Virtual School Meanderings

June 11, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature on a slow blogging day.

Worth A Read

Why schools still can’t put segregation behind them

Posted: 05 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Derek Black writes about segregation, inequality, and the law. “In my view, we cannot fix those systems by way of more individual choice, charters, vouchers or school district secessions. The fact is, educational funding is down across the board, when compared to a decade ago. If we want all students to have a decent shot at better education, we need to recommit to statewide systems of public education. Only then will our base fears and racial biases begin to fade into the background.”

How for-profit charter schools are ripping off California taxpayers

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Kevin McCarty and Josua Pechthalt write about corporations expanding their ownership and operation of charter schools in California. A new Assembly Bill (406) “would prohibit for-profit corporations from operating public charter schools. The bill was approved by the Assembly on Wednesday and now heads to the state Senate.”

How States Are Approaching School Accountability

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Lane Wright looks at the states’ accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). “For the 17 plans submitted, this brief highlights the trends in three of the most important parts of any plan: counting students, the ‘other’ school quality factor, and the rating system.”

States Move From ESSA Planning to ESSA Training

Posted: 04 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Daarel Burnette II discusses how states are planning to implement ESSA. “As we learned with the Common Core State Standards, how district administrators receive and implement new accountability systems matters greatly. While a policy may look good on paper, whether teachers, principals, and superintendents have the right tools, staff, and training to collect the right data, fill out the right forms, and use school intervention methods as intended will determine whether state plans ultimately improve student outcomes.”

Experts Discuss How to Find – and Keep – Teachers of Color

Posted: 01 Jun 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Cindy Long reviews a session at the 2017 Education Writers Association National Seminar. The topics of the conference included fixing the ways in which schools are organized, teacher turnover, retention, and inclusion. NEA’s vice president, Becky Pringle, discussed her organization’s commitment to improve equity, access, and working conditions for teachers of color.

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