As always, this is neither all-inclusive nor based on any criteria other than my own. But here are some things you should read from last week.
When candidates talk education, media rarely go beyond buzzwords
Well, in all fairness, the media don't do any better with other issues, but here's a great look at the side tracks that keep appearing in coverage of candidate edubloviation.
Dumbing down kids
If you want to get angry over EngageNY and canned teaching programs all over again, here's the piece. Detailed, specific, and incisive.
Who's actually running America's charter schools
You actually need a double dose of School Finance 101 this week. Start with this look at which groups are actually getting most of the charter business. Then move onto this explanation of just one of the crazy twists in charter financing. It's a little wonky, but clear and thorough.
ALEC now says school vouchers are for kids in suburbia
This one's important, and charts the shift in the voucher sales pitch. We knew this was coming-- now it's here. Vouchers are no longer pitched as a way to rescue those poor kids in failing urban schools. Now some folks would like to expand the market.