Texas Education Platforms, PISA Chatter, and More: Wednesday’s Ed News

Published December 4, 2013

Wednesday’s ed news

TEXAS: A GOP candidate for governor supports charter schools but avoids talking vouchers.

AUSTRALIA: Lawmakers propose monitoring children from birth to prevent crime.

PISA: Reactions on the international test results: Being mediocre doesn’t matter. Mediocre results don’t justify nationalizing education. Poverty isn’t the problem. And a general overview. All the charlatans come out for their say. The entire enterprise is a waste of time

GEORGIA: How will lawmakers give science and math students a path to that major in college if Common Core won’t? 

OHIO: A lawmaker proposes to require that 35 percent of a teacher’s evaluation rest on student test scores, rather than the current 50 percent.

MICHIGAN: Here’s the story of a teacher who wants to leave her union and can’t, despite a right-to-work law. 

ARIZONA: The feds threaten the state for not having a teacher evaluation system the feds like. 

PENNSYLVANIA: Lawmakers consider loosening the state’s teacher furlough law, anticipating cuts. 


Tuesday’s ed news

INTERNATIONAL: International test scores are out today, and the Obama administration has chosen to release the U.S. results early only to advocacy groups, not impartial observers.

GEORGIA: A public school superintendent says “There’s nothing more [in line with] local control … than choosing where your kids go to school.”

GERMANY: The Supreme Court orders the Obama administration to respond to a German homeschool family’s plea for asylum.

OKLAHOMA: Why lawmakers should expand school choice and ditch government preschool.

SOUTH CAROLINA: A local school district considers having a successful private school run a failing public school.

NORTH CAROLINA: A gay advocacy group tries to prevent a Christian school from receiving vouchers for requiring students to uphold Christian teachings about sexuality.

LOUISIANA: Nearly half the students receiving a state voucher attend D- or F-rated private schools.

FLORIDA: The state’s teacher rating system rates thousands of teachers on students and subjects they have never taught.

COMMON CORE: How a Common Core history textbook treats World War II.

ALABAMA: A state lawmaker introduces legislation to remove government regulation of private schools.


Monday’s ed news

INDIANA: State legislative leaders plan to pass legislation that will drop Common Core completely for Indiana standards

WISCONSIN: Conservative groups urge Gov. Walker to reject Common Core.

NEW JERSEY: So many students take advantage of an inter-district choice program that the state may move to limit it.

SCHOOL CHOICE: Educating not just kids, but also parents.

PENNSYLVANIA: Teacher pensions will cost a fifth of payroll in the coming school year, squeezing out spending on classrooms.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: New federal lunch rules force children to take piles of food they don’t want to eat.

CALIFORNIA: The state takes a foolish approach to transgender students, harming privacy for all students in the process.

EDTECH: How one teacher uses a Google Glass recording device in her classrooms.               

KANSAS: Another small school district decides to drop its teachers union affiliation


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