Durbin & Ward, Synder On Shootings, DI Pops Again, Pensions, And What Do Ho Chi Minh And The Next Massachusetts Education Commissioner Have In Common?

Bill Durbin and Tresha Francis Ward talk academic strategy work. Chad Aldeman on teacher pension plans: Expensive doesn’t mean generous. Hailly Korman on school discipline disparities.

Steve Synder on school shootings.

Do charter schools help other schools?

DI metanalysis.

Ho Chi Minh said that he worked in the kitchen at the Parker House hotel in Boston. Jack Kennedy had his bachelor party there. And on Friday aspirants to be the commonwealth’s next education commissioner will do public interviews there. Jonas reviews the bidding on the Massachusetts commissioner search. Three good choices. Related, Lawrence, Mass, is a legit success story but one that I still haven’t seen fully told in terms of the context and conditions underlying it, which is pretty key to the collaboration narrative.

Emphasis on bathroom bills lessening in states along with culture wars. Not surprising because voters punished politicians in both parties who focused on this stuff more than the economy. Looking forward: This is painful for kids today, but will be a non-issue before long. Why? Demographics. Younger voters just don’t care what bathroom someone chooses to use or how they identify in the first place.

College in 2018 – collaboration or competition?

SUPES Academy and undisclosed payments, sound familiar?

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens (and former Eduwonk guestblogger) certainly has his hands full lately on the scandal front, but it’s hard to see exactly what the news or scandal is here with this Ken Zeff story. In other words, taping your mistress to workout equipment to get leverage on her with pictures is not the real scandal – no, it’s consorting with charter school supporters!

Norah Jones and Keith Richards.

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“Seats At The Table,” Weisberg’s Tweet Game, And The Odds Don’t Look Good For Teachers Unions At SCOTUS. Plus, Ron Berger On Citizenship And Ed, School Choice Data, Caps #37, More!

We hosted a screening today for this film at Bellwether’s DC office. It’s about an education program in a secure facility in Virginia – and an education for all involved. Contact me if you’d like to be connected with the filmmaker – Chris Farina.

Short the teachers unions?

Look, I don’t want to say the teachers unions are doomed at the Supreme Court in the Janus case before it’s even been argued. And it’s a complicated case and the justices could come down in a variety of ways in. And the Supreme Court sometimes surprises. But…the AFT filed their amicus brief in the case last week, and, well, they cite Valerie Strauss’ reporting in support of their argument. So, yeah, they are probably doomed.

One reason that a lot of people, including a lot on the left, aren’t viewing their case very sympathetically is stuff like this:

While arbitrators agreed that 309 of 773 teachers in these disputes should be dismissed, the report said 454 kept their jobs after being found guilty of verbal or physical abuse of children, excessive absenteeism, breaking rules on test security or other transgressions.

What's worse, great teachers leaving or kids being exposed to terrible teachers protected by tenure, @UFT wants to know. How about they're both unacceptable, and you are entirely responsible for the latter. https://t.co/Bq6WTkkxyp

— Dan Weisberg (@DanWeisbergTNTP) January 22, 2018

Here’s my apparently evergreen take on the larger dynamics here.

Ron Berger on schools and citizenship.

A column Apple will love: More screen time!

EdChoice on school choice research.

David Lehrer on race and college admissions in California. And a tricky situation at Ithaca College that raises the question of second chances.

Heads-up parenting. Here’s a nice hockey story.

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Must Read Kate Walsh. And Other Stuff

Yesterday I highlighted DeVos’ speech where she laid out her theory of the case. It’s getting a lot of pushback, the NCLB pieces in particular, and from people generally sympathetic to her. You can Google or search Twitter for those.

If you only read one thing today make it this piece by Kate Walsh.

But that’s the impact. We’ve now all drunk the kool-aid and know the new code. Try suggesting to any audience these days that a school’s first obligation to young children is to teach them to read, write, and become numerically literate, and that their teachers should meet a standard that suggests they are qualified to deliver those skills. These academic skills are, if not verboten, now just an aside, emblematic of our once narrow mindset, and too closely connected with The Word We Are Not To Ever Mutter Again: TESTING.

It’s a sure way to lose an audience these days to remind them that tests have merit, not just for accountability purposes, not just because they measure numeracy and literacy, but because they are highly predictive of the quality of a child’s future. (Thank you Raj Chetty and other academic purists.) A few short years ago, reminding an audience of this connection was a rallying cry. Now our eyes avert, we squirm in our seats, and feel the sudden need for another cup of hotel coffee.

Susan Dynarksi is asking hard questions about online learning.

Connecticut’s landmark case overturned.

Here’s a literal blacklist. Something to keep in mind with all the coming Janus euphoria is education management, or the lack of it.

New Pahara cohort. #20 if you like round numbers.

Devon Sproule: Keep Your Silver Shined.

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DeVos Makes Her Case, Stay Solvent San Diego! NAEP Debate, Plus Are Coding Boot Camps a Scam? Lockett On King, Eden On Discipline, Minnich Exits, And Denver Pops! More!

Chad Aldeman on San Diego school finance and pensions. Sara Mead with some context on New Jersey pre-k.

Shots! Keep an eye on Denver.

Betsy DeVos made her case to a friendly crowd this week. Insight into what she hopes to do and how she hopes to do it. DeVos has everyone so spun up people are missing interesting things playing out around the country, this Ed Next article looks at two affecting charter school finance. And Max Eden wants DeVos to salt the earth on school discipline guidance letters.

New EP fellowships – great opportunity and source of talent if you are an employer. Teach For America is hotly debated but again when you ask principals they say, yeah, sure.

Chris Minnich exit interview. Scroll down for the JD to be the next ED at CCSSO.

“The Colony” is this show about a future when aliens take over California. Also, ACSA endorses Marshall Tuck for state sup’t in California. Endorsements often matter less than people think but this one is significant given the politics there and the rhetoric of the last campaign.

Are coding boot camps for miners a scam? A new lawsuit says yes.

Phyllis Lockett on a King connection and education. And this HVA video should make you feel good.

Bias in the school district hiring process?

Kvaal and Bridgeland on data and higher ed outcomes. People tend to overestimate what college costs – here’s an effort to change that.

Here’s an old fight bubbling up again. For years there was debate about the NAEP proficiency levels, how they were set and how they were used. It quieted down and NAEP is pretty widely regarded as a good barometer of the education landscape. But, a new report this week wants to start the debate back up again. NAGB responds here.

In more consequential assessment news, PARCC testing in New Jersey in the dock. And more questions being asked about SBAC.

Quality Counts 2018 is out.

Shawn Colvin and Allison Krauss.

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