“Collective bargaining offers professionals the advantage of being able to speak with one voice.” This is an excellent sentiment if you happen to agree with what that one voice is saying, but it is when you disagree that it leads to problems – to the point where the U.S. Supreme Court has to work them out. […]
Philanthropy is having as much influence as campaign contributions, but campaign contributions get all the attention. The imbalance is stunning to me. -- Inside Philanthropy's David Calllahan in the New York Review of Books (How to Cover the One Percent)
"How much a state taxes a winning lottery ticket also varies — and what happens to taxable earnings is even more murky." (NBC News: Schools Don't Always Benefit From Lottery Sales)
Did you ever believe that using test scores to evaluate and reward teachers could be a disincentive to teaching in high poverty schools? You were right. From Chicago: Teachers who score the lowest under the district’s relatively newShow More Summary
Excerpt of last night's SOTU focused on education, via Slate. Obama: I Will Keep Fighting for Preschool and College Access PK12: President Barack Obama used his very last State of the Union address to press for action on unfinished pieces...Show More Summary
New LA Unified superintendent signs $350,000 contract KPCC: The new superintendent’s $350,000 salary is $50,000 more than what predecessor Ramon Cortines was paid, and it's roughly $47,000 more than her salary as chief deputy superintendent of schools. Show More Summary
Bravo's scripted dramedy, Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce, centers to a surprisingly large extent around the never-ending duties of parents who send their children to a posh progressive LA private school called the "Center for Expanding Horizons" that might be loosely based on Crossroads (?). Show More Summary
From Mean Girls. Via The Billforld.
As you may have seen, the NYT's ethicist recently told some Bay Area parents that they were not ethically obliged to send their little kid to the local school that seemed safe but had low test scores: "There’s no recognizably human world where parents treat their own children the same as everyone else’s. Show More Summary
I spent most of yesterday answering questions and reading analysis about oral arguments in the Friedrichs case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Everyone seems to be enjoying reading the tea leaves, but we’ll find out soon enough. In the meantime, it is only prudent for the unions to continue to prepare for the worst. Almost […]
From The Seventy Four: America's Oldest - and Most Adorable - Teacher. Or check out some pics and video from the competing groups outside the Supreme Court yesterday. Or -- watch Hillary Clinton field a question about white privilege (via Fusion/MediaLite).
Detroit Public School Teachers Protest WNYC: Earley called the "sickout" in Detroit yesterday an action by a minority of public school teachers, saying it "served no purpose other than to harm and disrupt the efforts intended for those...Show More Summary
Abstract from a paper published by National Bureau of Economic Research: An extensive theoretical and qualitative literature stresses the promise of instructional practices and content aligned with the cultural experiences of minority students. Show More Summary
From the Detroit News:....Teachers are upset by large class sizes, pay and benefit concessions, and a state plan to create a new, debt-free Detroit school district. DPS, which has been run by a series of state-appointed emergency managers...Show More Summary
"Please note that the reported totals cannot be reliably compared among states. Figures reported do not account for discrepancies in cost of living, which are typically calculated for specific metropolitan areas. In addition, accounting methods vary among state agencies." Click the link to see all the states. Show More Summary
At least 50 Detroit Public Schools closed due to teacher sick-out Or, watch this PBS NewsHour segment Country's oldest voluntary school desegregation program grows in Rochester, New York. Or, listen to this NPR story A 'No-Nonsense' Classroom Where Teachers Don't Say 'Please'.
This used to be up at my library pic.twitter.com/W7kWhBaFhV — Jason Diamond (@imjasondiamond) January 11, 2016 As news of David Bowie's death spreads, there's at least one education-related angle to explore: this American Library Association PSA in which the singer (dressed in jeans and a letterman jacket) reads a paperback. Show More Summary
Supreme Court Case Could Weaken Government Workers Unions AP: While half the states already have right-to-work laws banning mandatory fees, most members of public-employee unions are concentrated in more liberal-leaning states that don't, including California, New York and Illinois. Show More Summary
An anonymous billionaire has paid the bill for Margaret Spellings to hire the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to conduct "a study" and make recommendations for business-friendly changes at UNC. BCG has been described as an international...Show More Summary