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