LA School Board, Pensions In IL, Not So Great Common Core Expectations, Even Less For Tech And Ed? Dems And Ed, And More!

Smart observations on reasonable Common Core expectations from Mathew DiCarlo. Seems like another benefit of commonality is that it creates a more robust platform for innovation. As with the other issues that, in isolation, won’t boost student learning but it’s a helpful predicate.

It’s hard to choose a college major when you’re young.

Here’s an interesting point: 

Especially in an age of informational abundance, getting access to knowledge isn’t the bottleneck, mustering the will to master it is. And there, for good or ill, the main carrot of a college education is the certified degree and transcript, and the main stick is social pressure. Most students are seeking credentials that graduate schools and employers will take seriously and an environment in which they’re prodded to do the work. But neither of these things is cheaply available online.

Great pension headline followed by a sensible pension editorial.

Dems and education event – appropriately enough in a theater – via Third Way.

There were school board elections in LA last night.

I’m re-reading this analysis from Mathematica (pdf).

3 Replies to “LA School Board, Pensions In IL, Not So Great Common Core Expectations, Even Less For Tech And Ed? Dems And Ed, And More!”

  1. Andy …

    Do you also have NCEE 2014-4010, and “How Can We Ensure That All Children Have Excellent Teachers?” from Public Agenda?

  2. Pittsburgh had BOE elections yesterday.
    Not so great results for charter supporters.

  3. And in Philly:

    On Tuesday, May 19th voters in Philadelphia sent a message to billionaire venture philanthropists who were trying to buy the office of mayor of Philadelphia to promote their privatization of public schools agenda. By the day of the primary elecction for mayor and other offices they had invested $7 million in advertising for the candidate they thought would carry out their agenda, State Senator Anthony Williams.
    Former Councilman Jim Kenney defeated Williams by a 2-to-1 margin winning a plurality in all wards in the city. Kenney ran on a progressive platform, including the ending ‘stop and frisk’ by police, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and establishing universal pre-Kindergarten. Even before he decided to run for mayor, Kennedy was praised for championing the erecting of a statute in City Hall for forgotten civil rights pioneer Octavius Catto. Kenney has also been a supporter of immigrant rights.
    At the beginning of the campaign, Anthony Williams was considered the frontrunner. As the campaign progressed, despite flooding the airwaves with campaign commercials beyond what any other candidate could do, Williams began to drop in the polls. Williams attempted to give the appearance of distancing himself from what had been his signature role in the Pennsylvania state legislature for ten years, the promotion of charters and vouchers. As it was clear his campaign was in trouble, Philadelphia Inquirer editorial page editor (the Inquirer endorsed Williams) Harold Jackson appealed to Williams to “run on his beliefs”. Williams duplicity only made voters question what he was hiding about his plans for public education.

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