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Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely young daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.

Education: Leading to Reform - June 6, 2014

Education: Leading to Reform

This edition highlights suburban poverty and schools, myths about Apple design, making the most of a longer school day and how school board governance is changing in some regions of the country. There is the usual array of articles and blogs across the spectrum plus some leadership positions that are forwarded by LTR readers. Keep sending them our way. People are reading and responding.

From my friend William Hughes, here's the latest.

From one of the articles:

The political leanings of (school) board members also affect academic performance, the study indicates. Researchers found a link between political ideology and board members’ accurate knowledge of their districts. They found that members who identify themselves as conservative are less likely than liberals to say that, “funding is a barrier to student achievement, regardless of actual spending in the district.” Liberals, on the other hand, are more likely to say that collective bargaining by teachers’ unions isn’t a barrier.

Moreover, board members with occupational experience in education showed less knowledge of the districts overall, and members with non-education occupations showed more “accurate knowledge of actual district conditions.”

The study also matched student achievement data to two types of boards – those with mostly at-large members and those with mostly district-elected members – and found that boards with members elected at-large, those elected by voters from an entire city as opposed to individual neighborhoods or smaller sections of the city, are more likely to govern higher achieving schools.


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