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AM News: Triggering 20 Columbus Schools, Paying Rent For 70 NYC Charters

Nearly 1 in 5 Columbus Schools Qualify for Overhauls Under Parent-Trigger Law EdWeek: Three years after Ohio enacted a limited "parent trigger" law, nearly one-fifth of Columbus schools now qualify for major leadership overhauls if parents choose to initiate them. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: LA Mayor's Slow Slide Away From Vergara

First, Garcetti softened on Vergara ow.ly/BCnZR Now he's endorsed Vergara opponent Torlakson ow.ly/BCnzi Maybe reformers aren't going to leave Rahm hanging after all ow.ly/BByrx @DFER_IL @libbyanelson @HeatherHJ Louisiana CommonCoreShow More Summary

Thompson: Value-Added True Believers Should Listen to Principals

Sadly, a new Gates-funded study, "Principal Use of Teacher Effectiveness Measures for Talent Management Decisions," provides an ideal metaphor for what is wrong with value-added evaluations, in particular, and corporate school reform, in general. Show More Summary

Media: Who Influences Education Coverage Better -- Reform Critics Or Funders?

Professional journalism has always been paid for -- by subscriptions, retail purchases, and advertisers -- and journalists have always had to defend their integrity both internally and to the public. The arrival of foundation-fundedShow More Summary

New Group Forms PAC to Fight Charter Takeover in Nashville

From the Tennessean: Parents in East Nashville are moving quickly to fight Director of Schools Jesse Register’s far-reaching plan to close low-performing schools, hand others to charter operators and let families in that area chooseShow More Summary

The Loneliness of the Labor Reporter

Alexander Russo asks “We Need More Teacher Union Coverage — Right?” after he listened to the laments of New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse about the demise of the union beat. It’s strange that Greenhouse had a better sense in 1992 of where organized labor was headed than he does today, but mainstream coverage follows […]

Newsmakers: A New TFA For A New Era?

The latest issue of Scholastic Administrator includes my interview with TFA co-CEOs Matt Kramer and Elisa Villanueva-Beard. There's no breaking news but it's interesting to hear how they divvy up the work and how much harder the job seems to have been than they could have imagined a year ago. Show More Summary

Teachers: Poor Leadership, Inflammatory Coverage Diminish Public Perceptions

Veteran Chicago Public Schools teacher and blogger Ray Salazar -- who recently explained why he chose a charter school for one of his children -- now has an interesting take on yesterday's PDK/Gallup poll results on his blog (Three reasons people don’t trust teachers). Show More Summary

Morning Video: PBS NewsHour Builds A Better Teacher

Trust in teachers is down, and support for better (more rigorous, clinical) teacher prep is up. PBS NewsHour goes into it with Dana Goldstein. First broadcast last night. Online extra here.

AM News: Another CA Lawsuit Challenges Teachers Union Practices

Lawsuit challenges teachers’ compulsory dues EdSource Today: A lawsuit working its way through the courts is striking at the core of the California Teachers Association’s power: its authority to automatically deduct hundreds of millions of dollars a year in dues from the paychecks of both members and non-members. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Shifting Public Opinion On Teachers, Teaching

Americans Want Teachers to Take a Bar Exam - The Atlantic ow.ly/Bz3Dd @EmilyRichmond @EWAEmily Tom Kane doubles down on combining #commoncore & teacher evaluation in @EducationNext ow.ly/BzlaA Common Core and the Era of Good Behavior...Show More Summary

Afternoon Video: Preview Of Tonight's PBS NewsHour Teacher Preparation Segment

Here's a preview of the PBS NewsHour segment on Elizabeth Green's teacher preparation book; the full version is slated to air tonight.

Alabama EA Board Orders Audit

The Alabama Education Association board of directors gave its “full support” to the officers and executives of the organization, but called for an audit of the union’s finances. The action came on the heels of a letter to the board from former executive secretary Paul Hubbert questioning the AEA budget and operations. The board met […]

Books: I Trust That You Will Find This Useful

Ulrich Boser's new book, The Leap, is about the science of trust and includes some education-related policy implications you might want to check out. In the policymakers' guide that comes along with the book, Boser addresses some ofShow More Summary

Quotes: Reformers "Don't Hurry To Claim" Chicago Or Emanuel

While Emanuel is a supporter of charter schools who's generally seen as being a reform-friendly, reformers don't hurry to claim Chicago as a hotbed of change, which could blunt the election's symbolic weight. - Vox's Libby Nelson (What the Chicago mayor's race says about the future of education politics).

Media: We Need More Teacher Union Coverage -- Right?

The sad but unsurprising news from this recent On The Media segment (The Labor Beat) is that labor coverage has dwindled sharply in the mainstream press -- down to just a couple of fulltime labor beat reporters at major national papers (WSJ and NYT). Show More Summary

AM News: District NCLB Waivers, Charter Expansions, Chicago

NCLB waiver extended for seven districts EdSource: After months of negotiations, seven California school districts have received a one-year extension of the waivers from the federal government exempting them from key provisions of the federal No Child Left Behind Act in return for meeting a slew of new requirements. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Why Are There Still So Few Quality Voc-Ed Programs?

MA vocational schools unable to educate enough - The Boston Globe ow.ly/Bw9cL In face of broad vendor claims, some districts rate#commoncore materials for quality ow.ly/Bx140 Eduwonk also questions @libbyanelson's Vox critique of HSShow More Summary

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