Bellwether made a series of recommendations for an Ohio charter law overhaul, most found their way into the law. And it’s working. We can do this for your state, too! And you know who you are…(pdf)
Tight primary race in CA with education implications. Rep. Honda is one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet in politics but his likely opponent (they’re both Democrats, California has different rules) is more of an education reformer. Expect teachers unions to play heavy on this one.
He acknowledged that there is a widely held belief — apparently even among pre-teens — that his administration is an enemy of local charter sector. Now his administration is trying to reverse what de Blasio characterized as an unfair stereotype.
As it turns out he may only be opposed to charter schools run by Eva Moskowitz. So at least we know it’s not political.
Some education discussion in this Atlantic article on the role of intelligence. Sara Mead call your office, because this is how intelligent people talk about pre-K policy.
A Kansas school district wants to suspend students for “microaggressions.” Cue the lawyers. It’s well-established that students and teachers enjoy diminished free-speech rights in schools but they don’t forfeit all of them. And given the French Revolution quality of the microaggression conversation right now this seems like (a) a recipe for agenda-driven conflict and (b) an almost surefire way to turn what might have been teachable moments to help students learn into legalized conflicts.
Here’s a look at one lower-priced private school that’s opened in Washington, D.C. I’m surprised this idea has not gotten more attention. This is not the only school like this. There is a for-profit dimension to this particular story but more generally low-cost privates (for-and non-profit) seem like a potentially greater disruption to comfortable suburban schools than charters – because it’s harder to fight them off at the state capital.
Also, Teach to One and the leading edge of personalized learning.*
So I can get the back and forth with Tom Loveless and Checker Finn over NAEP levels and the basic disagreement there. And reasonable people can disagree because although you wouldn’t know it from all the rhetoric and certainty academic standards are just constructs, there is no absolute truth about what a 4th-grader ought to know. But, this Common Core sorta conspiracy theory from Ze’ev Wurman baffles me. Is the problem with Common Core that it’s too rigorous or not rigorous enough? Both? People do argue both. I guess Ze’ev is arguing they’re not rigorous enough but he also argues, like Loveless, that NAEP is unrealistic.
Here’s a nice Father’s Day story.
*New Classrooms is a past Bellwether client.