I have an easier time understanding why some people write than I do understanding why so many people don't. Doesn't everybody need to? But then-- there are many things I don't fully understand, like why some people hate candy corn. While I'm pondering, here are some pieces of writing from the week for you to read and share.
Murdoch-Funded Anti-Gerrymandering Group Raises Questions
Not about education, but this Intercept piece is another fine example of how the rich play the astro-turf game to push their policies to protect their interests.
Former Redlined Neighborhoods Have Changed
Andre Perry and David Harshbarger at Brookings provide a more current picture of what has happened in some historically redlined areas.
Student Tracking, Secret Scores
Apparently, at some colleges, Big Brother is looking at your admissions file. Is cyberstalking social media now part of the college application process. Washington Post.
More Loan Mess
Oh look-- the USED didn't just fumble the student loan forgiveness program, but actively thwarted it. The details from NPR.
North Carolina's Abandoned Charter Business
They set up a charter school business chain, and then they decided to move on to other things. What happens to charters when the visionary leaders vote with their feet?
Mapping America’s Teacher Evaluation Plans Under ESSA
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and colleagues have done some useful research about the current shape of teacher evaluation-- and some of the news is good.
Maybe DeVos was a good thing
Thomas Ultican looks at some documentary evidence of how bad a Clinton ed department might have been.
How Billionaire Charter School Funders Corrupted the School Leadership Pipeline
Jeff Bryant continues his look at how rich guys like Eli Broad have taken over the business of producing school administrators.
EdWeek offers a great explanation of some powerful learning ideas.
The K-12 Takeover
Andrea Gabor has the must-read of the week over at Harpers, writing about how modern fauxlanthropists have commandeered public education with New Orleans as Exhibit A.
Why Are We Expecting Teens To Have It All Figured Out
From Grown and Flown, a parent perspective on the kinds of decisions we expect teens to make, and how life is not always a clear straight line.
$1.3 Million Wasn't Enough
How much did the Waltons spend to buy Louisiana education elections? Merceds Schneider knows.
Hidden Messages Your School Sends To Students
Nancy Flanagan with some thoughts about the subtext of a school.