Should schools be worried about "customer service"? After today, I'm thinking maybe ours should.

I'm going on vacation—but, first, a little rumination on what I hope will happen while I'm gone.

Providing inconsistent funding for schools, and especially tying it to the political process, is a recipe for mediocrity. Let's start a conversation about addressing this problem.

Are we paying too much for education or not enough? As investments in public education continue to shrink, so, too, do our hopes of ever leveling the proverbial playing field.

If the first things you think of when you think of scoring the tests associated with Common Core are cheeseburgers and Craigslist, then two things may be true about you: you have probably never been a teacher, and you probably work for Pearson. Why aren't teachers the ones grading Common Core exams?

Another teacher with outstanding potential is set to leave the classroom. Should we blame her teacher education program for that, or a larger culture that denigrates teaching and narrows our definition of educational success?

School's out, and that means it's time again for report cards. In the spirit of the season, I have decided to issue a report card of my own. I want to share the wealth and make sure the schools that my kids attend have a taste of that accountability too.

Think you have what it takes to send a kid to kindergarten? You may want to check your medical records and family vacation logs first.

Everybody wants children to be safe at school. Did you know there's an industry popping up to make sure you don't spend too much time thinking about the unexpected consequences of that?

The good news is that the local super-PAC candidates all lost their bids for seats on the school board; the bad news is that we pretty much sent the same board we already had back to work. There is plenty more work to do.


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