In my town, we do the whole parade and program in the park business tomorrow. But for today, here are some pieces to read and share.
Did You See The Numbers? Yes, I Have.
Is there a battle going on inside the NAACP over charters? Nope. Cloaking Inequality has the story.
We're Already Losing the Next Generation of Florida Teachers
The Orlando Sentinel has noticed that Florida is an education disaster area.
L.A. Charters Suspend Blacks and Disabled Students at Higher Rate
Robin Urevich at Capital and Main looks at some disturbing data about Los Angeles charter schools.
Deck Is Stacked Against Black Teachers in Michigan
A new study shows that Black teachers in Michigan can expect a worse evaluation than their White peers.
The New Secession
In Baton Rouge, we get a look at the newest version of white flight-- just split off into your own separate White city.
Coddling Charter Schools
Greensboro's newspaper calls out the North Carolina legislature for trying to tilt the playing field in favor of charters-- even the bad ones.
Twenty Years Later, the Bush A+ Plan Fails Florida's Students
Sue Legg takes a look at the failing mess that is the legacy of Jeb Bush's plan to crush public education. Spoiler alert: there was no Florida miracle.
Cory Booker Was a Foot Soldier for Betsy DeVos
Jennifer Berkshire takes us back to the days when Cory Booker was an ambitious young politician working hard to promote the reformy agenda.
I don't mean to pick on Florida, but they are an example of everything wrong with the reformy agenda. Here's a closer look at how they are losing teachers at a fast (but not unpredictable) rate.
Charter Schools Are Quietly Gobbling Up My District
This excellent piece from Steven Singer gives an up close look at how charters can destroy a public school system.
Schools of Opportunity
Hey look! It's some schools that are getting it right!
Shortage Denial Syndrome
Tim Slekar is trying to convince policy makers that there is a teacher exodus, not a shortage. It's not going well.
Louisiana's VAM: Quantitative Bungling on Display
Mercedes Schneider takes a look at just a few of the problems with the Value Added measure.
Stuff Journalists Should Know About Charter Schools
Bernie Sanders put charters back in the news, prompting the news to cover the issue, only the news sometimes doesn't know what it's talking about. Here's a quick but useful primer from Jersey Jazzman.
States' Performance After Implementing A-F Programs
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley is back, with a look at research about the effects of those stupid grading schools with A through F programs. Spoiler alert: it does not magically improve education.