Job Listing: Staff Assistant with Education Next and PEPG

Education Next and the Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) at the Kennedy School at Harvard are looking for a staff assistant. This is a full-time job with benefits.

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Teach for America’s Retirement Gap

While most TFA teachers may not realize it, almost all are losing out on retirement benefits for their time in the classroom.

District School Authorizers and Next-Generation Accountability

Two important events provide the outlines for a new approach to state-level accountability.

The Latest XPrize and How It May Succeed or Fail

The XPrize is funding its first edtech competition to handsomely reward the team that develops the best software to help children in developing countries teach themselves basic literacy and math.

New OCR Guidance on Equitable Resources: A Godsend for Charter Schools?

I’d love to see charter associations ask OCR to investigate states that don’t do enough to provide equitable funding to charter schools serving high proportions of poor and minority children.

Behind the Headline: Chicago Public Schools Will Get Money for No-Show Students, Again

Chicago Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett has announced that schools will continue to receive funding for students that are not enrolled this year, “holding harmless” schools that do not meet enrollment targets.

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Ending Teacher Tenure Would Have Little Impact on its Own

Data from North Carolina suggest that principals are not using the four-year period before teachers qualify for tenure to identify and remove their lowest performers.

Leveled Reading: The Making of a Literacy Myth

Opponents of the Common Core question the idea of improving literacy by introducing higher levels of textual complexity into the instructional mix.

Behind the Headline: A Sharp Dissent Over a School’s Curb on American Flag Shirts

A federal appeals court has declined to rehear a case involving high school students who were not allowed to wear American flag shirts to school on the day of a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

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Broadening the Discussion of Good Schooling

These measures help to offer a more holistic take on the quality of a state’s school system.

Behind the Headline: Attorney General Holder to Step Down, Promoted Changes in School Discipline

Attorney General Eric Holder will resign as soon as a successor can be appointed, he announced yesterday. As Evie Blad notes on Politics K-12,” in the education world, [Holder] is perhaps best known for his efforts to address disproportionately high discipline rates for students from certain racial and ethnic groups.”

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Teacher Retention Varies Across and Within Districts

According to national data, four out of ten teachers will leave the classroom within five years. But turnover isn’t evenly distributed.

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Behind the Headline: New Study: Adequate Yearly Progress Not So Bad

A new study looks at what happened to schools that failed to make adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind and finds that some of the sanctions against these schools ultimately had a positive impact on student learning.

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Amidst Edtech Horror Stories, Some Blended-Learning Schools Shine

A growing number of examples show that used well, blended learning—and hence education technology—can help boost student achievement in both charter and district school settings.

Montgomery County’s Elementary School Curriculum: Where’s the Beef?

The MCPS curriculum is weak when it comes to content in science and extremely weak in history.

Unions Praise Social Security, But Like Pensions Even More

Public sector unions praise Social Security. Except they don’t want it for all of their workers.

It’s Time to Reimagine School Information

Well-designed applications and websites have allowed consumers to review easy-to-digest information like never before. Most parents, however, lack access to the useful information they need to determine how their child’s school is performing.

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A Lion in Winter and a Coming of Age

Over the last month or so, there’ve been a number of notable stories highlighting the passing of the torch from urban districts to urban chartering.

Behind the Headline: How the Education Spendthrifts Get Away With It

In an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, Paul Peterson looks at why it is so popular for politicians to call for more spending on schools.

Look to Course Access to Expand Students’ Horizons

Course access is a powerful tool to make particular courses available to students who otherwise wouldn’t be able to take them.

Charter School Teachers Subsidize State Pension Plans

Charter schools and their teachers pay the same high employer and employee contribution rates as all other schools, but higher turnover rates mean their teachers will get much less in return.

How California Superintendents Can Bust Through Policies to Implement Blended Learning

We need more opportunities for education leaders to help their peers with solutions to the problems and barriers they confront as they move toward blended learning.

Administrators Get Disproportionately Large Pensions

The Empire Center and several other organizations have published a database of New York teacher and administrator pensions that lists the pensions and service years of every member.

Where Does Government Education Research Really Come From?

When Congress convenes in lame-duck status between November and January, taking up the future of NCES would be timely.

Is Character Education the Answer?

Developing teenagers’ self-regulation may require something other than parables, slogans, inspirational banners, and encouragement from compassionate teachers.

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