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AM News: Thirty States Plus DC To Give Common Core Assessment This Spring

What happens when the Common Core becomes less... common? Washington Post: Now only 12 states plus the District plan to give the PARCC exam to students, according to the Council of State School Officers, an organization of state education chiefs. Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: PBS NewsHour Covers "The Test"

Here's last night's PBS NewHour segment featuring Anya Kamenetz's new book, The Test. (Is it a high of 113 tests K-12, or is 113 the average?) Not loading properly, or want to read the transcript? Click here.

Thompson: EdReform's White Collar Assault on Blue Collar Schools

The Center for Reinventing Education's Steven Hodas, in Clash of Cultures: Blue Collar, White Collar, and Reform, explains that we who oppose school reform are "correct to have sniffed a corporatist agenda... but they [we] have fundamentally misconstrued the motive. Show More Summary

Visuals: Don't Miss Out On NPR's Ed-Related Illustrations

Whatever you may think of NPR's education coverage, you gotta love the art that's been on the site these past few weeks and months. Most if not all of it's done by LA Johnson (@theLAJohnson), who kindly gave me permission to post this recent image. Show More Summary

Journalism: How That Atlantic Magazine Story Went (So) Wrong

Here's the beginning of my writeup of the events leading to and following the online publication of's CUNY story, published in its entirety over at Medium: Both online and in print, The Atlantic has become known for running extremely strong education-focused features. Show More Summary

Quotes: Why Schools Aren't Using Simple "Nudges" To Help Students Learn

Why aren’t schools, districts and states rushing to set up these measures? Maybe because the programs have no natural constituency. They are not labor- or capital-intensive, so they don’t create lots of jobs or lucrative contracts. They don’t create a big, expensive initiative that a politician can point to in a stump speech. Show More Summary

Events: All The Cool (NPR) Kids Are (Were) At #NPREdSummit

#npredsummit @SDrummondNPR in "Selling Your Story" says when reporting in the field, "Find yourself a guide." @npr_ed — LA Johnson (@theLAJohnson) January 21, 2015 Following up on something that I recall was...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Everybody Hates Pearson - But It's Not Going Away Anytime Soon

Here's a three-minute video explainer to go along with the Fortune magazine story that came out yesterday. Video not loading properly (#thankstypepad)? Click here.

Quotes: Show Taxpayers [Test] Results If You Want More Of Their Money

Taxpayers provide about $600 billion each year to fund public education in America. They have a right to know if the system is working. And if we want the public to spend more money on education, we need to show them [test] results. -- Ed Post's Peter Cunningham (Fewer, Better, Fairer Tests)

Journalism: Ten Large (& A Bowler Hat!) For High-Quality Reporting

The Edwin Gould Foundation has announced a new (to me) journalism prize to "the authors / producers / originators of works of journalism that help to further the national conversation about low-income college completion." First prize: $10,000 and a bowler hat Two Honorable Mention Awards: $2,500 and a bowler hat. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Let's Talk About Why Schools Are So Segregated (Again)

Here's an April 2014 C-SPAN interview with ProPublica's Nikole Hannah-Jones about how schools in Tuscaloosa Alabama and many other places have resegregated since coming out from under court supervision. (Washington Journal School Desegregation)

AM News: After Obama Push, Google Relents On Student Data Privacy Pledge

After Initially Holding Out, Google Signs Student-Data-Privacy Pledge EdWeek: Any possibility that the pledge might have slipped from the public's attention vanished last week, when President Barack Obama publicly lauded the effort and urged more companies to get on board. Show More Summary

Quotes: Don't Hate The [School Board] Players, Hate The Game

We propose that state laws be amended so that local boards have only two powers: to approve an annual slate of schools to operate in their locality, and to employ a CEO... Individual schools, not the local board, would employ teachers, rent or buy facilities and technology, and decide how to deliver instruction. Show More Summary

Thompson: Misgivings About NYC's New Cell Phone Policy

Like most teachers who I know, I have strong opinions about cell phones in school – I’m agin em. But, I support Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Farina, so why should I intrude into New York City’s cell phone debate? Edu-politics is the art of the possible and cell phones aren’t going away. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Student Poverty Deepening & Spreading Nationally

Here's a PBS NewsHour segment on student poverty from Friday that you might not yet have seen. A majority of students in 21 states are now poor or near-poor, according to data passed on by Washington Post reporter Lyndsey Layton (whose...Show More Summary

AM News: Obama Speech To Include Student Privacy, Safety, & Free College Tonight

Obama to propose new student privacy legislation Washington Post: President Obama is planning to propose new federal legislation to safeguard student privacy, a move that comes as new classroom technologies gather sensitive personalShow More Summary

Quotes: "Free-Range" Parents Object When Kids Stopped Walking Home

The world is actually even safer than when I was a child, and I just want to give them the same freedom and independence that I had — basically an old-fashioned childhood. I think it’s absolutely critical for their development — to learn responsibility, to experience the world, to gain confidence and competency. Show More Summary

#EdGif Of The Day: How To Explain A Book To Your Students

"It's like an iPad, only thicker. It entertains yo for hours. It's like individual screens with words on it. It's like a movie you get to direct in your own head." via We may all have an exaggerated sense of kids' use and affection for...Show More Summary

Journalism: Atlantic Story Highlighting "Racial Gerrymandering" Named Magazine Award Finalist

One of the handful of articles nominated for a national magazine award yesterday includes Nikole-Hannah-Jones' school resegregation story, which ran in The Atlantic and is a finalist in the Public Interest category. Longtime readersShow More Summary

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