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#EDgif Of The Day: The Nonprofit College That Banned Fs, Spent Little On Classes,

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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. 

Quotes: Ravitch's De Facto Clinton Endorsement

Quotes2This 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)

Morning Video: Watch Duckworth Talk Grit At EWA Conference

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.

AM News: New ESSA Regs, Clinton/Sanders Advisers Debate, Ravitch Endorsement

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

How 3 top New Orleans public schools keep students out | NOLA.com pllqt.it/FaZEta

In #CharterSchool Era, Montessori Model Flourishes - EdWeek bit.ly/1TYOg9U

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

Events: Big Fancy NYT Education Conference Coming Next Month

Logo-mr-monopoly-1Spring 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.

 

Afternoon Video: Fear Of ICE Raids Roil Immigrant Communities

"Rumors of new ICE raids send fear into immigrant communities across the country” . Fusion Via Larry Ferlazzo: "I wrote several posts in January when ICE began raids in immigrant communities. There have been recent reports that the Obama Administration is preparing to repeat them."

Quotes: Let's Focus On Schools (Forests), Not Teachers (Trees), Says Kingsland

Quotes2It 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)]

Morning Video: Education (Or The Lack Thereof) In Campaign 2016

Left, Right, Kids in the Middle: Education in 2016 from NewSchools Venture Fund on Vimeo.

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?

 

AM News: CA Charter Advocates Spending Big, 11 States Sue Over Transgender Bathrooms

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

Charts: Comparing Denver, NOLA, & DC On 2015 PARCC ELA

More data here.

#EDgif Of The Day: Not Quite "Oh Captain, My Captain!"

Send #edgif suggestions to me at thisweekineducation@gmail.com

Quotes: Clinton, Unions, & "Bringing Back Labor"

Quotes2Of the candidates, Clinton seems the least fulsome in promising a return to the lost workers’ paradise (which may be the reason many rank-and-file union members don’t support her). But with her standing among white men already at rock bottom, Clinton would be loath to say that the U.S. doesn’t need stronger unions so much as a more modern version of unionism that benefits everyone, not just those willing to pay union dues, to lift the economy.
-- Paula Dwyer in Bloomberg View (Bringing Back Labor, Without the Unions)

 

Morning Video: Paying For Pre-K With A Soda Tax In Philadelphia

 

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.

 

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AM News: Teacher Tenure In CA, Disproportionate Discipline in VA, Plus "Grit" Takedown Study

California's teacher tenure battle is reignited by Vergara appeal and a new bill - LA Times ow.ly/ceOf300zdfT

Vergara plaintiffs file latest appeal, wade into legislative debate on teacher job protections | 89.3 KPCC ow.ly/tN7m300zcl0

Foes of teacher tenure, seniority appeal to state Supreme Court - SFGate ow.ly/rxQ6300zcH0

Report: Virginia’s black students three times as likely as whites to face suspension - The Washington Post ow.ly/bl4x300zc89

VA School suspensions disproportionately impact minorities | Fusion pllqt.it/u97r3u

Is ‘grit’ overrated in explaining student success? Harvard researchers have a new theory. - The Washington Postow.ly/GMIB300zc5M

Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/6ZUj300zcgb

Texan Who Posted Extreme Views Loses Runoff for State Education Post - The New York Times ow.ly/z0OZ300zcdn

Philadelphia plan to fund pre-K would tax soda by the ounce | PBS NewsHour ow.ly/bv7a300zcJT

Teacher abuse payouts top $300 million as L.A. Unified misses warning signs - LA Times ow.ly/TwIt300zddM

Kentucky thoroughly sold its educators on Common Core. How? - The Hechinger Report ow.ly/Kh8H300zdzn

#EDgif Of The Day: EdBuild Map Shows Funding Disaparities Among Similar Districts

New analysis: disparities in k12 funding exist - even among similar districts.  http://bit.ly/1TtaPUu pic.twitter.com/Y98fjCbWcE

Commencement: Misspelled Diploma Covers Mar Ontario High "Shcool" Graduation

Morning Video: SNL's Gory Spoof Of "Dead Poets Society"

Be warned, it gets very gory about halfway through. And the satire of the Intro to Poetry is pretty mean, too. 

AM News: Gates Chief Admits Common Core Missteps

Gates Chief Acknowledges Common-Core Missteps blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curricu…

School Funding Inequality, Often Measured By State, Is Far Worse Nationally Than You Think @The74 bit.ly/1NCs1tI

Bethune-Cookman Students Still Reeling From A Year That Saw 13 Shooting Victims: NPR ow.ly/8SnE300wxqF

Contentious Lusher board meeting reflects lingering tensions over union issue | NOLA.com ow.ly/AATd300wxfJ

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

Site News: Taking An Early Memorial Day Weekend

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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:

Quotes: The "Emerging Alliance" Between Teachers Unions & Republicans

Quotes2The 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?)

Morning Video: Senate HELP Committee Hearing On ESSA Implementation

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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. 

AM News: Senate Debates Proposed ESSA Funding Rule (Where's Clinton?)

Battle Raging Over Implementation of Every Student Succeeds Act | US News ow.ly/7EIh300mAYa

Sen. Murray supports USDE without endorsing Obama rule -- still no word from Clinton campaign? -- Politics K-12 ow.ly/uJZS300mL0z

Biggest Transitions Facing States for ESSA Accountability Flagged in New Report - Politics K-12 ow.ly/MaGp300mAEB

Publisher's ultimatim in test leak riles educators | 12NEWS.com ow.ly/dmOo300mKku

Paying Students May Raise Test Scores, But The Lesson Is Not Over : NPR Ed : NPR ow.ly/s6m9300mAxa

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

California to Revise Textbooks to Reflect Diversity - ABC News ow.ly/bFea300mBaT

Teachers: The Wisdom Of The Cool Substitute

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"?

ESSA: The Obama Rule, A Clinton Quandary, & "Daylighted" Data To Come*

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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 BacklashReport 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.

Quotes: Trump Would Overturn Gun-Free School Zones

Quotes2I’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’)

Morning Video: Islamophobia In St. Cloud, Minnesota Schools

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.

 

AM News: Federal Funding Dispute, Segregation Surge, CA Grad Rate Uptick

The 'Intolerable' Fight Over School Money : NPR Ed : NPR pllqt.it/EfH7Sc

On the anniversary of Brown v. Board, new evidence that U.S. schools are resegregating - Washington Post ow.ly/yL26300k0sk

Black And Latino Students Lose Out To White Peers. And It's Getting Worse. - HuffPost ow.ly/NiC7300k1fl

Lusher teachers reject union for collective bargaining | NOLA.comow.ly/BwCh300k1Vu

California high school students graduating at record rate - SFGate ow.ly/tykr300k20z

Are more engaging classes improving California graduation rates? scpr.org/news/2016/05/1…

Boston Students Walk Out To Protest Proposed Cuts ow.ly/xshc300k26F

LAUSD puts millions into its magnet expansion - LA School Report ow.ly/G6JP300k0eG

Girls better at leveraging tech to solve problems - POLITICO ow.ly/X4IT300k1Xc

#EDgif Of The Day: "Immigrants - The Get The Job Done."

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That's Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of "Hamilton," speaking at the UPenn graduation ceremony last weekend. It's a line from the show, which a foundation is sending thousands of NYC high school kids to see this Spring. 

Charts: Teachers Estimate Time Spent On State & District Testing

F4A_Teacher-estimated_time_per_year_spent_preparing_students_for_mandated_tests (1)From CEP.

 

Quotes: Why Are Education Groups Aligned With Republicans?

Quotes2Normally, teachers unions and school advocates support Democratic politicians and are the mortal enemies of conservative Republicans. Yet this time, they found an enthusiastic supporter in Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Education Committee. 

-- Kevin Carey in the NYT (Why Poor Districts Receive Less Government School Funding Than Rich Ones)

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