My nephew and his wife are hosting a big soup party today, which I'm pretty sure is a first for me. Kids these days. In the meantime, here an assortment of reading material from the week. Remember-- share the stuff that really speaks to you. That's how bloggers become rich and famous- okay, well, not actually. But it is how media outlets find out they should do education coverage, and it's how people hear about the things that you hear about.
LA Schools Graded F for 4+ Years Mostly Serve Low-Income Students
The indispensable Mercedes Schneider unravels how the Louisiana school grading system tells us what we already knew-- the measuring system favors schools with white, well-off students.
Betsy DeVos Might Outlast Them All
She's not beloved, but she's probably not going anywhere, either. Rebecca Klein at HuffPost explains why.
Khan Academy: A World Class Education For No One
Alex Lochoff bends over backwards to start by saying that he's not saying that Khan Academy is terrible. Then he does a pretty good job of explaining why Khan Academy is terrible.
What's Wrong With Teacher Raises
Adam Laats takes a look at what's wrong with taking Hanushek's Grand Bargain of greater pay for tighter accountability.
Why I Won't Be Voting For Bloomberg
Jan Resseger has a great rundown of Bloomberg's NYC education history, and why it disqualifies him.
Ohio Catholic School Announces Mandatory Random Drug Testing For All Students
Attendance at the school, says the letter sent to parents, is a privilege, not a right.
The Wrong "Scientific" For Education
Paul Thomas looks at some of the recent uses of the S word and explains why they fail to impress.
Should A Cooperating Teacher Be A Big Fat Jerk?
Okay, I rewrote Nancy Flanagan's headline, but the idea is the same. On the topic of making life harder for student teachers.