Student achievement gaps: Public opinion on reducing disparities affecting poor and minority children – Journalist’s Resource Journalist’s Resource

Public opinion about improving achievement among poor, minority students 

A study in Educational Researcher explores Americans’ opinions about differences in test scores between poor and wealthy students and white and minority students.

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A grumpy old teacher trying to keep up the good classroom fight in the new age of reformy stuff.

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Embracing Education Productivity?

Posted by Peter Greene: 13 Oct 2016

Rick Hess recently posted a piece that makes a couple of discussion-worthy points while neatly sliding right past a couple of other ones.

In “Why You Should Learn to Love Educational Productivity,” Hess argues for an embrace of “productivity,” but I’m not sure that word means exactly what he thinks it means.

We get to the “productivity” issue by sliding past a different one. Hess opens by noting that there have been many attacks on charter schooling lately, and he expresses not-so-much surprise:

At one level, this isn’t shocking. Education has long been rife with suspicion of ideas that seem too “businesslike.” The very term “productivity” can set teeth on edge. 

But here Hess makes two large leaps. First, we leap from charter opposition to ideas that seem too businesslike. But charter opposition is based on far more than any opposition to a businesslike approach to school. For instance, my objections to modern charters include the destruction of democratic and transparent process as well as the charter refusal to serve all students instead of just a chosen few. Second, Hess leaps from “businesslike” to “productivity.” But many folks object to a businesslike approach to school because it usually values dollars over students.

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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: More Edureading

CURMUDGUCATIONICYMI: More Edureading

Posted by Peter Greene: 09 Oct 2016

It’s a short list this week, but still worth reading.

The Annual Autopsy

You know I love a good analogy. Here’s one more way to look at the uselessness of “data.”

Education’s Failure To Retain Great Teachers

Another look at the sad state of teacher retention in the ed biz.

Seven Things I learned from Attending a Charter School Board Meeting

Nancy Flanagan went to a charter board meeting and had an eye-opening experience.

Campaign Paraphernalia for Great Schools Massachusetts

$9,000,000 ought to buy you a great deal of cool stuff. Here are some suggestions for the out-of-state privatizers who are trying to finance the anti-charter-cap campaign in Massachusetts.

Order in the Court

Also in Massachusetts, the attempt to beat the charter cap by filing a civil rights lawsuit failed. Jennifer Berkshire tells that story.

Source: CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: More Edureading

CURMUDGUCATION: Why Are Teachers So Stressed?

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Why Are Teachers So Stressed?

Posted by Peter Greene: 10 Oct 2016

Last week at the Atlantic, teacher-author Timothy Walker took a broad lookat the reports of teacher stress (a good follow-up to his earlier piece on teacher burnout). Walker did a good job of gathering up the current data on teacher stress, but he stopped short of one huge question. On twitter he opened the door to that question, so I’m going to go ahead and step through it.

Walker’s compendium of current reports is a good one. Here’s the Gallup report from 2014. Theresearch brief out of Penn State this year. The admittedlyunscientific survey by AFT and the BATs. He cites a representative sampling of the ubiquitous “Why I’m Quitting Teaching” letters that are now as common as empty political promises to elevate the teaching profession. And he traces the connections between teacher stress and students issues, as well as bringing in the Learning Policy Institute’s recent report tying teacher stress to the huge loss of veteran teachers, in turn tied to the teacher “shortage.” (He might also have folded in LPI’s work showing that veteran teachers are hugely beneficial,and therefor worth holding onto.) And he wraps it up with some anecdotal data from Mike Anderson (The Well-Balanced Teacher), a traveling ed consultant.

Walker’s piece makes one point exceedingly well–

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Nicholas Kristof: Is There a Double Standard in American Politics?

Diane Ravitch's blog

Nicholas Kristof asks if any female candidate would survive if she had the same history as Donald Trump.

He poses a series of hypotheticals:

“Imagine if it were Hillary Clinton who had had five children by three husbands, who had said it was fine to refer to her daughter as a “piece of ass,” who participated in a radio conversation about oral sex in a hot tub, who rated men based on their body parts, who showed up in Playboy soft porn videos.

“Imagine if 15 men had accused Clinton of assaulting or violating them, with more stepping forward each day.

“Imagine if Clinton had held a Mr. Teen USA pageant and then marched unannounced into the changing area to ogle the young bodies as some were naked and, after doing the same thing at a Mr. USA pageant, marveled on a radio show at what she was allowed to…

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A Warning to the People of Georgia about the New Orleans Myth

A Warning to the People of Georgia about the New Orleans Myth
by dianeravitch
Parents, students, educators and other citizens are invited nvited to learn about the hoax of Amendment 1on the ballot. It is an effort by the far-right to change the Georgia state constitution to allow the state to take over schools with low test scores and give them to charter corporations. Tea Party Governor Nathan Deal says it is for the poor minority kids, whom he wants to “save.”

Please join civil rights activists to learn more about Amendment 1 and the myth of the New Orleans miracle.

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dianeravitch | October 16, 2016 at 10:00 am | Categories: Accountability, Charter Schools, Education Reform, Fraud, Georgia, Hoax, New Orleans | URL: http://wp.me/p2odLa-fqz

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Parents, students, educators and other citizens are invited nvited to learn about the hoax of Amendment 1on the ballot. It is an effort by the far-right to change the Georgia state constitution to allow the state to take over schools with low test scores and give them to charter corporations. Tea Party Governor Nathan Deal says it is for the poor minority kids, whom he wants to “save.”

Please join civil rights activists to learn more about Amendment 1 and the myth of the New Orleans miracle.

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There Are All Kinds Of Myths About Why We Love Guns, But Myths Don’t Help Us Reduce Gun Violence At All.

There Are All Kinds Of Myths About Why We Love Guns, But Myths Don’t Help Us Reduce Gun Violence At All.
by mikethegunguy
What is a myth? According to most dictionaries, a myth is a widely held but false idea or belief. And if there’s one area where myths abound, it’s in the statements made by Gun-nut Nation to justify their ownership of guns. Now I have no problem with tall tales – we all learned fairy tales as kids, we then went on to be enchanted by The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland, but if you get into a discussion with someone and want to prove a particular point, you’re not about to use a rhyme from Doctor Seuss as your source.

Mike The Gun Guy™

What is a myth?  According to most dictionaries, a myth is a widely held but false idea or belief.  And if there’s one area where myths abound, it’s in the statements made by Gun-nut Nation to justify their ownership of guns.  Now I have no problem with tall tales – we all learned fairy tales as kids, we then went on to be enchanted by The Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland, but if you get into a discussion with someone and want to prove a particular point, you’re not about to use a rhyme from Doctor Seuss as your source.

boone1           Unless someone wants to explain why they just went out and bought another gun. Because the one thing that nobody in Gun-nut Nation will ever admit is that they just picked up their tenth, or twentieth, or thirtieth gun because they had a few extra bucks…

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Can We Prevent Gun Accidents With Better Safe-Storage Laws? Maybe Yes, Maybe No.

mikethegunguy | October 14, 2016 at 10:53 am | Tags: gun accidents, Gun violence, guns CAP laws, NRA, shootings, USA Today | Categories: Blogs | URL: http://wp.me/p3rKYU-UE

Mike The Gun Guy™

USA=-Today is carrying a story on accidental gun deaths of children in which the paper discovered that the CDC number for such events is probably undercounted by about half.  The story describes specific accidental gun deaths, one in which a 4-year old shot himself with a handgun found in his grandparents’ home, another when a 6-year old killed his younger brother with a gun that was lying inside a motel room where the two kids and their parents were spending the night.

accident           Undercounting accidental shootings (or intentional shootings, for that matter) by the CDC is hardly new news. Our friends at the Gun Violence Archive deliver data on and invariably the numbers they get from open media sources are higher than what either the CDC or the FBI report in just about every category of gun violence. And while the NRA will tell you that it’s never the gun…

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Total Outside Spending by Election Cycle, Excluding Party Committees | OpenSecrets

The chart below shows spending by outside groups in three categories: independent expenditures, electioneering communications and communication costs.

As the chart makes clear, the 2004 election marked a watershed moment in the use of independent expenditures to try to sway voters, with most of that new spending coming from the national party committees.

The 2010 election marks the rise of a new political committee, dubbed “super PACs,” and officially known as “independent-expenditure only committees,” which can raise unlimited sums from corporations, unions and other groups, as well as wealthy individuals.

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Source: Total Outside Spending by Election Cycle, Excluding Party Committees | OpenSecrets

Liberal big money is pouring into elections | OpenSecrets Blog

Liberal big money is pouring into elections

If you think campaign finance is just a right-wing billionaires’ spending spree, take another look. Liberal money has been pouring into federal elections in recent years.

In 2012, when post-Citizen United money started flowing in earnest, wealthy Republicans took the leading roles. The number of individuals making contributions of $1 million or more grew from 16 in 2010 to 108 in 2012. That year, 69 percent of the $380 million coming from the top 100 individual donors was conservative money. This election, liberal benefactors have worked to close the gap … read more…

Source: Liberal big money is pouring into elections | OpenSecrets Blog