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Friday Fish Porn – Canada

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:30:28 +0000

Here’s Jamie Rees. He was one of Bellwether’s first interns, a stand out soccer player, poet, and all around great human. Now teaching high school math in Baltimore for the past few years. Adventures in between – including fishing. A westerner by birth and inclination, this summer he was in western Canada and this happened: […]



My Boy’s Wicked Smart? Sorry, I Don’t See It! Is TFA’s Pivot Smart? Are Pensions Smart? Is Gates’ New Strategy Smart? Is The CW On Teachers Unions Smart? Jenn Schiess’ Take On Transportation = Smart! All That And More!

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 20:06:58 +0000

Sadly, my boy may not be wicked smart after all. Matt Damon seems pretty oblivious, so why would you take his advice about schools? via GIPHY Jenn Schiess on why you should be paying attention to school transportation. Seriously, you should, not nearly as boring as you think! Also, here’s something you can do with […]



Why Would You Take Education Advice From This Man?

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:32:51 +0000

Matt Damon is a folk hero in the anti-charter school world, but after the last week I’m left wondering why you’d take educational or parenting cues or really much other advice from this person? I’m sure he’s nice, but he doesn’t really seem to get what’s happening around him, and that applies to schools as […]



Newark, Pension Funds, Scouts And Gender, Gender And Tech, Personalized, More!

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:40:53 +0000

Teens and anxiety, important. So the idea is out there that teachers unions and hedge funds and private equity are mortal enemies. That’s understandable if all you pay attention to is social media and the rhetoric. In fact, they are more like frenemies, because teachers’ union controlled pension funds are one key source of funds […]



Bellwether Is Hiring, Charter School Politics, DeVos Prioritizes, Aldeman Analyzes, Broad Retires, Miles Gambles, Does Moskowitz, Too? Plus Pensions, Expectations, Free Speech, Teachers Unions, More!

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 18:26:44 +0000

We are hiring at Bellwether. And here’s an analysis from Bellwether of teacher pensions in Louisiana  – where again you see the story that teacher pensions are an expensive way to do retirement, which would be okay if it were a really effective way, but as the data show in Louisiana and elsewhere, it’s not […]



Friday Fish Porn – Little Rivers, Tough Fish

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 12:30:19 +0000

Here’s Jason Gaulden, who among other roles in the education world helped get GratefulEd going and is a keen follower of the music scene as well as a passionate advocate for better schools. He’s just getting into fly fishing, but the smile is a signal that you should think about taking it up, too. This […]



Whiteboard Insider Survey Data, Race And School Finance, Matt Damon, Inconvenient Anti-Reform Advocate? Louisiana Pension Mess, Allred A Principal, Bellwether Is Hiring, More!

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 14:18:02 +0000

Chad Aldeman on the pension situation in Louisiana: To make up for a shortfall of almost $12 billion, Louisiana school districts are now forced to pay more than 30 percent of each teacher’s salary toward the state pension fund. The vast majority of that contribution goes to pay down debts, not for actual benefits for […]



The Most Interesting Charter School Debate Has Nothing To Do With Betsy DeVos, High School Football, Competitiveness, Teacher Diversity, Partnership Schools – Third Way Or Trap? All That Plus Tom Petty!

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:38:52 +0000

Bonnie O’Keefe on local and tailored solutions to local teacher turnover issues. We are growing and hiring at Bellwether, a communications manager among other roles. This isn’t fake news, but this Wall Street Journal article succumbs to the catnip of Betsy DeVos friction and pro-con charter debates and totally misses the real story with this […]



Friday Fish – Fuller’s Back

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 12:30:59 +0000

Last week Kosar came back, but Bellwether’s Ali Fuller won’t let go of the Mayor of Fish Porn crown without a fight. So here’s some farm pond fishing from an end of summer trip the Fuller family took:                 You wan to see more pictures of education types, […]



2017 And CHIP Still In Question, Janus, Transportation, Books! Is Testing History? More…

Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:30:20 +0000

Here’s another look at school transportation – it’s not as boring as you think. CHIP funding falling prey to Congressional dysfunction. Brief history to the present: Teachers unions face existential threat from mandatory dues case at the Supreme Court. Key vote in that case dies unexpectedly. Stay of execution. New justice, not favorable to union’s […]