Virtual School Meanderings

June 26, 2016

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Class Size and Money Both Matter in Education

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

David Safier summarizes two recent briefs from the National Education Policy Center (NEPC) on why class size and money matter in education. “I believe the papers are right on both counts, but as always when I site [sic] research, whether I agree or not, I have to add that no conclusions in education research are conclusive. Education has so many moving parts, it’s impossible to create perfect control groups or isolated variables. That being said…” *The Great Lakes Center funded both briefs summarized in this piece.

America’s Not-So-Broken Education System

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Jack Schneider addresses the claim that the American education system is broken. “If the educational system had broken at some point, a look backward would reveal an end to progress—a point at which the system stopped working. Yet that isn’t at all the picture that emerges. Instead, one can see that across many generations, the schools have slowly and steadily improved.”

Statement of David G. Sciarra, ELC Executive Director, on Governor Chris Christie’s School Funding Plan

Posted: 20 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

David G. Sciarra, Education Law Center (NJ) Executive Director, reacts to a plan by Governor Chris Christie to alter school funding formula in New Jersey. “The Governor’s school funding plan announced today is not only the opposite of fairness, it would spell the end of our State’s commitment to an education that will prepare all New Jersey children to be good citizens and productive participants in our economy.”

Teacher pay around the world

Posted: 19 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Dick Startz discusses how American teachers are being underpaid. “Making teaching a financially more attractive career isn’t the only thing that matters for who teaches. It does matter though, and probably it matters a lot.”

Teachers’ Opinions Of Teacher Evaluation Systems

Posted: 16 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Matthew Di Carlo looks at how new teacher evaluation systems are being implemented throughout the nation. “ … among the most important early indicators of how well the new systems are working is their credibility among educators. Put simply, if teachers and administrators don’t believe in the systems, they are unlikely to respond productively to them.”

A Stanford professor’s high-stakes plan to save California schools

Posted: 03 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Judy Lin covers Michael Kirst’s approach to local control in California. “California’s push for local control is anchored in a principle the governor calls subsidiarity, the idea that teachers, principals and local school administrators are better equipped to deal with classroom problems than state lawmakers or government bureaucrats.”

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