Alyson Klein notes that the testing wars have quieted down. Yes, but. Might it be that they’ve quieted down because tests are increasingly not consequential in many (though not all) places? In other words, people said they didn’t want ‘testing for testing’s sake’ but that seems to be in effect the compromise regime in a lot of places.
I find the New Orleans story encouraging because of both the academic progress and the willingness to grapple with these shortcomings. Parents here know the progress is real, because their children have benefited from it. But they also know that the charter schools aren’t a magic bullet.
Where theory meets reality: Here’s an article worrying that teachers don’t get a say on state boards of education. I guess that’s true if you ignore the lobbying apparatus around those boards and the backgrounds of people on the boards themselves – many of which are a textbook example of regulatory capture. To be clear, teachers should have a voice on these boards – so should other stakeholders and arguably a bigger problem is the lack of meaningful student input – it’s just awfully hard to argue they don’t now in practice.
Look at education consultant and pride of North Carolina Simmons Lettre with this fish! Her biggest yet on a fly rod.
Lettre who worked with New American Schools, ERS, and Charter Board Partners, which she co-founded, before going independent had some downtime in Colorado this week so she went fishing. Why not, right? And then this happened.
In this archive of hundreds of pictures of education types with fish dating back 12 years you can find some of Jane Hannaway and Paul Herdman on the same river near Basalt, Colorado, a lovely town in an area recently hit by wildfire (get the huevos rancheros at Two Rivers and you can fish all day on a full stomach).
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Lina Bankert is a partner on Bellwether’s Strategic Advising team. Her husband, Andy, and son, Cody, like to go fishing and here they are with a great catch from earlier this month. Cody caught it. Up in Michigan, as you can tell.
Fish bigger than kid is always a good look.
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Here’s a round up of Janus inoculation laws. Some of this will face trouble in the courts because of the Alito opinion in the case but if you’re a legislator with ties to the unions these are political freebies so look for more bills to come.