Applefest is a thing in my small town, like the most giant tchotchke/food/car/etc festival a small town could hope to put on. So for three days we have walked till we dropped, only instead of dropping I'm going to sit here and pass along some worthwhile reading from the last week.
The Unmet Promises of a New Orleans Charter School
From The Nation, one more example of how charters in NOLA never quite lived up to the hyped promises that were made.
I Think My Bladder Changed
From Yahoo Lifestyle's series of interviews with teachers who left the field. Short, but utterly recognizable.
Let's Review Matt Bevin's Plan To Undermine Public Education In Kentucky
The Lexington Herald Leader is not having it with Kentucky's pro-privatization governor, and here is the whole breakdown of his program (recogizable from plenty of other states, unfortunately)
Craziness: How Mongomery's First Charter School Has Devolved Into Chaos In Less Than Six Weeks
Not enough supplies or teachers and a principal who has already been pushed to an angry resignation by the board. LEAD is a mess under a loader who asserts that charters don't have to follow laws. The Alabama Reporter has the whole wretched story. Oh, and as a bonus, there's a Gulen tie, too.
Teachers Won't Embrace Research Until It Embraces Them
The Right To Read project looks at how the "reading science" crew treat teachers, and how that seems unlikely to engender teacher loyalty or acceptance.
What's Wrong With Assigning Books--And Kids--Reading Levels
Reporters at the Washington Post books section provide yet another reminder that Lexile scores are not vert reliable or trustworth. Some concrete examples, including the one showing that Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a higher Lexile score than The Grapes of Wrath or The Sound and the Fury.
Black Male Teachers Have Positive Effects On Students of All Races
Nice little op-ed from a former Black male teacher.
Inside the Koch's Vision for Public Education
Have You Heard interviews the author of Kochland about what exactly the Kochs want to see in public education (spoiler alert: less of it).
It's Not A Flashdrive
If you are a teacher, the odds are good that there's at least one student vaping in your classroom, right in front of you. The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has collected some of the info you need to catch up on this newer trend.