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Reopening Decisions Are Mostly A Matter Of Trust

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that this crisis has thrown all of us for a loop. We humans aren’t built for something so unnerving, so unprecedented in our own lifetimes, so mysterious and hard to understand and out of control. We might view our own brains as perfectly rational, but despite our best efforts, we’re going to grasp for the familiar in times like this, including familiar ways of thinking.

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Teacher Unions Vs. Private Schools

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, August 12, 2020

The private schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, where I live, are breathing a sigh of relief that, after much sturm und drang this past week, they’re back in charge of their own decisions about whether and how to re-open. 

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Bridge Both The In-Person And The On-Line Educational Divides

by John B. Taylorvia Economics One
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

In a new Policy Brief just released by the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, Jack Mallery and I show that In-person and online learning go together.

In the News

This Week’s ESSA News: How Congress Could Use The ‘Direct Student Services’ Provision To Route Aid To Struggling Kids, Fresh Concerns Over Eroding School Infrastructure, Why Feds Aim To Avoid Testing Waivers & More

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The 74 Million
Tuesday, August 11, 2020

During a recent appearance at the Education Writers Association national seminar, Department of Education Assistant Secretary Jim Blew told reporters that the DOE’s “instinct” is to not grant state waivers of federal testing requirements, as established by the Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015.

Analysis and Commentary

The Education Exchange: Espinoza Supreme Court Lawyer Richard Komer On How The Decision Will Open New Possibilities For School Choice

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, August 10, 2020

A former senior attorney at the Institute of Justice and the lead attorney in the Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue case, Richard Komer, joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss the outcome of that Supreme Court case, and what it could mean for school choice going forward.

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Montgomery County Rescinds Ban On Private Schools Reopening This Fall

quoting Michael J. Petrillivia The Washington Post
Friday, August 7, 2020

Possibly averting a court battle, Maryland’s largest county on Friday backed off a controversial ban on in-person instruction at private schools.

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Charter Schools Offer Hope To Minority Students

featuring Thomas Sowellvia Las Vegas Review Journal
Friday, August 7, 2020

If you want to increase student achievement among minority students, increase the number of charter schools. That’s the conclusion of economist Thomas Sowell.

Analysis and Commentary

What’s A College Degree Worth In Utah?

by Michael J. Petrillivia The Salt Lake Tribune
Friday, August 7, 2020

With Utah’s colleges and universities just weeks from starting classes, the state’s institutions of higher education have solidified their plans — at least for now — to maximize learning and minimize the spread of the coronavirus on campus. Yet, colleges aren’t the only ones who have to make tough decisions; students do too.

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Parents See Teachers Union Gamesmanship, Demand Return To In-School Learning

quoting Scott W. Atlasvia The Washington Times
Thursday, August 6, 2020

Some parents are fighting back as teachers unions push to keep classrooms closed, arguing that the school reopenings are being hijacked by an agenda that appears to be more about political gamesmanship than the science behind the coronavirus.

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Chester Finn: The Education Gadfly Show: Another Reason For More School Autonomy

interview with Chester E. Finn Jr.via Education Gadfly (Thomas B. Fordham Institute)
Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Chester Finn talks about how schools can be given autonomy to adapt to students’ varying needs and to external events.

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