Bonnie O’Keefe on unified enrollment via a conversation with Shannon Fitzgerald.
CRPE is a great outfit I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with over the years in a few capacities. And its founder Paul Hill has been a good mentor to me, Robin Lake who leads it now is a wonderful colleague and friend. I was disappointed to miss their anniversary celebration because professional commitments had me elsewhere but don’t miss these papers looking at some foundational issues coming out of it.
Here’s a Liz Farmer article on how education funding ballot initiatives fared badly in states with teacher strikes. It seems counterintuitive but it makes more sense if you think about the context in those states, which is pressure on public finance and complicated finance pictures. Pressure on teacher compensation is coming from within the education system, too. (Yes, the calls are coming from inside the house…)
I don’t know why people are talking their way around this: There is a tension in politics today that if you are someone who wants to see President Trump held accountable, but you also support expanding school choice you have something of a choice to make because charter politics are not great right now. Those are the electoral politics, the governing politics will be interesting to watch the next few years to see just how politically vulnerable charter schools remain. Here’s a look at where governors (including new ones) are on school choice.
Guys, you are not going to believe this: If you ask ten people for a definition of personalized learning you get ten different answers….
I would argue that unschooling is (a) pretty cool and interesting (b) likely to remain marginal and (c) needs a better metaphor than being the “Uber of education.”
This look at youth sports is worth checking out. In addition to the equity arguments it raises, I’ve come to agree with the idea that the way we do sports contributes to other health problems in our country. The constant weeding out makes people think sports are for other people, not for them, and contributes to the problem of inactive adults. That’s not to say we shouldn’t have elite sports for kids, but rather that we should encourage more robust recreation teams and not have all sports funnel into high school so young people have more opportunities to keep playing. That helps address the dream hoarding argument in a constructive way. Because if the idea is to keep people from doing what’s best for their kids, well, good luck with that. But we can collectively and individually take steps not to make sure the ladder isn’t getting pulled up behind less economically fortunate Americans.