So about forty-eight hours ago I put up a post at Forbes.com that has been blowing up. It's an interesting study in the vagaries of the interwebz-- the post (why it's important to recognize that there's not a teacher shortage) makes some points that I have made before many times, and several other bloggers have made before, but somehow this time, it found an audience. It's a reminder to keep plugging at the point you want to make (even if you feel like you're repeating yourself). And for our purposes here, it's a reminder of how important readers are to the whole process. I didn't really do anything in this post that I haven't done before; what made the difference was not me, but the readers.
So when I ask you every week to pass along the posts that speak to you, I really mean it. That's what gets these pieces out into the world.
How Charter Schools Won D.C. Politics
Rachel Cohen is at City Paper, laying out the ugly, infuriating story of how lobbyists are spending our tax dollars to keep charters happy and unregulated.
Come As You Are
Jose Vilson with some important start-of-year thoughts.
Almost No Education Research Is Replicated
Inside Higher Ed reports on one more reason to remain unexcited about what education researchers report.
Enemy of Public Schools
Infuriating. One guy is traveling around the country running anti-bond campaigns because he's sure God hates public education. Really.
How Big A Mess Is the PA Charter Sector?
Big. Carol Burris at Washington Post breaks down the details of my home state's miserable charter situation.
School District Secession Deepens Segregation
Look at a Penn State study that shows the problems behind school district secessions.
Why Don't We Have Enough Teachers
Tim Slekar is on Wisconsin Public Radio explaining why there is no teacher shortage. I told you I'm not the only person beating this drum. If you'd rather read than listen, try this one.
The Parable of the Teacher and the Experts
Rick Hess often gets it wrong, but this EdWeek piece is pretty fun and painfully familiar for any teacher.
Why 2020 Dems Should Target Nonprofit Charters
When a charter destroys a beloved local landmark. Sarah Lahm with a story at Common Dreams, showing how there's big money for charter nonprofit operators-- and big losses for communities.
ALEC Legislator Retires As Charter Millionaire
Lawmaker plus charter guy equals big bucks. From the indispensable Mercedes Schneider.
No, We Cannot Look Everything Up
From eLearning, a reminder of the reasons that the internet doesn't excuse us from actually know stuff.
Who Gets To Use A Single Classroom
Charter versus public school for space-- and it gets ugly.
For Teachers, the Money Keeps Getting Worse
At the Atlantic (with their shiny new paywall limiting you to only five free articles per month), a very depressing look at teacher pay.
The Walton Plan for the Little Rock School District
More infuriating news, this time from the Arkansas Times, in which we learn that the Walton forces have all sorts of bad ideas in mind.
Schools In Arizona Crippled By Ransomware
Not everything is about ed reform. The problem of hackers holding district IT systems hostage is growing, and now it's shutting down school districts. From The Hill.
Excess Teacher Responsibilities Are Stealing Bonding Time With Students
From Bored Teachers, talking about all that extra piddly baloney that gets in the way of the better parts of the job.
How To Practice Best Practices
McSweeney's comes through again with the absurdly recognizable. And for more fun, check out McSweeney's First Faculty Meeting of the Year Bingo.