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March 3, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: California Decides To Focus On School Improvement, Not Punishment

John Fensterwald has written an excellent article for Ed Source describing what’s happening here in California in the name of “school accountability,” and it certainly doesn’t look like Arne Duncan’s vision.

You’ll want to read the whole piece, and here’s an excerpt from Moving beyond a single measure of a school:

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March 1, 2015
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, Posts & Videos On Education Policy In 2014 – Part Two):

California, GOP on same page in bid to curb U.S. role in schools reform is from The Los Angeles Times. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On The New NCLB Reauthorization Bill.

Everyone hates No Child Left Behind, and Congress is never going to change it is from Vox. I’m adding it to the same list.

The Differences Between Medical Tests and Standardized Tests is by Diane Ravitch. It doesn’t quite fit, but I’m still adding it to The Best Articles Highlighting Parallel Critiques Of Increasing School & Health Care “Efficiency.”

Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools appeared in The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Analyzing Charter Schools.

How Twitter is changing the national Common Core debate is an intriguing article about an interesting project. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards.

How can you tell if scientific evidence is strong or weak? is from Vox. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Understanding How To Interpret Education Research.

Contentious teacher-related policies moving from legislatures to the courts is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The “Value-Added” Approach Towards Teacher Evaluation.

Rift escalates between Los Angeles teachers, district is from The Associated Press.

Rahm Emanuel Forced Into Runoff in Bid for Second Term as Chicago Mayor is from The New York Times. The Humbling of Rahm is from Politico.  You might be interested in The Best Resources On The Chicago Teachers’ Strike.

How AP History became so controversial that Oklahoma is trying to ban it is from Vox.  This is connected to The Best Posts & Articles On The Teacher & Student Protests In Colorado.

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February 28, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Statistic Of The Day: “Make School A Democracy”

David L. Kirp has a column in today’s New York Times talking about the Escuela Nueva (New School) model of rural schools in Columbia and how it can be applied around the world, including in the United States. His piece is headlined “Make School A Democracy.”

Here’s an excerpt:

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I’m adding this post to The Best Posts Questioning If Direct Instruction Is “Clearly Superior.”

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February 26, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Scott Walker Compares Teachers & Other Union Protesters To ISIS

Fresh from saying he didn’t know if President Obama was a patriot, Scott Walker today said that facing union protesters (see The Best Resources For Learning About Attacks On Teachers & Other Public Sector Workers In Wisconsin) has prepared him for ISIS terrorists if he became President:

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February 24, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: The LA Times On No Child Left Behind

The Los Angeles Times, certainly no friend of teachers because of their unethical decision to publish teacher ratings (see The Best Posts About The LA Times Article On “Value-Added” Teacher Ratings), just came out with a surprisingly progressive editorial on the potential reauthorization of No Child Left Behind. In fact, it is far better than yesterday’s NY Times terrible editorial on the same topic.

Here’s an excerpt from the LA Times editorial:

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I’m adding it to The Best Resources On The No Child Left Behind Reauthorization Process.

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February 21, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Quote Of The Day: Great Metaphor On Standardized Tests