Education News, Analysis, and Commentary

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School Transportation, Schooling In DC, Protest And Results, Homeless Girl Scouts, Massachusetts, Tampa Class Assignment, School Choice Still Popular, The Education Debate Explained, More!

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 18:45:27 +0000

Scroll down the main page for edujobs. Don’t miss this event on school transportation in D.C. next week. It will even feature school bus rides! Sara Mead looks at a decade of school reform work in D.C. and some lessons learned. Even if you don’t live in Massachusetts this Stig Leschly discussion of college there is worth […]

Edujob: Academic Strategy Senior Advisor @Bellwether

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 21:00:30 +0000

We’re hiring an academic strategy advisor. This is a great role with real potential for impact across a range of projects. From the JD: Although we believe that charter management organizations (CMOs) are improving over time and are making a significant, positive impact in reforming urban education, the quality of student outcomes across the charter […]

Trinity Lutheran, Pass The SALT? Race And Teaching, Campus Debate & Free Speech, ESSA Plans, Duncan Interviews, Plus Let It Snow! More…

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:27:22 +0000

Scroll down main page for an upcoming Bellwether event and blog/opinion writing training information – application deadline tomorrow. Amy Howe recaps the Trinity Lutheran arguments at SCOTUS. 74 had a reporter there, too. President Trump’s team is making noise about going after the state and local tax deductions on federal income taxes. It’s a potential pay-for on tax cuts […]

Coming Attractions! Blog Training And School Transportation Event

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:44:59 +0000

Application deadline for the Bellwether Blog – Opinion Writing Training is Friday. Get your application in! More here. Tuesday May 2 in Washington, D.C., Bellwether is hosting what should be an interesting event on school transportation. It’s one of those issues that touches millions of lives daily, yet rarely gets attention. And we have school […]

Economic Integration Versus Choice, Blaine, Bad Tax Policy, Good Interviews & Op-Eds, Charter Authorizing False Positives, More!

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 19:06:31 +0000

In The 74, Kate Pennington and I take a look at lousy tax policy and the ad hoc approach to education finance and compensation. It’s based on a California proposal to eliminate income tax for teachers there. Here’s a preview of the SCOTUS education case this week – big implications for “Blaine” amendments in state […]

A Tax Day Education Policy Play Only Turbo Tax Likes

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 12:59:28 +0000

At The 74 Kaitlin Pennington and I take a look at a popular education tax proposal that only an accountant could love. It also points up the addiction of policymakers to every way to address education finance and teacher comp except actually addressing education finance and teacher comp: …We’re all in favor of creative ways […]

Teacher Turnover, Rural Charter Schools, Choate’s Problems, Rose’s Potentials, Voucher Policy, And More!

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:26:34 +0000

Kirsten Schmitz on private school teacher turnover, teacher turnover, and some takeaways and non-takeaways. This Choate story is grim. But it’s not just Choate. Joel Rose* is one of the most thoughtful people on the personalized scene. He sees the potential – and also the risks. Read this. This Chalkbeat story on voucher accountability has a […]

Bellwether Better Blogging

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 19:00:58 +0000

We’re hosting another better blogging / opinion writing training in June, in DC.  Learn more and how to apply here. 

Bellwether Is Hiring

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 20:28:05 +0000

We’re hiring for a few roles here at Bellwether, here are two: Our current COS is heading to academia after a few terrific years, so we need a new Chief of Staff, more details here.  An Associate Partner role on our Strategic Advising team, details here.

The Commodore Speaks! Plus Aldeman Nudges, Markell On ESSA, School Transportation, Maps, Bathroom Laws, Teacher IP, Plus Happy Birthday TJ, Wanderin’ Goat, More!

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 16:55:06 +0000

It’s April 13th – Thomas Jefferson was born on this date in 1743. Today, his detractors and fans alike celebrate his life through the great American tradition of ascribing our current political debates to historical figures in all manner of one-dimensional ways that decontextualize, obscure the complexity of human situations, or are flat out inaccurate. […]