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ELPA News

Tue
Jan
15
With 2019 now upon us, Kappan magazine recently took a look back at its most popular stories, as determined by readers, for the previous year. And in 2018, checking in at No. 2 is an Under the Law column from UW-Madison’s Julie Underwood titled, “School uniforms, dress codes, and free expression: What’s the balance?” The deck headline on this popular article, which appeared in the Feb. 26 issue, reads, “Requiring school uniforms may be less legally fraught than implementing a school dress code.” Underwood is the Susan Engeleiter Professor of Education Law, Policy and Practice, and the former dean of the School of Education.
Thu
Jan
10
Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) is serving as the academic partner for a new initiative that’s designed to improve health and health equity across the state. The project — in collaboration with Nehemiah: Center for Urban Development —was selected to receive $1 million in funding through the Wisconsin Partnership Program’s Community Impact Grant program. The Wei LAB is housed within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research, which is part of UW-Madison’s School of Education. The lab is led by Jerlando Jackson, who is a Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education within the School of Education, and chair of the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis.
Wed
Jan
09
John Diamond, a sociologist of education, was recently named the Kellner Family Distinguished Chair in Urban Education with UW-Madison’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. Diamond, who also is a faculty affiliate with the Departments of Afro-American Studies and Educational Policy Studies, researches the relationship between social inequality and educational opportunity. In particular, he examines how educational leadership, policies and practices shape students' educational opportunities and outcomes.
Wed
Jan
09
Gary Orfield and UW-Madison’s Nick Hillman will be delivering a public book talk on Thursday, Jan. 24, to discuss their publication, “Accountability and Opportunity in Higher Education: The Civil Rights Dimension.” Released in March 2018 and co-edited by Orfield and Hillman, the book includes essays from top academics addressing the unforeseen impact of accountability standards on students of color and the institutions that disproportionately serve them. The book talk runs from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Education Building’s Wisconsin Idea room.
Mon
Jan
07
Carolyn Stanford Taylor ​was appointed the new state superintendent of public instruction after Tony Evers was sworn in as the new governor of Wisconsin on Monday, Jan. 7. Stanford Taylor, like Evers, is an alum of UW-Madison’s School of Education. Stanford Taylor earned her undergraduate degree in elementary education in 1978, and returned to receive her master’s from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis in 1979.
Thu
Dec
27
The Capital Times spoke with UW-Madison’s Rich Halverson for a recent cover story headlined, “The New Math.” This article examines recent trends in using tracking data in schools, focusing on the Madison Metropolitan School District's efforts to see which students are on track to graduate on time.
Wed
Dec
26
A report published by Alternet — “ ’Choice’ has become an excuse for charter and voucher schools to discriminate” — examines recent issues with discrimination in charter schools and voucher programs. Voucher and charter schools, although not technically a part of the public school system, receive public funds and are subject to federal laws, which ensure appropriate education to students with disabilities.
Tue
Dec
18
UW-Madison's Julie Mead has co-authored a policy brief titled, “How School Privatization Opens the Door for Discrimination,” which analyzes discrimination in an era of education privatization. Mead is the School of Education’s associate dean for education and is a professor with the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis. The brief, co-authored with Indiana University's Susan Eckes, was published through the National Education Policy Center (NEPC).
Thu
Dec
13
In her most recent column of Under the Law for Phi Delta Kappan magazine, a professional journal for educators, Julie Underwood discusses marginal decisions in the US Supreme Court that changed the direction of education policy and practice. By describing these 5-4 landmark education cases, “each hinged on just one vote,” Underwood hopes to display the significance of every vote and opinion, especially in the Supreme Court.
Wed
Dec
12
Last year, Moody’s Investor Service downgraded the credit outlook for higher education from “stable” to “negative.” This year, Moody’s predicts the same. The Chronicle of Higher Education responded to the credit-rating agency’s report, utilizing the expertise of UW-Madison’s Nicholas Hillman.
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