We are in the unusual position of putting lights up this year. I call it unusual because traditionally I just never take them down at all. Glad to do it and bring something to this miserable week. Maybe some year I'll finally be able to take down the call for reasonable gun control that sits in the right-hand column here. At any rate, here's some reading from the week.
TC Weber provides a breakdown of some of the sweetheart deals and big spending going on in Tennessee--quietly.
This may not be easy to read, but it's important. Rachel Cohen explains why we're not going to get an end to dark money any time soon--because everybody is addicted to it at this point.
Truth is, the74 has evolved to the point that it sometimes publishes some good stuff. This piece traces the history of your favorite pioneering game. Who among us has not died of dysentery? Created by teachers.
Gretchen Eick offers some commentary about the current rash of book banning around the country, this time going after books that include the embarrassing parts of America's past.
Nancy Flanagan is in Michigan, a state on edge because of a round of social media threats to schools, now given more weight by the murder of four students this week. As always, she has some on point thoughts.
If you're a teacher in Indiana hired a decade or so ago, congratulations--you've landed right in a dead spot in the state's teacher compensation plan. Some teachers are speaking out--here's the explanation.
In Alabama, there's a program that seems to be showing success addressing one of education's ongoing problems-- a shortage of Black male educators.
The Washington Post's Sydney Trent has one of those little-known stories of US history. Who got to Walden before HDT?
Thomas Ultican has followed the thread of Koch dollars through a host of causes and organizations, many of which have public education in their sights.