Here's an assortment of goodies to read from last week. I know I say this all the time, but it takes readers to make a piece of writing spread. So always share what you think needs to be shared. Everyone can amplify the important voices, and these days that is super-important.
Winning At Any Cost
Arkansas gives prize money to its top schools. How far did the charter Haas Hall Academy go to stay on top? Too far, by quite a bit. This is a pretty appalling story.
Cybercharters Widespread Reports of Trouble
This is not exactly a new resource, but I discovered it for the first time this week and it deserves a bookmark. EdWeek has collected numerous reports, sorted state by state, of cybercharter problems.
People Who Regulate Charters Make Millions From Them
This time we go to Utah, where a television news department has discovered that lawmakers writing charter regulations also have a financial stake in the charter industry.
Diverting Funds From Public Schools Hurts The Community
An op-ed in the Palm Beach Post argues that Florida's choice programs are not good for public education.
Lies You Have Been Told About Education Technology
A good set of rebuttals for the "Oh, but you must" crowd.
Strange Things Happening in Newark
In Newark, the state is losing control of the local school system, leading to an assortment of odd other shenanigans. Bob Braun is covering it all.
Jonathan Sackler’s Bouncer Foundation: Opioid-Funded Ed Reform
The same family that brought us the opioid problem is also working on charters. The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has been working it all out, and she shows her work.
The Bible Bill
Oh, Florida. A new bill proposes Bible courses in every school. One teacher imagines how the course might not live up to its sponsor's hopes.
What Do Americans Think Schooling Is Supposed To Do?
We could simplify this is you just promised to read Nancy Flanagan every week.
Arizona Charter Parents Have Nowhere To Turn
What can you do when you have objections to how your child's charter school is run? Nothing at all.