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Last Build Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 14:50:20 +0000


The Future Of America is Nonwhite, But Are Our Schools Ready? Good Work At Goodwill, Must-Read Leondhart On College Diversity, Charter Snubs In Massachusetts, Pension Problems Everywhere, Billionaires And Advocacy, ESSA Debate, Sorta Fish, More!

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:50:20 +0000

It’s Friday, and again no fish pictures! There are some in the queue but it’s been busy around here. One link at the bottom and whiskey/education/congress expert Kevin Kosar goes fishing all the time. If you’re going to come after Chad Aldeman, especially on pension policy, get your facts straight first. Underneath the current craziness, I […]

Betsy DeVos On The Hill, Finn On Finland, Teacher Pension Debate, Betting On Pearson, Whiteboard Insider Data And Forum, Donut Bear, More!

Thu, 25 May 2017 19:37:19 +0000

Betsy DeVos’ appearance on the Hill being panned by the critics.  Here’s an account of it, particularly the debates about choice. By the way, don’t tell anyone because it will spoil all the fun, but private K-12 schools with a variety of policies in place already get a lot of federal money now… If you want […]

Aldeman V. Weingarten On Pension Policy Barely Goes Past Round 1, Pink Eagles Rule, School Transportation, Personalized Cautions, Tenure Debates, Early Childhood Hiring, Interesting Lawsuits, Knuckleballers And More!

Wed, 24 May 2017 14:25:28 +0000

The American Federation of Teachers responded to Chad Aldeman and Kelly Robson’s recent pension analysis. Their response, with Chad’s annotated response to it, can be found here. It’s worth reading if you follow this debate and worth reflecting on why the AFT is so out of alignment with what’s best for teachers here? They are […]

Must-Read Bradford, Pension Data And Pension Practice, Williams Gets Personal, How We Don’t Learn, School Debates, Prison Ed Reform, Private School Transcripts, Snakes, More!

Mon, 22 May 2017 18:41:38 +0000

Last week Chad Aldeman and Kelly Robson published an analysis showing that teacher pensions don’t work very well for teachers. How could they tell? They actual data from the pension funds themselves – as Chad explains more here.  And using pension data Chad also takes a look at salary bumps and teacher retention in this blog post. […]

Head Start, Chicago Finance, Scholarship Tax Credits, DeVos Debate, Bradford On The Suburban Strategy, BASIS, Deer, More!

Thu, 18 May 2017 21:02:18 +0000

Sara Mead on 50 years of Head Start. Max Marchitello thinks Illinois Governor Rauner’s Chicago school finance strategy isn’t cricket. Jason Weeby wants more innovation talk from Betsy DeVos. I wrote in U.S. News that while the for-profit charter sector isn’t going to win any awards for excellence right now banning those schools is not […]

Should We Ban For-Profit Charter Schools?

Wed, 17 May 2017 19:52:14 +0000

Should we ban for-profit charter schools? Proponents and opponents are quick with a yes or no.   And a lot of them really are lousy. But it’s a more complicated question than it seems. I look at that in U.S. News & World Report today: Marshall Tuck, a candidate for state superintendent in California, grabbed […]

Crying Wolf On Public Ed Threats, DeVos In The Desert, LA School Board Election, Public Pressuring Private, Equity Data, Long Cats, More!

Wed, 17 May 2017 18:38:31 +0000

I’m not sold on social impact bonds but Phil Burgoyne-Allen makes a good case for a school transportation application. Max Marchitello on how Rodriguez is the air school finance debates breathe. Scroll down main page for edujobs. Here’s a write-up on DeVos in the desert. My take on the Betsy Bunker here. This GreatSchools report is sobering […]

Edujob: Director of Human Resources And Operations @ National Alliance For Public Charter Schools

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:48:58 +0000

Here’s a great job for an ops/hr person at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Good way to apply those skills to an education mission. From the job posting: Reporting to the Sr. Director of Operations, and working closely with the Chief of Staff and CEO, the Director will direct the organization’s operation functions […]

Teacher Pensions- Behind The Rhetoric, In The Betsy Bunker, Rhames On The Year Since The Panic, CZI & College Board Collaborate, More!

Tue, 16 May 2017 18:32:10 +0000

The hot debate over teacher pensions centers on phony issues – “gold-plated” pensions versus taxpayers or greedy hedge fund managers versus teachers. In fact, the real problem is that today’s teacher pensions don’t work very well for actual teachers. Chad Aldeman and Kelly Robson with more on that. In The 74 I took a look at the […]

DeVos Should Come Off Script

Tue, 16 May 2017 13:22:39 +0000

Betsy DeVos isn’t out in public a lot – and when she is it’s pretty scripted stuff. That’s hurting her politically, it’s not good for the agency she leads, but more than that it’s not good for our field. I take a look at that in The 74 this morning. …As it turned out, President […]