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Betsy DeVos Broke the Ed Reform Coalition-- For Now
Daniel Katz with a good historical overview of how we ended up where we are in the ed debates, and what a DeVos ed department means to reformsters.
Stop Learning To Read
From Blue Cereal Education, a reflection on the innate stupidity of certain Lear To Read Or Else policies.
Massachusetts Students Are Increasingly Diverse, but Their Teacher Are Not
Remember when just everyone was concerned about this issue for about five minutes? Here's a reminder from the Boston Globe that it has not gone away, with some actual facts and some acknowledgement that bashing teachers (as the Globe often does) is not helpful.
Detroit Parents Steered To Better Schools That Don't Actually Take Detroit Kids
Detroit continues to be on the forefront of screwing over poor children and their families. Here's how the whole "Once we close your school, you can go to a better one" plan actually works.
They Ruined It
Teacher Tom in Seattle, on the vagueries of playground design.
How I Was Schooled at The NAACP Charter Hearings
Karen Wolfe went to one of the NAACP hearings on charter schools. What she hears, said, and learned there.
DeVos's Stumbles at the Start Are Nothing To Laugh About
Jeff Bryant looks at Betsy DeVos's initial blunders and reminds us that we have no reason to just sit back and laugh
Investigation: Charter school leaders, founders linked to controversial Turkish cleric
This piece looks at New Jersey, but it's a good explanation of how the Turkish-linked Gulen schools, and why they remain one of the very worst abuses of charter school laws in the US
5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News
There are plenty of these "fake news" stories for classroom teachers, with plenty of minilessons and tips. This is just one.
Online Charter Legislation for This Year
A look at what's up in some states this year as far as regulating the failing cyber charter industry. Plus, a handy chart showing just how much money one of the major players is spending to lobby in state legislatures.