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March 20, 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 2016 – Part Two):

Where is the U.S. in School Reform in 2017? is by Larry Cuban.

Bridging The Divide is a big report from The Baltimore Sun on school segregation. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About School Desegregation (& Segregation) – Help Me Find More.

Bill would allow veteran teachers to avoid state income taxes is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

To Find the Value a Teacher Adds, Look Beyond Test Scores is by Paul Tough. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Effective Student & Teacher Assessments.

Becoming a Community School: A Study of Oakland Unified School District Community School Implementation, 2015-2016 is a report from Stanford. I’m adding it to “The Best Resources For Learning About Community Schools”

California unveiled a new “Dashboard” to evaluate schools. Here are some articles about it:

California’s long-awaited School Dashboard debuts is from Ed Source.

How is your school doing? Online dashboard gives parents new tool is from The San Francisco Chronicle.

California’s new education ratings tool paints a far rosier picture than in the past is from The L.A. Times.

March 16, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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How Will President Trump’s Budget – If Approved – Affect You, Your Students & Their Families?

I’ve previously posted The Best Articles On What The Trump Presidency Might Mean For Schools and The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

President Trump’s new budget gives us an even clearer idea of his priorities, and it’s not a pretty picture for our schools, our students, and their families.

Here are some articles specifically about its potential impact on schools:

Trump seeks to slash Education Department but make big push for school choice is from The Washington Post.

Trump’s Budget Blueprint Pinches Pennies For Education is from NPR.

Trump’s Education Budget Revealed is from The Atlantic.

Trump budget casualty: After-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor. is from The Washington Post.

Trump’s Education Budget ‘Falls Far Short,’ Education Groups Say is from Ed Week.

The rest of the budget is pretty terrible, too, and Mick Mulvaney, the new director of the Office of Management and Budget, spoke what can only be described as some crazy talk today.

Vox and The New York Times have good overviews of the entire budget proposal.

And The New York Times is inviting readers to Share Your Story: How Would Trump’s Budget Affect You?

You might also want to read more about how outside factors affect our student’s academic achievement.

March 13, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: How Will Plan To Replace Obamacare Affect Students?

Most people have probably already heard today that the Congressional Budget Office says that 24 million people will lose insurance over the next decade if the present Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is approved.

Politico now reports that an internal White House analysis says it would be even worse:

How could this Republican plan affect our students?

Check out this article, “Kids who get health insurance are more likely to finish high school and college.”

You can find other related resources at The Best Places To Learn What Impact A Teacher (& Outside Factors) Have On Student Achievement.

March 12, 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 2016 – Part Two):

Education for Sale? is by Linda Darling Hammond. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

A Brooklyn Charter School Looks Past ‘No Excuses’ is an article in today’s New York Times that described a move towards restorative practices. Here’s how it ends:

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Restorative Practices – Help Me Find More.

Want to Fix Schools? Go to the Principal’s Office also appeared in The New York Times.

The Senate’s 50–49 Killing of ESSA Rules: A Sweeping Change in How America Will Rate (and Fix) Schools is from The 74. Here are articles from The New York Times and Washington Post on the same vote.

Here’s a short animation describing California’s new “accountability system”:

March 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 2016 – Part Two):

‘Tax Credit Scholarships,’ Praised By Trump, Turn Profits For Some Donors is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

For Trump and DeVos, a Florida Private School Is a Model for Choice is from The New York Times. I’m adding it to the same list.

DeVos and Tax Credit Vouchers: Arizona Shows What Can Go Wrong is from The New York Times. It’s going on the same list.

America Needs Public School Choice, Not Private School Vouchers is by Richard Kahlenberg. Yup, on the same list.

Kansas Isn’t Spending Enough On Its Schools, State’s High Court Says is from NPR.

“Heroism of Incremental Change.” Part 1 is an interesting piece by Larry Cuban. The Heroism of Incremental Change (Part 2) is also interesting, though I think an introduction talking about the civil rights movement is a little “off.” It’s one thing to talk about the value of incremental change in teaching methods. It’s a very different kettle of fish when talking about incremental change around basic human rights.

Study: When Tenure Is Taken Away, Teachers Leave is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Articles For Helping To Understand Both Why Teacher Tenure Is Important & The Reasons Behind Seniority-Based Layoffs.

March 7, 2017
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Christopher Emdin’s Keynote At SXSWedu 2017

Educator, speaker, and writer Chris Emdin gave the keynote yesterday at SXSWedu, a big education and tech conference.

You can read an extensive interview I did with Chris for Education Week last year, ‘For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…’: An Interview With Chris Emdin.

You can also read about this impressive keynote at Ed Week, SXSWedu 2017 Conference Opens With a Challenge of Attendees’ Motives.

March 1, 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 2016 – Part Two):

Just What IS A Charter School, Anyway? is from NPR. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

Seven Reasons Why School Choice ≠ School Reform is from Learning First. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why School Vouchers Are A Bad Idea (& Other Commentaries On “Choice”).

Latino Protests Prompt Chicago to Restore Funding for High-Poverty Schools is from Ed Week.

Education Secretary DeVos made some inaccurate comments about Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Here are articles about it:

Ms. DeVos’s Fake History About School Choice is a NY Times Editorial.

DeVos called HBCUs ‘pioneers’ of ‘school choice.’ It didn’t go over well. is from The Washington Post.

After Backlash, DeVos Backpedals on Remarks on Historically Black Colleges is from The New York Times.

Betsy DeVos Press Release Celebrates Jim Crow Education System as Pioneer of “School Choice” is from Slate.

I’m adding those posts to The Best Resources For Learning About Our New U.S. Secretary of Education.

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