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July 3, 2016

Worth A Read

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Worth A Read

Worth A Read to Return July 15th

Posted: 30 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Worth A Read, a project of the Great Lakes Center for Education Research and Practice, will return July 15, 2016. Worth A Read is a weekly selection of thought-provoking research and commentary focused on education reform. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of educational issues.

NCES releases Data Point on Teacher Job Satisfaction

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

This “Data Point” uses Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS) data from 2003-04, 2007-08, and 2011-12 to examine job satisfaction among teachers in both public and private schools. This study describes job satisfaction overall and also for teachers who had varying perceptions of administrative support.

How Fair is the ‘Fairness Formula’ for New Jersey School Children & Taxpayers?

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Mark Weber and Ajay Srikanth provide a “first look” at Chris Christie’s ‘Fairness Formula.’ In their analysis, they show: (1) “The ‘Fairness Formula’ will greatly reward the most-affluent districts, which are already paying the lowest school tax rates as measured by percentage of income; (2) The ‘Fairness Formula’ will force the least-affluent districts to slash their school budgets, severely increase local property taxes, or both; and (3) The premise of the ‘Fairness Formula’ – that the schools enrolling New Jersey’s at-risk students have “failed” during the period of substantial school reform – is contradicted by a large body of evidence.”

Advanced-Stage Charter Syndrome: What ‘Maturity’ Means to the Charter Movement

Posted: 29 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Nancy Flanagan reports on a series of articles on the 25th anniversary of charter schools in America. “If you want to know what your state may look like, given twenty-plus years’ worth of burgeoning charterism, simply take a look at Michigan.”

What States Can Do to Promote District-Charter Collaboration

Posted: 28 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Alex Medler reports on charter school and public school collaboration. The new paper explores how policymakers could foster cross-sector relationships. He recommends, prioritizing federal funding around collaboration; making special education funding more “rational and portable,” and helping districts adopt national authorizing standards.

Do Alternative Teaching Programs Create a Revolving Door for Schools?

Posted: 28 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Stephen Sawchuk shares results from a study published by the American Educational Research Journal, which found that alternatively certified teachers were more likely than traditionally certified teachers to leave the profession. “For the researchers, the bottom-line finding is that alternative certification teachers may need more supports if the gap in turnover rates is to shrink. Otherwise, alternative certification may be fueling instability in schools serving low-income students and students of color, even if those teachers are taking hard-to-fill jobs.”

Report: At-risk students need more Michigan funding

Posted: 28 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Lori Higgins shares findings from a critical report released on school funding in Michigan. The report recommends changes to school funding in Michigan. “Whether lawmakers in Michigan do anything about the findings remains to be seen. The 2015 state law that required the study doesn’t require the state to take action on its findings.”

Ed Reform Battle in Los Angeles

Posted: 27 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Richard Whitmire looks at the school choice debate in Los Angeles. As charters continue to grow, overall enrollment in L.A. is declining.

A Sea of Charter Schools in Detroit Leaves Students Adrift

Posted: 27 Jun 2016 09:00 PM PDT

Kate Zernike writes about the problems facing Detroit parents seeking to utilize myriad choices for school enrollment. “Detroit now has a bigger share of students in charters than any American city except New Orleans, which turned almost all its schools into charters after Hurricane Katrina. But half the charters perform only as well, or worse than, Detroit’s traditional public schools.”

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