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Jeff Bernstein

The rise of charter schools in Pa.: A list of the components in the special series. | P... - 0 views

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    "It's a plan reviled by teachers, loathed by parents, and decried by local politicians, but against huge opposition, York may become the third city in America to privatize the entirety of one of its public school districts.

    How did a public school system in the midstate rise to the forefront of a national experiment in education reform? And how did an entire community lose control of its own decision-making ability? The answer to both those questions, education researchers and public watchdogs say, lies in large part on a concerted, multi-million dollar campaign over the past decade by for-profit schools to alter Pennsylvania law.

    Those changes, and the industry lobbying that continues behind-the-scenes, have implications for teachers and students across the entire state. It's a subject we have tackled in a series entitled "The Rise of Charter Schools in Pa.""
Jeff Bernstein

The Anti-Standardized Testing Movement Claims a Victory in Chicago - 0 views

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    "In a move seen by some activists as a concession to Chicago's strong anti-testing movement, Chicago Public Schools won't administer the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a test required by federal mandate as part of the new Common Core curriculum. Instead, the district will test only 10 percent of its 664 schools."
Jeff Bernstein

No profit left behind - Stephanie Simon - POLITICO - 0 views

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    "In the high-stakes world of American education, Pearson makes money even when its results don't measure up."
Jeff Bernstein

When public schools get more money, students do better - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "More recent research, however, has found that when schools have more money, they are able to give their students a better education. A new study on those who went to school during the school-finance cases a few decades ago found that those who attended districts that were affected by the rulings were more likely to stay in school through high school and college and are making more money today."
Jeff Bernstein

Rich, poor school funding disparity hits record - NY Daily News - 0 views

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    "Overall, schools in poorer districts spent $8,733 per pupil less in 2012 than those from wealthier ones, an inequity that grew by nearly 9% from before Cuomo took office in 2011, according to the study by a coalition of education advocacy groups opposing many of the reforms pushed by Cuomo."
Jeff Bernstein

What charter groups want in 2015 | Capital New York - 0 views

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    "New York's charter school advocates have poured millions of dollars into electing a State Senate hospitable to their agenda items for the upcoming legislative session. Now, those leaders are beginning to craft their legislative priorities, which will include eliminating the state's cap on charter schools, increasing funding for established charters, and establishing more accountability measures for district schools and teachers."
Jeff Bernstein

New York Education Is Facing A Segregation Crisis - Business Insider - 0 views

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    "New York state has the most racially and economically segregated schools in the country, according to a report released by the Civil Rights Project at the University of California, Los Angeles last year."
Jeff Bernstein

The Central Crisis in New York Education - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    "Gov. Andrew Cuomo's forthcoming State of the State address is expected to focus on what can be done to improve public education across the state.

    If he is serious about the issue, he will have to move beyond peripheral concerns and political score-settling with the state teachers' union, which did not support his re-election, and go to the heart of the matter. And that means confronting and proposing remedies for the racial and economic segregation that has gripped the state's schools, as well as the inequality in school funding that prevents many poor districts from lifting their children up to state standards."
Jeff Bernstein

The plot to overhaul No Child Left Behind - Maggie Severns - POLITICO - 0 views

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    "Republicans are hatching an ambitious plan to rewrite No Child Left Behind this year - one that could end up dramatically rolling back the federal role in education and trigger national blowouts over standardized tests and teacher training.
    NCLB cleared Congress in 2002 with massive bipartisan support but has since become a political catastrophe: The law's strategy for prodding and shaming schools into improvement proved deeply flawed over time, and its unintended failures have eclipsed its bright spots. Today, NCLB is despised by some parents who blame it for schools "teaching to the test," protested by some on the left for promoting education reform and reviled by Republicans in Congress who say the law represents aggressive federal overreach."
Jeff Bernstein

Teacher evaluation: going from bad to worse? - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "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."
Jeff Bernstein

Here are all policy changes proposed in Tisch and Berlin's response to Cuomo | Chalkbeat - 0 views

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    "Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and soon-to-be acting Education Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin offered a host of proposals that would dramatically change education policy in New York state in a 20-page letter released Wednesday."
Jeff Bernstein

When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only - 0 views

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    "In the charter-school sector, this arrangement is known as a "sweeps" contract because nearly all of a school's public dollars 2013 anywhere from 95 to 100 percent 2013 is "swept" into a charter-management company.
    The contracts are an example of how the charter schools sometimes cede control of public dollars to private companies that have no legal obligation to act in the best interests of the schools or taxpayers."
Jeff Bernstein

Kentucky Pension Investments: State Says Retirees Have No Right to Know Details of Fees... - 0 views

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    "If you're a public school teacher in Kentucky, the state has a message for you: You have no right to know the details of the investments being made with your retirement savings. That was the crux of the declaration issued by state officials to a high school history teacher when he asked to see the terms of the agreements between the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System and the Wall Street firms that are managing the system's money on behalf of him, his colleagues and thousands of retirees."
Jeff Bernstein

Every Teacher in the U.S. Should Post This Statement in His or Her Classroom | Diane Ra... - 0 views

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    "This is the executive summary of the statement of the American Statistical Association on the use of value-added assessment to evaluate teachers. Please share it with other teachers, with principals, and school board members. Please share it with your legislators and other elected officials. Send it to your local news outlets. The words are clear: Teachers account for between 1 and 14% of the variation in test scores. And this is very important to remember: "Ranking teachers by their VAM scores can have unintended consequences that reduce quality.""
Jeff Bernstein

No More Backroom Deals | Jacobin - 0 views

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    "...on October 20, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) unveiled a draconian proposal that would tie teacher performance, narrowly defined, to teacher licensing. Thousands of educators knew an unmitigated attack when they saw one, and responded accordingly."
Jeff Bernstein

Murphy's Law: The Legacy of Annette Polly Williams - Urban Milwaukee - 0 views

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    "The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obituary on longtime state legislator Annette Polly Williams portrayed her as the "mother of school choice," who made common cause with conservatives to create this program. The story completely left out her change of heart - her increasing disenchantment with the school voucher movement."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Multiple Measures And Singular Conclusions In A Twin City - 0 views

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    "A few weeks ago, the Minneapolis Star Tribune published teacher evaluation results for the district's public school teachers in 2013-14. This decision generated a fair amount of controversy, but it's worth noting that the Tribune, unlike the Los Angeles Times and New York City newspapers a few years ago, did not publish scores for individual teachers, only totals by school.

    The data once again provide an opportunity to take a look at how results vary by student characteristics. This was indeed the focus of the Tribune's story, which included the following headline: "Minneapolis' worst teachers are in the poorest schools, data show." These types of conclusions, which simply take the results of new evaluations at face value, have characterized the discussion since the first new systems came online. Though understandable, they are also frustrating and a potential impediment to the policy process."
Jeff Bernstein

Teacher tenure: Wrong target  - NY Daily News - 0 views

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    "American public education desperately needs to be improved, especially for the most disadvantaged children. But eliminating teachers' job security and due-process rights is not going to attract better educators - or do much to improve school quality."
Jeff Bernstein

"Poster child for tenure": Why teacher Agustin Morales really lost his job - Salon.com - 0 views

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    "A teacher in Massachusetts spoke up when his students' rights were being violated. Here's how he paid the price"
Jeff Bernstein

How to Destroy a Public-School System | The Nation - 0 views

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    "In Philadelphia, education reformers got everything they wanted. Look where the city's schools are now."
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