Virtual School Meanderings

April 23, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

Job Satisfaction and the Role of Teacher Evaluation

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Amy Auletto has reviewed a recently released study on teacher evaluation and teacher satisfaction. The study used regression discontinuity and found that higher teacher effectiveness ratings resulted in teachers having more positive perceptions of their jobs. “As states place more emphasis on formalized teacher evaluation systems with labels such as those used by Tennessee, there may be some unintended consequences for teacher retention.”

Detroit charter fights to maintain diversity as school gets whiter, wealthier

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jennifer Guerra shares an audio story about a new bill before the Michigan legislature, which could give charters enrollment preferences to certain students. According to the story, “[The bill] would allow charters in high-poverty neighborhoods to give ‘geographic preference’ to kids who live in the neighborhood.”

The basics: A quick look at what you should know about vouchers

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Allison Carter discusses vouchers in Indiana and looks into what we know and don’t know about vouchers. Regarding what’s next for vouchers, she writes: “They’re a favorite of new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, so expect a push on the federal level. And since Indiana has been a leader in school choice, expect lots of attention on us.”

Denying the ‘School Choice Deniers’ Argument

Posted: 16 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Douglas Harris looks at the arguments surrounding school choice and the labels that advocates use to frame their arguments. Specifically, he examines a recent Wall Street Journal editorial suggesting that research supports private school choice.

Tax credits, school choice and ‘neovouchers’: What you need to know

Posted: 13 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Kevin Welner writes about conventional vouchers and tax credits. “A decade ago when I wrote a book explaining these tax credit policies and labeling them ‘neovouchers,’ they existed in only six states and generated about 100,000 vouchers. Today, 17 states have tax-credit policies similar to Arizona’s on their books, generating a quarter-million vouchers and growing every year.”

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