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Who Rates Teachers This Way?

Posted by in Commentary, education

David Knuffke in Medium In his recent “State of the State” address, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed substantial changes to the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) scoring system by which teachers in the state are rated every year. Currently, NYS teachers are rated under a system where classroom observations count for 60% of the rating, 20% is a state-provided score based on student performance on standardized exams (for subjects where exams exist), and 20% is a locally-determined score based on student growth. Based on these criteria, teachers are…read more

Miyazaki’s Beautiful Antiwar Dreams

Posted by in Commentary, Violence

War and peace in the films of Studio Ghibli Dan Sanchez It is the last year of the Second World War. American bombers drop napalm canisters on Kobe, Japan, setting the picturesque city of wood, canvas, and paper alight. A young mother is caught in the conflagration, suffers greatly, then succumbs to her disfiguring burns. With the father fighting at sea, her adolescent son Seita must fend for himself and for his 5-year old sister Setsuko as famine stalks the country. In spite of all his efforts, Seita must watch…read more

The worsening gap in higher education equity

Posted by in education, Rights

By Louis Barbash In a recent report on long-term trends in higher education equity, the non-profit Pell Institute came to a dispiriting conclusion: While more students are going to college, income-based gaps are worsening when it comes to higher education quality and degree attainment. In its report, the Institute looked at six “equity indicators” over a 45-year timeline, including college attendance rates, completion rates, and the type of institution attended. Perhaps most discouraging, the report found that while bachelor’s degree attainment rates have increased dramatically for higher-income students, they’ve barely budged for poorer students. For…read more