Where Indeed

In this blog post by Valerie Strauss she asks, “Where have all the teachers gone?” “While teacher shortages are not new, they are getting worse in many parts of the country. A report by the nonprofit Learning Policy Institute found that teacher education enrollment dropped from 691,000 to 451,000, a 35 percent reduction, between 2009 […]

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Everything Old, Nothing New

This article, written by Kate Taylor, appeared in the New York Times, “Regents Approve Plan to Evaluate and Improve New York Schools It states: “The New York State Board of Regents on Monday approved a plan laying out the state’s goals for its education system, as required by the sweeping federal education law signed by […]

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We Know What Works So Why Are We Failing

This article, Learning from schools that close opportunity gaps by Sarah E. LaCour, Adam York, Kevin Welner, Michelle Renée Valladares, and Linda Molner Kelley appeared in Phi Delta Kappan’s publication. The article outlines ten “exemplary practices” recognized by the Schools of Opportunity project. The ten steps are: 1. Broadening and enriching learning opportunities 2. Creating […]

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More Rhetoric – More Denial

This article, Forget about ‘fixing’ black kids: What If we fixed white liberals instead? by Lynnell Mickelsen written in February of 2015 was circulated recently. In it Ms Mickelson states: “We’ve spent years — nay, decades — bemoaning our achievement gap in which white kids in Minneapolis are mostly doing fine while less than 30 […]

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Eliminate the Gap To End The Poverty

NYS Allies for Public Education (NYSAPE) sent this e-mail: 2017 Test Boycott Numbers Remain High; Parents from all Demographics Continue to Reject Test & Punish System It states: ” Over 225,000 parents across the state, including tens of thousands of first-time refusers, rejected the state’s test-and-punish system, as evidenced by a third consecutive year of […]

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