Monday, March 22, 2021

In Case You Missed It – March 22, 2021

Here are links to last week's articles receiving the most attention on NEIFPE's social media accounts. Keep up with what's going on, what's being discussed, and what's happening with public education.

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Just 1 in 6 Indiana college students who study education become teachers, report finds

In case you missed this the first time around, this article is still getting a lot of attention from our readers.

Perhaps if the General Assembly and the Governor paid attention to the Teacher Pay Commission’s recommendations things might improve. Sadly, the focus is, once again, on diverting public dollars to private and religious schools through vouchers.

From Chalkbeat*
Only 1 in 6 students who pursued bachelor’s degrees in education at state colleges and universities ended up working as teachers, according to a new report on Indiana’s teacher pipeline that followed students who entered college from 2010 to 2012.

The outcomes were even starker among students of color: Just 5% of Black students who entered education programs went into teaching in Indiana classrooms, according to the study from the Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Education.

The report followed students enrolled in education programs at Indiana’s public colleges and universities to see how many received degrees, were licensed, and got jobs in teaching.

Of the roughly 11,000 students who pursued bachelor’s degrees in education, just 16% eventually received licenses and found jobs in Indiana public schools.


Summer school expands at SACS

From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette**
Southwest Allen County Schools is planning its most expensive summer school program in recent memory.

The school board Tuesday approved the administration's plan to offer an array of courses : including variations of English, social studies, science and math : taught by almost 60 licensed teachers at an anticipated cost of $326,900.

In comparison, summer school program expenses have ranged from about 60,000 in 2012 to 136,280 in 2019, according to information provided to the board.

The higher estimated costs are due to the pandemic and knowing students will need credit recovery over the summer, said Lynn Simmers, assistant superintendent.


Race a factor in public school choice

Racial segregation has always been a part of the school choice movement, from the segregation academies in the mid-fifties in response to Brown v. Board of Education, to today's choice schools. Here, Steve Hinnefeld discusses how racial segregation is a part of "choice" in Indiana.

From School Matters
Students who use Indiana’s public school choice option to switch to a different school district are more likely than their peers to be white and less likely to be from low-income families, according to school transfer data from the Indiana Department of Education.

In many cases, the students are transferring from racially diverse districts to districts that are mostly white and less poor. The data suggest that public school choice, regardless of its intentions, has contributed to students being more segregated in schools by race, ethnicity and family income.


Chartered for Profit: The Hidden World of Charter Schools Operated for Financial Gain

In this report, the Network for Public Education focuses on the world of charter schools run for profit, a world both hidden and misunderstood. The report pulls back the veil on tactics and practices designed to reap as many public dollars as possible from charter schools while hiding behind laws designed to keep profit-making hidden from the public’s eyes. This report exposes how both large and small for-profit companies evade state laws that make for-profit charter schools illegal by the use of related entities and a nonprofit front. It explains and provides examples of how for-profit owners maximize their profits through self-dealing, excessive fees, real estate transactions, and under-serving students who need the most expensive services.

From the Network for Public Education
Between September 2020 and February, 2021, The Network for Public Education identified more than 1,100 charter schools that have contracts with one of 138 for-profit organizations to control the schools’ critical or complete operations, including management, personnel, and/or curriculum. While in many cases, the self-dealing is not as extreme as in the case above, similar patterns of for-profit management companies directing schools to their related real estate and service corporations are more the rule than the exception among these schools.
*Note: Financial sponsors of Chalkbeat include pro-privatization foundations and individuals such as Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, EdChoice, Gates Family Foundation, The Walton Family Foundation, and others.

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