t.co/59RFJCd2IQ
— Tiffany Mitchell Patterson, PhD (@DrTMP) August 5, 2023
At least three studies have found that takeovers don’t increase academic achievement.https://t.co/8ObR1sfkOb
— The Hechinger Report (@hechingerreport) August 4, 2023
Why Do So Few Black Men Become Teachers? is from Ed Surge. I’m adding it to New & Revised: The Best Resources For Understanding Why We Need More Teachers Of Color.
I comment on the rise of the 4-day school week as a strategy to recruit and retain teachers, especially in rural districts. There’s a better approach: Pay them better.https://t.co/N7KQ4jYg67
— Aaron Pallas (@PallasAaron) August 7, 2023
— Larry Ferlazzo (@Larryferlazzo) August 8, 2023