Headlines, 2/27/2013

What teachers really want to tell parents

(CNN) — This summer, I met a principal who was recently named as the administrator of the year in her state. She was loved and adored by all, but she told me she was leaving the profession.

487: Harper High School, Part One

We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29.

An Inside-the-DOE View of the NYC CREDO Study

An insider in the New York City Department of Education was disturbed to read the New York Times’ editorial praising the CREDO study of charters in New York City. She knew that the data on the public website of the Department of Education does not support the CREDO analysis.

Trust but verify: The real lessons of Campbell’s Law

Donald Campbell was an American social psychologist and noted experimental social science researcher who did pioneering work on methodology and program evaluation. He has also become—posthumously—an unlikely hero of the anti-testing and accountability movement in the United States. In the hands of accountability critics, his 50 years of research on methodology and program evaluation have been boiled down to a simple retort against testing: Campbell’s Law.

Bruno: The Soft Bigotry Of High Expectations (For Reform)

I  usually appreciate Kevin Drum’s skepticism when it comes to education reform, but I don’t understand his pessimism about the infamous Chetty/Friedman/Rockoff study.

NEA: Per student funding drops $1,062; Texas now ranks
49th

Funding for Texas public schools has plunged by $1,062 per student, measured in spending per average daily attendance (ADA), since the Legislature slashed $5.4 billion from the public education budget two years ago, the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) announced today.

Time for More Hybrid Roles: What the MetLife Survey Means to Me

Since 1984 the MetLife Survey has given voice to those closest to the classroom. The recently released 2012 survey examines challenges for school leadership.

SAT exam to be redesigned

The famed SAT college admissions exam will undergo a thorough redesign by the College Board, which is calling it an “ambitious effort” to “better meet” the needs of students and schools.

Former education commissioners: Kids take too many tests

Four of the state’s past education commissioners, now free from political backlash, agreed Monday that Texas needs less high-stakes testing in its public schools — a common theme among parents, educators and some lawmakers.

Arne Duncan: Thousands of teachers could lose their jobs as result of sequester

Education Secretary Arne Duncan warned Sunday that thousands of teachers around the country could lose their jobs as a result of the automatic across-the-board spending cuts slated to begin Friday, barring action by lawmakers.

Parent Trigger Law in TN on its Way to Becoming Stronger

ChoiceMediaTV’s Education Reform Minute reports that the parent trigger law in Tennessee could become easier for parents to put into effect if the changes proposed by Representative John DeBerry, who represents Memphis, become law. DeBerry, who serves on the state Legislature’s education committee, seeks to lower the number of signatures required before a petition to take over a failing school and turn it over to a charter operator can be acted upon.

Many Students Don’t Need Remediation, Studies Say

At a time when more high schools are looking to their graduates’ college-remediation rates as a clue to how well they prepare students for college and careers, new research findings suggest a significant portion of students who test into remedial classes don’t actually need them.

PTA Mom Marches on Austin – A Tale of Two Education Rallies

On Saturday my family and I gave up our usual weekend routine of pee wee basketball games and swim lessons to march on Austin as part of the Save Texas Schools rally in support of public education. Many of my fellow PTA moms even prolonged their Texas PTA Rally Day at the Capitol stay to attend the rally on Saturday, which focused on restoring funding cuts to public schools and ending the standardized testing madness. Interestingly there were dueling education events at the capitol that morning. On the other side of the capitol building there was a school choice event going on as well.

Rebranding Public Schools as New Charter Schools

Charter schools are a silver bullet for urban education. But not for any of the reasons you might think.

Brown’s school funding plan draws mixed reactions

In the Anaheim City School District, where most students are low-income and struggling to learn English, teachers need special training, extra tutoring time and lots of visual materials to help their pupils achieve at grade level.

High school dropouts cost $1.8 billion every year

WASHINGTON — High school dropouts are costing some $1.8 billion in lost tax revenue every year, education advocates said in a report released Monday.

Build the Quality Pre-K Pipeline

Education insiders overwhelmingly believe that President Obama’s universal preschool proposal is going nowhere fast.

New AmeriCorps Program to Put Volunteers in Low-Performing Schools

Arne Duncan told participants at the Building a Grad Nation Summit today that a $15 million grant over three years will place AmeriCorps volunteers in persistently underachieving schools around the country.

Is It 2007 Yet?

Dear Deborah, I am honored to participate in this dialogue with you.  But readers should know that, because of unforeseen circumstances, this “bridge” is being constructed in an unusual manner.  I am actually setting the first set of pilings that anchor this bridge, and Deborah will construct the rest.

District NCLB Waivers: Do Risks Outweigh Rewards?

During a Senate hearing earlier this month on the U.S. Department of Education’s state waiver program under the No Child Left Behind Act, Education Secretary Arne Duncan was asked point-blank if he was considering offering similar flexibility for school districts.

Snoopy’s Sleight Of Hand: How Metlife Plays Fast And Loose With Its Teacher Survey

Everyone took notice last week when a “23 point drop” in teacher job satisfaction hit the new courtesy of the annual Metlife Survey of the American Teacher.  It seemed too good too check.  And it turns out it was.

Some people still want to move backwards on equality

I’ve noted several bills that aim to move Texas forward, however incrementally, towards greater equality. These are all good and fine things, but don’t mistake their existence for evidence that the Legislature is through trying to move us backwards.

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