Was it the cold? Did we all just have more time to wander the internet? I don't know, but it's a huge list this week. Remember to share-- that's how the word gets out.
LA Strike: Charters Are An Existential Threat To Public Education
The LA strike was extraordinary in that it addressed so much more than wages and benefits, but also addressed policy as well. Here's a good look at where the LA charter movement fits in the bigger picture.
The Headband Obsession with Student Concentration.
From the "You Can't Make This Stuff Up" files, the program that's going to read student minds via fancy science headbands.l
Betsy DeVos Fabricating History To Sell Bad Education Policy
DeVos has been talking a lot lately-- well, at least for her-- and much of it has been a sales pitch based on history that is not exactly accurate
Only Two Percent of Teachers Are Black Men Yet Research Confirms They Matter.
Let's go over this again- we need more black men teaching in the classroom.
Teacher Strike Interview
NEPC fellow Terrenda White creates some context for the strikes of the last year, up to and including the current struggle in Denver
Betsy DeVos's Favorite Teacher Story Wants Her To Stop
DeVos likes to tell a story about a teacher named Jed to help make some of her points. Rebecca Klein tracked Jed down; turns out he wishes DeVos would knock it off.
Can Altschool Save Itself From Failure
This might be the "if you only read one piece this week" article. Susan Adams is the education editor at Forbes, and she took a good hard look at Max Ventilla's super cool ed tech charter, Altschool, and probably got one of the most fluff-free looks at it ever (complete with cringing PR people). Joins Andrea Gabor's book in pointing out that some of these guys thinking they can business model their way to ed reform are actually using bad business models.
Shark Tank Recap: Teaching Harvard Grad Financial Lesson
Speaking of bad business. A Harvard grad goes on shark tank with her idea for mail order Montessori and her tail of having blithely burned through a mountain of investor money. Things do not go well for her.
This Is How Horribly Teachers Are Paid In The US
The story here is that this piece ran in Vice, not exactly known for their prodigious education coverage. This is brief, solid, and sad.
DC C charter Administrators Have Some Of The Highest School Salaries In Town; Their Teachers, Some Of The Lowest
City Paper goes digging, and has to work at it, because of course Freedom of Information Act doesn't apply to charters. Most amazing part-- a charter wouldn't let a teacher see her own salary schedule to know what steps up she might expect.
Another KIPP Teacher
Need another reminder of how awful a Teach Like A No Excuses Champion school can be. Here's are some words from a teacher who used to be a KIPPster.
Their Levers Are Destined To Fail.
A new-to-me blog with a post looking at the different ways reform has tried to bring teachers to heel.
America Is Falling Out Of Love With Billionaires
Not exactly an education story, except of course it is. Are US citizens getting fed up with the oligarchs?
Here We Go. Another Koch Push
More news you didn't want to hear-- the Koch brothers have decided to help fix education some more.
When Schools Say "All Means All," What Do They Really Mean.
Peter DeWitt talks about safeguarding our LGBTQ students
10 Out Of 15 PA Cyber Schools Are Operating Without A Charter
Steven Singer calls for a little less cyber charter baloney and a little more-- or just some-- oversight.
Broken Promises: Camden's Renaissance Charter Schools
Jersey Jazzman with yet another tale of charter shenanigans.
That's it. I mean, that's not really it, because there is always more (which reminds me-- your recommendations are always welcome).