Virtual School Meanderings

July 23, 2017

Worth A Read

A regular Sunday feature.

Worth A Read

DeVos Needs to Offer Principled Clarity on ESSA

Posted: 19 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Max Eden writes about the role that the U.S. Department of Education should play in guiding state education policy under ESSA (the Every Student Succeeds Act). “Limited government requires clear fixed rules, flexibility beyond them, and no specter of arbitrary executive interpretation. DeVos doesn’t need to issue hundreds of pages of guidance to set matters straight. But at this point, effective leadership will require more clear and direct communication than we’ve yet seen, and the U.S. Department of Education should resolve lingering confusion by making a clear statement of principles.”

Researchers Push Back As Betsy DeVos, ALEC Advance Virtual School Expansion

Posted: 17 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Jenny Abamu writes about the protests at the annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). “ALEC works with legislators, nonprofits and corporations to introduce legislation that affects education.”

Teacher Pay Penalty Driving Educators Away From Profession

Posted: 16 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Cindy Long writes about teacher pay and the factors that keep aspiring teachers out of the profession. “Educator salaries across all the professions have never truly recovered from the recession-driven hit they took in the last few years, but a new study by the Economic Policy Institute provides some new insights particularly on K-12 classroom teachers.”

Unable to Solve Teacher Pay Issue, Oklahoma Will Promote Recruitment, Retention

Posted: 16 Jul 2017 09:00 PM PDT

Emmanuel Felton writes about a proposal to pay teachers more in Oklahoma. Oklahoma has been singled out for its low pay for teachers and high turnover in recent months. Alicia Priest, president of the Oklahoma Education Association, the state chapter of the National Education Association, told the Enid News & Eagle: “This is just a gimmick.”

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