I find that in retirement holidays sort of sneak up on me. I suppose it's because I'm not exposed to the daily reminders from students and the school calendar. Mostly I like it, but sometimes I'm surprised. In the meantime, here are some readings from the week. Don't forget-- share what you like (from its original source). That's how the word gets out.
Rising Tide Review
Fordham released a "report" suggesting that having charters in a community improves all the schools. Yongmei Ni has a review of that report at the National Education Policy Center. Spoiler alert: Fordham's work is not entirely believable.
A Strike for Racial Justice and Democracy in Little Rock Schools
At Jacobin, Eric Blanc has a terrifically thorough look at what exactly has been going on in Little Rock, and how this is one more strike that is about the common good.
An Army of Children Toils in African Mines
Not about US education, but an eye-opening look at one of the horrifying evils that feeds our modern tech.
When Testing Trumps Teaching, the Students Suffer
Tiffany Moyer-Washington in the Hartford Courant makes a good case for what we already know. Share it with someone who doesn't get it yet.
East Lansing Public Schools Had a Surplus
All kinds of unusual in this story from the Lansing State Journal, from the surprise surplus to what the board decided to do with some of the extra money.
PA Tax Credits Don't Benefit Poor
We have tax credits in PA, and the secrets of how they are used is carefully guarded, but Avi Wolfman-Arent did figure out that private schools are not exactly filling up with voucher-bearing poor kids.
LA Federation for Children and Out Of State Money
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider takes a look at how out of state money pours into local school board elections.
Voucher Programs Hurting Rural Schools
About that whole "vouchers will help students escape failing schools" thing. Turns out it's not entirely accurate. Patrick Redmond at the News Sun has the story.
Unequal Access and Denial of Opportunity
Jan Resseger looks at how the portfolio school reform model is just not working.
Trump's Pledge Delayed By Education Department
One not-awful Trump pledged to do was erase the student loan debt of disabled veterans. But the ed department is stalling it. Not so much nefarious as the kin d of incompetence when someone with no administrative experience takes over an agency she wants to kill. Politico has the story.
Howard Schools Plan In Motion
The Howard district has actually tried to balance the level of poverty across it schools. They plenty of rough pushback, but they did it anyway. The Baltimore Sun tells the story of how they managed to do the right thing in the face of nasty threats.
The New Deal For Education
Cheri Kiesecker tracks another move toward implementing the cradle-to-workplace pipeline. It's not a happy story.
2019 Bulwer-Lytton Awards
This annual competition celebrates really bad opening lines for unwritten bad works. I do love it.