Buying office supplies. Fretting about getting up in the morning. School must be getting closer-- but not too close yet. Have a cup of whatever you have cups of to relax, and take in some of the education reading from the last week. Don't forget to share the good stuff.
How much knowledge is necessary for comprehension?
You need some background knowledge in order to get better at reading (regardless of what you've been told about "skills"). Turns out there's even research about how much is the bare minimum requirement. Yes, it's from the Fordham blog, but I think it's worth reading, anyway.
Strategy Overdue for Special Ed
Wendy Lecker, writing in the Register Citizen, looks at how lobbyists have made a mess out of Connecticut's special ed sector.
In PA, a Charter Rules Change To Benefit Just One School
WHYY uncovers a somewhat nuts story about political payback to benefit just one charter school. Because level playing field.
7 Harsh Truths That Will Improve Your Leadership Skills Overnight
From Inc., this piece isn't education-specific, but both teachers and administrators could benefit from these pointers.
Inside the NAACP Civil War Over Charter Schools
Yes, charter advocates have gone so far as to plant folks inside the NAACP in an attempt to weaken the organization's stance on charter schools. From Rebecca Klein at HuffPost.
Student Culture in Question
From Colorado, yet another example of a charter school that uses its "flexibility" to shaft its employees.
Nick Hanauer and Diane Ravitch
Ex-reformster rich guy Hanauer stirred things up a few weeks ago with his piece in the Atlantic. Listen to his podcast talking to Diane Ravitch; there's some really good stuff here.
Problems with Midyear Admissions
Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat looks at one more way that charters game the test results and avoid taking on some of the tougher challenges of education.
Florida Charters Can Reject Kids With Disabilities
The Orlando Sentinel just noticed one more way that Florida charter avoid providing an actual source of public education to all students.
How a Truly Epic Charter School Fraud Unfolded in Oklahoma
And speaking of charter cheating, John Thompson is at the Progressive with an astonishing tale of how a truly ballsy piece of charter fraud was pulled off in plain sight.
New Orleans' Kennedy High School Grading Fiasco
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider with the continuing story of how a NOLA charter has put the future of its students in jeopardy. Will anyone be held responsible?
This Teen Hacker Found Bugs In School Software That Exposed Millions of Records
Want one more story to make you anxious about the online work your students do? This Wired story is just the thing. This high school student didn't just find problems with obscure edusoftware-- he broke into Follett and Blackboard, then used them as doorways to millions of student records including grades, medical, schedules, cafeteria balance, photos, and more. And this was just what a bored, curious sixteen-year-old could do.