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August 11, 2017

Farewell (and Cheerio) From the K-12 Contrarian

It's been three years and 111 posts. It's time to say goodbye to the K-12 Contrarian.

March 18, 2017

Why Is Mulvaney Opposed to Feeding Poor Kids at School?

Mick Mulvaney, the reverse Robin Hood, thinks after school programs that provide food to kids are a waste of money and an insult to hard working Americans. What world does he live in?

March 02, 2017

Some Things You Can Do to Support Public Education Now

Yesterday a group of students here at Gettysburg College, where I teach, organized a Solidarity Rally. I was invited to speak at this rally and I'm glad I did. I also thought it might be helpful to share those ideas here. Maybe we can start a conversation ourselves about what to do next.

February 07, 2017

And What If DeVos Is Confirmed?

I think Betsy DeVos will be confirmed when the Senate votes on her nomination later today. Is there any silver lining in this at all?

January 18, 2017

Betsy DeVos Fails the Test

Betsy DeVos endured her confirmation hearing yesterday, as you probably know. It doesn't look, to me, like she earned a passing grade.

January 11, 2017

Obama's Legacy for Education Policy

Barack Obama leaves office with a decidedly mixed legacy when it comes to education policy. But he also leaves behind a legacy of integrity and honesty that we're going to miss.

December 18, 2016

Pennsylvania's Government Pension Crisis (Part One)

We have a full-blown pension crisis on our hands in Pennsylvania, but it's obvious what's happening here because we've seen this movie before: engineer a failure in a public system (or sit idly by while it happens), then blame the system for its failure. If we know the play maybe we can come up with a decent way to defend it.

December 02, 2016

Now Can We Talk About Standards?

I'll say it: creating more opportunities for choice without making any attempt to establish a baseline of quality is not just irresponsible, it's unconscionable. Yet it looks like exactly what we're about to do. Buckle your seatbelts, folks.

October 27, 2016

Want to Change Things in Education? Better Get a Plan

Change is a natural part of life. Educators, of all people, should be able to see the need for change before others do. But you have to have a plan to make lasting change, and too many educational leaders don't seem to understand that.

October 22, 2016

Charter School Funders Shouldn't Be Paying for Research on Charter Schools, Should They?

Should people who fund charter schools also be funding research studies on charter school effectiveness? If that seems like a conflict of interest to you, you're not alone.

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