Advocacy Update

Inside the Beltway

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Friday that he would be stepping down from his role in December. President Obama will be nominating John B. King Jr. to succeed Secretary Duncan. King is the former commissioner of education for New York state and held that role during the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

In the Press

Boosting Educational Attainment and Adult Earnings, Education Next

Researchers have found that increased school spending is linked to improved outcomes for students, particularly low-income students. Previous studies of this connection were found to have major design limitations by researchers. From examining data under a more modern framework, researchers concluded that increased school spending yields large improvements in educational attainment, wages, and family income.

Results from the Teach for America 2015 National Principal Survey, RAND Corporation

In a recent report, researchers at The RAND Corporation asked principals of schools that employ Teach for America corps members how satisfied they were with the corps members’ performance, how they compare to other first-year teachers, would they continue to hire corps members, and how they feel about the support Teach for America (TFA) provides corps members. Responding principals reported being highly satisfied with corps members and interested in hiring more in the future. They believed the support TFA provided appropriately completed the professional development in their own schools.

Don’t Quit on Me, Grad Nation

This report examines the perspectives of young people on the roles that relationships with adults and peers play in decisions about staying in, leaving, and returning to high school. It found that many young people are facing too many hurdles to graduation with little help. Young people reported that relationships matter, but trusting relationships with non-family adults matter the most.

2015’s Best and Worst States for Teachers, Wallet Hub

With all the headlines recently about teacher shortages in districts and states across the United States, Wallet Hub’s annual ranking of the best and worst states for teachers put into perspective the large and varying landscape for teachers. These rankings take into consideration salary vs. cost of living, competition for jobs, pupil-to-teacher ratios, spending per student, and rankings of the states’ school systems.

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