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The Importance of Local School Board Elections

Via @LearningFirst.  Thought this apropos given Tuesday evening’s School Board meeting. A sample:

Local contests, school board elections for instance, are just one casualty of the national hype, yet they are crucial to the vitality of our democracy.

Public education is vital to the health of communities, raising property values and attracting employers and strengthening the local economy. Electing thoughtful committed citizens to local boards is an investment in our future as a country; it’s a responsibility – whether as a voter or candidate – we as a society should take to heart.

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A little graph I made this morning, based on last night’s events.  Check my live-tweets of the meeting here, as well as those of Joey Garrison.

A little graph I made this morning, based on last night’s events.  Check my live-tweets of the meeting here, as well as those of Joey Garrison.

If Rich Parents Can't Choose Schools Well, How Can Anybody?

An interesting perspective via @MrPABruno and @alexanderrusso

Biddle is exactly right that when parents pony up for tuition at Sidwell Friends they’re not paying for the education so much as they’re paying for things like the ability to signal social status. If the wealthiest families don’t choose schools exclusively - or even primarily - on the basis of educational quality, however, then why should we expect anything different in the case of less fortunate families?

Elite private school practices - high costs, small classes, broad curriculum - threaten much of the reform agenda, but in their defensiveness reformers often try to have it both ways. If wealthy parents choose schools poorly, then the case for expanding school choice is undermined. On the other hand if wealthy parents choose schools well, then the criteria by which reformers judge school quality are probably too narrow.

Hit the link for the rest.  Interesting to note (as one commenter did) that this somewhat ignores the argument that choice is good for its own sake, rather than simply as a lever of education reform and gap-narrowing (the latter instrumentalist argument being the more predominant one).

via theatlantic:

Chicago Teachers Union Strikes Go Too Far
[Image: @DanielStrauss4]

via theatlantic:

Chicago Teachers Union Strikes Go Too Far

[Image: @DanielStrauss4]

Source: The Atlantic

via pewresearch:

Chicago teachers are on strike as of this morning, due to a labor union dispute. Do you think labor unions are important? According to our latest political values survey, nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans agree that labor unions are necessary to protect the working person, while 33% disagree. Read more:http://pewrsr.ch/M0GY2P

via pewresearch:

Chicago teachers are on strike as of this morning, due to a labor union dispute. Do you think labor unions are important? According to our latest political values survey, nearly two thirds (64%) of Americans agree that labor unions are necessary to protect the working person, while 33% disagree. Read more:http://pewrsr.ch/M0GY2P

Source: pewresearch

Via thepeoplesrecord:

Watch Chicago teachers on strike marching through the streets live.

Via thepeoplesrecord:

Watch Chicago teachers on strike marching through the streets live.

Source: chicagonow.com

Via ilovecharts:

Fruit For Teachers

Via ilovecharts:

Fruit For Teachers

Source: survivingtheworld.net

Via nypl:

For this back-to-school edition of Mustache Monday, we bring you James C. Moore, principal and founder of the East Tennessee Industrial School. For more images, see  “Sketch book of Livingstone College and East Tennessee Industrial School, Salisbury, N.C.” 
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / General Research and Reference Division

Via nypl:

For this back-to-school edition of Mustache Monday, we bring you James C. Moore, principal and founder of the East Tennessee Industrial School. For more images, see
Sketch book of Livingstone College and East Tennessee Industrial School, Salisbury, N.C.

Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture / General Research and Reference Division

Source: nypl

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You take a look at tweets like this one:

and this one:

Put them together with pages like this one and this one …

And you realize that there’s a whole world of homeschooling parents that are a burgeoning profit center for K12 Inc.

theatlantic:

Should Kids Go to Jail for Skipping School?

For their part, education experts welcome the focus on attendance but say fines and threats of jail are the wrong approach for all but exceptional cases. “We’re paying more attention because education is more necessary than ever before,” said Joanna Heilbrunn, senior research and policy analyst at the National Center for School Engagement. “But there is always a reason a kid is not in school, and just fining the family doesn’t do anything. Most families are low income and the barriers stem from income issues.”

Read more. [Image: llike/Shutterstock]

theatlantic:

Should Kids Go to Jail for Skipping School?

For their part, education experts welcome the focus on attendance but say fines and threats of jail are the wrong approach for all but exceptional cases. “We’re paying more attention because education is more necessary than ever before,” said Joanna Heilbrunn, senior research and policy analyst at the National Center for School Engagement. “But there is always a reason a kid is not in school, and just fining the family doesn’t do anything. Most families are low income and the barriers stem from income issues.”

Read more. [Image: llike/Shutterstock]

Source: The Atlantic

I also have a blog, in case you're interested.

Longer-form stuff. Research, education legislation, litigation, coverage of local, state, and national whatnot.

Source: nashvillejefferson.com

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via @mcandler and sparktruck:

Yesterday afternoon, FastCo.Design posted an awesome writeup about our project (thanks Mark and Debbe) and our mission to bring creativity and problem solving confidence to kids across America.  I’d like to share a bit more about what we’re trying to with this trip and how you might be able to help out.  Together, let’s spark a movement to bring more creative exploration to kids. 

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Source: sparktruck

Patent for “Teachers Strategies Tools Aprons.”  That’s right, this was granted.  Not really sure how this meets the “nonobvious” test, but, you know…

Patent for “Teachers Strategies Tools Aprons.”  That’s right, this was granted.  Not really sure how this meets the “nonobvious” test, but, you know…

Head Start is on the chopping block.  This is a terrible, terrible idea.  See my blog posts on Pre-K here and here.

Via amprog:

Head Start is on the chopping block during the sequestration debate: As many as 80,000 children could lose access to Head Start’s comprehensive services and more than 30,000 teachers, administrators, and support staff could lose their jobs.

Source: amprog