Public School Not Most Parents' First Choice, Data Worries, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup

Public School Not Most Parents' First Choice, Data Worries, and More: Friday's Ed News Roundup
January 24, 2014

Joy Pullmann

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

Friday's ed news

POLL: Ninety percent of U.S. kids attend public schools, but just 26 percent of parents say that's their first choice

SCHOOL CHOICE WEEK: A DC event kicks off the week celebrating school choice with 6,000 events nationwide. 

MARYLAND: A new bill would essentially repeal Common Core

DATA: Ninety-one percent of those responding to a new poll support more parent control over their child's data in school. Common Core testing groups tell Arne Duncan they won't send the feds any personally identifiable imformation.

SCHOOL CHOICE:  The Friedman Foundation puts out 2014’s comprehensive guide to U.S. school choice.

COMMON CORE TESTS: Sample items for national testing group PARCC are now online.

NEBRASKA: Omaha schools essentially never flunk students, school data show. A new bill may change that for third graders who can't read.

TECH: Chromebooks have come from behind to take a fifth of the U.S. education market.


Thursday's ed news

OREGON: Advocates push an education savings account for disabled and foster children.

MISSOURI: A bill would prohibit the state from implementing Common Core

CALIFORNIA: An upcoming trial demanding an end to tenure laws may not be the most effective way to get minority kids better teachers, says Andrew Coulson.

COMMON CORE: Promises of "state-led" were "a massive bait-and-switch," says Rick Hess.

SOUTH DAKOTA: A Senate panel passes a measure to reconsider Common Core

NEW MEXICO: Union-despised Education Secretary Hanna Skandera may finally receive an up-or-down vote on her position--three years after she started doing it. 

NEW JERSEY: Lawmakers discuss school choice at a statewide summit.

MOOCS: Don't judge open online courses by completion rates, researchers say: Lots of people who enroll don't aim to finish. 

TEACHER TRAINING: A Virginia school district tries new ways to help teachers improve, including visits to museums and a dedicated Twitter hashtag.


Wednesday's ed news

TENNESSEE: Lawmakers start agitating to repeal, limit, or reconsider Common Core.

DISCIPLINE: What’s good and bad about the Obama administration’s race-based school discipline mandates.

NEW YORK: Gov. Cuomo says Common Core needs "corrective action."

CHARTER SCHOOLS: A study finds they increase nearby home prices by thousands of dollars. 

NEW YORK CITY: Mayor De Blasio’s education commissioner isn’t really a departure from former Mayor Bloomberg’s policies, despite the press. 

TECHNOLOGY: What people decades ago thought was the future of education.

WISCONSIN: A teacher who watched porn at school and sent it to other teachers can't be fired, thanks to union contracts. 

FLORIDA: This charter school teacher loves her job because she has freedom. 

CALIFORNIA: The state board of education approves higher spending on poor students and more financial flexibility for schools.


Tuesday's ed news

INDIANA: The House passes a preschool voucher worth up to $6,800 for low-income children.

MATH: U.S. taxpayers are funding a study comparing traditional and “fuzzy” math programs for elementary students in Canada. A math professor says fuzzy math persists because it makes publishers and consultants more money.

FLORIDA: Teachers and students struggle to manage a “Rube Goldberg” set of interconnecting education changes happening all at once.

CHOICE: Jay Greene responds to Rick Hess in an ongoing debate over whether choice programs should impose state tests.

KENTUCKY: A judge tosses out the nation’s first lawsuit against Common Core.

LOUISIANA: A third of schools in the state do not have the technology to implement Common Core tests. It will cost $6 million to get it. 

NATIONAL: School Choice Week, which is next week, has blossomed into thousands of events across the country.

SEAT TIME: Does more time in school increase what kids learn? 


Monday's ed news

OKLAHOMA: The state could become the second in the country to offer families education savings accounts, or "vouchers 2.0." 

MARYLAND: Taxpayers need to cough up another $100 million to pay for Common Core test technology, says a legislative report.

LOUISIANA: Gov. Bobby Jindal says would-be federal voucher regulators are "more interested in skin color than education."

TO TEST OR NOT TO TEST: Rick Hess weighs in on the controversy concerning how to regulate voucher programs.

ARIZONA: Lawmakers plan to expand the state's education savings accounts to all low-income children if the Supreme Court approves the concept. 

ALABAMA: New tax-credit scholarships have almost reached their donations limit this year. 


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Joy Pullmann

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