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May 21, 2015

The School Board Was Not for Sale After All, But the Fight Continues

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.

May 14, 2015

School Board for Sale

A local developer appears to want to buy five votes on our nine-member school board. What might the cost be for the rest of us?

May 05, 2015

Common Core Is Not a Government Takeover

You may have heard that Common Core is a "government takeover" of education. You heard wrong. But there is government interference to be concerned about, and it's probably happening near you.

April 30, 2015

Can School Reform Save Baltimore?

School reformers, especially the ones pushing "no excuses" approaches to school change, have made at least an implicit promise that their approach to fixing schools will work. Baltimore seems to be telling us something else.

April 14, 2015

The Assault on Public Education Continues in North Carolina

Our friends down in North Carolina have been engineering a revolution in state government ever since it looked like the state might change its political stripes. Much of it seems to be built on the idea that public things need to be dismantled. You can bet public education is in the crosshairs.

April 07, 2015

Social Studies Is Dead; Long Live Social Studies!

A former student of mine stopped in yesterday with a story to tell—and a good one, at that.

March 31, 2015

No, Really, Don't Become a Teacher... Unless You Do This

Nancie Atwell just one the "Nobel Prize of Teaching," and promptly warned young people not to become teachers. I don't blame her for the frustration, but here's my attempt to be a little more hopeful.

March 24, 2015

Is It Time to Abolish the School Board?

Maybe it's sour grapes, or maybe it's a great idea: I just can't stop thinking about the possibilities that would open up if we just abolished the local school board.

March 18, 2015

I Ran for School Board... And I'm Kind of Sorry I Lost

A spot opened on our local school board last week so I applied for it. Of course I wasn't chosen, but it was an interesting process.

March 07, 2015

Does the Teacher Matter or Not?

It's taken as an article of faith among proponents of value-added teaching evaluation that teachers are the single most important variable determining student success in school. But what if the statisticians inadvertently used their own research to undermine the central premise of their argument?

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