Odds & Ends, Moses, Two Times Heds, SAT, CRT, All Your Acronym Culture Wars…More…Plus, Now With Extra Skunk!

Last week’s mention of Skunk Works got a lot of great feedback, there is definitely a cult of people in education who for various reasons have an affinity for the methods, ethos, or style. If you want to learn more about why, you can read Kelly Johnson’s autobiography – it’s of the period for sure, but a firsthand account. I’d recommend Ben Rich’s Skunk Works for a comprehensive take. There is also Beyond The Horizons, the broader account of Lockheed.

Bob Moses, who personified the link between education and civil rights and full participation in American life, has passed at 86.

ICYMI: Last week Bellwether released this policy brief on using ARP dollars to diversify the educator workforce. 

It’s never enough. A tale of two Times heds:

Original on this Times story about the ARP dollars and schools:

Schools Get a Stimulus Windfall, but Find That It May Not Be Enough

Current one:

Schools Are Receiving $129 Billion in Stimulus Aid. Where Is It Going?

The first one, coming at a time most states are running OK on their budgets, is definitely more on point as an explainer for the sector than the second one, which seems actually intended to be an explainer?

It’s getting pretty testy out there part 1. And part 2 here via Politico. I’ve noted here that this seems combustible and if you think it’s all Chris Rufo and right wing parents, you spend too much time on Twitter and should get out more. That landed like the lead balloon you’d expect but here’s Politico:

But those Democrats appear to be underestimating parents’ anger in places where critical race theory is top of mind. Objections to new equity plans are not the sole province of conservatives but extend to many moderate and independent voters, according to POLITICO interviews with school board members, political operatives and activists in Democratic and left-leaning communities including the Northern Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C.; Palm Beach County, Fla.; New York’s Westchester County; Maricopa County covering Phoenix, Ariz.; and suburban Detroit.

Charter school funding and students with disabilities.

Caitlin Flanagan throws cold water on the dump the SAT zeitgeist.

What I’m listening to: These Billy and the Kids shows with Billy Strings from Red Rocks earlier this month are sweet.