Some important reads this week. As always, I encourage you to share and tweet and email anything you read that you think deserves a wider audience, because you, dear reader, are how those pieces get a wider audience.
Florida Teacher Shortage
Many, many folks have read the piece I wrote in response to this Sun-Sentinel article about the teacher shortage [sic] in Florida, but I encourage you to go read the original reporting, which is really top notch.
After a Political Rout in Massachusetts, New York Astro-Turf Group Mulling Strategy
When a bunch of millionaires poured money into launching new charter rules in Massachusetts, tey had no idea they'd get spanked this badly. What now? A look at one of the big dark money groups driving the charter school movement.
The Every Student Succeeds Act's Hollow Educational Ambition
Rick Hess (AEI) is a reformster, but he's not afraid to point out when ed reform makes some stupid moves. Here's his take on how NCLB dropped the ball, and ESSA is dropping the same ball again.
Closing the Gap for Native American Youth
A new study, the first ever done, looks at what can be done to close the gap for native American children. This will take you to the study; if that seems daunting, I will try to get to it at some point.
How Ed Reform Ate the Democratic Party
Jennifer Berkshire looks at the sad history of how the Democratic Party decided to stop being the party of public education and instead transformed itself into GOP-lite.
How Stranger Things Shows Support for Public Schools
One small feature of the hit Netflix series is how it places the local school in the middle of the community.
Schooling Is Never Neutral
The JLV with a brief but important reminder
The DC School Reform Fiasco: A Complete History
John Merrow and Mary Levy have created a comprehensive look at the DC "reform" shenanigans of She Who Will Not Be Named and others. An important counterpoint to all the folks who keep insisting that DC is an example of school reform working.
But It Was The Very Best Butter
Almost forgot this one-- a quick explanation of how a good test can still be a bad test