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Opinion: Newark’s Phantom Gains in School Improvement

The celebrations and self-congratulations are real; unfortunately, the data shows that Newark’s educational successes don’t measure up

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Why the phrase ‘with fidelity’ is an affront to good teaching

“With fidelity” are some of the most damaging words in education.<p>Districts spend a ton of money paying people to pick out massively expensive, …

Tolerating failing schools in New Orleans — so long as they’re for black kids

A school bus drops off a student in front of the Claiborne Bridge in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans, Louisiana. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty …

Nonprofits

Douglas County school board ends controversial voucher program

CASTLE ROCK — The Douglas County school board voted Monday to end a controversial private-school voucher program and directed the school district to …

Green Dot’s Suspension Rates Continue to be Remarkably High

A month ago, the California Department of Education released 2016-17 data on suspension rates. When they were released, several news outlets looked …

Our School Systems Deserve Better Than This

Despite what Betsy DeVos may tell you.<p>Very often, people who express doubts about the value of public charter schools are criticized for being unsympathetic to minority and poor students that these schools allegedly are designed to help. (That the charter movement is awash in fraud and deceit, to …

Education

A Punishing Decade for School Funding

Public investment in K-12 schools has declined dramatically in a number of states over the last decade.Public investment in K-12 schools — crucial …

Bias in VAMs, According to Validity Expert Michael T. Kane

Share<p>During the still ongoing, value-added lawsuit in New Mexico (see my most recent update about this case here), I was honored to testify as the …

We don’t need no education

You have to hand it to them — on one hand, the Republicans who have run everything in Lansing for the past seven years have been consistent.<p>They've …

Protecting A Child's Right To Childhood

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The More Weight VAMs Carry, the More Teacher Effects (Will Appear to) Vary

Share<p>Matthew A. Kraft — an Assistant Professor of Education & Economics at Brown University and co-author of an article published in <i>Educational</i> …

Hack Education Weekly News

(National) Education Politics <br>“Assessing <b>Betsy DeVos</b>’ <b>Rollback on Disability Rights</b>” by Pacific Standard’s David Perry.“The 72 OSERS Documents …

Connectivism

Teachers or Technology? 12 Tech Takeover Concerns

Teachers in Boston <b>are all aglow over personalized learning</b>—teaching students how to learn on digital devices.<p>But there’s something strange about …

The Great Tennessee Achievement School District Experiment Finally Comes To An End

Six years ago the Tennessee Achievement School District launched with a five year mission to, in their words, ‘catapult’ schools in the bottom 5% …

SUNY to Teaching Profession: Meh.

It comes as no surprise that in New York the SUNY Charter School committee voted to approve its controversial regulations that will allow SUNY …

Newark schools chief to teacher union head: Don’t need you.

In Pursuit of Woozles

There’s a delightful old story about Winnie the Pooh and Piglet where they are hunting a Woozle.<p>As some of us well know, having read these classic …

For-Profit Schools Get State Dollars For Dropouts Who Rarely Drop In

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last school year, Ohio’s cash-strapped education department paid Capital High $1.4 million in taxpayer dollars to teach students on …

Dear Parents: Your Pre-Schoolers Have a Bad Attitude and Keep Squirming. This Must Stop

Kudos to the ScaryMommy blog for scaring up this truly bloodchilling memo from a pre-k. While cheerily (or perhaps dutifully) noting “Autumn is …

Parenting

October 11: College Board Set to Frack Philadelphia’s Students

On September 13, 2017 I attended the Philadelphia School Reform Commission’s monthly meeting and testified to the fact that public education has …

Robots Replacing Teachers? Laugh at Your Own Risk.

<i>*Disclaimer: the mother in this article requested to keep her identity anonymous for the time being. Additional details are forthcoming.</i><p>This fall, …

Questions as Invitations, Not Inquisitions

When you are a writer, inspiration for your writing can come from all over, suddenly, unpredictably, sometimes even against your will. Into my in box …

A Study in Stupid

There's an NPR piece about how Spanish speakers take longer to learn English than their Chinese counterparts. It's one of the stupidest things I've …

Education

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Voucher Champs Take Note: Illinois’ $75M Tax Credit Offset Funding Does Not Exist.

On August 31, 2017, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law a bill that includes a $75-million provision for “tax credit scholarships,” in …

Bruce Rauner

Who was — and wasn’t — invited to Betsy DeVos’s education roundtable

An office manager was invited. So were politicians, ministers and school administrators. But it’s more interesting who wasn’t invited to the education roundtable that Education Secretary Betsy DeVos attended in Tallahassee on Wednesday with the Baptist minister who convened the event.<p>The event was …

Education

What It Takes for Families to Support Public Education

When it comes to education, we've certainly allowed all kinds of predators and vandals to chip away at America's best idea: a completely free, …

Education

Like Her Boss, Betsy DeVos Makes A Disaster All About Herself

While President Trump’s boastful comments about crowd size at his tour of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in Houston struck some as egotistical and …

Chris Christie, The Beach, and Our Leaders' Massive School Funding Hypocrisy

So you all know about this by now, and none of you are the least bit surprised.<i><br>h/t Star-Ledger</i><i></i><br>You aren't surprised because, like me, you've been …