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FROM THE ANNALS OF ESEA HEARINGS: Part I

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We Still Want YOU!

 

 

WE ARE STILL LOOKING FOR YOUR NOMINATIONS!

 

Do you know someone who has been a champion in public education reform and who tirelessly advocates for children? If so, please submit a nomination for DFER’s 2015 Annual Brian Bennett Education Warrior Awards!

Named after the late education advocate, a nationally-known activist and education reformer, and a front-line warrior for four decades in the fight to close the achievement gap, the Brian Bennett Award serves to honor those that are heroes of public education reform and tireless advocates for children.

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DFER-IL Applauds Mayor Emanuel's Education Speech Outlining 2nd Term Priorities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2015

 

DFER-IL Applauds Mayor Emanuel's Education Speech Outlining 2nd Term Priorities

 

“Mayor Emanuel should be commended not only for his record of raising graduation rates and expanding access to pre-K, but for the forward-looking vision he outlined today that would give successful schools more autonomy to offer Chicago students a world-class education,” Rebeca Nieves-Huffman, Illinois State Director of Democrats for Education Reform, said. “Increasing the number of STEM and IB programs will make sure that Chicago students will be in a position to serve as leaders in creating jobs and shaping tomorrow's economy.  

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ESEA Infographic #1 - Time Spent on Testing

Did you know that the time spent on all student testing in grades 3-8 is, on average, less than 3% of the entire school year or that locally required tests consume 2-3 times as many classroom hours as do tests required under ESEA? All that and more in this infographic brief. 

ESEA Infographic Number 1.pdf

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All Students, One Standard

By Mary Nguyen Barry, Education Reform Now Policy Analyst

Ever since President Obama proposed a new college ratings system that would determine different levels of federal aid for high and low performing institutions, colleges and their lobbyists have cried that it’s an “impossible” task or that any ratings system must include a “risk adjustment” for student characteristics.

But it’s not impossible to rate colleges based on access, affordability, and student success measures.  Guidance counselors and others have used the web tool College Results Online for the past 10 years. 

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