Education policy-makers like to talk about “evidence-based” this and “evidence-based” that -- but there are big questions about just how good the “evidence” actually is -- and whether the people who are making big decisions in the world of education actually look at the research that we do know is solid. Looking at this issue is Larry Cuban, a former high school teacher and superintendent who now teaches at Stanford University. Cuban was a high school social studies teacher for 14 years, a district superintendent (seven years in Arlington, VA), and professor emeritus of education at Stanford University, where he has taught for more than 20 years. His latest book is “Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change without Reform in American Education.” This post appeared on his blog.Read full article >>
A new critique of what are ostensibly “colorblind” education reform policies reveals that these initiatives are not, in fact, “colorblind,” and have the effect of perpetuating or replicating longtime patterns of race-based inequality. And it makes recommendations for policymakers that include promoting more diverse schools and encouraging inter-district transfers of students to promote diversity.Read full article >>
Nearly 6,000 teachers and employees in Loudoun County received letters Wednesday notifying them that their positions could be eliminated.
As the school board tries to reconcile a $38 million gap between its proposed budget and what county supervisors appropriated this month, it is weighing scores of possible cuts, including eliminating many staff positions.Read full article >>
Here is an online conversation that a Florida mom had with her 8-year-old daughter about school, standardized testing and test prep.
The mother is Sandy Stenoff, a public school advocate in central Florida who has opposed the standardized test-based education reforms imposed in the state for years. This appeared on the Web site of Opt Out Orlando, run by activists who are urging parents to opt their children out of the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, or FCAT.Read full article >>
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Fairfax school board chair Ilryong Moon forcefully urged the county’s supervisors to send additional local tax dollars to classrooms, declaring that the school system is “at a tipping point,” and without sufficient funding risks a decline in quality.Read full article >>
I’ll be doing a live education chat on washingtonpost.com at 1 p.m. today, so if you have any questions or comments about anything in education (or even marginally related), tune in here:Read full article >>