NY Equity Debate, CA Results, Jim Ryan’s Commencement, Parent Rights, Civics, More!

Good overview of the California ed stakes/results last night. Big debate in New York City over admissions to the city’s selective public high schools, which function as their own school system within the school system. They’re not at all diverse relative to the demographics of the public school population in the city. People fall roughly […]

Posted on Jun 6, 2018 @ 12:12pm

Free College…But Wait, There’s More! ESSA Plans, Civic Ed, DeVos’ Visits, Choices, And Boat! Plus Jim Ryan Returning to C’ville. More!

Bonnie O’Keefe on teacher turnover and school improvement work. Phillip Burgoyne-Allen on Constitution Day and civic ed. Ashley Mitchel and Chad Aldeman on ESSA plans. (Plus other ESSA takes). New documentary on the digital divide – premieres on Nat’l Geo on 9/26. Preview here. There are a bunch of ways to support Americans in pursuing post-secondary education […]

Holiday Books

People said they liked last year’s book list, so here we go again for this year. Like half my friends I’m hoping to find the new Grant biography and Against the Grain in my stocking on Christmas morning. But rather than a wishlist, here are a handful of the books, new and old but more off the […]

Friedrichs’ 4-4 Split, Is Giving The Poor Choice A Bridge Too Far For Today’s Facebook Social Justice Warriors? Emory Chalking, ACT, SAT, And Native Ed, Catholic School Comeback? Charters, Diddy’s Charter, School Boundaries, Grade Inflation, Volcanoes!

As expected ruling just came down, Friedrichs is a 4-4 split (pdf). Stay tuned for new justice… Kelly Robson and Andy Smarick on a renaissance for Catholic schools: But over the last decade or so, some corners of Catholic education—a field long wedded to traditional ways—have embraced a series of innovative reforms. New approaches to instruction, governance, […]

Friday Fish Pic – Take A Kid Fishing

Here’s a lovely picture of the daughter of Ellevation’s Jordan Meranus enjoying a day on the Colorado River near its headwaters last month. It’s not her first time on the blog, here’s one from 2007. If you want to browse the world’s largest collection of education types with fish, more than 100 pictures, including – […]

Two Romney Reactions

Jim Ryan is bullish on the choice components of Romney’s ed plan. I think there is a lot less there than he hopes. Doesn’t this line from the Romney paper (pdf), “adopt open-enrollment policies that permit eligible students to attend public schools outside of their school district that have the capacity to serve them” have […]

Friday Fish Porn – Follow-Up Edition

Jim Ryan’s new book, Five Miles Away, is now out .   It’s a good read and great analytic perspective.  But, rather than promoting it Jim is instead worried about correcting misperceptions about his fish handling skills!  He brought his own fish porn when he guestblogged here last month, but strongly objects to this characterization of […]

Posted on Sep 3, 2010 @ 2:39pm

LA Story, Edujobs, & More

A reader emails: “I keep checking eduwonk to get your take on the LA dustup (that I think marks a real turning point in teacher accountability), but all I see is a dead fish!”  Indeed.  Just getting back. Big thanks to Jim Ryan, Sarah Usdin & Neerav Kingsland, Becca Bracey, Hae-Sin Thomas, Tim Daly, Victor […]