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Educators Set Next Year’s Goals For Middle Schoolers

quoting William Damonvia Del Norte Triplicate
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Preparing for middle school is a crucial point in a lifetime of learning, according to school officials. While elementary school focuses on the student, and high school solidifies skills, middle school is when children decide how important education is to them.

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Jacques: Close Detroit’s Worst Schools

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Detroit News
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Detroit kids deserve better schools. It’s not a mystery which buildings are the worst offenders, and they should be closed.

Analysis and Commentary

A Scholarly Approach To School Accountability

by Michael J. Petrilli, Brandon L. Wright via EducationNext
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Though it sometimes appears that Education Secretary John King didn’t get the memo, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) represents a significant devolution of authority from the federal government to the states. 

Analysis and Commentary

Stanford University Is A Pioneer In Providing Safe Spaces

by Alvin Rabushkavia Thoughtful Ideas
Monday, June 20, 2016

Safe spaces are all the rage on America’s college and university campuses. Students who feel that they are suffering discrimination on the basis of their race, ethnicity, religion, culture, gender, language, sexual preference, or other distinguishing feature can find solace and safety in a designated safe space.

In the News

The Federal Government's Push For Restorative Justice Puts Teachers At Risk

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia Examiner
Friday, June 17, 2016

There’s been a lot of talk over the years about unfairness and inequity in our schools from Obama, his former education secretary Arne Duncan, and the current one, John B. King, Jr. In fact, the latter’s photo just happened to top the recent USA Today article, “Black pupils 4 times more likely to be suspended,” with the added, “Education chief cites ‘systemic failure.’

Analysis and Commentary

Jeanne Makes It Manifest

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, June 17, 2016

It isn't perfect, but Jeanne Allen's new education reform "manifesto" makes a number of valuable points and powerful suggestions for the future. Notably, she argues for a fresh emphasis on innovation, an earnest embrace of upward mobility, and a heartfelt commitment to universal opportunity, flexibility, and transparency.

Analysis and Commentary

Repairing The Charter Marketplace

by Chester E. Finn Jr., Brandon L. Wright via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Friday, June 17, 2016

Last time around, we argued that America’s charter marketplace has done a mediocre job of matching supply with demand and ensuring solid school quality. We fingered three (of many) sources of these partial market failures: too few (and, in some locales, too many) charter schools; weak consumer information; and distracted suppliers.

In the News

Harvard: ‘Presumption Of Innocence’ Used To Silence Rape Survivors

quoting Harvey C. Mansfieldvia The Washington Free Beacon
Thursday, June 16, 2016

University’s sexual assault prevention office draws criticism from staff, alumni.

Interviews

Michael Petrilli: The Tonys Edition

by Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli discusses school segregation, four directions states can take under ESSA, and what Hamilton says about grit and privilege.

Analysis and Commentary

Why Tom Loveless Is Wrong About NAEP Achievement Levels

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, June 15, 2016

My friend Tom Loveless is right about most things, and he’s certainly right that scoring “proficient” on NAEP has nothing to do with being “on grade level.” He’s also right that Campbell Brown missed this point.

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