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Alexander Russo posited a while back that gay marriage campaigns offer worthwhile lessons
to education reformers. Yesterday, Mike Petrilli said, "not so much."
One of my favorite things about our friends at Fordham is they love a good debate, even when you are debating them. When I privately disagreed with Mike,…
Last week, PIE Network policy partner Education Sector
released a report
concluding that, despite a new and rigorous evaluation system, districts statewide still fail to differentiate between the high-performing and low-performing teachers and principals.
To make sure the new system improves, Washington's Excellent Schools Now Coalition
(ESN) is using the results…
From PIE member ConnCAN
Implementation of the new statewide teacher and principal evaluation program, the System for Educator Evaluation and Development
(SEED) created as part of last year’s landmark education reform law (Public Act 12-116
), will be compromised by a new piece of legislation (S.B. 1097
A study from PIE member Thomas B. Fordham Institute Ohio
"Conducted jointly by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and Public Impact
, the new research study Searching for Excellence: A Five-City, Cross-State Comparison of Charter School Quality
sheds light on charter performance — in Albany, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, and Indianapolis.…
From PIE member Partnership for Learning
in Seattle, WA:
"Last week, the state Senate passed numerous education bills, including three that combine to create a state accountability system focused on improving student and school performance.
, passed 47-0, creates an easy-to-understand statewide education dashboard to track and report progress…
In 2014 and 2015, states across the country will fully implement new math and English language arts Common Core State Standards. But, as we're seeing in full force this week in Alabama, we can't take implementation for granted. Targeted opposition by a vocal minority threatens Alabama's Common Core implementation, offering important…
From PIE Network member The Education Trust-West
"An analysis of newly available FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and Cal Grant application data by The Education Trust–West finds that low-income California students may be missing out on potentially hundreds of millions of student aid dollars.
The Education Trust–West calculated…
PIE member The Education Trust-Midwest
recently provided a comprehensive update on the progress of education issues in Michigan:
Bill introduced by Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) HB 4276
seeks to halt Michigan’s participation in Common Core State Standards (CCSS), with McMillin calling the standards an expensive "federal takeover of school curriculum."…
The Mega-States Issues was released February 21, 2013.
Recently, the National Center on Education Statistics released its Mega-States Issue of the Nation's Report Card, focusing on educational achievement in the states with the largest public school population: California, Florida, Illinois, New York, and Texas. The report looked at student achievement from…
From the Thomas B. Fordham Institute
In an era of budgetary belt tightening, state and local policy makers are finally awakening to the impact of teacher pension costs on their bottom lines. Recent reports demonstrate that such pension programs across the United States are burdened by almost $390 billion in…
We didn't hear much about improving education throughout the presidential race, which made last week's lavish attention on education reform especially fascinating. The President argued, "To grow our middle class, our citizens must have access to the education and training that today's jobs require." We couldn't agree more.
Nor could we agree more…
The Alabama House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the Local School Control Flexibility Act (HB84). The bill, if left unchanged, would free up schools to have more local administrative control and to have greater ability to creatively problem-solve and innovate.
A+ Alabama Education Partnership
has posted resources on its website, including the…
Partnership for Learning is in Olympia nearly every day during legislative session to provide testimony on key education bills that fall under the 2013 policy priorities
of the Washington Roundtable and the policy priorities
of the Excellent Schools Now coalition.
To help track key education legislation, they've created an accessible but…
On the heels of President Obama's State of the Union, MinnCAN has released their 2013 policy platform
for reform opportunities back home in Minnesota.
MinnCAN's platform focuses on:
increasing access to quality pre-K
cultivating a high-quality public charter school sector through greater accountability, flexibility, and support
ensuring schools have and support a great teacher in every classroom…
In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama proposed “working with states to make high-quality preschool available to every child in America.” He noted that, for poor kids, lack of access to pre-K programs can “shadow them for the rest of their lives.”
The return on investment for…
A new ES Select
from Education Sector shows how one Los Angeles School is blending a curriculum for personalized learning.
“Individualized instruction is an ideal that has long been available only to those who could afford to pay for elite tutors. Outside of home schooling, the rest of us have had…
A new post
from the Center for American Progress on how we need to develop high-quality assistance and processes to ensure the continuous improvement of all educators
The Obama administration took bold and controversial steps in the president’s first term to ensure that teachers have the skills to help all students…
A new study
from the Center for American Progress on expanding access to preschool:
High-quality early childhood education and care is a game changer. We should work toward a future in which all children from ages 0-5 have access to them. As we continue to combat rising economic inequality, high-quality early…
Today, Tennessee SCORE released its 2012-13 State of Education in Tennessee Report
. Former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, SCORE’s Founder and Chairman, presented the 2012-13 Report and moderated a panel of education stakeholders to reflect on priorities for the year ahead.
The report highlights the state’s academic results, ongoing…
The Center for American Progress released a new report
showing that new approaches to teacher evaluation, combined with comprehensive professional development for teachers and school leaders and changes in the organization and capacities of school districts, can support the types of teacher knowledge acquisition and changes in instructional practices called for…