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Early Education is a Disaster in U.S., Study Finds

WTXL – Christine Souders

“Early childhood education in the U.S. is a disaster, and policies in all 50 states and the District of Columbia do little to address the low wages and economic insecurity among teachers and the lack of affordable, high-quality services for children. Those are the findings at the heart of a new report released Thursday by the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment at the University of California, Berkeley – the first comprehensive state-by-state analysis of early education employment conditions and policies…“Absent change, our nation will remain unable to deliver on the promise of developmental and learning opportunities for all children,” wrote Marcy Whitebook, director of the Berkley center and one of the study’s authors.”(more)

What’s controversial in Oregon school reform? Duh — merit pay

Oregonian – Betsy Hammond

“Bottom line: Merit pay — phrased in the application as “using evaluations to inform compensation, promotion and retention” — is hands-down more controversial than any other element. Only 65 percent of the Oregon school districts that signed on — and these are the districts that like the concepts in the application — checked the box saying they would be willing to use teacher and principal evaluations to help set pay.”(more)

As jobs languish, college grads settle for less

Kansas City Star – Mara Rose Williams

“Whether college is worth it depends on how much you pay for it,” said Kevin Carey, the policy director at the Education Sector, a Washington-based education think tank. “It’s not worth much if you pay too much for a degree that has no value in the market or one that pays too little to pay back what you borrowed.”(more)