New study of New York City’s massive ‘Community Schools’ program paints encouraging picture

A massive Community Schools program in New York City is demonstrating encouraging signs of progress, according to a comprehensive study released Wednesday by the Rand Corporation. One principal is quoted as saying: “The idea of supporting the entire family, as opposed to just looking at the child, it does so much. It says to the family, we’re here to do whatever we can to work with you to improve your child’s academic success.”

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Bullying can present itself in many ways

Bullying is sometimes very obvious – a big kid pushing a smaller kid around – but much more subtle forms of bullying can be just as harmful, says Prairie du Sac guidance counselor Anne Uphoff. “It could be leaving someone out on purpose,” Uphoff says in a Sauk Prairie Eagle article. “It could be where someone is really nice to you one-on-one, but in a crowd as a bystander they might not do anything. We try to get them to realize how that might look to the other child.”

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Review exposes faults in Walton family study calling for more private charters

A new analysis strikes down a Walton Family Foundation report that supports expanded public funding of private charter schools. The National Education Policy Center says the Walton study is flawed and based on biased data. In fact, privately run charter schools in most cases fall behind public schools when it comes to student performance despite the fact that public schools are open to students of all backgrounds.

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Bill would weaken grievance process for teachers

A bill that is being circulated in the Legislature threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. WEAC has issued an action alert to the bill’s authors raising our concerns. Tell the legislators sponsoring the proposal that Wisconsin teachers deserve fairness!

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Legislative Update – October 5

A bill that is being circulated threatens teachers’ rights to access the statutory grievance procedure that includes review by an impartial hearing officer. … A bill is being drafted that aims to give teachers information about violent crimes committed by students. … A full state budget summary is now available. … The Worker’s Compensation Advisory Council has finalized the Agreed-Upon Bill for the 2017-18 Legislative Session. … A bill prescribing the way school districts conduct competitive bidding is moving ahead in the Senate.

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