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
from the most recent PDK/Gallup poll:
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
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
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
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
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 […]
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
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
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.
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
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
Here's a preview of the PBS NewsHour segment on Elizabeth Green's teacher preparation book; the full version is slated to air tonight.
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 […]
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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
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).
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
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
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