Curmudgucation Digest (January 4)
Changing the year with more Common Core commentary, Pennsylvania education spending, the biggest ed win of the year, and more news from York, PA.
Somebody got the bright idea to see if the popular Value-Added Program was providing what it promised by asking actual users. Not good news for the VAAS folks.
The popular show (well, it's popular at my house, anyway) contains a few lessons for people who want to fix school systems.
NPR decided to profile the Common Core architect who isn't David Coleman. He still may need a clue or two.
PBS Newshour decided to do a little Common Core update. They may not have gotten all the pertinent information in there, but they did have fun.
People felt that Governor Corbett was letting the poor fall further and further behind in education. The AP did some research, and it turns out those feelings were correct.
Public education scored some big wins this year, but I believe the biggest one may have been the quietest one.
The requisite look back. I try to figure out what people were most concerned about this year.
Once again, the Department of Education argues that we need testing because teachers and parents are clueless (and maybe liars, too).
If you want to get those charters up and running, first you've got to cut taxpayers and voters out of the deal. More news about the removal of democracy from the operation of York schools.
The Mind Trust of Indianapolis has a successful history of pushing privatization and profiteering. Now they have a new success, and they're recruiting folks who would like to cash in.
A New Orleans writer tries to propose astro-turf groups as a viable alternative to teacher unions. Because reasons.
Teachers get together to make some recommendations for approaching accountability. Their suggestions are interesting.
A Gates-backed education group in Pittsburgh decides to stop pretending to be neutral and starts pushing for teacher reform-by-thunderdome.
Also, this week the mother ship blog passed one million views. Even so, I think I'll still keep my day job.