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March 19, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature…

Worth A Read

Kentucky Lawmakers Approve Charter School Law

Posted: 14 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Denisa Superville reports on Kentucky’s new charter school law. Kentucky was one of the few states that did not have a state charter school law. “The bill says nothing about how charters in Kentucky will be funded. Under its provisions, there will be no limit on the number of charter schools that can be authorized.”

Are school vouchers good for education? That debate is playing out in Indiana

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Lisa Stark, Education Week, reports on school vouchers in Indiana. “Indiana is one of nearly 30 states that offer vouchers or similar programs with the goal of allowing parents to use public funds for private schooling. When the state launched the program, it was designed for low-income students. But enrollment skyrocketed when the program was dramatically broadened by then-Gov. Mike Pence.”

What’s Next for the Common Core and Its Assessments?

Posted: 13 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Scott Marion, president of the National Center for the Improvement of Educational Assessment, writes about the future of the Common Core State Standards and associated assessments. He discusses what went wrong and what went right. “American education orthodoxy often swings like a pendulum, supporting an initiative only to reject it a decade later. But as our students lag behind those in other nations, we can’t afford to waste the time and effort that went into developing the Common Core and these innovative assessments, especially when they represent such a clear step forward.”

A Practical Path to Recruitment and Retention

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Roneeta Guha, Maria E. Hyler, and Linda Darling-Hammond look at newly emerging teacher residency programs, which seek to address problems of teacher recruitment, retention, and turnover. “This model fosters tight partnerships between local school districts and teacher preparation programs. Residencies recruit teachers to meet district needs—usually in shortage fields. Then they rigorously prepare them and keep them in the district. While most teacher residencies began in urban districts, consortia of rural districts and charter school organizations have also created them.”

MI: A Blueprint for Education?

Posted: 12 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Peter Greene reviews a new report from the Michigan 21st Century Commission, which released its final report this week. The commission was established by Michigan governor Rick Snyder. “The best we can say about this report is that it’s has some honest parts about how bad a hole Michigan has dug for its education system. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a clue about how to get out of that hole.”

A-F School Rankings Draw Local Pushback

Posted: 06 Mar 2017 09:00 PM PST

Daarel Burnette II looks at the expansion of A-F letter grades in 18 states and local push-back in school districts across the U.S. “But in some states that already have them, A-F systems have received fierce backlash from local superintendents and school board members. They complain that the letter grades oversimplify student success or shortfalls, increase pressure to pay attention to tests, ignore school quality factors other than test scores, and demoralize teachers and parents.”

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