She actually when she is talking about how to move this country forward given education a program. She's involving teachers in the discussion. She's not looking at it from a privatized position. She's actually collaborating with the people who actually work in the classroom. And to me that show a commitment she wants to do a really positive pro education policy. And she wants to be invested in public schools because she realizes public schools are in areas of poverty and (education) is one of the smartest ways to get children out of poverty.
-- Former Perth Amboy teachers union president Donna Chiera (Former President Clinton stumps for Hillary in Edison)
Spending by oil companies, education advocates, business groups and labor unions reaches record levels - LA Times ow.ly/FGQh300ISyS
‘Don’t force us to give up our school’: A Mississippi town is being told to integrate - The Washington Post ow.ly/9YVx300GhGu
20th Street Elementary parents protest potential change in school management - LA Times ow.ly/Wz47300KGok
Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst: AP Article ow.ly/u2iW300KFX4
One Student Tries To Help Others Escape A 'Corridor Of Shame' : NPR Ed pllqt.it/NkB6Fx
What One District's Data Mining Did For Chronic Absence : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/KIyQ300KFF4
Harvard Graduate Student's Speech Resonates With Educators : NPR ow.ly/KEte300KFDo
School superintendent candidate proposes $14k raise for Washington teachers ow.ly/69C4300JOrp
This jittery GIF accompanies BuzzFeed's expose expose of a nonprofit college serving overseas students whose misdeeds were ignored or overlooked by a regional accrediting agency. Check it out if you want to be horrified.
This internecine warfare is not admirable. It should stop. It helps Trump. One candidate will emerge from the Democratic convention in Philadelphia. It will be the candidate who gets the requisite number of delegates. It will be either Bernie Sanders or Hillary Clinton. When the convention chooses the candidate, I will support that candidate.
- Diane Ravitch (My Choice for President)
How interesting, given the current controversy over the research, to listen and watch as Angela Duckworth and Kate Zernike talk about grit at #EWA16.
Curious about the media role in puffing and then pulling down Duckworth's work, check out my recent column: Journalism’s Role In The Current “Grit” Hype/ Criticism Cycle.
What do parents need to know to find a good school? New federal rules help California find an answer - LA Times ow.ly/wbWG300E3Yg
Education Department proposes rules for judging schools - The Washington Post ow.ly/6Seb300E2Zw
AP: Rules proposed for school accountability | U.S. News | US News ow.ly/FD5c300Cngd
Education Department Releases ESSA Accountability Rules - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/63Oi300E37k
Advisers to Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders Debate Education Policy - Politics K-12 - Education Week ow.ly/dtt2300Dprj
See also: Clinton, Sanders Higher Education Policies Similar - Diverse ow.ly/awgQ300Dpkj
Calling for end to "internecine warfare" among Dems, Ravitch announces she will support the Democratic nominee ow.ly/uZMR300CogP
Inside The College That Abolished The F And Raked In The Cash buzzfeed.com
In Texas, new math standards look a whole lot like Common Core - The Hechinger Report ow.ly/YxOU300E3Ba
Facing potential economic downturn, LA Unified considers financial future | EdSource ow.ly/oPM7300E3m7
Spring conference season might be over, but Summer Season is just starting. Among the June events is the NYT higher education conference on June 20, which promises to include 100+ college president types, Times senior editors, and an "interactive program [that] features U.S. Secretary of Education John King, topic specialists Carol Dweck, Angela Duckworth, Amy Cuddy and Nicholas Christakis, and other leading experts." (I'm thinking hologram, right?).
The Higher Ed Leaders Forum will also include a special “Education Innovation” section in The New York Times. Topics include diversity and free-speech dilemmas, the STEM-humanities debate, sexual assault, the digital future, the crisis in public funding of education and much more.
The “Higher Ed Leaders Forum” is supported by presenting sponsor The Walton Family Foundation, associate sponsors NYU School of Professional Studies and Oppenheimer Funds Inc., supporting sponsor Carnegie Corporation of New York and media sponsor Education Dive.
To apply for an invitation and learn more about The New York Times “Higher Ed Leaders Forum,” please visit NYTHigherEdLeadersForum.com.
It takes an exceptional teacher to marginally increase a student’s test score, and these gains fade out quickly. It takes an average urban charter school to increase a student’s test score, and these gains increase over time. Lastly, test scores aren’t everything, so we should be cautious in how we use them and we should give strong deference to parental choice.
-- Arnold Foundation's Neerav Kingsland [Missing the Schools for the Teachers (the Folly of the Teacher Wars)]
The most interesting moment might be the 55:00 minute mark, where Lisa Snell and Roland Martin discuss a failed NOLA mobilization effort. The Seventy Four contributor Cynthia Tucker Haynes is the moderator. Watch all NSVF Summit videos here. Which one should I watch/show next?
Charter school groups spending big in California legislative races | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/yr2Y300BFXT
States Sue Obama Administration Over Transgender Bathroom Policy - The New York Times ow.ly/jfsH300BFTh
Struggling schools hope arts focus can provide a boost ow.ly/rAa1300AQD2
Now celebrating 20 years, Stand for Children is in 11 states and employes 140 staffers ow.ly/ieie300A7Mv
Audit to examine whether Alliance charter schools spent public funds on 'anti-union campaign' | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/TvpN300BG3l
CPS sending buses of protesters to Springfield to lobby on school funding - Chicago Tribune ow.ly/M97C300BGUa
Firm to pay $11.5 million to settle SF school-bus lawsuit - SFGate ow.ly/TOjG300BGnY
Nation’s most prestigious school science competition has new sponsor: Regeneron - The Washington Post ow.ly/RToK300BFQp
171 survive in National Spelling Bee, but only 45 advance ow.ly/8Lie300AQDU
-- Paula Dwyer in Bloomberg View (Bringing Back Labor, Without the Unions)
From PBS NewsHour: "When other cities have proposed a tax on sugary soft drinks, it’s often sold as a plan to fight obesity. Not in Philadelphia, where a battle is brewing over the mayor’s 3 cents-per-ounce tax plan that would be used to fund citywide pre-K. The beverage industry opposes the tax and argues that if you’re going to tax them, then why not cakes and candy?"
Or, click here to watch tons of recently uploaded NewSchools Summit 2016 videos.
Or, click below to watch a PBS NewsHour segment about 100 Girls Of Code.
California's teacher tenure battle is reignited by Vergara appeal and a new bill - LA Times ow.ly/ceOf300zdfT
New analysis: disparities in k12 funding exist - even among similar districts. http://bit.ly/1TtaPUu pic.twitter.com/Y98fjCbWcE
Gates Chief Acknowledges Common-Core Missteps blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curricu…
Bethune-Cookman Students Still Reeling From A Year That Saw 13 Shooting Victims: NPR ow.ly/8SnE300wxqF
The nation's largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap | PBS NewsHour pllqt.it/3SlxHV
Seattle expels preschool kids three times as often as K-12 students. Here’s how to change that. | The Seattle Times ow.ly/nskG300wyDW
Fact-checking the LA teachers union's charter school costs estimate | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/WYQJ300wxue
Texas education board candidate known for conspiracy posts - AP Article ow.ly/Eg3u300wxC0
Feds: Detroit Paid $1.27M for Tutoring That Wasn't Provided - ABC News ow.ly/ZXui300wxSw
D'oh! A misspelled word on this high school diploma - LA Times ow.ly/V0mm300wyIp
I'm taking an early Memorial Day Weekend, so you should get your news from RealClear Education, the Annenberg Institute roundup, Morning Edu, or on Twitter. (Speaking of which, I may pass along a few must-reads which you can see below) Have a great weekend. See you Tuesday:
The emerging alliance between teachers unions and Republicans runs against decades of built-up cultural distrust. But the interests of the two partners are closely aligned...[And it's] not the first instance of this alliance in action.
- NY Mag's Jonathan Chait (Who’s Blocking Obama From Helping Poor Schools?)
Click this link to watch the video from yesterday's hearing (sorry but it's not embeddable), and to see the list of speakers and read their written testimony. Look at this morning's news roundup for coverage from PK12, USNews, and others.
Battle Raging Over Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act | US News ow.ly/7EIh300mAYa
LAUSD administrative staff jumps 22 percent even as enrollment drops - LA School Report ow.ly/MEXY300mLSv
Wisconsin Supreme Court Affirms Power of State Superintendent - State EdWatch - Education Week ow.ly/Aua5300mAIF
Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students - The New York Times ow.ly/MwXc300mAtj
Some of the advice is a bit dated, and -- it has to be said -- Ryan Gosling may no longer be the heartthrob he once was -- but it's still good stuff. Anyone else remember "Hey, New Teacher"?
Curious about the ESSA funding debate but not sure where to start or why to care? Let me see if I can help sort the substantive, political, and other aspects of the story out for you -- and point you towards and even more obscure part of ESSA that may make the current debate moot.
As you may already know, Senator Alexander and several education groups (including the teachers unions) are strongly opposed to an ESSA rule that the Obama education department has developed. No doubt, requiring districts to document equitable funding outcomes for Title I schools would require a series of changes for states and districts.
In extremely simplified terms, the Obama rule would require that states and districts show that they weren't spending more money on poorer schools* than less poor ones. Complying with the requirement could result in large-scale transfers of teachers, cutting of programs at middle-poverty schools, and other unwanted outcomes.
In establishing this requirement, the Obama rule goes against the flow of play these days, which under ESSA generally limits the USDE's role in overseeing the states and districts and how they use roughly $15 billion a year in federal education funding. According to ESSA, districts are relieved of having to identify specific services as supplemental and the USDE is specifically prohibited from requiring a “specific methodology” for distributing state and local funds.
Ed Week has covered this a number of times, including these two pieces (Education Secretary Advocates Robust ESSA Rules Amid GOP Backlash, Report to Congress: Proposed Spending Rules Appear to Exceed ESSA Language). An NPR story this morning (The 'Intolerable' Fight Over School Money) adds that Senator Alexander has told states to resist this regulation if it isn't changed or stopped through other means. A NYT piece by New America's Kevin Carey (Why There’s an Uproar Over Trying to Increase Funding for Poor Schools) tells the backstory and makes the case in favor of the Obama position.
During a phone interview earlier this morning, Carey explained that the crafty folks at the USDE decided that the new law didn’t block them from requiring states to document comparable outcomes, as long as they didn’t meddle in the methods. “It’s a new and very different interpretation of the ‘supplement, not supplant’ rule,” according to Carey – but not an unjustifiable one. (On Twitter, economist Bruce Baker took issue with Carey's analysis, and the original headline of the piece [Why Poor Districts Receive Less Government School Funding Than Rich Ones] was quickly changed.)
It comes down to semantics, really. If ESSA bans the USDE from establishing any specific method of allocating funding, does that also mean that it can’t require the resulting amounts to be equitable?
Nine Democratic Senators (including Senator Sanders and Senator Warren) are supporting the Obama position. A group of civil rights organizations is also supportive.
We still don't know where Senator Murray and Hillary Clinton stand on the issue -- I've asked the Clinton campaign and will let you know when they respond.
It’s worth adding that the Obama administration has made regular use of whatever flexibility it can find in federal law in the past. The 2009 Race to the Top initiative, the SIG program, and the NCLB waiver program all stretched – or perhaps broke – the limits of the USDE’s statutory and regulatory powers.
In pushing ahead with this ESSA rule the Obama administration could be seen as creating problems for the Clinton campaign. It certainly isn't taking a backseat and giving the presumptive nominee as much maneuvering room as possible.
Even if the USDE blinks first, funding expert Marguerite Roza argues in the Brookings blog that a transparency provision put into the law by Senator Bennet is going to end up having much the same effect (More equitable spending on its way regardless of rulemaking).
Roza argues that, when differentials between schools are finally published, it will become difficult for lawmakers to continue doing what they've done for so long:
"When the spending data are daylighted, the evidence will be clear that many districts have hardwired systematic spending inequities in their operations.... School boards will have no choice but to do the hard work of rethinking longstanding policies that contributed to the uneven spending."
*Correction: The original version stated poorer districts, not schools.
I’m going to get rid of the gun-free zones on the military bases. I’m also going to do it in schools. You say you have a school, and it’s gun-free. The criminals are out there saying, ‘This is incredible. This is perfect. There’s no guns in there. I’m the only one that’s going to have guns.’ You can’t do it. I’m going to work with the states, and if I have to, I’m going to try and perhaps override the states if I have to...
-- Donald Trump, quoted in the Washington Post (Clinton campaign’s claim that Trump would ‘force schools to allow guns in classrooms’)
From the PBS NewsHour: "The St. Cloud school district has seen several incidents motivated by race and religion, but educators there have poured their energy into supporting immigrants with language and cultural services and taken steps to ensure a more welcoming and tolerant school climate for all its students."
See also this recent Education Week story on the St. Cloud district's initiative to improve language and cultural awareness in its schools and watch a Web video on some of the educators who work with the Somali community to address students' needs.