Friday’s ed news
PARENT TRIGGER: The enthusiasm over Parent Trigger laws has waned this year, as fewer states consider the new school choice idea.
DATA: A large new paper details how the federal government has pushed states into massive data collection on children from birth, and the ties between this and Common Core.
OKLAHOMA: A Common Core repeal has come out of conference committee and goes back to the legislature for votes.
OKLAHOMA: The legislature overrides the governor’s veto so that third graders no longer have to pass a reading test to move to fourth grade.
MASSACHUSETTS: A Harvard professor wins a prestigious teaching prize–and $500,000.
Thursday’s ed news
LOUISIANA: Gov. Bobby Jindal makes his most direct statements against Common Core yet, comparing it to Russian central planning. He and state leaders are considering dropping its national tests.
WISCONSIN: Nearly four times as many kids apply for a statewide voucher as there are seats.
SOUTH CAROLINA: The House passes a bill to reconsider Common Core.
ILLINOIS: Pushing teachers to retire early costs money and means younger teachers, but doesn’t hurt test scores.
WASHINGTON: The nation’s largest teachers union sends $750,000 to support an initiative supposedly to reduce class sizes with loopholes that allow schools to lard up on non-teaching staff.
CHOICE: Former CNN host Campell Brown explains why she supports school choice and thinks unions are destructive.
PENNSYLVANIA: A court fight between charter and district schools in Philadelphia could change education law for the whole state.
Wednesday’s ed news
MISSOURI: Kids who live in unaccredited school districts wait to hear whether lawmakers will let them attend better schools.
CHOICE: Parents who put their children in private schools save taxpayers billions and should receive tax credits, says a new study.
SCHOOL LUNCH: House Republicans want to roll back restrictive school lunch rules.
BLENDED LEARNING: Michael Horn responds to a charge that online learning is not a panacea because research shows learning styles are a myth.
DATA: A contractor for national Common Core tests has suffered from a data breach, endangering personal information of thousands of employees.
MISSOURI: The state ponies up $8.4 million for Common Core tests.
HIGHER ED: Colleges are becoming a money-losing joke.
Tuesday’s ed news
MICHIGAN: School districts that privatize services pay teachers more.
FLORIDA: The ‘godmother of digital learning’ retires after helping found a national model for online education.
PENSIONS: How teacher pensions hurt teachers.
SOCIAL SKILLS: The problems with values-free character education.
SELECTIVITY: Contrary to popular belief, school districts don’t serve all students.
NEA: A survey of teachers in the nation’s largest union shows growing opposition to Common Core.
CALIFORNIA: Top Republican lawmakers throw their support behind bilingual education.
Monday’s ed news
FLORIDA: A bill to make Florida the second state to offer disabled children education savings accounts is on the governor’s desk.
FLORIDA: Parents of 100,000 children have started applications for the state’s tax-credit scholarship program, the most ever.
PRESCHOOL: Should the feds just block-grant preschool money back to the states?
RACE: Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, schools are still segregated–by ZIP code.
NORTH CAROLINA: A judge says the state can’t stop teachers from getting a guaranteed job for life .
KANSAS: At the state capitol, some teachers protest the loss of a job for life.
MAINE: School administrators complain about receiving grades from the state.
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