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Progressives May End Education’s ‘Funding Vs Accountability’ War

THIS WEEK: Puerto Rican School Crisis … The DeVos Agenda … Accountability Isn’t Working … Schools Are Arming Up … Choice Isn’t Justice

TOP STORY

Progressives May End Education’s ‘Funding Vs Accountability’ War

By Jeff Bryant

“The rhetoric of education politics and policy has been dominated by a conflict over inputs versus outcomes … whether public schools and teachers are getting the support and resources they need to adequately educate all students or whether measures of achievement and efficiency prove that our education system is simply not up to the task of educating all students, and schools and teachers need to work harder and be smarter with the money and resources they have … There is evidence of a change in heart and mind that may foretell a new education narrative that breaks out of the funding versus accountability polarity. ”
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NEWS AND VIEWS

Puerto Rico Schools Are Infested With Rats And Missing Chairs And Books After Hurricane – But Sec. Of Education Says Chaos Is Fine

Raw Story

“[In the new school year following the devastation of Hurricane Maria]the Association of Teachers for Puerto Rico visited local schools and said that they are highly under-resourced … Leaky roofs, mold and rat infestation, and hurricane debris … lack of teachers and staff … Secretary of Education Julia Keleher … dismissed the concerns by saying, ‘It’s a smaller problem than we had the year before.'”
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DeVos Family Money Is All Over The News Right Now

NPR

“From the policy of separating immigrant families, to limiting the power of labor unions, to naming the next justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, this summer the DeVos family name has been all over the news … The parents, in-laws and husband of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos have given hundreds of millions of dollars to conservative causes. And many of those causes are front and center of policy initiatives and goals of the Trump administration right now … ‘What we see overall is really the purchasing of political power that crosses the spectrum of political and foundation giving … The right is very quick to use foundation funding in a way that the left does not in supporting specific policies.'”
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Pressuring Schools To Raise Test Scores Got Diminishing Returns, New Study Of No Child Left Behind Finds

Chalkbeat

“Setting ambitious goals … putting pressure on schools to reach them … continuing to ‘raise the bar’ during the No Child Left Behind era only had a modest effect at best. That raises questions about whether the small gains were worth … what critics claim were the educational costs of putting a greater focus on test scores … ‘Results suggest that the ratcheting [up] of test-based accountability pressures alone is not enough to sustain improvements in student achievement’ … There was no evidence of higher standards causing any improvements in fourth grade math or reading.”
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Back-To-School Shopping For Districts: Armed Guards, Cameras And Metal Detectors

The New York Times

“Fortified by fences and patrolled by more armed personnel, schools will open their doors to students for the start of the new year with a heightened focus on security intended to ease fears about deadly campus shootings … Some measures go beyond ‘hardening’ school buildings and expanding police presence and focus instead on how to respond to a violent attack … At least 10 states allow districts to arm teachers and other staff members … . ‘I know that guns have this illusion of making people feel safer, but if a depressed kid comes into a school, having an armed guard with a gun is not going to help that student … I don’t know where the line is of making people safe – spending money on a resource that won’t be utilized every day like an armed guard – versus a counselor that would be utilized every day.'”
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School Choice Is The Enemy Of Justice

The New York Times

Contributing writer Erin Aubry Kaplan writes, “Los Angeles and California as a whole have abandoned integration as the chief mechanism of school reform and embraced charter schools instead … This has happened all over the country, of course, but California has led the way … But charters as a group are ill suited to the task of justice … Charters have become the public schools that liberal whites here can get behind. This is in direct contrast to the risky, almost revolutionary energy that fueled past integration efforts, which by their nature created tension and confrontation. But as a society – certainly as a state – we have lost our appetite for that engagement, and the rise of charters is an expression of that loss.”
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