If Charter Folk And Eduwonk Had A Baby…It Would Be…Wonky Folk! Plus Reader Reaction On deBoer And Philanthropy

Clearly, there are not enough middle-aged guys with podcasts. So Jed Wallace and I decided to address this market gap. Jed’s popular “Charter Folk” newsletter and his interviews focus on the charter sector and issues in and around it. I’ve been a guest a few times. It’s a great medium, despite that. Now, as I …

Maddox And I Talk Edu, Lazy Achievement Takes, Lazy Reading, Plus Enormous Fish

Holland & Knight sponsors a podcast about Washington policy, regulatory and political issues. I sat down with Lauren Maddox to talk education. Lauren’s first question was about the Pan Mass Challenge and why I ride in it every year, which was a lovely way to start. (Fundraising ends tomorrow!) Then we covered a range of …

You Think These Recent SCOTUS Cases Are Just The Biggest Thing, They’re Actually Sideshows For Most Of The People You Purport To Care About

I was overseas for a few weeks, and it seemed like a good time to be away. The end of June has become sort of unpleasant if you work in or around public policy because the Supreme Court is now just one more place where everyone has a predictable partisan rooting interest. On the student …

Can We Talk? Especially About What We Ought To Expect From Schools?

Apparently a Freddie deBoer column about education got spiked, he published it himself on his Substack this weekend: What follows is a piece that I was commissioned to write for an education publication called The Grade. On submission they declared that the piece was, quote, “too hot” for publication. As I said to them, that response demonstrates …

Readers React On Parental Rights And Philanthropy, Big Friday Fish, Plus Education & Politics

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Today, reader reactions to two recent posts, a couple of items not by me you may have missed, and a serious fish. Some selected reactions to the recent post on funders and risk. A few funders wrote to say, ‘hey we’re doing this!’ A few shared interesting examples of different kinds …

The Real Flashpoint In Virginia’s New Transgender Guidelines For Schools? Teacher Rights. Part 1 of 2

At last, we’ve found a teacher right progressives hate, and a parent right many conservatives don’t like either. There is a lot of attention, and a lot of inaccurate attention, on Virginia’s new model guidelines for schools and transgender students. Some articles can’t get through the lede without a mischaracterization. That’s politics today. It’s a …

Is A Revolt Against Education Elitism Brewing? And What Maverick Can Teach Schools

You’re starting to hear a real debate right now about whether the movement for transgender inclusion made a strategic error in emphasizing things like trying to get everyone to say that trans women are the same as biological women or elite sports participation rather than focusing on more immediate material concerns like formal discrimination. This sort …