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Analysis and Commentary

Seeking A Culture Of Improvement

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 23, 2019

If this era is to become a Golden Age of Educational Practice, we need successful, evidence-based practices—to the extent that they actually exist—to spread far and wide. Many ideas for how to get educators to use such practices are inherently top-down or “supply side” approaches—build tools or products or school models on top of the evidence base, and then market them to schools.

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The Education Exchange: Surge In Non-Teaching Staff Strains School Budgets

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

As teachers strike or threaten to strike in several cities, one of the key issues is pay. But while teachers want higher salaries, school districts face a number of financial challenges. One source of strain in school district budgets is what economist Ben Scafidi calls the staffing surge, a major increase in non-teaching staff hired over the past few decades.

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Hoover Political Scientists Among Most Cited In Academia

Thursday, January 17, 2019
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Five of the top 25 most-cited American political scientists are Hoover senior fellows. A new report from the American Political Science Association examined journal citations of 4,089 tenure-track faculty members at 133 doctorate-granting political science departments in the United States.

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LA Teachers Strike To Preserve Their Ruinous Monopoly

by Lee Ohanian quoting Eric Hanushekvia The Hill
Thursday, January 17, 2019

Last week, 31,000 Los Angeles Unified School District teachers represented by the United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) union went on strike for the first time in 30 years.

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Hoover Hosts Roundtable Discussion Commemorating The 40th Anniversary Of The Taiwan Relations Act

Thursday, January 17, 2019

In April 1979, president Jimmy Carter signed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) after the breaking of diplomatic relations between the United States and Taiwan. The act allows for a special authority created specifically for Taiwan known as the American Institute in Taiwan to serve as a de facto embassy, and provides for Taiwan to be recognized under...

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Practicing Humility When It Comes To Evidence-Based Practice

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

As I’ve embarked on my weeks-long discussion of how to usher in a Golden Age of Educational Practice, I have heard—often on Twitter, sometimes via email—a clear and compelling message: For the love of God, mike, do not turn this call for evidence based practices into another excuse for so-called experts to tell teachers what to do, or to foist your own preferred practices upon the nation’s schools. Show some humility, man. To which I say: I hear you, my friends, I really do.

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Reflecting On Education Week'S 10 Big Ideas Of 2019

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Education Week opened the year with a second annual special issue titled “10 Big Ideas” with, wrote editor Elizabeth Rich, “the potential to define—or redefine—education in the year ahead.” Each includes a staff-written essay accompanied by a commentary penned by an outside researcher, practitioner, or advocate.

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A Nation At Hope (Sic)

by Chester E. Finn Jr.via Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The long-awaited report of the National Commission on Social, Emotional, & Academic Development is now out and will doubtless make some waves within education’s chattering classes and more broadly among practitioners. But will anyone else notice or care? Let me state up front that—aside from its abominably ungrammatical, if slightly clever, title—it’s a solid, respectable product, the sort of thing one rightly expects from the Aspen Institute, the blue-ribbon panel that produced it, and the eminent foundations that paid for it. It’s worth paying attention to. But I will also admit to a fairly serious case of déjà vu.

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The Education Exchange: How Teach For America Shapes State Education Policy

by Paul E. Petersonvia The Education Exchange
Monday, January 14, 2019

Many Teach for America corps members remain in the classroom long-term, but a large number move on to careers involving advocacy. A new study looks at how Teacher for America impacts state-level education policy. Leslie Finger of Harvard University joins Paul E. Peterson to discuss her study, “National Youth Service and Policy Feedback: How TFA Shapes Education Policy Working Papers through the Development of Young Advocates,” which was co-written with Carlos Lastra-Anadon.

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Why Disparate Impact Theory Is A Bad Fit For School Discipline

by Michael J. Petrillivia Flypaper (Fordham Education Blog)
Thursday, January 10, 2019

In 2014, in response to findings that African American students were three times as likely to be suspended as white students, the Obama Administration sent a lengthy “Dear Colleague” letter to school districts nationwide, spelling out a new policy on school discipline, motivated by disparate impact theory. It warned administrators that they could be subject to a federal civil rights investigation if their data showed significant racial disparities in the use of suspensions or expulsions, and could be found guilty of discrimination even if they had race-neutral discipline policies that were being applied even-handedly.

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