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Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2017

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:30:16 +0000

“We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.” - Martin Luther King, Strength to Love

DeVos Takes! Kaplan On Head Start And Zip Codes, Whiteboard Insiders On Student Loans, Maryland, MA, BIE, And Rugged Individualism And Edu. Plus Conrad Anker, Commencement Speaker And More…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:48:48 +0000

At the top: Betsy DeVos still likes vouchers. But her finances are a more complicated issue. Also, Betsy DeVos is a breath of fresh air says her hometown paper. Betsy DeVos will destroy all that is good says Newsweek. LGBT issues remain questions a lot of people want answers on. Here’s a sign that DeVos/Trump are sucking […]

Betsy DeVos Is Good At Politics And There Are A Lot Of Politics About Betsy DeVos, Plus Pensions, Personalized Learning, Vouchers, Spec Ed At The High Court, Race & Student Debt, Texas, Ed Tech, And More!

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 16:19:48 +0000

Betsy DeVos confirmation hearing pushed back a week. Earlier this week I wrote in USN about five questions I’d like to see aired out.  Pensions and bears in CA. Kirsten Schmitz has more. Make a New Year’s talent strategy resolution. Mike Petrilli says you should rethink your voucher position. Julie Squire says conservatives should slow down […]

Edujob: Senior Vice President for Advocacy and Charter School Action Fund Director @ NACPS

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 16:38:48 +0000

Given the coming policy debates this seems like a pretty interesting edujob: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (National Alliance) is the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the public charter school movement. Our mission is to lead public education to unprecedented levels of academic achievement by fostering a strong charter movement. The […]

5 Questions For Betsy DeVos

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 20:11:34 +0000

The education news this week is all DeVos, all the time. Good enough but I’d like to hear a lot more about her than how much she likes vouchers. For instance her views on LGBT students, what she thinks about accountability for all schools, and her ideas on the Office of Civil Rights at the […]

Happy 2017, Your Pension Problem is Still Here. John King Exits, Dynarski Markets, Lilla Pushes, Sanchez Predicts, Clinton MS And GNR Jazz. Plus More!

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 12:13:46 +0000

Bellwether’s Max Marchitello on why CALSTERS doesn’t work for most teachers. Chad Aldeman on how you can fix your pension debt problem. Emmeline Zhao and I are taking our media curation work to The 74, where we’ll do that among other things. John King exit memo (pdf). Quality Counts. Alabama report cards, look for more of this. Susan Dynarksi on […]

Big News From RCE, DeVos Confirmation Prospects, BW In 2016, And More!

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 19:50:16 +0000

Rumor mill: The mood among some insiders on Betsy DeVos is changing and there is some concern/hope (depending who you ask obviously) that her nomination could go down if Democrats really focus their efforts on it and pressure moderate Republicans. That’s a shift from a few weeks ago when even her staunchest critics were resigned […]

The Man For The Moment

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 18:59:34 +0000

Me in U.S. News and World Report: Off-edu but here’s a guy who pretty much perfectly encapsulates our political culture today… Is there a more emblematic person for our times than the man in Wichita, Kansas, who sits on his front porch with a rifle on his lap as students walk to their elementary school… […]

International Assessments, China, Estonia! Plus Ed Navigator Parenting Advice!

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 14:22:42 +0000

Adam Minter notes that some of the China hype is not all it’s cracked up to be. In 2009, Shanghai students did so well — beating the world in math, science and reading — that President Barack Obama declared it a “Sputnik moment,” requiring immediate action. A similar panic broke out in 2012. But this year proved […]

Eduwonk Holiday Book List!

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 14:33:55 +0000

If you’re like me you might not be entirely on top of your holiday shopping. And you might have some readers on your list. Here’s a few recent (and not so recent) books from the past few months that I’d highly recommend: Hillbilly Elegy.  JD Vance’s memoir is a poignant reminder that the ‘who has […]