Where did that month go? Here are some reads from last week. As always, I ask you to please amplify what speaks to you. "I wish I could write like that person," is what I often hear, and I feel you, but anybody and everybody can tweet, facebook, email and otherwise amplify those voices-- and if you don't push a writer's work out into the world, it doesn't matter if she wrote it.
Deescalating School Reform Wars
John Thompson has been tireless in trying to build bridges in the school reform debates, and he continues that work with a thoughtful review of Rick Hess's new book.
Eight Questions About School Vouchers
That Betsy DeVos won't be able to answer (or would rather not)
The Untold History of Charter Schools
The "if you're only going to read one post on this list" post for the week. Like me, you probably have absorbed the Albert-Shanker-started-charters story. Rachel Cohen has done some actual research, and we're all a little smarter because of it.
When Anxiety Rules
A recently-minted NY teacher talks about what it's like to go through the EdTPA process (spoiler alert: not good).
Jennifer Berkshire returns from her trip to Ohio with some serious insights about school reform in Trumplandia.
Quirk in PA Charter Law
Why are students with certain special needs the geese that lay the golden eggs in Pennsylvania's charter law? Here's a good explanation.
School Choice Profits on the Taxpayer's Dime
Carol Burris lays out the facts for Arizona on how their charter industry really works.
Desperately Searching for the Merit Pay Fairy
Jersey Jazzman continues his search for the fabled fairy of magical merit pay (spoiler alert: he fails again).
4th Best High School in New York Doesn't Exist
Yeah, about that US News great schools list...
"I Found a Jewel for You"
Nobody observes the world of littles like Teacher Tom.