Ed Tech & Equity, Plus Korman And Pilnik, Pimentel, Pensions In CA, Tomorrow’s CA Fallout Today, Hess/Addison, GAO, More…

Hailly Korman and Lisa Pilnik on why education for adjudicated students doesn’t measure up, in more ways than one.

Keep an eye on this California pension case – a lot going on here. Don’t miss Jerry Brown taking the case from the AG…says a lot about the politics here.

Lauren Camera gets international.

Sue Pimental on the vital blocking and tackling to improve reading instruction. 

GAO on equity and college-going.

A lot of money being spent on the Marshall Tuck race in California. (Full disclosure I think he’d made a great state chief there.) In politics winning forgives a lot, but if Tuck doesn’t win it’s worth asking (a) what the effect will be on how funders think about education politics and (b) how other politicians (and African-American politicians in particular) will perceive education reform funders, especially given the political landscape this cycle?

Elsewhere in politics, Betsy DeVos’ family gives a lot of money to political candidates and causes. When she took office she pledged that she or her husband would not make political donations. I didn’t quite get that, her pledging for herself is one thing, but I’ve never gotten far telling my spouse what to do...Anyway, he/she doesn’t seem to be keeping the deal. 

Ed Tech and Equity.

A fundamental question in ed tech is whether the ability to scale quality is the one thing that might drive equity across zip codes or whether it’s going to just result in a new kind of inequity. Given how these things usually play out I’m more concerned about the latter than excited by the former. But people can disagree and I hope to be surprised. This article in The Times takes a look at that question.

Also this: 

“This is scar tissue talking. We’ve made every mistake in the book, and I think we got it wrong with some of my kids,” Mr. Anderson said. “We glimpsed into the chasm of addiction, and there were some lost years, which we feel bad about.”

I know a lot of parents who feel that way, I do, too.

This Hess – Addison article is sparking debate, discussion, outrage (and some Common Core craziness, because of course).

Someday we’ll be together.

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