Bridgeport · In the State

New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

As of late, collaboration between charter schools and traditional public schools has been a big topic of discussion in Connecticut — specifically, whether charters are working as the “laboratories for innovation” that they were meant to be (which, in itself, is debatable). The reason for the sudden uptick in focus is pretty obvious. With the governor announcing… Continue reading New Beginnings Family Academy’s Ronelle P. Swagerty Schools Detractors On Charter Innovation

In the State

Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charter Schools

Thursday, the state’s largest teachers union, the Connecticut Education Association (CEA), published a report conducted by Rodriguez Data Solutions, LLC, an independent research firm — in layman’s terms: probably a paid consultant — that calls out charter schools for “diverting” funds meant for children to charter management organizations (CMOs). The document specifically targets Achievement First, one of… Continue reading Connecticut Teachers Union Launches Extremely Misleading (And Transparent) Attack On Charter Schools

Bridgeport · Hartford · In the State

Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

The General Assembly’s Education Committee met for the first time during the 2017 legislative session this afternoon. While, it’s bit early to tell what will happen this session, even at this juncture, there are already important education issues on the table. Here’s a quick rundown of a few education bills to watch in upcoming session:… Continue reading Education Bills To Watch: Rundown Of What’s Been Proposed By The State Legislature So Far

In the State

State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

I’m sure you’ve all heard of the quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” It’s worth repeating for Connecticut’s Performance Evaluation Advisory Council (PEAC). A few months after Superior Court Judge Thomas Moukawsher called the state’s current teacher evaluation system “little more than cotton… Continue reading State Advisory Council On Teacher Evaluations Ignores Groundbreaking Equity Ruling:  Votes To Continue Watered-Down Teacher Evaluations

Reform · Standards

Who’s Opting-Out? Recent Survey Results Show It’s Exactly Who You Think

Who is the opt-out movement? As it turns out, the people promoting opting out of state assessments are exactly who you’d expect. A recent survey conducted by Assistant Professor at Teacher’s College at Columbia University Oren Pizmony-Levy and Teachers College Research Associate Nancy Green Saraisky found that an overwhelming majority of opt-out activists are white… Continue reading Who’s Opting-Out? Recent Survey Results Show It’s Exactly Who You Think

Budgets · Reform · Standards

No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money

I hate to break to everyone, but John Bestor is wrong. Leaving the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) isn’t likely to save Connecticut money — far from it. In his recent Op-Ed for CT Viewpoints Bestor, a former school psychologist and anti-reform activist, makes the extraordinary claim that Connecticut could save money by designing a… Continue reading No, Leaving The Smarter Balanced Testing Consortium Would Not Save Connecticut Money

Bridgeport · Students

How About Wendy Lecker’s Void Of Intellectual Honesty?

On Monday, the Connecticut Post published Deputy Communications Director for Northeast Charter School Network (NECSN) Michael Shulansky’s response to Wendy Lecker’s latest anti-school choice hit piece.  His response is great, in that it calls Lecker’s commentary out for what it is — intellectually dishonest. Lecker, an attorney for the Education Law Center and columnist for… Continue reading How About Wendy Lecker’s Void Of Intellectual Honesty?

Students

Are Parents And Students Really Against State Accountability Exams? Connecticut Education Association’s Latest Attempt At Misleading On Testing

Last Thursday, the state’s largest teacher’s union, Connecticut Education Association, published yet another blog post promoting polling data that purportedly illustrations how just about everyone is against state accountability exams. According to the CEA, a recent Gallup poll commissioned by the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) shows that teachers, parents, superintendents and principals overwhelmingly feel that… Continue reading Are Parents And Students Really Against State Accountability Exams? Connecticut Education Association’s Latest Attempt At Misleading On Testing

Students

Connecticut Education Association Latest Attack On Teacher Evaluation System Fails to Mention How Lack Of Accountability Will Lead To Equity

Here’s a great question for the Connecticut Education Association (CEA): How will eliminating student achievement data from teacher evaluations help close achievement gap? How will it help “every child succeed?” The reason I ask this question is because, incredibly, the CEA is trying to cast their opposition to teacher accountability as promoting equality.   Two… Continue reading Connecticut Education Association Latest Attack On Teacher Evaluation System Fails to Mention How Lack Of Accountability Will Lead To Equity

Students

CT Education Committee Choses Unions Over Children: Votes To Cut State Assessment from Teacher Evaluations

On Friday afternoon, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Education Committee voted 23-10 to push forward Senate Bill 380, which if passed, would ban the use of state assessments in teacher evaluations, including for schools currently using the assessment data. That would mean schools districts like New Haven, which has been using state exam data in evaluations… Continue reading CT Education Committee Choses Unions Over Children: Votes To Cut State Assessment from Teacher Evaluations