ON THE AGENDA | JANUARY 5TH, 2018 | PUBLIC AGENDA
Every week we curate stories and reports on complex issues. This week: A look at voting by mail and how reliable it is. Exploring why migration has stalled in some American cities. Examining how performance bonuses for teachers may influence test scores in the classroom. Creating engagement by bringing together both neighbors and developers.
Senator Mitch McConnell sounded downright magnanimous in anticipation of 2018, eager to work closely with Democrats even though he had cut them out of virtually every big-ticket deliberation during 2017.
Despite a long recovery and record streak of job growth, the share of Americans moving to a new location continued a steady decline in 2017, reaching a new post-World War II low, an indicator of a less mobile workforce that reflects both an aging society and economic problems facing younger workers.
Seroka proposes creating a public engagement program that requires developers in built-up areas to communicate with neighbors through a series of required meetings, workshops and written reports.
Big new study finds that performance bonuses for teachers boost test scores (Chalkbeat)
A new study, released by the federal government, suggests that merit-based bonuses are the way to go, as they help raise student test scores without making a significant dent in teacher morale. It offers the latest evidence that programs of this sort can help schools and students, despite the common perception that they are ineffective.
As 2017 comes to a close, we’ve compiled some graphs and charts that help contextualize the year in education issues.