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Afternoon Panel: Evaluating Advocacy In 3 States (LA, TN, and NC)

Figuring out whether advocacy efforts "work" -- or what that even means -- is one of education advocates' biggest challenges. Executing an effective advocacy effort is another. With that in mind, you might want to check out today's panel...Show More Summary

Thompson: "A Place for Us"?

After NPR's Wade Goodwyn’s moving report, One Night Only, about two dozen homeless singers performing at the Dallas City Performance Hall, I wiped tears from my eyes and made a resolution. This wonderful event must be celebrated, but I vowed to not use it as ammunition in our edu-political civil war. Show More Summary

Quotes: Governor Walkers Education Accomplishments, Fact-Checked

Our school scores are better. Our ACT scores are second best in the country. Graduation rate’s up over the past four years. Reading scores are up over the past four years, because we put the power back in the hands of the hard working taxpayers and the people they elect to run their school boards. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Universal Preschool In Iceland Helps Reduce Child Poverty

"Meet the poorest kids in Iceland, a country with a low child poverty rate and nearly universal enrollment in early education, starting at age 2. In America, meanwhile, despite advances in many states, only 40% of 3-year-olds are enrolled." (How to end child poverty in America CNN).

AM News: Pockets Of Trouble For FL District Testing; CA Is Up Next

School Districts Report Second Day Of Testing Problems StateImpact FL: The Tampa Bay Times reports Tampa-area schools had to suspend some testing for a second day. Miami-Dade superintendent Alberto Carvalho says he won’t resume testing until the state can prove everything is working. Show More Summary

Parents: Housing-Based School Assignment Gets A Black Eye In The Bay Area

In America a child's destiny should not be determined by his or her zip code #DontStealPossible #education pic.twitter.com/NmFyr5xE21 — Hamlet Garcia (@hamletgarcia17) March 3, 2015 That's parent Hamlet Garcia, whom as you may recall was taken to court over his daughter's attendance at a wealthy high performing school district. Show More Summary

Maps: Why Won't Anyone Make A Map Of Common Core Test Start Dates?

I still haven't found a map giving start dates for states' Common Core testing windows but in the meantime check out this NCSL map showing where states are on Common Core implementation. The state-by-state assessment consortia map from NCSL is here. Show More Summary

Quotes: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker On Eliminating ISIS Teachers

We must identify the people who are teaching ISIS their tactics – in other words, their teachers – and eliminate them. I did that in Wisconsin and I can do it in Iraq and Syria... Behind every problem, there are teachers you need to get rid of. - Scott Walker (Walker Vows To Detroy ISIS Teachers via Andy Borowitz

Journalism: KPCC Shows The Right Way To Correct A Story In 2 Easy Steps

Kudos to the team at KPCC Southern California Public Radio for showing how to correct a story online (and for reminding us that UTLA and SEIU have split on endorsing the sitting board chair, Richard Vladovic). Step 1 is to indicate in the headline that the story has been corrected. Show More Summary

Morning Video: What's Next For PARCC Testing In Chicago

Watch here for more about Chicago's sudden reversal on the Common Core testing question, or click here for a CBS News segment on parents opting out.

AM News: Tuesday Common Core Testing Canceled In Dade & Broward (Anywhere Else?)

New Assessment Tests Canceled In Dade & Broward For Tuesday CBS Miami: While some schools were not able to log into the online system, others that were able to access the system found that it worked so slowly that it was very difficult to proceed. Show More Summary

Congress-Watching: 5 Lessons From Friday's Embarassing "Surprise" ESEA Reauthorization Meltdown

The AP called it a "political embarrassment" for Republicans in charge of Congress, but it might just as well have been called an embarrassment for pundits and journalists covering the process. On Friday afternoon, the House scuttled debate on the reauthorization of ESEA, the federal education law currently known as No Child Left Behind. Show More Summary

Thompson: Oklahoma City Is Makes Top Ten (Suspending Black Secondary Students) READY

I didn’t want to blog about Are We Closing the School Discipline Gap? by Daniel Losen et. al. I support the efforts of Losen and the Center for Civil Rights Remedies to close the racial “discipline gap.” Students can’t learn if they are not in class and we need to invest in Restorative Justice, and other alternatives to suspensions. Show More Summary

Common Core: Chicago Will Administer New Tests Next Week After All

CPS Letter to ISBE Feb242015 In a complete but not entirely unexpected reversal, CPS announced that it would require all schools to administer the new Common Core assessment next week, as required by the state and the USDE as a condition of funding. Show More Summary

Update: New Voices Challenging Reform Critics' "Belief Gap" On Social Media

George Hall Elementary. 99% black. 98% student poverty. All proficient. You're not ready for this discussion until you believe in our kids. — Citizen Stewart (@citizenstewart) February 24, 2015 For the last few years, claims of success...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Race, Reconstruction, & The Nation

In case you missed it like I did, here's The Nation's panel on race and reconstruction, featuring the magazine's work on race over 150 years. Also be sure to check out the background blog posts, including this one about the era from the segregation ban to Nelson Mandela's time (The Nation).

AM News: More States Begin Common Core Testing This Week

As Common Core Testing Is Ushered In, Parents and Students Opt Out NYT: About a dozen of their classmates, however, will be elsewhere. They will sit in a nearby art room, where they will read books, do a little drawing and maybe paint. Show More Summary

Quotes: SEIU Could Play Decisive Role In Chicago (As It Has In LA)

Now that we have a runoff, we are going to take a very close, serious look at the race. The neutrality vote we took was a vote in the first round. This is now a different election. -- SEIU Local 1 political operative Jerry Morrison in the Sun-Times (SEIU may join mayor race). Show More Summary

Advocacy: 50CAN Does Reformy Things (Somewhat) Differently

As you may recall, 50CAN launched in 2010 at roughly the same time as StudentsFirst, but has followed an interesting and somewhat distinct path in the intervening five years compared to other national networks of reform-minded advocacy groups like StudentsFirst and Stand For Children and DFER that all seemed to sprout up around the same time. Show More Summary

Journalism: Let's Focus On What Actually Happens -- Not What Might Happen

As Politico recently noted, statehouse efforts to turn the Common Core and its assessments back seem to have peaked since last year. The number of states with repeal efforts repeated this year is down from 22 to 19. "So far, they’ve fared poorly," notes Stephanie Simon. Show More Summary

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