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Five Questions For … Harris Interactive’s Dana Markow on the MetLife Teacher Survey, Job Satisfaction, and the Economy

The new “MetLife Survey of the American Teacher: Teachers, Parents and the Economy,” focuses on teacher satisfaction, the economy’s impact on education, and parental involvement in education. EWA spoke with Dana Markow, vice president of youth and education research at Harris Interactive, about significant changes in perceptions about the public school environment.

1. There seems to be no shortage of studies and reports on the state of public schools. What sets apart the “American Teacher”?

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Klein Calls for Less ‘Pablum,’ More Serious Ed Talk from Candidates

In Sunday’s Washington Post, former New York City Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein sounds the alarm on education as an election year issue.

“Unless voters insist that candidates give education the attention it deserves, this will be another political season in which both sides offer pablum without seeking a mandate for the ambitious reforms our schools require.”

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Five Questions For … University Of Pennsylvania Prof. Shaun Harper, on Black Male College Success

While researching achievement by black males in higher education, University of Pennsylvania Prof. Shaun Harper – director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education —  turned a familiar question inside out. Instead of asking why their college failure rate was so high, Harper set out to see what could be learned from the students who were succeeding. He spoke with EWA about overcoming biases in expectations, as well as in how outcomes are reported.

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Textbook Expert

Hi – I am looking to find a writer whose expertise is in the area of education textbooks.  Can anyone help?  Thanks.  Stephanie

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Should Home-Schoolers Be Sidelined From High School Teams?

Over the weekend, a Washington Post sports writer had a piece in the paper’s opinion section decrying legislation in Virginia that would allow home-schooled students to play sports at their local high schools. Lawmakers are calling it the “Tebow bill” for Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, a home-schooled Floridian who played football for his hometown team.

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Interactive Map

Hey, All.

So glad to join the group. Can’t wait to hear what everyone has been working on.

I have spent the last 3 months at Newsday working on an interactive map showing where every state in the union stands on teacher evals. Please check it out.

http://longisland.newsday.com/maps/teacher-evaluations/

I want to keep it as up to date as possible going forward and would love it if it became a tool for all interested in this important topic.

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Mining the Data: Recording and Resources

If you missed our webinar yesterday with the Data Quality Campaign’s Elizabeth Laird — Mining the Data: What States Have and Where to Find It — you can view it online here.

Also, for your reference, here are a few pieces of background reading:

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Five Questions For … Christopher Sherman of The Associated Press on Covering Schools in Crisis

As an Associated Press reporter assigned to the U.S.-Mexico border, Christopher Sherman’s beat is usually more about drug wars and immigration than public schools. But in recent weeks he’s spent more time on campuses there. In early January, Sherman wrote about a Brownsville, Texas middle schooler who was shot and killed by police after he brandished what turned out to be a realistic-looking pellet gun. He reported on south Texas students inadvertently injured by a competitive marksman who was engaged in target practice on a friend’s property adjacent to their middle school.

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Five Questions For … Education Sector’s Amy Laitinen on the State of the Union and Higher Ed

Amy Laitinen, a former policy advisor for the U.S. Department of Education, is now a senior policy analyst for Education Sector, a nonpartisan think tank in Washington, D.C. She spoke with EWA about the surprising amount of higher education content in President Obama’s State of the Union address, the warning he issued to colleges and universities on financial aid and just how divided Congress really is over the reauthorization of ESEA.

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What is a ‘party school’? Whitepaper available

The Princeton Review, among others, have consistently weighed in on which colleges are “party schools,” among other labels. The Review’s announcements are based on non-scientific surveys; any college student can check off if their school is a party school.

But that does not leave parents of college-bound students with an effective guide to whether a college might be a party school as opposed to being a place of serious learning.

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Educated Reporter Asks: What Will President Obama Say About Education?

Tomorrow night is the State of the Union. What’s on your Buzzword Bingo card? Progress? Global competitiveness? Accountability?

What issues do you expect to get the spotlight? Early childhood education is probably a lock, along with teacher training and evaluations. (But I’d also love to hear him say something about training and evaluating principals.)

Please share your ideas here, and I’ll be sure to include them in tomorrow’s blog post on the Educated Reporter.

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Affirmative Action in College Admissions Back in the News

In case you haven’t heard already, the U.S. Supreme Court currently is deciding whether to hear another affirmative action case, this one regarding college admissions. In Fisher vs. University of Texas at Austin, the plaintiff claims she would have been accepted to the flagship university were it not for the college’s consideration of race in its admission decisions.