Found in Education: Vouchers, Rats, and API

This week's Found in education is a bit of a hodge lodge. 

First up a judge declared vouchers in Nevada unconstitutional. The big message here was that public funds “must only be used to fund the operation of the public schools,"    and that the law hinders schools to dilute the resources. As someone who is working on a new book that looks at the effect of diluting resources in education, I was thrilled to hear it. You can read the full report here.

Second, and also related to resources, was the walk out of Detroit teachers for poor working conditions.  Although pay is definitely on their list of reasons, as it should be, the teachers mostly cited the poor conditions for students:  "Teachers —at the rally and during an earlier news conference — described problems such as mold, leaky ceilings, busted windows, rodents, roaches, lack of heat and standing water."  It's challenging to support student learning in unsafe learning environments. In response: Mayor Mike Duggan said he would tour schools Tuesday to assess the condition of the buildings.  I wonder if he has rats where he works?

Picture courtesy of Park Springs Elementary
Finally, governor Brown of California showed support for the state board of education's plan to end the use of API Index, basically a 1 number system, to determine student quality.  The idea would be to move towards a more complex school improvement system.  Whether that will be feasible under current funding conditions and the new Every Student Succeeds Act remains to seen.  Still, as an optimist, I will be watching the developments closely.  

As always, lots to examine and think about as we move forward in education.

Found in Education (F.I.E.) is a weekly blog post on education policy, teaching tips, products, and stories related to education that I find over the week.  See something I should know about? Please send your ideas.  Comment here or leave me a message on Facebook, on Twitter, on Pinterest, or at the store.



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