Virtual School Meanderings

May 21, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

Segregation still prevalent in Indiana schools, data show

Posted: 16 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jodi S. Moon and Lauren Krull investigated school segregation in Indiana for the Civil Rights Project at UCLA and the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy (CEEP) at Indiana University. “Although Indiana has seen rapid growth in the enrollment of nonwhite students, overall interactions between white and nonwhite students remain low. For example, the average black student in Indiana attends a school where 68 percent of the students are nonwhite, while the average white student in Indiana attends a school where 19 percent of the students are nonwhite.”

The Takeover Lie

Posted: 15 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Peter Greene discusses school takeovers as a school reform strategy. He concludes, “The heart of the takeover idea is that there are people out there who know special secrets – how to educate students, how to run schools, how to do it all for less money – that somehow nobody in public education knows. But we’ve had these companies in business for years now, and there’s no reason to believe that the heart of the takeover idea is anything but a profitable falsehood.”

Toward Equity and Coherence? California’s Funding Formula in Year 3

Posted: 14 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

The Local Control Funding Formula Research Collaborative recently released a report on the implementation of California’s Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). “After three years of following the implementation of the LCFF and hundreds of interviews with district officials, principals, teachers, school board members, parents, union officials, and community organizations, we have yet to find anyone who wants to return to the old categorical system of school funding.  At the same time, we have encountered a fair amount of confusion and apprehension about whether districts are moving quickly enough to realize the equity intent of the law, which was the reason for including S & C funds in LCFF in the first place.”

Cracking the teacher recruitment and retention code

Posted: 14 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Justin Minkel writes about teacher retention, recruitment, and rewards. “I teach in a school that is 99% poverty yet has virtually 0% turnover. See if you can figure out which of the following are responsible for so many skilled teachers choosing to teach at Jones Elementary, a school where virtually every child lives in poverty.”

How Did Chronic Absenteeism Become a Thing?

Posted: 11 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Phyllis Jordan, FutureEd’s editorial director, discusses how student chronic absenteeism became so popular among states seeking to meet the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “In some ways, the push for tracking chronic absenteeism benefitted from timing, given the increased emphasis on education data and the ESSA’s commitment to going beyond test scores to measure school success. But it also shows the value of building support for an idea locally, getting buy-in from stakeholders and experimenting at the state level before making a move nationally. In a time of gridlock in Washington, this might just be the right model to pursue.”

‘Moonlight’ schooled Hollywood on race. Can it take on school discipline, too?

Posted: 08 May 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Derek Black, professor of law, University of South Carolina, discusses the impact that the movie ‘Moonlight’ might have on school discipline disparities in the U.S. He writes, “When school discipline responds to students’ needs, it produces better behavior and academic achievement for all students – not just struggling students. Schools with the highest achievement are those that deal with misbehavior through means other than just suspension, expulsion and law enforcement.”

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