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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.”
Analysis and Commentary

NAEP 2019: The Terrible Impact Of The Great Recession

by Michael J. Petrillivia Thomas Fordham Institute
Friday, November 8, 2019

In previous posts and in comments to the media, I’ve been making the case that the lingering effects of the Great Recession might partially explain the disappointing student achievement trends we’ve seen as of late, both on the Nation’s Report Card and on state assessments.


Terry Moe: Warren's Education Plans Are In Lockstep With The Teachers' Unions On Charters, Segregation, Special Education & What Is To Be Done?

interview with Terry M. Moevia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019
Hoover Institution fellow Terry Moe discusses Elizabeth Warren's plans for education.

Lee Ohanian: Seattle Deriding Math As "Western"

interview with Lee Ohanianvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, November 8, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Lee Ohanian discusses his California On Your Mind article "Seattle Schools Propose To Teach That Math Education Is Racist—Will California Be Far Behind?"

In the News

Mcdaniel-Hale: Parental Involvement, Not Per-student Spending, Key To How Well Children Do In School

quoting Eric Hanushekvia Chicago Tribune
Friday, November 8, 2019

Financial data in the new Illinois Report Card recently released reports that School District U46 spent an average of $12,000 per student during the 2018-19 school year. Per-pupil spending is a new addition this year to every report card prepared by the Illinois State Board of Education.


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