Tuesday, October 21, 2014

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Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations Linda Darling-Hammond: Time for the U.S. to Learn the Right Lessons from High-Performing Nations

By Luke Towler According to many lawmakers, the barely average standing of U.S. students in the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) rankings is all the proof you need that our schools are failing. They have used the rankings to push ineffective and often destructive policies. But these so-called reformers are missing or ignoring key... [Read more]


On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization On 20th Anniversary of Proposition 187, Latino Leaders Promise Mobilization

By Richard Naithram Twenty years ago next month, California voters approved Proposition  187, the infamous state ballot initiative that was designed to cut off immigrants’ access to social services, including health care and public education. The courts would strike down most of the law’s provisions (the state did not have the right to legislate... [Read more]


Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education Another Lousy ‘Reform’ Idea: Eliminating Remedial Education

By Mary Ellen Flanery In states including Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and Connecticut, lawmakers think they have the answer for students who need extra time and support when they get to college: Take it away. These policymakers have promoted the idea that developmental or remedial education—those extra reading and math classes that students must... [Read more]


Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable Three Things You Can Do To Help Make College More Affordable

By Mary Ellen Flannery Last year, seven out of 10 college graduates graduated with student debt, about $30,000 each, and the total student debt owed by Americans topped $1.2 trillion. At those levels, student debt isn’t just a burden — it’s become a barrier to higher education and the American Dream. It’s time to do something about it. On November... [Read more]


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Must Reads

Most States Still Funding Schools Less Than Before the Recession

States are providing less per-pupil funding for kindergarten through 12th grade than they did seven years ago — often far less. The reduced levels reflect primarily the lingering effects of the 2007-09 recession.  At a time when states and the nation need workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, this decline in state educational investment is a major cause for concern. Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


NEA President: We Need ‘Brave Solutions’ on Testing

Recent statements by the Council of Chief State School Officers and the Council of the Great City Schools, and a new report from Center for American Progress have confirmed that too often and in too many places, the education system has turned into a system of teach, learn and test with a focus on punishments and prizes. “In order to reduce the over-use and abuse of standardized tests, we still need a brave solution from the federal government—such as a return to grade span testing,” NEA President Lily Eskelsen García explained. “The sheer volume of tests and test prep that students must endure because of over-testing in America’s schools takes away from students’ time to learn and does nothing to close opportunity gaps.” Source: NEA


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Ahead in Ed

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month. Find out more at NEA’s Bully-Free: It Starts With Me campaign. Resources include the NEA Bullying Prevention Kit, 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying and the Bully Free: It Starts With Me pledge.


National Hispanic American Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens who trace their ancestry to Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and South America. Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage month with the following lessons, activities, videos, and more.


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