ESEA! Native Students, Newark Ed Tech, Calpers Fees, Virginia’s Ed Issues, Hill And Jochim on Politics, Mobility, Keg Tossing!

Get the latest on ESEA here. Short version of this memo: Please vote for things like the ESEA rewrite.

Enjoyed this David Brooks column. Mentions a few Bellwether clients and friends of Bellwether (and the Dunkelman book really is good if you’re looking for a holiday book for a reader in your family).

A look at the federal government’s schools for native students. Enormous problems, but always important to keep in mind that most native students attend traditional public schools  – and are not currently well served there either.

Fredrichs to be argued on January 11th. Background here.

What if the fees Calpers pays to private equity are not too high? Paul Hill and Ashley Jochim on cities and education politics and politics.  It’s unclear if Illinois is governable. Geographic mobility and social mobility. Campbell Brown profile.

What’s the point of giving lots of money to groups so you can pass awards around if stuff like this happens as a result? For the record, I have trouble believing NEA President Lily Eskelsen Garcia would say that so her explanation seems legit. But still!

Big progress on ed tech in Newark. This is the kind of thing leadership can accomplish that doesn’t get a lot of attention with the media and activist focus on the flashpoint issues like eval or school closures.

Mesecar: Innovate in education Virginia!

Last week I wrote about why I’m becoming a Missouri fan.

New keg tossing record. Bullshit, unpacked.

3 Replies to “ESEA! Native Students, Newark Ed Tech, Calpers Fees, Virginia’s Ed Issues, Hill And Jochim on Politics, Mobility, Keg Tossing!”

  1. Missing from the Weekly Standard article is the undeniable fact that she has lied with her assertion that the teachers and their unions prevent police from arresting teachers who are accused of sexual abuse of students.
    Interestingly, the one person in recent memory who refused to remove a teacher accused of sexual abuse was Michelle Rhee while chancellor of DCPS. She admitted it to Jeff Chu of Fast Company.

  2. Ironic that you liked Brooks’ piece since reform is mostly about test scores. He may have mentioned your clients, but he did not mention major charters like KIPP and the no excuses zealots.

  3. Given that teachers’ unions are used to making some of the most powerful politicians in the country dance on a string, they’re not happy about the emergence of Campbell Brown as a politically influential voice in education reform. She’s well-connected, independent, and has deep pockets. Perhaps most important, she’s a former A-list broadcast journalist, and her communication skills are superb. Consequently, union leaders don’t just disagree with Brown—they feel intense personal hatred.

    This is the kind of writing that’s hard to respond to because I don’t even recognize the reality Hemingway speaks of. In my reality, there is not a single national-stage politician who clearly stands for public education, teachers or teachers unions. In my reality, rank and file teachers are repeatedly complaining about national union leaders who gladly tie themselves up so that they can dance to whatever tune the politicians pipe. Are there people who “intensely hate” Brown personally? I don’t know. She tweeted at me once. It wasn’t unpleasant. But mostly I don’t think much about her. In the reformster landscape, she’s one more well-funded pro-charter anti-teacher shill, probably a little less effective than many.

    Campbell Brown is about as accurate and truthful about education as The Center for Medical Progress is with abortion and Planned Parenthood.

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