Who says there’s no federal government support for k-12 program development? K-12Leads readers know such RFPs are out there, but you have to be looking and ready to pounce when they arise.

The State Board of Education shall develop a list of recommended conflict resolution and mediation materials, models and curricula that are developed from evidence-based practices and positive behavior intervention supports to address responsible decision making... and nonviolent methods for resolving conflict.

Businessmen and women were our best allies against the narrowing of the curriculum and opposing a destructive "testing culture."

There’s nothing inherently evil in student information systems or the data they create. They don’t fire teachers – people do. The disruptions they create stem from the basic question of all management – who will decide? At current course and speed its clear that administrators will. It’s no surprise they tend to hold teachers solely accountable.

Education agencies of all sizes are accelerating a trend to outsource a key human resource function.

Individual teacher accountability is coming. The only question facing teachers is whether they are going to live under the very unfavorable system that is bound to evolve at the current course and speed of k-12 education policy and practice, or work to develop a realistic option for something different. That option is the accountability regime of legally recognized professions.

The combination of more children, more working parents, public spending pressures created by more retirees, and a thinner wage-earning tax base to support public education spending is likely to add up to more consumerism in the education marketplace in the years to come.

As a matter of law, professional work involves three key attributes: personal liability, autonomy and self-regulation. By these criteria, teaching is no profession, but should be. A true teaching profession would help the school improvement industry a great deal and accelerate k-12s advancing state of the art. But its up to teachers.

I value doing over knowing. Good ideas are not "the long pole in the tent" of school reform. If Ray Budde, Al Shanker, Ted Kolderie and Paul Hill were never born, the idea of contracting out core public school activities would have found its way into the world. The shortage is the people who stop what are doing, risk everything to turn new ideas into reality, and succeed.

What’s problematic is the requirement for three years of experience with single sex schools in a district like Atlanta.


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