So a week ago I was in a Phoenix hospital. This week I'm at home. Home is better. Here's some reading for you. Remember to amplify the stuff that speaks to you. You are how the word is spread.
The end of VAM for teacher termination in Houston
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley on the final outcome of the Houston anti-VAAS suit, and the news is great.
Eclectablog Needs Your Help
Eclectablog provides in valuable news coverage for Michigan progressives, but Chris Savage can't keep footing the bill alone.
School Improvement Tips for Civic and Community Leaders
Among reformsters. Rick Hess is one of the best for honest self-evaluation. This list of five mistakes reformsters take is great. Quibble about whether Hess and his friends take the advice or not-- the advice itself is on point.
Why Rule by the People Is Better Than Rule by Experts
Nicholas Tampio in praise of democracy.
Florida School Voucher Investigation
How bad is voucher fraud and corruption in Florida? The Orlando Sentinel gives us a three part series that answers the question (and it's not pretty)
In Pursuit of Woozles
Newark Schools Chief Tells Union to Stuff It
This bit of reporting from Bob Braun is short, but if you don't read it, you won't believe it. The teachers union offered to help start a new day in Newark. The response they got was... well, not very welcoming.
The Great Tennessee Achievement School District Experiment Finally Comes to an End
Gary Rubinstein revisits the Tennessee ASD, the ASD that launched a bunch of other ASDs, now that it has reached its sell-by date, to ask how it did. (Spoiler alert- not so well)
12 Tech Takeover Concerns
Nancy Bailey with a handy list of issues to be concerned about when facing an ed tech juggernaut.
Michigan Steals Public School Money for Charters
If you read here, you probably read Ravitch, but this one's too important to miss in the sheer volume of her blog.
Secret Group Wants To Take Over Your School
Set the Wayback machine to May of 2015, when Sarah Lahm warned about a threat to public schools. Let's see if she was onto something.