|5-6-19 Education in the News|
NJ Spotlight--Op-Ed: Teaching LGBTQ+ History in Schools Benefits All Students
‘It is impossible to teach a comprehensive course on American or world history without including the contributions and hardships of LGBTQ+ people’
Max Crossan | May 6, 2019
NY Times--A Teacher Shared Her Salary, and a Stranger Started a School Supplies Wish List
After an elementary schoolteacher in Phoenix posted her salary on Facebook in March last year amid a statewide protest for more education funding, she got a lot of calls from the news media, and a lot of hate mail, too.
Emily S. Rueb| May 3, 2019
Chalkbeat--Nearly a decade later, did the Common Core work? New research offers clues
A 2008 report offered a dire warning: U.S. schools were falling behind their international peers. Its prescription: states should “adopt a common core of internationally benchmarked standards in math and language arts.”
The idea of the Common Core would soon gain steam. Thanks to interest from state leaders and financial incentives offered by the federal government and private philanthropies, most states adopted new academic standards over the next few years. That would soon mean new tests, new textbooks, and new teaching methods — and in many places, backlash to those changes.
But amid the fierce debates, there has been virtually no research on whether the standards were actually accomplishing their goal of improving student learning.
Matt Barnum - April 29, 2019
Education Week--Battle Over Reading: Parents of Children With Dyslexia Wage Curriculum War
Lisa Stark on May 1, 2019 2:30 PM
Politics K-12 (Education Week)--Here's How Education Budget Plans From Trump and House Democrats Stack Up
We now have two pretty different visions for what federal education spending should look like.
In March, President Donald Trump released a fiscal 2020 budget request that would cut more than $7 billion from the U.S. Department of Education's budget—it would eliminate 29 programs, and create $5 billion in annual tax credits for educational choice. (Those tax credits would be administered by the Treasury Department). As a counterpoint, House Democrats unveiled legislation at the end of April for Education Department funding that would increase agency's budget by more than $4.4 billion and beef up several major programs.
Andrew Ujifusa on May 1, 2019 11:40 AM
The Hechinger Report--What if we hired for skills, not degrees?
The last decade has seen widespread ‘degree inflation.’ But a growing movement of employers, workers and training groups offers a rebuke to a culture that exalts a bachelor’s as the gold standard for upward mobility
Lawrence Lanahan| May 4, 2019