So things have been a little quieter than usual on this page (and I'm late today) in part because what the current conversation about Black Lives Matter needs is not more input from middle aged white guys, and partly because things have been a bit upheaved here at the Institute (not all bad-- the twins turned 3 since last Sunday's edition). But I still have a few things for you to read:
Weathering The Storm: School Funding in the Covid-19 Era
The Kappan offers some useful economic ideas for the post-pandemic era, courtesy of Bruce Baker, Mark Weber, and Dean Acheson-- all folks who really know this stuff. Four specific proposals (including the squawk-inducing recommendation to cancel aid programs that favor affluent districts).
Dept of Ed Discloses Illegal Seizure of $2.2 Billion
Man, I would hate to have this news lost in the shuffle this week. Remember how USED was supposed grabbing money from folks during the pandemic pause-- yeah, they didn't stop. To the tune of billions of dollars. Billion, with a B.
The Broken Promise That Broke Jacksonville
Florida, that is. The Florida Times-Union has the historical perspective on how the city cemented racist structures and kept its poor poor.
Gay HS Senior Barred from Walking At Graduation Because Pants
From the "News That Sucks" file, this reminder that some public school administrators need to remove their heads from their rectums.
Betsy DeVos Is Looting Public Schools
There's no news here, except that this opinion piece is not from some cranky blogger, but from Newsweek. Specifically, we're talking about her attempt to grab CARES money for private schools.
Changing What We Teach
Nancy Flanagan takes a look at what schools need to do better.
Amy Coopers Are Everywhere
Rann Miller at The Progressive reminds us that schools have an Amy Cooper problem, too.
PA Charter Leader Blasts George Floyd Protestors, Then Backpedals Like Crazy.
Ana Meyers got a little heated about the protests and became one more person who was not well-served by how quick and easy it is to fire off a stupid and inadvertently revealing Tweet.
It's Time To Fix Standardized Testing
Akil Bello takes a look at the wonky nuts and bolts of standardized testing and how it needs to be rebuilt, and he's just the guy for the job.
Public Funds Public Schools Website Provides Compendium of Research on School Vouchers
Jan Resseger looks at a trove of useful info, particularly if you are looking at the charter onslaught in Ohio, where the recent shift in law has really gutted public school finance.
Seven Tips for White Allies from a Black Pittsburgher
From Cameron Barnett, a middle school teacher in the burgh and editor of the Pittsburgh Poetry Journal.