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A labor embrace for Malloy, with a jab over education CT Mirror: The Connecticut AFL-CIO’s biennial political convention was a two-day infomercial promoting the re-election of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, with one carefully choreographed note of discord: A rebuke to the Democratic governor’s choice of Stefan Pryor as commissioner of education.

He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named Gets A Mention New Haven Independent: AFT head Randi Weingarten praised a “dear friend” and third-party candidate who was barred from addressing a labor convention—then made a case for why delegates should instead support a governor who has angered teachers.

U.S. Warning New York State on Teacher Evaluations WSJ: A federal education official warned Tuesday that if New York delays using student test scores as part of teacher evaluations this year, the state risks losing up to $292 million of its Race to the Top grant.

Burglaries in summer, school assaults in fall: here's when crimes happen Vox: The beginning of the school year is the most dangerous time for teens. Simple assault is the only type of crime that's more common in fall than any other time of year. The reason for this isn't that it's somehow an autumnal sort of crime; it's that teens are disproportionately the victims of simple assault, and teen crime patterns are different from adults.

From Skid Row to high school graduation, Los Angeles supports homeless students’ academic success PBS NewsHour: Nora Perez just graduated from Roybal learning center, a high school in Los Angeles. Those four years can be an uphill battle for many students. However, Nora faced a mountain of challenges. This is what she called home during high school, the back of a car, parked on a city street. It’s where Nora spent part of the night and studied after school.

More news below (and throughout the day at @alexanderrusso).

Arizona State University: Starbucks Deal Is Not Meant To Replace State Budget Cuts HuffPost:  Arizona cut spending per student in public higher education more than any other state from FY 2008 to FY 2014, reducing it by 48.3 percent during that period. 

Analysts: Federal government should cut funding from lowest-performing colleges Washington Post: The federal government spends billions of dollars a year on higher education but almost never cuts off funding to colleges and universities that struggle to fulfill their mission.

Study Delivers Failing Grades For Many Programs Training Teachers NPR: Colleges of education spend more than $6 billion every year preparing classroom teachers, but few students graduate ready to teach, according to a new study.The NCTQ study is the second in two years that argues that schools of education are in disarray.

Report finds states raising bar for aspiring teachers PBS NewsHour: About 13 percent of the reviewed programs received top marks. According to the report, only 18 percent of programs required students have a 3.0 GPA to qualify for admissions.

New York moving quickly to change teacher prep policies Chalkbeat: New York has started using an exam called edTPA, which focuses partially on practical teaching skills and requires candidates to to videotape classes, to assess teacher candidates. The report noted that New York is one of 17 states to test elementary school teacher candidates on effective reading instruction.

Can high-poverty urban districts like Philadelphia close the digital divide? Hechinger: Philadelphia schools already have 2 gigabits, and will have 20 in 18 months. [But] the speedy Internet does students and teachers little good in many Philadelphia schools. Overall, the district has one computer for every two students, but 60 percent of those computers are more than five years old – many are as old as nine – and will need replacing soon. Only two schools in the district have enough computers for each student.

NYC Schools Wrestle with 'Bad Math' on Trailer Count WNYC: The Department of Education has $480 million in its capital budget to remove all of the 321 trailers across the five boroughs. So they are starting to pull them up, and repave the sites into ball fields or playgrounds. The problem is that school planners do not have a firm plan for where to put the displaced students. 

Schools Chief Vows to Preserve Number of Gifted Programs and Their Exams NYT: Some advocates had hoped Chancellor Carmen Fariña would overhaul the gifted programs, which they see as a critical front in the effort to reduce inequality in the school system.

Philly Schools Teeter On Brink Of Layoffs, Struggling For Funding NPR: Philadelphia's school district once again needs tens of millions of dollars to avoid layoffs. With just a few weeks left before the district approves a new budget, school leaders are asking the city, the state and labor unions for help filling a $96 million budget hole.

Teachers' rights challenged Rochester City Newspaper: He's only approved tenure for 75 administrators, considerably fewer than former superintendents Manny Rivera or Jean-Claude Brizard

 

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Re: the Wall Street Journal story on teacher appraisals in New York: the unions, along with the Gates Foundation, are currently backing policies with regard to the Common Core and teacher appraisals that deserve praise and support, not scorn. Assemblywoman Nolan should also be applauded for her bill. The Common Core needs revising, but not dumping altogether. It may prove possible to develop tests based on the Common Core that may be helpful to our education system, but it's too soon to say if we have them now (the sample questions I've seen look like a big improvement over what was in use previously, and these systems, especially SBAC's, may eventually prove to be world-class). I doubt that it will ever be a good idea to appraise teachers based on pupil test scores; it's insane to do so now in New York, where the roll-out of the Common Core has been so fantastically botched as to raise questions about why the concept of accountability does not apply to those top managers in New York and Washington, D.C. who have been pushing it so forcefully on everyone else.

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