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The Keystone State's new Democratic governor, who faces an empowered GOP legislative majority, has pledged to boost K-12 spending; meanwhile, a funding-formula overhaul is already in the works.
For children in Salton City, Calif., a school bus with a Wi-Fi router parked outside their trailer park community provides the Internet access they don’t have at home.
Many of the views put forth by Professor Goodlad, whose study of American public schools involved more than 27,000 students, remain central to educational improvement efforts.
John King recently resigned as New York state’s education commissioner after a tumultuous tenure in which he helped create and implement a controversial education evaluation system and rushed the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and aligned testing. (He is now going to work as a top assistant to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who apparently thought the controversy that King created was just fine.) That evaluation system, known as APPR, required that 20 percent of an educator’s evaluation be based on student standardized test scores. Now, New York Schools Chancellor Merryl Tisch wants to make new changes. What are they and why would they take a flawed evaluation system from bad to worse? This post explains. It was written by award-winning Principal Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York, who was named New York’s 2013 High School Principal of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York and the National Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2010, tapped as the 2010 New York State Outstanding Educator by the School Administrators Association of New York State. Burris has been exposing the botched school reform program in New York for years on this blog, and it is worth reading. Some of her earlier posts are listed at the bottom.Read full article >>
Veteran teacher Peter Greene looked at what happened in the education world in 2014 and he came up with what he thinks is the biggest win for public education.You can read the full piece here on his Curmudgucation blog, in which he mentions other events that he considers positive for public education, including the defeat of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett in the November members, which he called “a clear signal that voters will put up with only so much gutting of public education.” But here is what stuck out to him as the most important thing that happened last year:Read full article >>
For several years now teachers around the country have been attempting to implement the Common Core State Standards, some with more success than others. Implementation in many places has been flawed at best: many teachers weren’t given enough time to learn the standards and create new curriculum and lesson plans around them, and many of the materials that are available for purchase by education publishing companies and that claim to be Core-aligned are poorly drawn.Read full article >>
Advice from a stack of postcards hidden in a closet years ago: Encourage your children in what they want, not what you want. Also, keep a good figure.