Collecting Student Data, Anti-Testing's Empty Fury, and More: National Ed News Roundup

Collecting Student Data, Anti-Testing's Empty Fury, and More: National Ed News Roundup
February 21, 2013

Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)

Friday's ed news

1. Alabama withdrew from Common Core testing recently, but state legislators say that's not enough. They want the entire program out

2. If teachers like unions so much, writes Larry Sand, why do unions bully them into joining?

3. A suburban Minneapolis school district will save $2 million in two years by privatizing its bus system.

4. Poor parents visit DC to demand an end to ZIP code-defined education

5. Why anti-testing advocates are making much ado about nothing.

6. How do teachers really feel about defined-contribution versus defined-benefit pensions? DC works like a 401(k), while DB works like a traditional pension, but where taxpayers pay the cushy benefits.

7. Nevada struggles to implement the Common Core and a comprehensive student database. Both are expensive and time consuming. 

8. The Georgia Senate votes to remove legal barriers to after-school play. Yes, you read that right. 

9. New Mexico's House has approved the state budget, which includes merit pay for teachers

10. Why education accreditation institutions are a racket


Thursday's ed news

1. The shaky science behind universal pre-k, by Charles Murray. Fix families, not preschool, editorializes USA Today.

2. Teacher job satisfaction has plummeted to the lowest level in 26 years.

3. Florida lawmakers have filed another Parent Trigger bill.

4. Schools are right now administering pilot Common Core tests

5. New York's teachers union has sued the state to overturn its property tax cap.

6. Influenced by Democrat Superintendent Glenda Ritz, a Republican-led Indiana Senate panel has approved a bill to junk grading schools A-F.

7. California schools have assigned thousands of teachers to classes they aren't qualified to teach

8. North Dakota lawmakers say 'no' to government preschool.

9. The GED shifts as states consider alternatives to the alternative diploma.

10. Laura Bush continues to pursue education reform.


Wednesday's ed news

1. Reuters "deeply distorted" charter school research and facts in recent reporting, charges the Center for Education Reform

2. Texas state senators spend two hours complaining about the state's new battery of high school tests.

3. South Dakota becomes the twelfth state to reconsider Common Core

4. Minnesota teachers can't pass a basic skills test, so some lawmakers are considering repealing the requirement.

5. New York City's mayor donates $1 million to Los Angeles school board candidates. 

6. Researchers are trying to make computer tutors detect the emotions of their pupils

7. After years of school funding battles, Kansas' senate committee approves removing spending oversight from courts.

8. Florida is developing a Plan B for if Common Core tests don't work out even though it is coordinating the tests.

9. Why charter schools were never a corporate privatization conspiracy

10. Duke University outlines what it took for them to put up a massive open online course


Tuesday's ed news

1. Massachusetts will now push transgenderism in public schools. 

2. Removing 8th grade algebra from California schools will mean fewer kids going to college, especially minorities. 

3. What are Islamic private schools like?

4. A newspaper investigation in Rochester, New York finds teachers kept in classrooms after sexually and physically attacking children.

5. The biggest factors in college success are not demographics, personality, or extracurriculars. They are high school grades, ACT or SAT score, and persistence

6. Texas legislators today discuss curriculum, testing, and vocational education.

7. Michigan unions are attempting to bypass the state's new right to work law by extending their contracts before it takes effect.

8. There are far more elementary teaching graduates than open positions, and far fewer math and science graduates than positions.

9. College students at arts or liberal arts schools have more student loans.

10. Watch Michelle Malkin discuss her decision to focus on education this year. 

Monday's ed news

1. Florida lawmakers ask education Commissioner Tony Bennett how much the Common Core will cost and time it will take.

2. Colorado's legislature kills two tax-credit scholarship bills.

3. Florida lawmakers propose a Louisiana-like "course choice" program that would let kids pick and choose tax-paid classes from different providers.

4. The United States doesn't need government preschool--it needs a culture shift, says Heather MacDonald. 

5. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposes increasing state school funding 1 percent.

6. Texas state senators hash out a vocational high school diploma plan. 

7. Forty-one states require or encourage secret contract negotiations between public boards and unions.

8. Iowa legislators make the governor's education reforms optional for schools. 

9. Some Florida school districts are cutting charter and private schools out of academic competitions previously open to them. 

10. Immigrant families prefer to have small children stay at home.


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Joy Pullmann

Joy Pullmann is a research fellow on education policy for The Heartland Institute and managing... (read full bio)