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Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman: Burden of Reformy Proof - 0 views

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    "I see a lot of arguments in social media and blogs and editorial pages and elsewhere along these lines:

    "American education is a disaster! We must do something! And you can't prove that my proposed reforms won't work!"

    This argument makes no sense for at least three reasons"
Jeff Bernstein

The Unholy Alliance: Charters, the Media, and "Research" | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Horace Meister, a regular contributor, has discovered a shocking instance of contradictory research, posted a year apart by the same "independent" governmental agency. The first report, published a year ago, criticized New York City's charter schools for enrolling small proportions of high-need students; the second report, published a month ago, claimed that the city's charter schools had a lower attrition rate of high-needs students than public schools. Meister read the two reports carefully and with growing disgust. He concluded that the Independent Budget Office had massaged the data to reach a conclusion favoring the powerful charter lobby. Eva Moskowitz read the second report and wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal called "The Myth of Charter School 'Cherry Picking.'" Horace Meister says it is not myth: it is reality."
Jeff Bernstein

The Cost of Stupid: Families for Excellent Schools Totally Bogus Analysis of NYC School... - 0 views

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    "Families for Excellent Schools of New York - the Don't Steal Possible folks - has just released an impossibly stupid analysis in which they claim that New York City is simply throwing money at failure. Spending double on failing schools what they do on totally awesome ones (if they really have any awesome ones)."
Jeff Bernstein

Jia Lee: Conscientious Objector - Living in Dialogue - 0 views

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    "Filmmaker Michael Elliot stirringly documents special education teacher Jia Lee's historic testimony on the dangers of standardized tests before Elizabeth Warren, Al Franken and other members of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. "
Jeff Bernstein

9 Things to Know About School Choice - 0 views

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    "To help kick off School Choice PR Week, Forbes ran a puff piece about choice entitled "Kicking Off School Choice Week With 9 Things You Need To Know". The piece comes from contributor Maureen Sullivan who in 2009 was elected to the the Hoboken school board arguing "for lower taxes and higher standards" during her "nearly" four year term (Sullivan was elected as a member of the Kids First team, then defected because she found them insufficiently reformy, leading to a great deal of fiscal grandstanding and wrangling in Hoboken)

    Her 9 things make a nice compendium of what choice advocates offer as arguments these days."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter schools and the false promise of better education - Liberation News - 0 views

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    "This week is "National School Choice Week." The School Choice Week website would have you believe that public schools cannot meet the needs of all students. They claim that only private options can save impoverished children from "failing public schools" by offering parents more choice. Research continues to show that is not the case."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Relationships Matter: Putting It All Together - 0 views

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    "If there is one take away about the social side approach, it is the idea that relationships matter in education. Teaching and learning are not solo but rather social endeavors and, as such, they are best achieved by working together. The social side perspective: (1) shifts the focus from the individual to the broader context in which individuals operate; (2) highlights the importance of interdependencies at all levels of the system - e.g., among teachers within a school, leaders across a district, schools and the community; and (3) recognizes that crucial resources (e.g., information, advice, support) are exchanged through interpersonal relationships."
Jeff Bernstein

More Money, More Money, More Money? Have we really ever tried sustained, targeted schoo... - 0 views

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    "I'm no-longer surprised these days by the belligerent wrongness of rhetoric around school funding equity and adequacy. Arguably, much of the supporting rationale for the current (and other recent) education reforms is built on the house of cards that when it comes to financing equitably and adequately our public school systems - especially those serving our neediest children, we've been there and done that. In fact, we've been there and done that for decades."
Jeff Bernstein

"Response to Intervention"-An Excuse to Deny Services to Students with Learning Disabil... - 0 views

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    "RTI raises many concerns. Some parents worry that RTI winds up denying children with learning disabilities services. One fear is that some parents don't think they can request an evaluation, or they are led to believe it isn't necessary."
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

Shanker Blog » Fixing Our Broken System Of Testing And Accountability: The Re... - 0 views

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    "Our guest author today is Stephen Lazar, a founding teacher at Harvest Collegiate High School in New York City, where he teaches Social Studies. A National Board certified teacher, he blogs at Outside the Cave. Stephen is also one of the organizers of Insightful Social Studies, a grass roots campaign of teachers to reform the newly proposed New York State Social Studies standards. The following is Steve's testimony this morning in front of the Senate HELP committee's hearing on ESEA reauthorization."
Jeff Bernstein

APPR Insanity - 0 views

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    "Systems like the APPR system in NY mistakenly place an emphasis on human capital rather than social capital and thus are doomed to failure. Rooted in what Michael Fullan categorized as "wrong drivers of change," systems that emphasize individual human capital over social capital and that emphasize the use of accountability data in a punitive way are simply doomed to failure. To replace old systems with similar systems, repeatedly, gets us to the insanity that some other than Einstein, Franklin, or Twain described."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Update On Teacher Turnover In The U.S. - 0 views

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    "Overall, then, teacher turnover, in both its attrition and mobility "forms," was quite stable between 2007-08 and 2012-13, although, as usual, there is a great deal of variation underlying the national estimates. And, although it is very difficult to determine the extent to which economic circumstances-the Great Recession in particular-influenced this trend, weakness in the general job market during this period is likely to have played a role."
Jeff Bernstein

How and Why Money Matters in Schools (one more time - updated) | School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    "This post is taken from a forthcoming report in which I summarize literature related to state school finance reforms and explore relationships between changing distributions of funding and distributions of tangible classroom level resources. The newly released Jackson, Johnson and Persico NBER paper speaks to similar issues and is included in the discussion that follows"
Jeff Bernstein

Principal to Congress: I was wrong when I supported NCLB. Learn from my mistake. - The ... - 0 views

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    "Here is an open letter to Alexander and his committee about the NCLB rewrite that was written by an award-winning principal, Carol Burris of South Side High School in New York."
Jeff Bernstein

The Subgroup Scam & Testing Everyone Every Year | School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    "This post is a follow up to my previous post in which I discussed the misguided arguments for maintaining a system of annual standardize testing of all students.
    In my post, I skipped over one argument that seems to be pretty common among the beltway pundits. I skipped this argument largely because the point is moot if we plan on using testing data appropriately to begin with. My point in the previous post was about tests, testing data and how to use it appropriately. But just as the beltway pundit crowd so dreadfully misunderstands tests and testing data, they also dreadfully misunderstanding demography and geography and the intersection of the two. A related example of the complete lack of demographic "data sense" in the current policy discourse is addressed in my recent post on "suburban poverty.""
Jeff Bernstein

Tanis: How High-Stakes Testing Harms Students with Disabilities (and Everyone Else) | D... - 0 views

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    "Bianca Tanis explains in the AFT publication why high-stakes testing is wrong for children with special needs. She describes a system under political pressure to produce data, where data trumps instruction and the needs of children."
Jeff Bernstein

Cutting through the Stupid in the Debate over Annual Testing | School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    "Here's my quick run-down on a) the purposes of testing in schools, b) how to implement testing to best address those purposes, c) the right and wrong uses of testing with respect to civil rights concerns, and d) the role of common standards in all of this."
Jeff Bernstein

Research Note: Resource Equity & Student Sorting Across Newark District & Charter Schoo... - 0 views

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    "In this brief, I present preliminary findings that are part of a larger, national analysis of newly released federal data, a primary objective of which is to evaluate the extent to which those data yield findings consistent with findings arrived at using state level data sources. In this brief, I specifically explore variations in student characteristics and resources across schools in Newark, NJ."
Jeff Bernstein

U.S. education policy: Federal overreach or reaching for the wrong things? - 0 views

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    "Education Secretary Arne Duncan is seen as the most powerful education secretary ever, given his use of federal funding and No Child Left Behind waivers to get states to follow school reform policies that he supported.  Many of his critics argue that his federal overreach is excessive and has encroached on local and state authority to run public school districts as they see fit. The author of the following posts asks whether there has been too much federal overreach, or whether the administration has used its executive power in education in the wrong ways. This was written by Arthur H. Camins, director of the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. The ideas expressed in this article are his alone and do not represent Stevens Institute."
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