As always, I recommend that you pass on, tweet, share and otherwise amplify the pieces that speak to you. It matters which voices we amplify and which we do not.
Milwaukee's Voucher Verdict
Milwaukee has been doing vouchers for decades now, which means they're a great place to see exactly how vouchers play out. The answer, courtesy of this in-depth piece by Erin Richards, is not all that well.
School Vouchers-- Welfare for the Rich, Racist and Religious Right
Russ Walsh takes a look at what vouchers are really good for.
Common Core Conversation
If you are interested in the ebb and flow of the Common Core conversation on social media, this is a fascinating site that breaks down the connections and major players in the twitterverse of CCSS discussion.
Pennsylvania Is Wild West of Property Taxes
While I'm not sure that we're the wild west of anything, this is a good look at how Pennsylvania leads the nation in really screwing up the property tax piece of education financing.
Misconceptions about Charter Schools
A nice simple breakdown of some common ideas about charters and why those ideas are wrong.
Three Myths About Reading Levels
Psychology Today published this simple and brutal look at the widely misused and misunderstood business of reading levels.
Four Reasons the Arts Are the Most Important Academic Discipline
Nancy Flanagan makes the case of the arts in education.
Schools of Last Resort
Jennifer Berkshire talks to the only teacher in the LA school board race and how she was turned from a reformer into a public school advocate.
Blue Cereal Education on how we save the system and miss the point.
School Vouchers Are Not a Proven Strategy for Improving Student Achievement
When the economists turn on you, you know your reformy idea is in trouble. The Economic Policy Institute adds to the stack of articles showing that vouchers are a waste of time and money.
Finally, here are a couple of videos to watch.
You'll have to follow the link to watch Diane Ravitch on Tavis Smiley. Enjoy PBS while you still can.
Intelligence Squared sponsored a debate about then proposition that charter schools are overrated.