Author Archives: schooldog

The Long Hard Way Out of Sticky Bottom; Amarillo College and the Battle with Poverty

It’s harder to be poor. Many readers will acknowledge they have been charmed by a loan from a parent…. Continue reading

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

The truth secured to the underbelly of the myth is that prior privilege abides, and whites and accumulated wealth perpetuate; the poor and citizens of color are excluded from the spoils by institutional rigidities and other illness in the fabric. Continue reading

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

The god of testing may have run its course and its power diminished. The reduction of teaching and learning to its quantifiable data points, a child of market thinking and a need for accountability, is necessarily here with us to stay, but perhaps in a more proportional role Continue reading

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A Curious Thing Happened on the Way to School

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

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!

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

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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