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Testing, Vouchers, and the 2018 TN Governor’s Race

One candidate for Governor of Tennessee is aggressively pushing expansion of publicly-funded vouchers to allow students to attend private schools. Additionally, businessman Bill Lee (R) is arguing local school boards shouldn’t have much of a say in the matter. From Tennessee Education Report: So, in Bill Lee, Tennesseans have a candidate for Governor who has […]

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No Secret Key

The case for private school vouchers is built on the premise that private schools offer better opportunities for students — especially low income students who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend these schools. Recent data suggest otherwise. In fact, in a summary of four recent studies, Mark Dynarksi and Austin Nichols note: If the four studies […]

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A Beatdown for Brownback

NPR reports on the Kansas legislature putting Governor Sam Brownback in his place after his failed experiment in governing without money. Turns out, you can’t run government without revenue. The Kansas Supreme Court has already ruled the schools there are woefully underfunded and is requiring the legislature to pony up the funds necessary to properly […]

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Court Rules Against Flawed VAM Model

A Texas court has ruled against the use of value-added modeling in teacher evaluation saying the system used violates due process. Texas now joins New York as states where courts have found value-added systems used for teacher evaluation simply don’t stand up to scrutiny. Here’s more on the Texas case: Judge Stephen Smith of the […]

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A Letter for Betsy

Educator Patrick Kearney offers some thoughts on the Trump Administration’s proposed education budget: Your first budget for the Department of Education is out and it’s a doozy. You eliminate $1.2 billion from after-school programs that serve 1.6 million children, you cut $27 million in arts education, $12 million for Special Olympics programs, and eliminate a […]

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Stop Cuts to Public Education

A message from Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education:   We need you to contact your U.S. representatives today. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and her favored school choice policies have faced fierce criticism, but this hasn’t stopped De Vos and Trump from pushing school privatization. A copy of the White House’s preliminary […]

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A Job Anyone Can Do Isn’t Worth Very Much

Arizona is facing a teacher shortage and low pay is at least partly to blame. According to a recent report: Arizona’s elementary school teacher salaries rank “dead last” in the nation, when adjusted for cost of living, says (Dan) Hunting. High school teacher salaries come in at 48 out of 50 states, he says. Elementary school […]

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Tell Congress: Protect Our Public Schools

From Carol Burris at the Network for Public Education: Because Congress is on recess until April 25, this week presents the perfect opportunity to talk to your representatives about public education. Here is the best way to do that. Take a moment today or tomorrow to find their local office (find Senate info here and […]

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Does Class Size Matter?

Yes! This may (should) seem obvious. A teacher can give each student more attention in a smaller class. But, education reformers often suggest that all that’s needed to “improve” schools is a few great teachers. Let those “great ones” teach MORE kids and see test scores soar. Wrong. I have a child in elementary school. […]

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Tell Congress: Stop Vouchers!

From Carol Burris and the Network for Public Education: Congress is now pushing the private “choice” agenda by extending the SOAR Reauthorization Act.  Reauthorization would fund and expand, with your federal tax dollars, the District of Columbia’s private school voucher program. It is time to shut this voucher program down. Send your email to your […]

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