Sunday, June 13, 2021

ICYMI: Summer Break Begins Edition (6/13)

This weekend marks the beginning of summer break for all the staff here at the Institute (I, of course, am either always or never on break, depending on how you look at it). We have not quite hit our stride yet, but I'm sure it's coming. In the meantime, here are a few things for you to read from the week.

Is the Charter Schools Program funding white-flight academies?

Carol Burris makes a guest appearance at Washington Post's Answer Sheet blog to lay out some research showing that North Carolina charters are the modern version of segregation academies.

A magic school bus brings science class to schools in need

Hechinger Report looks at a program providing mobile labs for rural and low-income communities.

35 Baltimore-area schools dismiss early--no air conditioning

A reminder that infrastructure issues plague schools and create real, daily problems that trump arguments about policy and philosophy.

Struggling schools don’t get a boost from state takeovers, study shows

Matt Barnum at Chalkbeat looks at a recent study that shows that the sun rises in the East. No, seriously, there's now some science-flavored evidence for what we already knew was true-- the school takeover model doesn't work.

Justice Department says it can defend religious schools’ exemption from anti-LGBTQ discrimination laws

The Washington Post has this story looking at the nuances, legal maneuvering, and political disappointment behind the DOJ's announced willingness to back religious anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination.

A new bill will lower the bar for what's required to shut down a charter school in Louisiana. For one legislator, that's just the start.

David Blight at the New Yorker takes a deep, thoughtful look at the history of how we argue about history. Old feuds, new battles, and the usual difficulty in understanding that history is not cemented in place.

John Warner notes that "bad things happen when children are used as units of global competition." In China, a generation is dropping out. Can the US learn anything?

Jenny Anderson at Kappan Online has some thoughts about how the world of ed reporting could be revamped and revitalized. I'm not sure I agree with everything she has to say, but it's a thought-provoking piece.

Vermont's voucher system has some unique features that made it a likely choice for one of the lawsuits trying to dismantle the wall between church and state, and those bricks have indeed fallen. This coverage is from the 74, but it's a good wrap-up of what happened.

The Pittsburgh Trib has this piece about a survey showing that, despite all the noise from the anti-public ed crowd, parents are mostly happy with how their schools performed during the pandemess.

Democracy Prep Founder and Thief, Seth Andrew: Spinner of Chaos.

Seth Andrew has already been arrested for stealing from the charter school chain he founded, but as the indispensable Mercedes Schneider lays out here, that's not the only mess he's been making.

McSweeney's with some more useful advice for faculty.

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