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Masks,Vaccinations, and Opening Schools: Decisions amid a Culture War (Part 1) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice - via @CubanLarry

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Oh, the Things You'll Learn (Part Three) -

The Battle Against Reality and Science Intensifies | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

Jeff Bryant: The End of School “Reform” | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

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Parents Are Not Okay

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UVA “Disenrolls” 238 Students Who Did Not Get Vaccinated | Diane Ravitch's blog - via @dianeravitch

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States can’t block federal funds for districts that mandate masks, Education secretary says

'The Debt Trap' Author On The Generational Setbacks From Student Loans | NewBlackMan (in Exile) - via @NewBlackMan

TANF turns 25: let's maximize its reach to children in need | First Focus on Children (via @First_Focus #InvestInKids)

The Radical Capitalist Behind the Critical Race Theory Furor | The Nation - on @TheNation

Paul Thomas & SOR- It’s not settled, and it’s not simple: An interview conducted by Dr. Sam Bommarito | doctorsam7 - via @DoctorSam7

Covid Vaccine Misinformation and Denial Is an Inequality Issue | The New Republic -

Sunday’s New Articles & Videos On School Reopenings | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - on @Larryferlazzo

'The Debt Trap' Author On The Generational Setbacks From Student Loans

Arizona Teacher Says Lack Of Mask Mandate Leaves Teachers And Students On Edge

NYC educators prepare for new challenges with return to in-person learning

Good, but Not Great: Taking Stock of a Big Ten University’s Covid Plan

Biden backs school districts in fight against GOP mask mandate bans

Some Americans No Longer Believe in the Common Good

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CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Stone Skipping Edition (8/22)

CURMUDGUCATION: ICYMI: Stone Skipping Edition (8/22)

Stone Skipping Edition 

This is the weekend on which, every year, I judge a stone skipping competition in my small town. It's a fun time.

Ethics Complaint Filed in North Carolina  

Lately it's been one damn thing after another in NC. Now it turns out one of the heads of the legislature's education committee forgot to mention that his wife is connected to a chartter school.

Has school ventilation improved as schools open?

Nancy Bailey looks at one of the most basic protections against Covid spread in schools. 

What would it rake to do what's right for kids

Nancy Flanagan speaks to the importance of leadership during these chaotic times.

South Florida bus drivers quit.

Along with everything else, bus drivers are an issue. In Pittsburgh, school's opening was pushed back because of a bus driver shortage. And in Florida, they're quitting.

Critical Race Theory and the New Massive Resistance

Mark Keierleber at the 74 has a great piece connecting the current CRT flap to Virginia's fight against desegregation.

Classrooms taken over by rats

From the 'so you think you've got troubles" file. In California, a school has a big rat problem.

LAUSD teachers share why they quit

You already know this story, but here it is in black and white.

Louisiana BESE abruptly adjourns due to unruly public response to masking

The indispensable Mercedes Schneider has the story of a state board shut down by more of the anti-maskers.

PA: Charter Operators Find Another Way To Take Over A District
Chester Upland School District is located in the southeastern corner of Pennsylvania. It has been through the wringer. More specifically, it has been through just about every wringe r a school district can go through, from segregation through financial crises through an attack by charter interests. The full background can be found here, with following chapters here, here , and here . Short versio
NH: Prenda Just Hit The Jackpot. Who Are They?
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu just gave Prenda a whopping $6 million cut of the granite state's pandemic school relief. It's a relatively small slice (the full pile of money is $156 million), but it's notably a larger per-pupil amount than the state gives in normal "adequate aid." So who is Prenda, and what is the money for, exactly? Prenda is a company riding the new microschools wave. Mic
NH: New Voucher Boondoggle Under Examination
New Hampshire has weathered a variety of voucher proposals over the years, always turning them back, and the latest seemed like no exception. Having turned the legislature Republican, the voucher fans were hankering to finally get their way, but when over 3000 people showed up at hearings to explain how much they didn't like the idea, the GOP graciously yielded to the will of the electorate. Ha h
PA: A Different Tax Credit Approach
One of the great voucher-promotion dodges is the Tax Credit Scholarship. In this, I give a bunch of money to a "scholarship organization," and they use the money to foot some student bills at the private school of their choice (in some states, "their" means both the parents and the donor). It's a great way to dodge any of those annoying (yet rapidly vanishing) separation of church and state rules
Today's the 8th birthday for this blog. Post #4114. It took a while to figure things out (please do NOT go back and read the posts from my first few weeks), but it has served as a handy way to scratch my writing itch. The best kinds of responses from readers have fallen into several categories. "Thanks for putting this into words, because I knew this but couldn't really find a great way to say it
Club For Growth Launches School Choice Push. What That Tells Us.
Betsy DeVos is back, and we can learn a lot from the company she's keeping. Over the past many years, we've seen lots of groups direct their attention to school choice aka privatization. There have been groups like Democrats for Education Reform (DFER) that have built an argument around a social need--that choice was needed to get a better education for non-wealthy non-white students. There have
ICYMI: Not Out Of The Woods Yet Edition (8/15)
Take a deep breath and push on. In the meantime, here's some reading from the week. Deep Divisions in Americans’ Views of Nation’s Racial History Yeah, you'd already figured this out on your own, but the Pew Research people have some survey results to show just how different we are on how to view, deal with, and teach about our racial history. ‘How Can I Follow a Law I Believe Endangers My Studen
Did We Get Anything Out Of NCLB Accountability?
We're in the midst of the 20th anniversary of No Child Left Behind , a legislative offspring of bipartisan consensus that has itself been left behind by virtually everybody. The bill was proposed in March of 2001, spent the rest of the year wending its way through the process, to be signed into law at the very beginning of 2002. So pretty much any time this year is fair game for a 20 year retrosp
Speaking of Indoctrinatin' Literature: Ayn Rand in the Classroom
So here comes the umpteenth set of protests/complaints/caterwauling over literature in schools "promoting critical race theory," aka "any books with Black people in them." The Northampton Area School District of Northampton, PA was offered a a stack of books by The Conscious Kid , an organization that plans to donate 120,000 books "that foster anti-racist conversations and action" to 3,000 school
Where Is A Teacher's Staff?
I read about Penn State sports--not because I particularly care, and not even because my non-sporty daughter graduated from there, but because my nephew is a sports writer whose beat is mostly PSU. He's a good guy and the