Virtual School Meanderings

April 30, 2017

Worth A Read

Another regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

Impacts of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program After One Year

Posted: 26 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

The Institute of Education Sciences (IES) released a report entitled: ‘Evaluation of the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program: Impacts After One Year.’ The summary reads: “A new study finds that the nation’s only federally-funded private school voucher program for low-income parents had negative impacts on student achievement. However, the DC Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) did have positive impacts on parents’ perceptions of safety at their child’s school.”

There Are No Quick Fixes for Teacher Shortage, Report Warns

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Brenda Iasevoli reviews a new report from Dan Goldhaber and Thomas Dee, ‘Understanding and Addressing Teacher Shortages in the United States.’ The report’s authors contend that teacher shortages do not exist everywhere or in every field. The report suggests that teachers in shortage areas should receive extra pay, school districts should invest in better recruitment strategies, and recruiting candidates in anticipated need areas.

Education Savings Accounts: The New Frontier in School Choice

Posted: 25 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Adam Peshek, Gerard Robinson, and Nat Malkus have a new book out from the American Enterprise Institute on Education Savings Accounts or ESAs. “Yet, for all their potential import, ESAs are barely understood. This volume seeks to provide a comprehensive, fair-minded treatment of ESAs and will address the rationale for them, the challenges they pose, what it takes for them to work and the political and legal dynamics at play.”

Public Money for Private Schools: School Vouchers, ESAs, and Tax Credits

Posted: 24 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Ann O’Brien explains how vouchers, ESAs, and tax credits work, with links for those interested in learning more. “What are these policies? How do they differ? Here is some background information on a few key types of private school choice.”

Key Takeaways: State Accountability Plans Under ESSA

Posted: 20 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Education Week has created a dashboard for those interested in reviewing state plans submitted for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A detailed look at each submitted plan is included.

The Upside to Teacher Resignation Letters Going Viral

Posted: 19 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Tim Walker shares a conversation with Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Michigan State University, who recently released two studies on teacher resignation letters. She says, “What these letters are telling teachers is this: ‘I am leaving so I can speak to what is happening. I will try to combat this so you can try to collectively organize and use these letters as support for the arguments you are making every day.’”

Assessing and Resolving California’s Growing Teacher Shortage Crisis

Posted: 17 Apr 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Christopher Holland critiques proposed legislative efforts in California in response to the state’s looming teacher shortage crisis. His commentary concludes with, “As a result, if state officials want to ensure that California is a perpetual leader in the twenty-first-century century global economy, they need to start seriously investing in public education and seek innovative new solutions to the teacher shortage issue.”

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