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Quotes: Worst Schools = The "New" Plantation

There is no hokum that Diane Ravitch can write that will absolve her of her destructive support of this new slave trade... No monograph Karen Magee or S.O.S. soccer moms in Westchester’s leafy burbs can offer that trumps their doublespeak about educational opportunity for all…while they hoard it for themselves. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Noguera, Hagopian, Cunningham Debate Education

Is the U.S. public education system set up to fail low-income students? @pcunningham57 & @PedroANoguera debate — Third Rail (@AJAMThirdRail) August 4, 2015 On Sunday, Al Jazeera America's Third Rail show featured these three talking about education. See one segment above. See others here (scroll down for various segments).

AM News: Billions In Teacher Support Not Effective, Says New Report

Study: Billions of dollars in annual teacher training is largely a waste Washington Post: A new study of 10,000 teachers found that professional development — the teacher workshops and training that cost taxpayers billions of dollars each year — is largely a waste. Show More Summary

Update: "The Grade" Sifts Through The Glut Of (Uneven) Media Coverage

So The Grade has been up and running for about three months now, causing some small amount of anguish and/or eye-rolling among education reporters, editors, and observers -- as long as (I hope) some self-reflection as well. Given the...Show More Summary

Thompson: NY Reformers Claim that Elections Don't Matter

A cornerstone of the contemporary school reform movement is the assumption that experience and a knowledge of education research, history, and the way that systems actually operate don't matter. A few weeks of summer training supposedly...Show More Summary

Quotes: Elizabeth Warren, Reformers' (Unexpected?) ESEA Accountability Champion

In many ways, this bill represents a significant improvement in federal education policy, moving away from rigid standardized tests and respecting the vital work that our teachers do every day--and I strongly support those changes. But...Show More Summary

School Shootings: How Sandy Hook Marked End of The Gun Control Debate

In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over. — Dan Hodges (@DPJHodges) June 19, 2015 "In retrospect Sandy Hook marked the end of the US gun control debate. Once America decided killing children was bearable, it was over." -- Daily Telegraph commentator Dan Hodges via Wonkblog

AM News: New Orleans Overhaul Worked, New Report States

Post-Katrina New Orleans schools revolution worked, Tulane study says A typical elementary- or middle-school student's scores rose by 8 to 15 percentage points. "Even the lower end of that range suggests large positive effects," Harris wrote. Show More Summary

Thompson: Project Fatherhood

When writing her excellent Project Fatherhood, the UCLA gang expert Jorja Leap exposed herself to a daunting risk. Leap accepted a degree of physical danger but it was the professional risk that could have been intimidating. Leap defied...Show More Summary

Numbers: $831 Billion #BTS15

Marketing research company eMarketer estimates that US retail back-to-school season sales will reach $831.33 billion in the months of July and August this year, "up 4.6% year over year and representing 17.3% of full-year retail sales." (Students Stuff Backpacks with Tech for Back-to-School)

Morning Video: Christie Swipes At Teachers Unions (Again), Missouri District Tries Integration (Again)

Here's Chris Christie's now-obligatory slap at the teachers unions from CNN. But you really should spend your time listening to This American Life's latest podcast, about an unlikely and unexpected school integration experiment in Missouri. Streaming and download versions here.

AM News: Presidential Candidates Focus On Colleges & Teachers Unions

2016 election: College in the crosshairs Politico: Presidential candidates from both parties are tapping into Americans’ growing angst over paying for college, placing an unprecedented bright glare on higher education this election. For Democrats, the solution is making college cheaper, or free. Show More Summary

Charts: Time To Rethink [Teacher] Licensing?

"Today, more than a quarter of American workers need a license to do their job, representing a fivefold increase relative to the 1950s," according to this recent Vox article. That's no surprise to anyone in education. We take licensing for granted. Show More Summary

Quotes: Defiance Or ADHD? Depends What Color The Kid Is

White kids tend to get viewed as having ADHD, or having some sort of behavioral problem. Black kids are viewed as being unruly and unwilling to learn. -- David Ramey, an assistant professor of sociology and criminology at Penn State, quoted in Daily Beast via Vox (How schools push black students to the criminal justice system)

Morning Video: "TeacherCenter" Isn't Even Key & Peele's Best Education Sketch

TeacherCenter, the Key & Peele parody in which teachers are the subject of a SportsCenter-style show makes the obvious point that our society treats pro athletes much better than it does classroom teachers, delightfully imagining what it'd be like if things were very, very different. Show More Summary

AM News: State Test Score Results, Teachers vs. Nurses, College Board Cave

Minn. student test scores show little change despite vow to improve Star Tribune: In reading, nearly 60 percent of students mastered state standards, compared with 59 percent in 2014. In math, 60 percent of students met math standards, down from nearly 62 percent in 2014. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Let's Talk About Segregated Housing & Segregated Schools

Click "play" on this recent panel featuring TCF fellows Stefanie DeLuca and Halley Potter and L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy of CUNY discussing the nexus of race, housing, and education in America. According to TCF's Potter, "segregation in housing...Show More Summary

AM News: Renewed Controversy Over AP US History Course

In a county that tried to amend US history course, a lesson in politics Washington Post: Voters in Jefferson County, Colo., are petitioning to recall three conservative members of the local school board who caused a national stir last fall after criticizing the Advanced Placement U.S. Show More Summary

Quotes: In NYC, Reformers Oppose Mayoral Control

When a group professing to support education reform opposes mayoral control of schools, it calls into question what exactly it stands for. --Wiley Norvell in NYT (Groups That Back Bloomberg’s Education Agenda Enjoy Success in Albany...

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