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  • Minimum Wage Laws are Destroying Jobs — Just as Predicted
    Larry Elder – In the ’60s my parents opened a small diner near downtown Los Angeles. As a child, I watched my parents sitting at the kitchen table, discussing their plans for what they considered a huge expansion of the business — hiring a dishwasher. But my parents kept putting off the decision, in large part because of a proposed minimum-wage hike. This would’ve made the additional employee, as I recall my parents concluding, “too expensive.” This brings us to the impact of recent minimum wage hikes in California. The owner of a small restaurant told me that Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti invited several small business owners to city hall to discuss the impact of a proposed minimum wage hike. Several brought profit-and-loss statements. Each business person, the small restaurant owner said, tried to convince the Democratic mayor that their profit margins were too small to take the wage hike without laying people off, cutting hours or raising prices, which usually means a falloff in business. At the end of the meeting the mayor simply said, “I feel confident that you can absorb the cost.” A new study by two researchers, one with Mathematica Policy Research and the other ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    18 mins ago
  • New law would allow some Pennsylvania students to finish high school without Keystone exams
    HARRISBURG — As state law stands, Pennsylvania is scheduled to begin requiring students in two years to pass standardized Keystone examinations in order to graduate high school. But with the signing of a new law Wednesday, students in career and technical education programs will be allowed to demonstrate their readiness for a diploma in other ways. “There are so many career pathways that exist within the economy of Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Mike Tobash, R-Schuylkill, one of the bill’s sponsors. “There should be more educational pathways, and this is just acknowledging that.” If students enrolled in career and technical education do not do well enough on the Keystone examinations in Algebra 1, literature and biology, they will be permitted to graduate anyway if they meet school district requirements in those subjects. That’s so long as the student also attains an industry-based competency certification or shows they are likely to succeed on an industry-based competency test or are ready for “continued meaningful engagement” in their program of study. The future of the Keystone exams more broadly has been a topic of discussion in the General Assembly. The graduation requirement had been scheduled to take effect for the class of 2017, but legislators ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    59 mins ago
  • Pepe the Frog Drawing Forces Free Speech Event Cancellation at Linfield College
    By Ian Miles Cheong – Linfield College administrators have forced a Young Americans for Liberty group to cancel a free speech event over a cartoon frog. Staff at the university labeled participants “white supremacists” after one of them drew a picture of Pepe the Frog, the popular meme that’s been unfairly maligned as a hate symbol by Hillary Clinton and her supporters in the mainstream media. Feels bad, manThe libertarian group set up a table on campus to promote their organization, and planned to sponsor a series of free speech events planned at college, which is in Oregon. According to Reason, Kiefer Smith, vice president of the chapter, brought an inflatable “free speech ball” for participants to write and draw pictures on. “The majority of the things written on there were uplifting things, not political, not inflammatory at all,” he said. Typical examples were said to include “you’re awesome” and “have a nice day”. When one participant drew Pepe, the group came under attack by other students on campus, and involved the administration in their complaints. “Immediately we were deemed alt-right,” said Smith, who says that YAL were even accused of being white supremacists over the drawing. Reason states that ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    1 hour ago
  • NYC Public School Parents: Arne Duncan still arguing for mayoral control — when the trend is in the opposite direction
    In the Sunday Daily News , former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan argued for the extension of Mayoral control. The official legislative session is supposed to end Wednesday and Mayoral control expires at the end of the month. Yet considering Arne’s unpopular and controversial policies this probably is not the most effective endorsement. He wrote: “Mayors who are in control of their schools are directly accountable for the success of those schools. Education becomes a key to the Mayors’ success. To put it another way, parents are hard to fool and parents vote.” Really? This certainly is a change of tone from Duncan’s earlier condescending remarks that parents only opposed the Common Core standards after finding out that “their child isn’t as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were.” If NYC parents are so hard to fool, one wonders why can’t they have the right to elect a school board as voters do in most of the country? Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina have offered their own unconvincing arguments. The Mayor has said an era of “corruption and chaos” would return if mayoral control is not renewed: “Unfortunately a ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    1 hour ago
  • Letter to a NYC Tabloid About Their Editorial
    Your editorial blames “the adults running the (public) schools” for New York City’s “school-spending insanity.”  That was a shrewd insinuation. Most readers would automatically assume you were referring to teachers. If in fact you were, you shouldn’t have been. Teachers don’t get paid more than the fair market values of professionals with similar qualifications in comparable localities. Their salaries are dwarfed by the psychic wage that they earn. It is not they who are the gas in the abdomen of the city treasury, but many of the administrators and bureaucrats.  If two-thirds of them were abducted to Area 51, the system would run more smoothly, productivity would be higher and the  morale, diligence and creativity of our unheralded educators  would soar. Who does a school with a couple hundred kids need 4 or 5 bureaucrats making 140K or more plus benefits?  For their actual work product, they would be overpaid on minimum wage. The better of them are do-nothings; the others are often up to no-good. The DOE’s legal department , for instance, is bloated as an unattended corpse left in the sunshine for a few days. Your editorial sheds acid tears over teacher raises. That’s the reddest of red ... read more
    Source: Education ViewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    2 hours ago
  • How sad that English-speaking parents are afraid of their children being taught in Welsh | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett
    The English colonial legacy has left its mark in Wales, and it sticks in the craw that otherwise liberal people might criticise minority-language activists in the UK Tuesday’s Guardian article about Welsh language education caused huge controversy. In it, some parents protested about their village school switching to Welsh-language teaching. The print headline was: Welsh-only teaching – a political tool that harms children?The framing of the teaching of Welsh to children as a question of ethics, and the suggestion that it could put any child in Wales at a disadvantage, upset me and other Welsh speakers. Focusing on a bitter row that took place last year in Llangennech, Camarthenshire, the article emphasised the concerns of one parent, with voices on the other side of the debate largely absent, leading to a rather one-sided argument. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-06-22
    2 hours ago
  • Who decides whether universities should be gold, silver or bronze?
    It’s the first time universities have been awarded medals for their teaching. But how did the government work it out?The long-awaited teaching excellence framework results have arrived, both confirming and confounding expectations. Chris Millward, the director of policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England, which ran the exercise, explains how the results were calculated. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-06-22
    4 hours ago
  • Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against ‘no shorts’ policy
    Dozens of pupils at Isca academy in Exeter stage uniform protest after school insists they wear trousers despite heatwaveDozens of teenage boys have turned up to school wearing skirts after their headteacher refused to relax the uniform code banning shorts despite the heatwave gripping Britain.Pupils at the Isca academy in Exeter argued it was too hot for long trousers and asked if they could wear shorts as temperatures this week rose above 30C. Continue reading... ... read more
    Source: The GuardianPublished on 2017-06-22
    4 hours ago
  • University of Toronto to hold graduation ceremony today for black students
    While the event is organized and run by students, it is going ahead on campus with the university's blessing and financial support. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    5 hours ago
  • Teachers as Practical Politicians
    Besides managing a classroom of 20 to 30 or more students while teaching lessons every day, teachers also do politicking. Teachers using ClassDojo, a free software application (see previous two posts), is just another instance of teacher thinking and acting politically. More about teachers using ClassDojo as a political act later in the post. I do need to explain that in 2017 for teachers to survive and thrive in their classrooms, they have to be practicing politicians. Historical context for teachers acting politically For decades, educators have winced at using the word “politics” linked in any way to their work with children and youth in schools. A few words about the history behind the aversion to the word. At the beginning of the 20th century, progressive reformers divorced party politics from the conduct of schooling. Governance reforms led school boards to dump party hacks from their ranks and recruit business leaders and civic-minded professionals to serve. Civil service regulations ended the buying and selling of school jobs. Partisan politics was banned from schools and classrooms. Not only because of the progressive movement a century ago but also because separating politics and schools became embedded in professional training of teachers, the ... read more
    Source: Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom PracticePublished on 2017-06-22
    6 hours ago
  • First university teaching quality ratings announced
    The results of the Teaching Excellence Framework or TEF - which rates teaching standards at universities and is believed to be the first scheme of its kind globally - provide a new picture of whic ... read more
    Source: University World NewsPublished on 2017-06-22
    7 hours ago
  • Consumer Agency Condemns Abuses in Loan Forgiveness Program
    A program meant to reward people who take public service jobs for 10 years by erasing their student debts is riddled with problems, a new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau concludes. ... read more
    Source: NY TimesPublished on 2017-06-22
    9 hours ago
  • Acknowledgement of Mi’kmaq territory coming to Nova Scotia classrooms
    Mi'kmaq Elder, Daniel Paul says classroom statement will be an important part of moving towards reconciliation. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-06-21
    13 hours ago
  • Wildrose critic unsure why public schools involved in land deal
    The Wildrose is weighing in on a public land deal for a private school in Edmonton. The principal of Headway School, who wants to buy a surplus school site in Mill Woods so students will be closer to home, has called the decision absurd. ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-06-21
    14 hours ago
  • Nova Scotia pre-primary program may further disadvantage students with autism: Advocates
    Pouring more cash into mainstream school programs while issues with inclusion are outstanding is leaving some Nova Scotians sour.  ... read more
    Source: International Education NewsPublished on 2017-06-21
    15 hours ago