Wisconsin is dominating the news. Count me among those who think it is significant for a bunch of reasons – but not because of November’s presidential contest. What jumps out at me from last night are two figures (a) 38 percent of people with a union member in their household went for Scott Walker according to exits. That’s a wake-up call given the context of this election. And (b) voters in San Jose passed a serious pension reform 70-30. That’s actually a bigger wake-up call, in my view. More on what it might mean soon.
Elsewhere, in The Times Michael Winerip takes Newsweek to task on high school rankings. I wish he’d taken a look at the U.S. News list (full disclosure I helped design the methodology at its inception) because although you see some usual suspects at the top and in the top 100 you also see some very diverse and open-admission schools.
Aspire Public Charter Schools are coming to Memphis. This is a big deal. And they join others in the state. The big issue here to watch is the differences in state finance for charters (pdf). That’s going to raise a host of issues as more charter networks operate nationally. Will states respond by improving charter finance? Or will we see resistance from policymakers in higher spending states? Unfortunately I’d bet on the latter. Stay tuned.
Chris Cerf throws the gauntlet down in New Jersey.
In Louisiana Jefferson Parish Public Schools are hiring for a lot of interesting roles. And Ithaca Public Schools, they just managed to lure spectacular principal Matt Landahl to be their Chief Elementary Officer is hiring for several roles including Chief Excellence Officer. Most common reaction to that title here.