Friday, December 10, 2010

WP Answer Sheet: Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools/National Education Policy Center: New Report Finds For-Profit EMOs Falling Short of AYP Targets/Delco Times Opinion: Pennsylvania Teachers' Unions Are Losing Their Cool

Washington Post Answer Sheet Blog
Posted at 2:10 PM ET, 12/ 9/2010
Teachers: What we need to do to fix schools
By Valerie Strauss
This is the companion piece to the previous post, in which teachers expressed their frustrations about the attacks on their profession. This piece is about a new report by 14 teachers from high-needs urban schools around the country about how to effectively improve conditions in these schools.
Here’s a link to the report noted above:
Center for Teaching Quality
Transforming School Conditions
Building Bridges to the Education System that Students and Teachers Deserve
TeacherSolutions That Improve Student Achievement

National Education Policy Center
New Report Finds For-Profit EMOs Falling Short of AYP Targets
Almost half of the public schools run by for-profit education management companies have not made adequate yearly progress (AYP) under the federal No Child Left Behind Law, according to the 12th annual Profiles of For-Profit Education Management Organizations: 2009-2010, by Alex Molnar of Arizona State University and Gary Miron and Jessica Urschel of Western Michigan University. The report found that large EMOs and so-called “virtual school” EMOs performed especially poorly.

Opinion: Pennsylvania Teachers’ Unions Are Losing Their Cool - And Their Power
Delco Times Wednesday, December 8, 2010
By Chris Freind, Times Guest Columnist

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