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Welcome to Chalkbeat’s national newsletter! Matt Barnum and Sarah Darville here. We’re feeling thankful for the many of you who’ve joined us since last week.
November 16, 2017
Gutting Wisconsin teachers unions hurt students, study finds
The high-profile fight to limit union power was replete with drama — including a recall election and state legislators fleeing…
November 15, 2017
Trump education nominee pleads ignorance about high-profile voucher studies showing negative results
The nominee to be second-in-command at the Department of Education, said he was not aware of high-profile studies showing that school vouchers can hurt student achievement.
November 15, 2017
What the Endrew F. parents want Betsy DeVos to know
Welcome to Chalkbeat’s national newsletter! Matt Barnum and Sarah Darville here. Our goal is to help you make sense of the messy, fascinating, often controversial…
November 14, 2017
Common Core tests were supposed to usher in a new era of comparing America’s schools. What happened?
It's difficult to make detailed comparisons across states as a potent mix of technical challenges, privacy concerns and political calculations have kept the data siloed.
money for reform
November 13, 2017
Where do the nation’s big charter boosters send their cash? More and more to charter networks
Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, particularly ones where charter schools are better at raising test scores.
November 8, 2017
The 2017 election results and what they mean for schools
The Big Story Yesterday was election day. And that means a number of races that will have a big impact on schools.
November 7, 2017
No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories
Betsy DeVos haters can rejoice it seems: The secretary is planning to resign from Trump’s cabinet, according to a much-shared Salon story. But it’s not true.
races to run schools
November 3, 2017
Education is on the ballot in 2017 — here’s what to watch for and why it matters
Education is on the ballot on Tuesday. It’s an off-year election, but that means school board and mayoral contests are especially likely to be on the ballot.
a test of happiness
November 2, 2017
When teachers are better at raising test scores, their students are less happy, study finds
A new study finds a negative correlation between teachers’ impact on students’ test scores and those students’ reports of how happy they were in class.
October 31, 2017
A simple solution for solving teacher shortages: pay incentives for hard-to-find educators
A new study offers a straightforward solution to teacher shortages: give bonuses or provide loan forgiveness to teachers in positions that are hard to staff.
October 17, 2017
Independent charter schools look to raise their profile, apart from networks and Betsy DeVos
At a symposium last week number of independent charter school leaders agreed to launch a new national organization.
October 16, 2017
The $100 million question: Did Newark’s school reforms work? New study finds big declines, then progress
It was announced with much fanfare in 2010: changes were coming to Newark’s schools. But are students learning more now than they were then, thanks to the reform effort?
school choice or peer choice?
October 11, 2017
A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, in NYC study
A basic tenet of school choice is that families will choose the highest-quality school they can. Now a new study raises questions about this basic premise.
getting what you pay for
October 5, 2017
Want more young people to aspire to become teachers? Try paying teachers more
There’s building evidence that higher teacher pay helps encourage people to enter and stay in the classroom.
October 3, 2017
What states told Chalkbeat about how they will monitor their chronic absenteeism data
Students’ rates of chronic absenteeism are going to be used to judge schools in most states.
October 3, 2017
Student absences are about to have higher stakes in most states. Will cheating follow?
It’s unclear if most states have systems in place to accurately monitor absenteeism data at all.
September 28, 2017
Six things you should know about Betsy DeVos’s tense trip to Harvard
DeVos faced tough questions, as well as a few softballs, at Harvard on Thursday night.
September 28, 2017
Democratic governors boost funding for schools with more black, Hispanic students. (Test scores, not so much.)
Electing a Democrat for governor leads to more money being spent in districts with more students of color.
September 27, 2017
Florida’s tax credit voucher program helps get students to — but not necessarily through — college, study finds
Students in the country’s largest private school choice program were more likely to attend college than similar students who remained in public school
unions in charters
September 25, 2017
When charter schools unionize, students learn more, study finds
a new study of California schools finds that, far from harming student achievement, unionization of charter schools actually boosts test scores.
across the pond
September 21, 2017
Does England’s rapid expansion of charter-like ‘academies’ hold a lesson for the U.S.?
Is autonomy itself likely to improve schools? A new study offers a sobering answer.
September 19, 2017
Who benefits from Head Start? Kids who attend — and their kids, too
It’s the latest signal that a substantial investment in early childhood education, particularly when paired with well-funded K-12 schools, can have long-lasting benefits.
September 18, 2017
The rise of tax credits: How Arizona created an alternative to school vouchers — and why they’re spreading
With its adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to endorse an innocuously named policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.”
September 14, 2017
Efforts to ‘raise the bar’ for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what?
Education advocates want to have it both ways: they want more teachers of color and to “raise the bar” for the profession with measures that screen out certain groups.
September 13, 2017
This top-rated black teacher may lose her job over one test. Are ‘high standards’ working?
A Baltimore teacher may lose the job she loves because of a single test — an example of how efforts to "raise the bar" can play out on the ground.
September 12, 2017
Certification rules and tests are keeping would-be teachers of color out of America’s classrooms. Here’s how.
Virtually every step in the common teacher certification process risks disproportionately excluding prospective teachers of color.
September 6, 2017
XQ is taking over TV to make the case that high school hasn’t changed in 100 years. But is that true?
Is it really the case that high schools haven’t seen real change over the last century?
August 30, 2017
The Great Recession decimated the economy. It also hurt student learning, according to pioneering new study
As the Great Recession was sending economic shockwaves through the country, it was also hurting student learning, according to a new study.
charter kids go to college
August 29, 2017
Do ‘no-excuses’ charter schools lead to success after high school? At one high-profile network, the answer seems to be yes
A new study offers evidence that attending the Chicago-based Noble charter network does help students succeed after high school.
August 28, 2017
When school districts resegregate, more black and Hispanic students drop out
After courts lift school desegregation orders, students of color are more likely to drop out —the latest signal that school segregation harms black and Hispanic kids.
August 27, 2017
Many worry that students of color are too often identified as disabled. Is the real problem the opposite?
New research challenges a piece of common wisdom about special education: that black students are too often told they have a disability.
the consequences of closure
August 24, 2017
Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study
Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according a new study.
August 23, 2017
Unified against Trump, the country’s would-be Democratic governors are divided on education
Coming to a Democratic primary near you: a clash over education issues.
the secretary speaks
August 17, 2017
In departure from Trump, Betsy DeVos calls out ‘racist bigots’ in Charlottesville
The letter was more pointed — describing racist views as “cowardly, hateful and just plain wrong” — than DeVos’ initial tweets on the events.
August 17, 2017
New study deepens nation’s school turnaround mystery, finding little success in Rhode Island
Rhode Island tried to improve its struggling schools without dramatic changes. A new study on those efforts says they didn’t help student achievement.
August 16, 2017
Silicon Valley’s school integration paradox: More black and Hispanic students get to college — and get arrested
New research on schools in Silicon Valley comes to a familiar conclusion: Poor black and Hispanic students get a leg up by attending a less segregated school.
August 15, 2017
National support for charter schools has dropped sharply in last year
Public support for charter schools has declined substantially in the last year, according to a national survey released Tuesday.
August 14, 2017
How community trauma can hurt student learning
Among the many consequences of this weekend's events in Charlottesville: teachers are wondering how the violent displays of racism will affect their students.
August 9, 2017
A new study shows why it’s so hard to improve teacher preparation
Fierce debates have ensued over how to hold teacher training programs accountable. A new study casts doubt on those efforts because It’s hard to identify bad programs.
August 7, 2017
Even with a voucher, families find themselves facing extra fees for private school
A new study finds that families who use a private-school voucher are happy with their choice — but also points to an obstacle that keeps some families from using a voucher at all.
August 4, 2017
No Child Left Behind is dead. But have states learned from it?
Are states really changing course from No Child Left Behind? Are they learning from what many viewed as the problematic aspects of the law ESSA replaced?
Secretary v. secretary
August 1, 2017
Arne Duncan criticizes Betsy DeVos on civil rights, says she hasn’t asked for his advice
When Arne Duncan became Secretary of Education, he asked his predecessors for advice. That’s why he’s disappointed that he hasn’t gotten a similar call from Betsy DeVos.
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
July 30, 2017
Do vouchers actually expand school choice? Not necessarily — it depends on how they’re designed
Who benefits most from private school voucher programs: families with few options or the schools themselves?
problems and solutions
July 27, 2017
6 problems the NAACP has with charter schools — and 5 of its ideas for how to reshape the sector
After calling for a temporary ban on new charter schools last year, the NAACP has revealed what would it would take to get the civil rights group to support the sector.
teachers with borders
July 25, 2017
Schools near state lines perform worse — and rules discouraging teachers from moving may be to blame
Want a leg up in school? Don’t attend one near a state border. That’s the surprising finding of a new study published in the Economics of Education Review
July 23, 2017
Critics of vouchers say they’re marred by racism and exacerbate segregation. Are they right?
A recent report described the “racist origins” of school vouchers; school choice backers have vehemently denied the charge. So what do we know about the competing claims?
democrats for school integration
July 20, 2017
Want to reduce racial segregation? Elect a Democrat to school board, study says
A found that electing Democratic school board members leads to less-segregated schools.
a failure of accountability
July 14, 2017
High-stakes testing may push struggling teachers to younger grades, hurting students
it’s a big problem when schools encourage their least effective teachers to work with their youngest students. And a new study says that the pressure of school accountability systems may be encouraging exactly that.
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