PostSecondary And Higher Ed, Free Edits, Opt-Outs, Charters Stranger Than Fiction, Mathematica Evaluates Everything, ACT/SAT, Plus Commercial Fishing

A lot of higher education news today, it’s curated for you at RealClearEducation. It’s cold and rainy in D.C. and doesn’t feel like baseball weather but it’s also the Nationals home opener. And it’s Bobby Doerr’s birthday. He is 98 today. In birthday news closer to the education world today’s the birthday of a terrific education public servant who we won’t name here but who also moonlights as a race car driver. Happy birthday to her!

Everyone knows there was a golden age of retirement security for workers, right? Actually it’s a myth. Chad Aldeman explains here.

Before that are you sprinting, wandering, or straggling into a career? Jeff Selingo with a really interesting look at all that in 2016.

Tim Daly with a measured take on opt-outs. Strong opt-out pushback here highlighting the inescapable race/class dimensions. Marc Magee and Vallay Varro on what’s next in ed advocacy. Checker Finn says Trump is putting education reform at risk.

Post-secondary: Ed Trust looks at what happens to students after high school. Ed Week on that here. Ed Post: Remediation is expensive. Mathematica looks at college attainment and early career earnings of charter school graduates.  Charters have hardly solved the college going and college graduation problems facing low-income Americans. But some are making a dent. There is something to learn there if everyone would take a break from the stale debates.

Also today in ‘if you’re a hammer everything is a nail:’ HBO’s “Togetherness” as a charter school propaganda vehicle. I like the show well enough, but if it’s supposed to be charter propaganda it’s not good at it. But who needs fiction? Charter quality in Massachusetts very good, parents want more charters, yet it’s a big political circus.

I heard a household name Silicon Valley leader say recently how great it was that we’d solved the broadband problem. That will be news to a lot of rural educators.

Newtown teacher arrested on gun charge at school.  Mathematica with education results for girls in Africa.

SAT and ACT heading to high school market more:

“The testing companies are making a land grab,” said Scott Marion, the executive director of the Center for Assessment, a nonprofit that helps states design and evaluate tests.

Department of Education struggles to hold sham universities accountable, meanwhile Department of Homeland Security is setting them up.

This is awesome. Diane Ravitch writes:

Whitney Tilson and I don’t usually exchange emails. He is one of those hedge fund managers whom I often complain about; he is a big supporter of KIPP, TFA, and charters, and he frequently lambastes me (I never speak ill of him). But Whitney reaches out once in a while to tell me we have found common ground. For example, I complimented him when he publicly acknowledged that the online charter chain K12 does not offer good education. I liked that.

The context here is Whitney’s strong opposition (which I share) to the recent rash of discriminatory laws being passed in the south around the LGBT community. But really…so here at no charge is an edit of that graf to make things a little more clear if you’re scoring at home:

Whitney Tilson and I don’t usually exchange emails. He is one of those hedge fund managers whom I often complain about; he is a big supporter of KIPP, TFA, and charters, and he frequently lambastes me (I never speak ill of him but I do allow people to use my blog to call TFA murderers, say all manner of outrageous things about KIPP and charters, and use “hedge fund” as a pejorative. But anyway that’s them not me….But Whitney reaches out once in a while to tell me we have found common ground. For example, I complimented him when he publicly acknowledged that the online charter chain K12 does not offer good education  he was making a killing exploiting K12’s mistakes and short selling the company’s stock! I liked that.

How sweet.

Earlier this week in USN I took a look at internships, quality, and equity. 

Commercial fishing today. The Times on Sturgill Simpson. The entire audio and film of the Apollo 17 trip to the moon.

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