Bluum Wire: 1/7/16
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The Best and Worst Education News of 2015:
A Teacher's List

Larry Ferlazzo, The Washington Post

Larry Ferlazzo is a veteran teacher of English and social studies at Luther Burbank High School in Sacramento, California. Every year he writes a list of the best/worst education news of the year — and here’s what he has come up with for 2015. Ferlazzo has written eight books on education, writes a teacher advice blog for Education Week Teacher and has his own popular resource-sharing blog. See if his list resembles your own. What did he miss? READ MORE

How to Improve Education for Low-Income Students

Stuart Butler, Real Clear Markets

Americans have long believed that the combination of a solid education and hard work is the key to achieving the American Dream. That's true, but there are impediments to the smooth operation of the traditional formula for upward economic mobility that researchers on both the left and the right agree need to be addressed. READ MORE

In Education Poverty Does Not Need to be Destiny

Terry Ryan and Angel Gonzalez, Bluum

The needs of Idaho’s K-12 student population are changing. The Gem State is expected to see net growth in lower income households and net declines in households with annual incomes above $50,000. We are also becoming more racially diverse. As we reported in our 2014 study, Shifting Sands: Idaho’s Changing Student Demographics and What it Means for Education, “the state’s student population will undergo significant changes in coming years. Population and household projections indicate that the future school-age population will be increasingly urban, more racially diverse and from lower income households.” READ MORE

High School Dropouts: The Stats and Possible Solutions

Matthew Lynch, The Edvocate

While recent high school dropout rates appear to be on the decline, the numbers are still too high to stomach, especially with all of the alternative options high school students now have to finish their diplomas outside traditional classroom settings. At this juncture in U.S. K-12 progress, the dropout rate should be barely worth mentioning.  So, what does the typical high school dropout look like, and how can we address the situation? READ MORE

A Rural Schools Center and How to Address Idaho Teacher Shortages: Ybarra's 2016 Legislative Preview

Clark Corbin, Idaho Education News

Erasing recession-era school budget cuts and launching a new rural education center top Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s legislative priorities for 2016. The Mountain Home Republican will begin working on those priorities when the 2016 session kicks off Monday. Ybarra took office days before the 2015 session opened, and generally adhered to the budget blueprint outlined by her predecessor, Tom Luna. “I’m really excited this year,” Ybarra said. “Last year I had to present someone else’s budget, so this year I’ve had an entire year of collaborating.” READ MORE

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