We said goodbye to yet another member of the extended family this week, so that got things off to a sad start. And now that I look at the week's readings--well, I will warn you up front that it is not an encouraging batch. This is probably a good week not read absolutely everything here.
Let's get the most infuriating thing out of the way first. No, there's not full context for the quote. Is there a context that would make it better? I don't think so.
No big surprises here, but at Salon, Igor Derysh breaks down how DeVos money is funding Florida's governor.
You'll be shocked to discover that one of DeSantis's stories about the need for the Don't Say Gay law is not entirely acurate.
This may be the shortest post you ever read from the indispensable Mercedes Schneider, but if you're a teacher, you will recognize this week in a teacher's life.
NEA takes a look at how the pipeline is doing, and the answer is "not well." For example, "While 55 percent of U.S. students are People of Color, nearly 70 percent of prospective teachers are White, the AACTE analysis found."
Nancy Bailey looks at some of the damage created by the whole "pass the third grade reading test or else" movement.
Valerie Strauss asks the big question-- specifically, did we learn anything that we did not already know?
From Commonwealth magazine. In which Massachusetts learns that district takeover by the state doesn't actually do any good. In other news, the sun is expected to rise in the East tomorrow.
Nancy Flanagan with a reminder that for many teachers, summer is not strictly a vacation.
I'm sending you to this New York Times piece via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette so you can skirt the firewall. It's a discouraging piece, but teachers can get confirmation here of their sense of the heavy load some students have been carrying the past couple of years.
A simple privilege checklist for a reading unit was enough to get this teacher a non-renewal of her contract, even though she had the support of her administration. Infuriating and depressing.
Not directly tied to education, but a useful addition to the "No, Ai Is Not Magic" file. From The Debrief, a look at how some bad old claims get a new life via software.
At Valerie Strauss's Washington Post column, teacher Sarah Mulhern Gross explains just how scary it is out there these days.
Steven Singer walks us through some of the history of education's greatest failed policy idea.
Friend of the Institute Mitch Robinson is running for the state board. Passionate and committed and exceedingly well-informed, he would be an excellent choice. If you are a Michigan voter, you should vote for him.
There's a lot of flap this week over the proposed changed to a federal charter grant program, mostly because the charter lobby really really really hates it. Once again, we turn to Valerie Strauss's column at the Washington Post, this time to hear from Carol Burris about what's really going on. You can also read what I have to say about here at Forbes and here at this blog. The next few days are your last to go make a comment in support, and you should definitely do that.
Also at Forbes.com this week (I was busy)
North Carolina has a terrible idea about how to change their already-terrible teacher pay system
Check out this new method from the far-far-right for trying to scare school board's into compliance.