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DFER News Round Up

DFER Staff Wishes Everyone A Happy Holiday Season!

By Devin Boyle, Director of Communications

DFER Seen & Heard:

  • Liam Kerr writes, "Continued effort needed to improve Salem's schools" for The Salem News 
  • “Parents face felony charges for sending daughter outside their district”; DFER’s Romero weighs in (WFMZ)
  • Charlie Barone tells Ed Week, “It's incumbent on the administration to come up with an equity agenda for a second term” 
  • DFER’s Gloria Romero writes, “Bill's 'death by silence' costs legislator” (OC Register
  • Liam Kerr pens, “Obama, education reform a Nixon-to-China moment” for The Berkshire Eagle

DFER Press Releases:

  • Coalition Gathers to Demand Reforms in Support of Parents Arrested for Protecting Child's Education (Read here)

From DFER's Blog:

In Related News:

  • “Giving teachers more power helps in turnaround of Boston schools” (HechingerEd)
  • Definitely worth a read: “Disability Treaty Debacle & Republican Education Agenda” by Dana Goldstein  
  • Dept of Ed announces the 16 winners of the Race to the Top District Competition
    • DFER ♥ King County Race to the Top - On December 3rd, the Seattle Times gave a well-deserved rave review to the King Co. Road Maps Consortium's Race to the Top proposal, which we've been rooting for from the start. This week, Arne Duncan announced that Road Map was one of only 16 national winners. What a year for ed reform in the Evergreen State. (See here
  • U.S. students making progress on international exams but still lag behind other nations (WSJ
  • Students fall flat in NAEP vocabulary test reports WSJ
  • Five states secure Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge funding (US DOE)
  • Teacher evaluation stalemate could force cuts in NY reports WSJ 
  • Ed Week’s Sara Mead reports "New Data Show Why We Need to Start Early to Keep Kids From Falling Behind"
  • Duke University professor testifies that teacher salaries are too low and threaten student achievement (Houston Chronicle
  • “New ideas from a new generation of teachers" from the Washington Post  
  • AFT Calls for Teacher 'Bar Exam,' reports Ed Week 
  • Five states to increase class time by 300 hours (Huff Post)
  • The Atlantic reports, “Extra Pay for Great Teachers: Newark's Simple Idea Is a Breakthrough” 

Fun with Infographics & More:

  • Photos from DFER’s Bay Area Blended Learning Policy Tour 

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Happy Holidays and Have a Great Weekend!