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A News: NY Picks Compromise School Chief

Former Tampa Schools Boss MaryEllen Elia Named N.Y. K-12 Chief EdWeek: The former superintendent of Florida's Hillsborough County schools is poised to become New York state's next K-12 commissioner, according to reports. See also NYT:...Show More Summary

Maps: School Security Guards Are Generally Poorly Trained & Supervised

There are more security guards than law enforcement officers, reports Reveal (the Center for Investigative Reporting), and many school districts use the guards as a low-cost alternative to sworn law enforcement officers. Yet the guards are often poorly trained and supervised, and only 12 states require reports when they use their weapons. Show More Summary

Update: Panorama Unveils Teacher Survey (To Help Evaluate Principals)

The idea that quick, candid surveys can be useful in schools and classrooms isn't new at this point. They've been popularized since a few years ago when it was reported that students' views of teachers correlated with teachers' abilities to improve student achievement. Show More Summary

Quotes: "I Was Ferris Bueller."

I had a great time in high school. I was Ferris Bueller. - Rocker Alice Cooper, who performed iconic 1972 song School's Out" Forever (Deadspin via ChalkbeatNY)

Morning Video: "Best Kept Secret" (Top-Rated on Netflix)

Topping Vox's list of The 19 best-reviewed movies on Netflix right now is "Best Kept Secret." "The [2013] film tracks Janet Mino, a Newark public school special education teacher whose class of teen boys on the autism spectrum is about to graduate into a world loath to give them a chance." Check out the trailer above. Show More Summary

AM News: Summer Of Choice?

Teacher Union Legal Opposition to School Choice Stumbles in Florida, Louisiana EdWeek: On Friday, a Louisiana district judge rejected the state teachers' union argument that the way Louisiana funded some charter schools was unconstitutional, according to the Associated Press. Show More Summary

Thompson: What Do We Mean When We Talk of Graduation Rates?

Graduation rates used to be incredibly easy to fabricate (almost as easy as attendance rates and even easier than jacking up proficiency rates) but I don't doubt they have become more reliable. I used to assume that the annual increase in graduation rates, and the equally ubiquitous decline in dropout rates, were half real and half bogus. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Can Chicago Reach Labor Deal Like LA Just Did?

Can Chicago teachers and the district come to agreement over a new contract like UTLA and LAUSD recently did? PBS affiliate WTTW interviews union president Karen Lewis. Or watch this HuffPost Live segement on desegregation efforts in Connecticut, one of the few states in the nation where there's been some improvement.

AM News: Shorter, Combined PARCC Tests For Next Year

Board shortens Common Core-aligned tests known as PARCC Washington Post: The Common Core-aligned tests that made their debut in 11 states and the District this spring will be approximately 90 minutes shorter next year, a change thatShow More Summary

Quotes: Common Core Tests Restore Some Strengths of 1990s Tests, Says Linda Darling-Hammond

Before NCLB, Vermont, Indiana and Kentucky had students write in different genres and assessed their work. Connecticut and New York had multiday science activities... With Smarter Balanced, the performance tasks will only take about 180 minutes over one or two class periods. Show More Summary

Educators & Advocates Need Authentic Conversations About Race, Too

Can racism be stopped in the third grade? A look at the controversial Fieldston experiment: http://t.co/SQTDO1y7YT pic.twitter.com/SLv30yw1J7 — New York Magazine (@NYMag) May 19, 2015 Some Fieldston parents and NY Magazine readers may...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Angry Minnesotan

Watch Minnesota Gov. Dayton sending legislation back to the statehouse for more education funding, above, via MinnPost, or click here to meet a parent who's become an anti-Common Core activist, via NBC News. I'll post the Moskowitz/Ripley talk from yesterday as soon as I see it.

AM News: VA Testing Interruptions, LA Board Member Changes

Va. testing interrupted three times because of issues with Pearson system Washington Post: Pearson said the company was the target of a cyberattack on May 13 that caused problems with the testing system. On May 14, a computer server became overloaded, leading to further disruptions. Show More Summary

Thompson: Stand for Children Reports that Testing is Oklahoma Teachers' Top Concern

Oklahoma's underfunded schools had plenty of problems before funding was cut 23%, the most of any state. This year we'll face more cuts and Oklahoma teachers, already ranked 49th nationally in salaries, will probably face another year without a raise. Show More Summary

Chart: State Teachers Of Year Prioritize Out-Of-School Factors

Two of the top three issues raised by teachers surveyed about obstacles to learning are non-school/classroom factors, according to this Scholastic chart. The other is early learning.

Live Event: Don't Miss Today's NY Ideas Panels On Race & "Invisible Children"

Maybe like me you missed this morning's #NYIdeas half hour chat with Eva Moskowitz and Amanda Ripley (was it any good?). Maybe (like me) you didn't make it to last night's invite-only roundtable dinner at the High Line Hotel including...Show More Summary

AM News: Seattle Teachers Strike, Reform Victory/Defeat In Los Angeles

Thousands Of Seattle Teachers Strike Over Pay, Class Size Reuters: Thousands of Seattle teachers walked out of class on Tuesday to demand higher pay and smaller class sizes, marking the largest one-day strike in a series of rolling protests by educators in Washington state over public school funding. Show More Summary

Quotes: FairTest Declares Spring 2015 Victory

The end of the 2014-2015 school year is drawing near, but the movement to roll back standardized exam overkill has not slowed for a moment... The pressure from grassroots testing reformers is forcing policymakers to debate proposals to reduce testing overuse, eliminate some high-stakes consequences and stop penalizing students who opt out. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Head Start At 50 Years (Plus Alternative Options)

"Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson announced the creation of Head Start, the early education program designed to support the needs of low-income children and get them ready for elementary school. The NewsHour’s April Brown explores the legacy and efficacy of the iconic program." via PBS NewsHour. Show More Summary

AM News: NYC's Three-Year Mayoral Control Extension, LA's High Money/Low Turnout Election

NY Assembly Votes to Extend NYC's Local Control of Schools WNYC: The mayor of New York City has controlled city schools since 2002, but the law governing the policy expires this year. De Blasio, a Democrat, has called for permanent mayoral...Show More Summary

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