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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?

October 18, 2016

The Tyranny of (School) Choice

School choice is all the rage in education right now, but, to me, the only choice we need to make is this one: we need to commit to public education for everybody, not just for those lucky enough to win an enrollment lottery or lucky enough to have parents who live in the right zip code.

October 04, 2016

The Teacher Retirement Hoax

One of the most persistent, and frustrating, myths in education is the myth of the fatcat teacher stealing precious school dollars to sock away in her gold-plated pension fund. Don't believe it. You might be the victim of a hoax.

September 16, 2016

A Shortage of Well-Paid Teachers

The teacher shortage alarm has been sounded again. I would argue, though, that we don't just have a shortage of teachers on our hands; we have a shortage of well-paid teachers, and if we took steps to address it we might find the larger issue easier to tackle.

August 26, 2016

Pay Teachers More? Of Course We Should

There is an old argument about teaching and teacher pay making the rounds, masquerading as a powerful new insight. The argument is that improving the working conditions of teachers is more important than raising teacher pay. Come on now.

July 10, 2016

In Praise of Summer Vacation

It's that time of year, finally: school's out, for most of us, and we can start thinking about how to use the time wisely. I wish everybody had the same opportunities I have.

May 02, 2016

We Owe It to Ourselves to Fix Funding for Public Education

I know I may be preaching to the choir here, but our collective failure to secure better funding for education is a national embarrassment. Until we get serious about overhauling how we pay for education we're going to have a hard time solving all the other problems on our plate.

April 26, 2016

Let's Talk Solutions to the Teacher Shortage Problem

Last month Las Vegas was desperate for teachers; now Hawaii is too. Is there anything we can do to address these chronic teacher shortages?

March 22, 2016

We Have to Find a More Progressive Way to Fund Education

I need to do a little venting about deregulation and taxes. It all started when the bus pulled up to take my daughter to school.

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