Happy Friday. Here’s the happenings this week:
As the legislative session came to a close, mandate relief remained elusive.
NY lost a major round in a years-long court battle over increasing school funding to small urban districts.
Which prompted this editorial: New York’s lesson in fairness
On the testing front:
- Should Student Test Scores Be Used to Evaluate Teachers?
- Professors condemn New York’s ‘overreliance’ on standardized tests
- Smaller, affluent districts see students excel while districts with needier, more diverse students struggle on state tests.
Here’s an interesting article from a reform-minded board of education member on his experiences trying to change the status quo of his home district.
Meanwhile, in New Jersey: A bill to make teacher tenure harder to get and easier to lose was sent to Gov. Christie’s desk earlier this week after both chambers of the Legislature approved it unanimously.
And this is just cool: A chocolate math problem (and solution).
As always, if we’ve missed something, let us know in the comments. Have a great weekend.