Thursday’s Tiny Reading Collection: NCLB, School Report Cards, and Inadequate School Funding As Unconstitutional?

This was my first week back in the classroom after winter break, and it has been incredibly busy.  I’m juggling a five-course teaching load, a new position as a service learning faculty coordinator, and being with my two small children.  However, I still have time to sneak in some light reading and conversing on some of the big things happening in schools this week.  And I figure that presenting this small buffet of readings is a good way to share this intellectual food with you as well.  Happy reading!

  • Learn More About Schools in Your Neighborhood:  The annual school report cards and AYP reports are out and online.  Go to this link to find out more about schools in your neighborhood.
  • Keep Informed About Oregon’s NCLB Waiver Application:  Oregon is still in the process of applying for the NCLB waiver.  And the state is seeking public input.  Let the state know your thoughts on their proposed application. The linked article includes information on filling out the community survey.
  • Track Charter Schools: Charter schools are incredibly controversial and rightly so.  While many tout charter schools as the answer to failing public school education, many (including myself) feel that charter schools don’t solve the problem for so many students in schools that are underfunded and unsupported.  If charter schools take just 3% of Oregon students, they can’t possibly be the answer, can they?  With that said, some Oregon districts are applying for charter schools because they are much more flexible in some important ways.  This is something to track as we watch how Oregon communities deal with their struggling schools.
  • Washington State’s supreme court has deemed Washington’s underfunding of schools unconstitutional.  Check out this interview on Think Out Loud for some details on this.
  • If you haven’t read this article yet, it’s a significant one on the radar of those of us who are tracking developments in ideas surrounding teacher assessment.  Check it out.

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