Columbus Debates, LearnZillion Raises, And A Safety For The Parent Trigger?

Surprised there has not been more attention on the data fraud story out of Columbus, Ohio (or the school lunch fraud in CA).  Now the state legislature is getting in on the action. Two former D.C. educators are getting traction with their LearnZillon company and just closed a $7m round of Series A financing for …

Arne Duncan And The Governors, More Parent Trigger, Plus Trivia and Reds!

They love each other! This AP story about overlap between Secretary Duncan and the Republican Governors is a solid check-in on the state of play and a good look at what’s happening behind the scenes and underneath the pundit chatter. But isn’t there an understory here that AP didn’t include?  Duncan does have good relations …

Trigger Happy: Are People Expecting Too Much From The Parent Trigger?

This week’s TIME School of Thought column takes a look at the hot issue of the “parent trigger.”  Big time pols weighing in, furious lobbying on both sides, and lots of action.  But what happens the day after the trigger is successfully pulled? If your child’s school is lousy, would you want the option to …

Parent Trigger, Teachers Union Triggered, Common Core, And Arne Duncan…Baller

WSJ’s David Feith digs into teachers union parent trigger pushback.   And NYSUT digs into the recent teacher evaluation deal in NY including some misinformation reported by The Washington Post.  A lot of bad information out there right now about how NY will work. Robert Pondiscio digs into the Common Core literacy issue (4th graf is …

Parents’ Rights Collision: What Does Public Mean Anyway?

Last week Harrisonburg, Virginia caught a lawsuit over its policy on transgender and gender questioning students. There are similar lawsuits pending elsewhere. There are a bunch of issues, but the crux one is language like this: When you scratch beneath the surface more and more people believe, thankfully, that public schools should be welcoming and inclusive …

More Parent (R)Evolution

We keep hearing about how “parent trigger” is anti-teacher and about privatizing schools. Whatever you think of the trigger idea (my thoughts here) it’s hard to argue that’s happened anywhere so far where trigger legislation has been used, and especially not in the latest trigger campaign – where they’re trying to fire administrators to help the …

Triggering Debate

Two takes on the Florida action on parent trigger.  Ron Matus here and Gloria Romero here. My take on the larger questions around parent trigger here via TIME. By the way, you can add Matus to that long list of respected media figures jumping to the reform world.  Is that more of a signal about …