Items to wrap up the week:
On the school choice front, overall the new changes to the voucher program in Milwaukee make sense (yes, requiring teachers to have a bachelor’s degree is an “input” but the input v. output debate can quickly become reductio ad absurdum, a B.A. is hardly an unreasonable standard for teachers. Howard Fuller’s comments on all of it are pretty telling (some backstory on all that here). And, Mike Petrilli notes some interesting data from the new Condition of Education.
On higher education this David Frum column is worth reading and this Kevin Carey. Rick Hess, Mark Schneider, and Andrew Kelly paper (pdf) is must-reading. It’s also sparking a lot of buzz along this whole leaky pipeline issue.
Here’s a good achievement gap op-ed from MI with more evidence that the further you get from vested interests, the more in demand Teach For America teachers are…And in a HuffPo op-ed former Secretary of Education Richard Riley previews the big Carnegie report on math and sciecne that is moving next week.
This June 9th AEI event on courts and school reform looks like it could be very lively. And the Young Education Professionals are having a happy hour on June 16th with DC City Council Chairman Gray. You can join their Google Group here, or email the organizer here.
The UN’s World Food Programme has new resources for students and teachers.
And looking for an edujob? The Education Trust needs a legislative director.