Friday Rundown 7.25.14

Schools are thinking outside of the box to try to offer the best to their students. Districts have been faced with funding challenges and state and national mandates that have made it difficult to provide things such as learning technology, healthy foods that students want to eat and alternative programming for non-traditional students. Districts and students have been forced to be creative to find solutions.

The usual topics of Common Core, tenure, state aid, and national and international student competitiveness have not gone away. Here’s some other interesting news from the week.

The problem with how we talk about poverty and kids (The Washington Post)

State awards $11M in after-school grants (Capital New York)

Setting the record straight on tenure (New York Daily News)

Investing in early learning (Buffalo News)

Middle school principals discuss Common Core, technology and promoting identity formation (Albany Business Review)

US teens are flunking financial literacy test (Middletown Times Herald Record)

New York schools have lower dropout rates than national average (Watertown Daily Times)

Friday Rundown 7.18.14

Unions are dominating the news this week with debates on teachers’ healthcare costs, pensions, raises and tenure. In addition, union leaders have expressed their opinions on Common Core and the upcoming election. As the new school year and the next election approach, political leaders and educators are searching for a solution. This week they’re discussing the benefits of performance based raises for teachers, tweaking the Common Core standards and litigating against tenure. 

State public schools anticipated to pay highest pension contribution for teachers in 2014-15  (Watertown Daily Times)

School aid push starts early (Glens Falls Post Star)

Teachers union takes on Common Core (Politico)

School Districts Are Paying Teachers Wrong, Report Says (Huffington Post)

Sound education child’s right (Times Union)

Why building relationships is vital in school reform (Washington Post)

Can Utica be ready for a longer school day? (Utica Observer Dispatch)

In an era of high-stakes testing, a struggling school made a shocking choice (The New Yorker)

Hiring patterns shift in teaching field (Times Herald Record)

Thursday Rundown 7.3.14

Happy holiday weekend! Starting with the national news, in the spirit of the Fourth of July, the nation’s top education headlines include: Global competitiveness, Common Core, standardized testing and more.

New York reform news –

Friday Rundown: 6.27.14

School may be out for summer, but there’s a lot happening right now in the world of education. With high school graduations happening this week and next around the state, it seems like a great time to look at graduation rates:

At the other end of the education spectrum, pre-K:

Other news:

View: Cuomo turns back on education tax credit, students (Journal News)

Education stakeholders respond to the session; 21st Congressional District primary (WCNY)

Report: US Teachers Love Their Jobs But Don’t Feel Valued (Huffington Post)

Friday Rundown: 6.20.14

Are you ready for the Summer Solstice? The longest day of the year arrives tomorrow, Saturday, June 21 at 6:51 a.m. EDT.

Meanwhile, while school is coming to a end in most districts around the state next week, there was a bit of news made yesterday involving teacher evaluations. Here’s your weekly Rundown.

Teacher Evaluation Changes

Common Core, in 9-Year-Old Eyes (New York Times)

Poll shows upstaters, like teachers, want Common Core delayed (Buffalo News)

‘Class Notes’: New York’s superintendents offer vision of public education (Journal News)

NYS testing: What schools, students were used to test future state exams? (Syracuse Post Standard)

Editorial: In defense of teacher tenure (Wall Street Journal - subscription required)

Common core opponents rally in Albany (Albany Times Union)

As the lunch line gets healthier, making ends meet in school cafeterias gets tougher (Buffalo News)

Summit highlights the science of job growth (Oneonta Daily Star)

What’s wrong with outlawing bullying? (CNN)

Friday Rundown: 6.13.14

Happy Friday the 13th. May your only horror today be the rainy weather!

Teacher evaluation is the news and a court decision 3,000 miles away could have a revolutionary impact on education in New York:

More on the Core:

And a couple other things we found interesting:

Have a great weekend. If we missed something you want to share, let us know in the comments!

Friday Rundown 6.6.14

In honor of National Doughnut Day, we’re bringing you a “baker’s dozen” of education headlines from around the state in this Friday Rundown.

Common Core Learning Standards face a new wave of opposition (New York Times)

Videos: Toward a more huggable Common Core (Capitol Confidential)

U.S. needs to get to the root of students’ woes (Times Herald Record- Subscription may be required)

Look up your school salaries and spending data here  (Buffalo Business First)

NYSUT president: No early endorsement for Cuomo (Capital New York)

NYSUT president optimistic for teacher evaluation changes (Capital New York)

Better school lunches start with parents (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Common Core: Gipson wants NY to dump Pearson (Journal News)

In schools, social media intrudes with bullying (Glens Falls Post Star)

A curriculum to strengthen students against cyberbullying (New York Times)

Should teachers stop fighting for tenure? (Huffington Post)

School voter turnout plummets (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)

Massena teachers wearing boots to raise money, remember D-Day Invasion (Watertown Daily Times)

Friday Rundown 5.30.14

Did you stay up late and watch the ending of the Scripps National Spelling Bee? If you did, you witnessed something that hadn’t occurred in over 50 years. Here’s your Rundown from the past week.

Another Voice: Common Core will prepare students for the future (Buffalo News)…The real reason Common Core math is causing tears (Utica Observer Dispatch)…Business groups fighting back in support of Common Core (Capital New York)

Education Commissioner John King hopes Common Core controversy behind him (NY Daily News)

Once again, NY spends most in U.S. on schools (Journal News)

Michelle Obama hits GOP over school lunch plan (USA Today)

How do you spell T-I-E? National Spelling Bee has two winners (CNN)

Friday Rundown 5.16.14

Good morning! Here is your Rundown from the past week.

New York education reform sidelined by the Common Core (Poughkeepsie Journal)…Opinion: The trouble with Common Core (The Wall Street Journal)

John King ties Brown v. Board of Ed. 60th to Common Core (Albany Times Union)

King: Cuomo, lawmakers should learn from year one of pre-K (Capital New York)

SED deputy commissioner leaves for Skaneateles schools post (Capitol Confidential)

Pre-K availability varies by state (Utica Observer Dispatch)

School districts getting creative in order to prevent cuts in sports and the arts (Buffalo News)

Evaluating teachers with classroom observations: Lessons learned in four districts (Brookings)

Finally, a reminder that schools throughout the state will be holding their annual budget vote and board election this coming Tuesday, May 20. The school budget is an important matter in any community, and more importantly it allows you to participate in our democracy. We hope you make the time to vote on Tuesday.

Friday Rundown 5.9.14

Let us be among the first to wish our Education Speaks moms a Happy Mother’s Day. We hope you enjoy every minute of your special day. Let’s get to the Rundown.

Commissioner John King would like everyone to be working toward a common goal (Albany Times Union)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo opted to deliver a video message to an education conference in Lake Placid that drew protests from teachers’ unions. (Capital New York)

A conversation about tests that educators want to have, but can’t (NY Times)

More state tests on the way for weary students, teachers and parents (Staten Island Advance)

More students opt out of Common Core math exams than English (Watertown Daily Times)

Public pension names public (Albany Times Union)

Schools seek changes to healthier lunch rules (Utica Observer Dispatch)

What will education look like in 10 years? (My Horry News)