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October 15, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

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 2017 – So Far):

Teacher responds to DeVos: Schools aren’t like food trucks, and education is ‘not a side of fries’ is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

Education Isn’t the Key to a Good Income is by Rachel Cohen. She also posted a follow-up to it. I’m adding them both to The Best Resources On Why Improving Education Is Not THE Answer To Poverty & Inequality.

The Monumental Task Of Reopening Puerto Rico’s Schools is from NPR.

California will provide a year of free community college for new students is from The Sacramento Bee.

Eli Broad, Patron of Los Angeles, to Step Down From His Philanthropy is from The New York Times. You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles On Billionaire’s Charter Plan To Split LA’s School District.

A Chat With MacArthur Genius Nikole Hannah-Jones is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

October 8, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

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 2017 – So Far):

How Betsy DeVos is quietly erasing Obama’s education legacy is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

What’s Changed In South Carolina Schools Since Violent Student Arrest is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Most Useful Posts, Articles & Videos On South Carolina Officer’s Violent Arrest Of Student.

Stop Berating Black and Brown Parents Over Charters (and Give Your Twitter Fingers a Rest) is by Nate Bowling. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Want more young people to aspire to become teachers? Try paying teachers more is from Chalkbeat. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

October 5, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Is Interesting: All Smarter Balanced State English Test Scores Went Down & Most PARCC States Went Up

Why heads are scratching over California’s standardized test scores is a fascinating article at CALmatters.

In fact, I’m pretty surprised that I haven’t seen coverage of this issue in the “education”-related press.

It offers a very thorough analysis and, though it doesn’t give definitive answers, it certainly asks a lot of important questions.

Here’s an excerpt:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Next Generation” Of State Testing

September 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

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 2017 – So Far):

Common Core Used Widely, Despite Continuing Debate is from The Associated Press. I’m adding it to A Collection Of My “Best” Lists On The Common Core.

Teachers’ unions and school performance: Evidence from California charter schools is a new study showing that student achievement increased in charter schools after they unionized. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teachers Unions Are Important.  Chalkbeat has an article about the study.

Very bad news: Supreme Court again will consider mandatory fees to public-employee unions is from The Washington Post. Ed Week also has an article on the case. I’m adding them to The Best Resources On The Awful Friedrichs Case.

Why School Choice is the Last Thing America Needs to Solve Its Huge Racial Wealth Gap appeared at Alternet. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

While the rest of the world invests more in education, the U.S. spends less is from The Hechinger Report.

September 30, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Useful Recommendations For Reducing Drop-Out Rates

The Institute of Education Sciences has just released an important new – and freely available – report on Preventing Dropout in Secondary Schools.

You can see the four primary recommendations in the graphic at the top of this post. If you go to their site, you can get many more details about each recommendation.

You can learn more about the background of the report here.

When I think about how the four recommendations apply to our school, it seems to me that:

We’re improving at “Monitor the progress of all students, and proactively intervene when students show early signs of attendance, behavior, or academic problems.” We have some great staff and outside community groups helping make this happen. However, we are a large urban high school and, like many others, we have lots of students facing challenges and the needs can sometimes be overwhelming.

It’s a resource challenge to “Provide intensive, individualized support to students who have fallen off track and face significant challenges to success.” We’re trying.

I think we’re doing a decent job at “Engage students by offering curricula and programs that connect schoolwork with college and career success and that improve students’ capacity to manage challenges in and out of school.” We can always do more, but I think we have a fair amount of classes and support that help us implement this recommendation.

We have been doing a great job, and continue to be doing a great job, at “For schools with many at-risk students, create small, personalized communities to facilitate monitoring and support.” I think we’re national model for having a large school divide into multiple “small learning communities,” and you can read more at The Best Resources For Learning About Small Learning Communities.

Of course, implementing any of these recommendations requires money.  You can’t “squeeze blood out of a rock.”

It would be nice if decision-makers who control the purse-strings would also read this report.  I noticed that a recommendation to use vouchers was nowhere to be seen (see The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea).

September 23, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: “Teach Us All” Looks Like A Film Worth Watching

Teach Us All is premiering on Netflix on September 25th.

Here’s how ARRAY, the group distributing it (which was founded by Ava DuVernay) describe the documentary:

Marking the directorial debut from Sonia Lowman, the timely documentary TEACH US ALL examines the U.S. education system from the historic Little Rock Crisis to present day disparities in access that are culminating to a re-segregation of schools across the nation. On September 25, ARRAY will debut TEACH US ALL on Netflix accompanied by a national tour to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the Little Rock Nine’s momentous school integration.

Thanks to Pedro Noguera, who is interviewed in the film, for the tip.

September 17, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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This Week’s “Round-Up” Of Useful Posts & Articles On Ed Policy Issues

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 2017 – So Far):

Research “Proves” – Very Little appeared in Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Summer learning loss: What is it, and what can we do about it? is from Brookings. I’m adding it to Best Resources On The “Summer Slide.”

L.A. Unified settles lawsuits with teacher Rafe Esquith is from The L.A. Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts, Articles & Videos On The Rafe Esquith Controversy.

The Downsides of School Uniforms is from The New Yorker.

After More Than 20 Years, Newark, N.J., Regains Control Of Public Schools is from NPR. You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles For Learning About Newark’s $100 Million From Facebook.

Charges against school board president stun L.A.’s education world is from The L.A. Times. You might also be interested in The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Confidence in U.S. Public Schools Rallies is from Gallup. You might also be interested in The Best Articles Pointing Out That Our Schools Are Not Failing — Please Suggest More.

The Theory And Practice Of School Closures is from The Shanker Blog. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The Impact Of School Closures — Suggest More!

The Controversy Behind Chicago’s Diploma Mandate is from The Atlantic.

Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools. Its Children Lost. is from The NY Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

September 12, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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No Surprise Here: Study Shows Teachers In U.S. Are Underpaid

To the surprise of not a single teacher in the entire country, an international study has found that U.S. teachers are underpaid in comparison to our counterparts in two dozen industrialized countries.

Here’s an excerpt from Ed Week’s article about it:

 

I’m adding this post to The Best Posts & Articles About The Importance Of Teacher (& Student) Working Conditions.

You might also be interested in these past related posts:

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