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And All Of A Sudden, I'm So Good At Math

The school day before the math state exam, we went over any number of topics: linear relationships, scientific notation, the slope-intercept form of …

Teaching

Claxton: Rename teachers 'learning designers'

Teachers should be renamed "learning designers", an education academic has said.<p>Guy Claxton, emeritus professor at the University of Winchester, said …

Teaching

What Teacher Strikes Can Teach Democrats About Education Politics

The momentum of this spring’s teacher uprising is growing, as Oklahoma teachers extend their walkout into a second week and teachers in Kentucky and …

Education

Guest Post: What Has Changed?

Peter Greene, a "Very Seasoned" teacher guest posting for John Warner, answers "That Question."

Why Teachers Strike (It’s Not All About Money)

×<p>Atomazul<p>Teachers on strike and protesting in downtown Chicago, September 13, 2012.<p>Everyone is talking about teacher strikes. After a nine-day …

DeVos In This World

By this time, everyone in the education world, or even the world next door, has heard about Betsy DeVos's appearance on 60 Minutes being grilled by …

The DeVosian Dilemma

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has a problem.<br>Okay, she has several problems, but one problem exists at the intersection of all her larger …

NPE: Parent's Guide To Online Learning

The Network for Public Education has released a new guide, "Online Learning: What Every Parent Should Know." At twenty pages, it's not exactly a …

Opinion: Newark’s Phantom Gains in School Improvement

There’s been a lot of talk lately — including here at NJ Spotlight — about the recent “successes” of Newark’s schools. New research purportedly shows …

Education

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 …

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 …

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

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 expert …

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

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

Education

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 …

Education

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 …

Teaching

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% …

North Carolina

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 …

Education

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 …

Pre-kindergarten

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, …