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The New York City Charter School Center (Charter Center) works to foster a public policy environment that ensures that charter schools can continue to open and succeed for New York City’s school children. We are seeking a full-time Manager of Public Policy who will help the Charter Center influence changes in state and local education policy and contribute to the public’s greater understanding and awareness about the benefits of charter schooling. The Manager will serve as a key member of the Policy & Advocacy team and collaborate with senior leadership and the Communications and PR teams to proactively ensure a vibrant charter sector.
Lina Bankert is a partner on Bellwether’s Strategic Advising team. Her husband, Andy, and son, Cody, like to go fishing and here they are with a great catch from earlier this month. Cody caught it. Up in Michigan, as you can tell.
Fish bigger than kid is always a good look.
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Here’s a round up of Janus inoculation laws. Some of this will face trouble in the courts because of the Alito opinion in the case but if you’re a legislator with ties to the unions these are political freebies so look for more bills to come.
The Schusterman Foundation is involved in some interesting work around the education sector and they have an opening on their team: Director of Professional Learning.
From the posting:
The Director must have the vision, entrepreneurial spirit, perseverance, and imagination required to determine how the team can provide excellent, customized support to grantees of varying size and maturity. They must ensure that the support provided by Schusterman to this growing and complex portfolio is derived from a senior-level strategic approach to designing professional learning experiences. See the full position description here.
Here’s a great edujob on a great team: Program Director, The Broad Residency.
From the posting:
The Program Director will be an experienced leader with a background in adult professional development. They will: shine when it comes tomanaging teams and fostering positive culture; approach program development and facilitation with a design lens and detail orientation, and be able to lead across teams identifying and leveraging synergies. See the full position description here.
There seems to be some confusion about the money in question in some of the commentary I’ve seen following the case. Teachers’ unions can’t compel non-members to support political work – that was the case prior to Janus. That’s why there was an agency fee structure, that agency fee money supports other work that the union does on behalf of teachers. Mark Janus’ argument was that even the agency fee didn’t provide relief because everything the union does is political at some level. Essentially the question is how to balance compelling people to support that other union work even if they disagree with it against the free rider problem. The court decided that compelling was the greater constitutional problem. They could have come down more in the middle, but didn’t. This Bellwether deck has a lot of context and background.
Also at the court, Justice Kennedy announced his retirement, as you surely heard. Most immediately in education this heightens the stakes on the affirmative action cases now in the court and assuming President Trump appoints the next justice it seems increasingly likely that race-based affirmative action will be struck down. This case emerging from Harvard seems tailored made for Justice Robert’s views on that issue.
And there has been some talk about trying to get the court to revisit the landmark Rodriguez decision on constitutional rights to education. That seems like an even longer odds play now.