Broadly-based education stories
Bill Moyers - As the School Year Ends, the Future of Public Education is in Jeopardy, June 2015
From Education Dive, Five K-12 Trends to Watch in 2016. They are:
- budget crises in urban districts
- so-called personalized learning plans
- holistic approaches to learning
- Goodbye PARCC?
- Accountability for 'bad apple' charters
From the ed blog, Curmudgucation, by teacher Emily Kaplan - No Excuse, Deceptive Metrics and School Success
From Education Week, a very compelling story about one state, New Mexico, and their desperate efforts to get students online.
From Willamette Week, a fascinating story about a school board director who is "cranky, irritating, stubborn - and a surprising force for change in Portland Public Schools." This could be what our new board's focus might look like.
From Campaign for America's Future, Common Core "Results" aren't really test scores.
From Diane Ravitch's blog, Yong Zhao and Pasi Sahlberg on why the director of the OECD in charter of international testing is wrong that American students are not overtested.
From Stop Common Core in Washington State, Conservatives for Exit Exams: A lesson in high-stakes testing
From NPR: Behind the Shortage of Special Ed Teachers; Long Hours, Crushing Paperwork
Hard to Classify
Diane Ravitch on a 1950s Isaac Asimov story, The Fun They Had.
Counterpunch has a story by Susan Ohanian called "Who They Gonna Call? Bias at the New York Times on Education Reform." Truly important reading as the Times in NY seems as tone-deaf as the Times of Seattle.
Diane Ravitch had a great round-up article of who's who in ed reform and where are they today.