Here are news and opinion stories educators, advocates, policy wonks and makers are talking about today:
News and Analysis
Real fluency is an improvement on traditional math’s plug-and-chug, mechanical approach. (USA Today)
Vergara v. State of California, threatening teacher protection laws in California, has consumed the attention of the California Teachers Association. But another lawsuit working its way through the courts is striking at the core of the CTA’s power: its authority to automatically deduct hundreds of millions of dollars a year in dues from the paychecks of both members and non-members. (EdSource)
According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans believe teacher preparation should be more rigorous. But what’s the best way to teach teachers? Jeffrey Brown sits down with Elizabeth Green to discuss her book, “Building a Better Teacher: How Teaching Works (and How to Teach It to Everyone),” and the different ways to initiate best practices. (PBS Newshour)
New Jersey
It may have looked a lot like the traditional summer vacation essay, but Galloway Community Charter School third-grade teacher Stephanie Wilson wasn’t giving her students an easy “back-to-school” assignment. (Press of Atlantic City)
New York
Plaintiffs Say New York State’s Funding Method Violates Constitution (Wall Street Journal)


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