We’ve had a lot of interesting guestbloggers through Eduwonk including teachers and administrators (kindergarten teacher Alice in Eduland is really up to some cool stuff these days) Steve Barr, Randi Weingarten, Chris Cerf, Diane Ravitch, Richard Whitmire, Michael Robbins, Eric Hanushek, Sara Mead and others but no one gets reviews and requests for encores like Michael Goldstein, the founder of the MATCH school in Boston and MATCH’s new graduate school of education. So while I take a week away from the blog next week, he’s agreed to stop by to inform, entertain, and provoke you. In other words, as longtime readers know, Goldstein’s gonna go wild.
New TNTP report coming about “the irreplacables” the teachers we can’t afford to lose. Event in DC Monday July 30.
LA Times: Schools not told about test questions being posted online. OK, but LA Times readers were told… And I heard about this from a few folks while calling around for this column a few months ago – and I live on the East Coast!
Also in CA, it’s obviously all about what’s best for the kids… Seriously, we can’t even reform the system to do more to make sure that adults who are dangerous to children are not near them? I know local teachers union leaders who are genuinely pained by the frequent assertion in the media that they would defend someone who abuses children. But when stuff like this happens at the policy level it’s simply untenable and indefensible for everyone.
Don’t look for an ESEA reauthorization bill anytime soon – policy insiders are starting to talk about the next midterm election in the timeline – but in the meantime Morgan Polikoff and Andrew McEachin take a look at the lowest performing 5 percent and implications for accountability systems (pdf).
New York Charter School Center (BW works with them) has their new data report out, again let’s you slice and dice NY charter school data. And new federal student loan rules here via Fed Register and some fiscal and marketing advice about them from Jason Delisle and Alex Holt here.