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In the News

In Blaming Schools For Eroding Reading Skills, Are We Overlooking Surge In Children’s Screen Time?

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia AJC
Friday, November 15, 2019

In decrying disappointing U.S. reading performance, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos looked at what occurs within schools, citing ineffective teachers, antiquated approaches, bloated bureaucracies, overpaid administrators, bad policies and "Big Ed."

In the News

PN-G Hack Seen As Lesson For Other School Districts

quoting Herbert Linvia Beaumont Enterprise
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
As forensic experts worked on Wednesday to restore access to Port Neches-Groves ISD computer files following a crippling cyberattack a day earlier, Superintendent Mike Gonzales said the district may never know whose computer allowed the malware to intrude.

Michael Petrilli: The Education Gadfly Show: The Scarcity Of High-Quality Early Childhood Education

with Michael J. Petrillivia Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Michael Petrilli talks about the state of early childhood education for students of color.
Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret T

Eric Hanushek Appointed To National Assessment Governing Board

Thursday, November 14, 2019
Hoover Institution, Stanford University

Eric Hanushek, the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Hoover Education Success Initiative at the Hoover Institution, has been appointed to serve a four-year term as a member of the National Assessment Governing Board as the testing & measurement expert. His term officially began on Oct. 1, 2019, and will end on Sept. 30, 2023.

Press Releases

Professionalizing Teaching And Winning The Salary Wars

by Eric Hanushekvia EducationNext
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The nation is stuck with a bad equilibrium in terms of teacher salaries: salaries are insufficient to attract new teachers who can fuel improved schools and yet they are not even high enough to satisfy current teachers. One result has been uncompromising rhetoric replacing viable solutions, and political responses that leave us in a worse position. The Chicago teachers’ strike continued the strife that played out last year from West Virginia to Los Angeles. Sequential appeasement of these outbreaks of union combativeness and teacher frustration will almost certainly not help the students and will likely make teachers worse off in the long run.

In the News

Secretary DeVos Names New Members To The National Assessment Governing Board

mentioning Eric Hanushekvia United States Department of Education
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the appointment of seven leaders from around the country to four-year terms as members of the National Assessment Governing Board.

Analysis and Commentary

The States That Are Swimming Against The NAEP Tides

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

The bad news from the latest Nation’s Report Card has us analysts wearing out our thesauruses. Gloomy, dismal, a bloodbath…no negative seems overwrought for what we saw the other week, especially for our lowest-performing students. For example, since 2013, the start of our “Achievement Recession,” eighth grade reading scores for students at the 10th percentile have dropped by ten points. Ten points! That’s the equivalent of an entire grade level. The bottom seems to be falling out.

In the News

These Shop Teachers Told Their Students To Form A Union

quoting Terry M. Moevia Education Week
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Under the supervision of two foremen, workers clad in white coveralls use a sandblaster and other power tools to remove corrosion from airplane parts.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Observations From Inside A Success Academy School

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Robert Pondiscio, a senior fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, sits down with Paul E. Peterson to discuss his time observing a Success Academy school in the Bronx, and his new book, “How the Other Half Learns.”

In the News

Teacher Entrepreneurs Could Rescue South African Schools

quoting Thomas Sowellvia City Press
Saturday, November 9, 2019
US economist Thomas Sowell provided an important insight into education when he said: “It is not simply what education teaches us directly, but how well it prepares us to learn ourselves that is the ultimate measure of its value.”


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