Virtual School Meanderings

June 5, 2016

Worth A Read

Another regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Charter Schools: Failing the Test Series

Posted: 01 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Capital & Main, an online publication that explores the economic and social fault lines of contemporary California, is running a series on charter schools this week. The series looks at the positives and negatives of charter school autonomy, the power brokers in the movement, special needs students, and who the winners and losers are in charter schools. Several videos are included in the series.

Could ESSA Spark an Overhaul of How We Fund Schools?

Posted: 01 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Mike Petrilli, Fordham Institute, investigates provisions in the Every Student Succeeds Act that could be used to expand parental choice. “But smart state leaders and savvy advocates could use the ESSA opportunity to tip the scales in favor of reform—and in favor of the disadvantaged kids who need the most help. Who is ready to try it?”

Rx for Teacher Burnout

Posted: 01 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Nancy Flanagan provides space for Hal Portner, a former teacher and administrator, and a member of the Connecticut State Department of Education. “Regardless of the roles they assume, teacher leaders help shape the culture of their schools, districts, states, and nation. They influence the practice among their peers, impact the profession, and most importantly, work to improve student learning.”

The K-12 Funding Crisis

Posted: 30 May 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Charles J. Ogletree Jr. & Kimberly Jenkins Robinson dig into K-12 education funding: “Ending the disparities in educational opportunities across the country will require federal policies to close the opportunity and achievement gaps when individual states refuse to close them on their own. Without such foundational reforms, we are not just tinkering at the margins of education reform. We are tinkering toward nowhere.”

Gritting My Teeth Over Grit (Bootstrap Theories)

Posted: 24 May 2016 09:00 PM PDT

José Vilson discusses the impact that the grit dialogue has on schools, kids, opportunity, and how it is being misused. “I prefer if people just said grit meant that yes, we value hard work and passion, and that’s as far as it goes. Unfortunately, a handful of people are making tons of money on the idea that 10,000 of fixing your attitude about ideas students may or may not be interested in might close the achievement gap.”

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