Holy smokes, but I have a lot for you this week. Good Stuff just kept rolling across my screen, and here's some of the best of it. Remember, sharing is empowering.
Michigan Gambled on Charter Schools and Its Children Lost
The New York Times offers a detailed and depressingly thorough picture of how badly Betsy DeVos's home state, often under her direction, has ed reformed itself into a deep hole.
The War on Public Schools
A rundown on how public education has been run down, form the Atlantic.
The Decline of Play in Preschoolers and the Rise in Sensory Issues.
This point keeps getting made, and I'll keep amplifying anyone who makes it until it sinks into school districts' collective heads. Replacing play with academics is damaging to small children.
The Department of Justice Is Overseeing the Resegregation of American Schools
From The Nation-- how the DOJ is involved in allowing white parents to secede from largely black school districts.
The Sad Story of Public Education in St. Louis
St. Louis is one more urban district that has been taken over by privatizers and gutted. It's been going on for a while-- and things aren't getting any better.
Those Who Can't
Spoon Vision with a new take on an old cliche
A Scrappy Parent Takes on Bow Tie Man
Philadelphia public school activist tries to attend a "public" meeting/about further privatizing in Philly. Turns out that "public" is only a figurative term. But boy is this woman feisty.
Fueling the Teacher Shortage
Wendy Lecker looks at how states in general and Connecticut in particular are accelerating the teachers "shortage."
Parents Cite Student Privacy Concerns
Turns out that Mark Zuckerberg's Summit Schools education-in-a-software-box program has some truly nightmarish problems with student privacy
Underachievement School District Superintendent Resigns in Disgrace
Remember the Tennessee Achievement School District, the model for state takeover districts. Remember how it was going to take bottom schools and move them to the top. Remember how its first super, Chris Barbic, left, having realized it couldn't be done? So how have things been going since then? Gary Rubinstein reports on that (spoiler alert: terribly, and yet it's still touted as a model).
Reality Check: Trends in School Finance
This might be the most important post on the list today. Bruce Baker looks at that old reformy refrain "We've spent double the money and test results have stayed flat." Is that actually true. (Spoiler alert: no). With charts and explanations that civilians can understand.
The Real Reason We Can't Fix Our Schools
Short, sweet, and to the point./
Dear Teachers: Don't Be Good Soldiers for the Edtech Industry
Steven Singer with a reminder that sometimes the best soldiers are the ones that defy bad orders.
Seven Times “XQ Super School Live” Denigrated America’s Teachers (And One Time It Praised Them)
And finally, though this makes two appearances in one week for Spoon Vision, this is my favorite of the many excellent pieces written in response to Laurene Jobs' XQ infomercial. I like this because you can use this to explain to your co-worker, family member, or neighbor (or the celebrities who were in the thing-- meet me over on twitter in a few minutes) why, "no, I, was not really excited about that special on Friday night."