Si, Se Puede; a Hopeful Slice of School Change and Its Politics

Summary: Intervention in poverty via the schoolhouse continues to be a viable avenue, but what is the state of funding and political will? Continue reading

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Is the God of Testing Dead? Or Just More Dimly Lit in the Firmament?

Summary – With the shift in educational decision making to the states under ESSA, testing can be expected to diminish in its relative importance, but retain a proportional role alongside such comprehensive measures of student outcome as educational attainment, employment, and avoidance of legal entanglements. Continue reading

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A Curious Thing Happened on the Way to School

Summary: In the intersection of social media movements and red state parsimony grass roots teachers’ strikes erupt in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky. Continue reading

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The Battle on the Horizon: An Assault on Teachers’ Unions

Summary: In a replay of past legal challenges to private sector unions’ ability to organize workers, conservative donors and foundations line up to challenge public sector unions, which eventually may put teachers’ salaries and their collective political clout in harm’s way. Continue reading

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Bring Those Charters into the House!

Summary: Charters are gaining ground. High time for public school boards, including Seattle’s, to make their peace, authorize a limited number of charters over time, and harness their creative energy. Continue reading

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Yet in the Shadows: School Topics for the Light of Day

Summary: Institutional leadership in the charter era, the fate of a deep student underclass, and the teaching of civics are three topics which mistakenly get short shrift in the current conversation around schools. Continue reading

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Dubious Tales: Don’t Build It and They Won’t Come

Summary: While the Seattle School Board votes to fight a zoning waiver for a new Green Dot charter high school, the Board members seem to ignore complex forces gathering at their door. Continue reading

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