Loudoun County Situation Is Probably Worse Than You Thought – Certainly Worse Than You Were Told.

Over the past year and a half I wrote a few posts on Loudoun County and how the “narrative” about it was often at odds with the facts on the ground. From an October 2021 post: A common response to those posts was the idea this Loudoun controversy was all partisan, it was transphobic, it …

Loudoun County Backstory, DeVos’ Diligence, Bloomberg Punches, Empirical Music….

Happy New Year. K-12 education is the one issue where Democrats don’t think giving money and power to poor people is a good idea. And it’s the one issue where Republicans generally do. After two years of pandemic disruptions, parental frustration, and a political shift is 2022 the year we square that circle a bit? …

Loudoun Reporting, Emerging Democratic Education Problem, Overworked…More…

Matt Taibbi is going deep on Loudoun County ($). As we’ve discussed around here much of “narrative” about Loudoun County was at odds with the facts on the ground (this is one reason why the Republican effort to translate their Virginia success to national campaigns is not straightforward). This is important reporting that gets underneath …

Is It Too Late On Recovery Dollars? Plus,Times Tanks Loudoun, Ed Finance, And Assessment Access…

States and school districts don’t do a great job communicating about, or even being transparent about, student assessments. A cynic might say that’s by design. Recovering psychometrician and Bellwether analyst Michelle Croft on the parent side of that. In last week’s fish porn post, I was remiss in not pointing out that if things like …

Why Loudoun Matters…Where Are The Scouts?

The drip drip from Loudoun County, Virginia, in regard to a sexual assault incident(s) continues.  Today we learned, ONLY ON WTOP: Loudoun County’s superintendent notified the school board the same day a female student was sexually assaulted at Stone Bridge High School, according to an email obtained by WTOP. https://t.co/Re4vkD7H60 — WTOP (@WTOP) October 22, …

Boundaries, Degrees, And…No Kids, Everyone Wasn’t Doing It…Plus Loudoun’s Gonna Be A Tell…

At Bellwether we released an analysis last week looking at school boundaries and educational access. The analysis looks at the relationship between rental housing access, per-pupil funding, and school district boundaries in the 200 largest metropolitan areas. In particular, we look at three questions, access for low-income families, relationship between rental housing and PPE, and how …

The Real Flashpoint In Virginia’s New Transgender Guidelines For Schools? Teacher Rights. Part 2 of 2. 

In Part 1 we talked about the crux issue in the new Virginia transgender guidelines for schools (that a lot of people are dancing around). Is it OK for schools to conceal gender transitions from parents or is that the only way to be affirming for LGBT kids? Outside of exceptional circumstances concealing things from …

The All 133 Problem…Plus Daylight Savings And Schools

The Washington Post announced the other day that, I’m not a big fan of the snitch line, which as anyone who has seen The Simpsons or South Park could have predicted has not turned out well. Still two things happened. One, VA Dems seized on the “all 133” framing. And second, anyone who knows much of anything about …

On Boxing And Shortages…TJ Lawsuit & Scarce Schools, The Polls Are Bad For Dems, Good For Consensus…Judge Jackson & Edu…

Kojo Nnamdi is back on the air for a bit at Washington’s 88.5, I’ll be on with him discussing ed politics tomorrow at 3pm ET. Light posting lately. Too much work, and laissez les bons temps rouler. Except not in Ukraine. There are plenty of takes about how the Ukraine war actually reflects or refracts …

Gender Equity & Sports, Who Lost San Francisco?

New Bellwether publications on rural education out today, focusing on Colorado but with clear takeaways for other places.  In China, tonight U.S. time, the United States Women’s Hockey Team plays Canada for the Gold Medal. It’s actually hard to overstate how dominant these two teams are, and if you follow D1 women’s hockey you see …