Some chatter about yesterday’s Times story on Teach For America. One can hold out hope that at some point reporters will actually parse the quality and explanatory leverage of research rather than piling studies up or simply equating them, but it’s a good bet Michael Winerip won’t be leading that charge.
But the important story buried in The Times that hasn’t gotten a lot of attention was the July 4 article about coming changes in the education programs at Rikers. Tim Lisante, quoted in the article, and Cami Anderson, the superintendent of District 79 in NYC, have been at this for a while and this reorganization is a big deal and big step forward. If it’s done right it holds promise to improve the quality of schooling for students on Rikers and serve as a model.