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Quotes: Fed Reserve Head Reminds Us About Underlying Inequities

A major reason the United States is different is that we are one of the few advanced nations that funds primary and secondary public education mainly through subnational taxation...Public education spending is often lower for students in lower-income households than for students in higher-income households. Show More Summary

Charts: That Falling Blue Line Represents The Plummeting Hispanic Dropout Rate

"In 2000, 12 percent of Americans ages 18 to 24 hadn’t graduated high school, according to a Pew Research Center analysis of Current Population Survey data," notes FiveThirtyEight (U.S. High School Dropout Rates Fall, Especially Among Latinos). Show More Summary

Morning Listen: "This American Life" Show On Divergent Approaches To Classroom Discipline

This American Life takes on different efforts to revamp school and classroom discipline, from charter schools' silent hallways to racial disparities in suspension rates to the limits of restorative justice. Click here if the embed doesn't show or play. Thanks to LV for posting this on FB.

AM News: Unions' Big $60M Midterm Election Push [Mostly Against Republicans]

Teachers Unions Are Putting Themselves On November’s Ballot TIME: The National Education Association (NEA), the nation’s largest teachers union, is on track to spend between $40 million and $60 million this election cycle, while theShow More Summary

Journalism: Researcher Fails To Disclose Union Funding; Journos Fail To Ask

Granted, it was a busy week in Chicago news, what with the Columbus Day holiday and the unexpected sickness befalling CTU head Karen Lewis, but I see this happening with disturbing frequency lately: A Chicago-focused charter school study...Show More Summary

Morning Video: Why Think Tankers Hate The Vergara Strategy

This video recently uploaded by AFT is mostly just a broadside against Campbell Brown but it also reveals something I've written about before -- that think tankers (Brookings, Fordham) don't seem to like the Vergara-style approach to school reform: Why not? Some of the concerns are substantive, but that's only a part of it. Show More Summary

AM News: Gates-Funded Small Schools Work After All, Says New Study

Small high schools send larger shares of students to college, new study says ChalkbeatNY: The multi-year study examines a subset of 123 “small schools of choice” that opened between 2002 and 2008 with private funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and support from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration. Show More Summary

5 Best Blogs & Tweets [Of Today]: Deasy Resigns From LA - Cortines Named Interim

Reaction to Deasy resignation as polarizing as his tenure #LAUSD http://wp.me/p2fzpD-7Rn LAUSD kids under @DrDeasyLAUSD outpaced other urban kids in gains on NAEP in reading & math, but raw scores still well behind big-city avg State...Show More Summary

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learned

Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days  and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in  following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles […]

Why is bilingual education ‘good’ for rich kids but ‘bad’ for poor, immigrant students?

 If you follow the public debate about bilingual education, you know that there are two basic opposing views. As Claire Bowern, the author of the following post, writes, To put it bluntly, bilingualism is often seen as “good” when it’s rich English speakers adding a language as a hobby or another international language, but “bad […]

Just when things were looking bad for PARCC, they got worse

Chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett talks about PARCC testing at the Sept. 22 Chicago Public School Board meeting. Just when things were already looking bad for PARCC, one of the two multi-state Common Core testing consortia, they just got worse. The chief executive of the Chicago Public School system said that she wants to delay the use of the […]

All the hallelujahs about small schools in New York, real or hype?

A new report touting the success of small public schools created in New York under the Bloomberg administration is getting a decent amount of press, including an editorial in the New York Times saying that this approach to school reform “has been vindicated.” Really? The report provides the latest results from a multi-year study of […]

Read the report: 18 years of academic fraud at UNC for athletes, other students

For nearly 20 years, employees at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill perpetrated an academic fraud involving fake classes and grades that permitted at least 3,100 students — many of them athletes — to graduate, according to a newly released report (which you can read in full below). While a number of employees […]

Texas textbook review: ‘I’d like a Biblical check on that’

The Texas Education Agency held a special meeting this week at which members asked  publishers to respond to criticisms of proposed textbooks in social studies, fine arts and mathematics in advance of next month’s vote on approval of next texts. Earlier this year after publishers submitted textbooks for adoption next month, critics pored over them […]

‘To the casual observer, my erratic college visiting search could be seen as disorganized and careless’

This post is the third in a continuing series about a high school senior as she navigates through the process of searching for and applying to college.  She is Samantha Fogel, a student at The Derryfield School, a private college preparatory day school for grades six through twelve in Manchester, New Hampshire. Samantha and her […]

‘Be picky’ and 24 other great tips for teachers on how to manage a classroom

While an education reform policy debate becomes ever more furious around the country, teachers still have to teach every day. Here, from edutopia.org, are 25 great tips to help teachers keep their classrooms in control. The most brilliant teacher can’t help kids learn if he/she can’t manage the classroom. Edutopia is a nonpartisan organization created […]

What Miss Fisk at Dexter School taught Ben Bradlee

  If you somehow missed the news, the unrivaled newspaper editor Benjamin Bradlee, who turned The Washington Post into a world-class newspaper and supported reporting that led to the only resignation of a U.S. president, died  Oct. 21. You can read a lot about this force of nature here on washingtonpost.com, but this is the […]

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Rep. George Miller hires super-lawyer Bob Barnett to broker post-Congress job deal

Rep. George Miller, a highly influential Democratic player on education issues for 40 years, is about to leave Congress and start a new work life. And to help ensure he gets what he wants, he has hired Robert Barnett, super-lawyer to stars both in politics and in entertainment, to help him navigate his way through […]

How Videogames Like Minecraft Actually Help Kids Learn to Read | WIRED

Brecht Vandenbroucke Minecraft is the hot new videogame among teachers and parents. It’s considered genuinely educational: Like an infinite set of programmable Lego blocks, it’s a way to instill spatial reasoning, math, and logic—the skills beloved by science and technology educators. Show More Summary

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