April 25, 2016

The Pope & School Choice, One-L McLaughlin And Research, Aldeman & FAFSA, Opt-Outs, POTUS Ed Policy, Newark, Charter Authorizing, Swing Voters And Edu, When Prince Rocked Gallaudet…Plus Edu Duck Feet.

By Bellwether

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Education news all over the sector curated here, as it is each weekday, at RealClearEducation.

Pope Francis is a school choice supporter.

In Amoris Laetitia, the pontiff reiterates the church’s teaching that choice in education is a fundamental right of parents who are “called to defend and of which no one may claim to deprive them,” meaning the state must not deny parents the right to select their child’s educational path, be it public or private, regardless of their financial means.

Here’s a really interesting interview with Michele McLaughlin about education research and policy.  And here’s an awful teaching story from Alaska:

When Jennifer moved to Alaska to teach in a rural village, she didn’t know the state has the highest rate of reported rape in the country. Then, men started banging on her door at night.

Gosh, if only there were actual data on the opt-out movement we wouldn’t have to speculate about demographics. Anecdotes more fun though.

Chad Aldeman has your state-by-state FAFSA data here.  The 74 looks at what’s happening in Buffalo.  Denver school board appointment resolution.

On Friday I took a look at all these education lawsuits in USN.

When it comes to Sanders’ free-college plan is it the wealthy feeling the bern? Bloomberg View says both Dem candidates walking away from K-12:

Neither Bernie Sanders nor Hillary Clinton is defending one of President Barack Obama’s most important legacies: education reform. Instead of taking on the teachers’ unions, as the president did, both candidates offer an agenda that amounts to spending more and demanding less. It’s not a winning combination.

In Newark, unity or machine politics? Or a new era for charters there?

Perspectives on charter school authorizing and special education.  Survey on swing voters and policy preferences from PPI. Includes education angles.

Here’s some information about adjudicated students in California – that points the need for more information to improve quality for them.

When Prince rocked Gallaudet.

Return of free debate to college campuses.

Teacher 3D prints duck feet. Really.

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