Yes, we're right in the thick of it, so many of you are busy with a hundred things other than your usual internet diet of education goodies. But the world keeps spinning, so here are some pieces to look at while you're enjoying vacation.
Can Charters Be Reformed? Should They Be?
Carol Burris offers five reasons that charter schools cannot become a productive part of the education landscape.
Pa Changes How It Measures Schools-- But Will Anybody Pay Attention?
Pennsylvania will now check to see if schools are Future Ready. One example of the new post-test-centric evaluations under ESSA.
Why Education Policy's Big Listening Moment Doesn't Involve Much Listening
Rick Hess with some reform self-evaluation. Some good points made here.
Top Ed Tech Trends and Stories
Audrey Watters signs off for her final wrapup of the ed tech stories of this year (which seem a lot like the stories of the previous year).
Cut And Paste End Of Year Letter for Education Advocates
Rick Hess makes two appearances this week, and this one is good for a chuckle.
Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town Or Not.
Nancy Flanagan looks at how Christmas lands in the midst of a challenging time this year.
Why Do Keep Falling For School Scams
A look at the T. M. Landry school scandal, the responses to it, and the reason we'll probably fall for the next one that comes down the pike.