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Should the “best” high schools in America consider attrition rates?

Here are the U.S. News rankings of the “best” high schools in America. Allegedly. Apparently no one bothered to look at attritionrates. Amistad Academy is identified as the “best” high school in the state. No one noticed that 75% of its students disappeared between 6th and 12th grade. Hmmm. After reading Gary Rubinstein’s post this […]… Continue reading Should the “best” high schools in America consider attrition rates?

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A winning day for supporters of privatizing more public schools in California

The Anaheim School District lost their battle to block a seizure of a public school via the notorious Parent Trigger. This is a victory for the privatizers, for Ben Austin and Eli Broad, ALEC, DeVos, and the Trumpistas, who would like to take over and privatize more public schools in California. It is a loss […]… Continue reading A winning day for supporters of privatizing more public schools in California

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A sad day for the former leader of Chicago Public Schools

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, once Rahm Emanuel’s choice to lead the Chicago Public Schools, was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison for her role in a kickback scheme intended to gain her hundreds of thousands of dollars. She has lost her job, her career, her reputation, and now, her freedom. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-barbara-byrd-bennett-sentence-met-20170428-story.html One of her co-conspirators received […]… Continue reading A sad day for the former leader of Chicago Public Schools

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Can the Commissioner of Education in MA use his power to remove teachers immediately?

This letter came by email from a teacher in Massachusetts. Evidently, the Commissioner of Education believes there are some bad, bad teachers in his state, and he wants the power to remove them quickly. Bear in mind that by every current metric, Massachusetts is the highest performing state in the nation. It must have many […]… Continue reading Can the Commissioner of Education in MA use his power to remove teachers immediately?

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For this writer, the facts felt like slippery fish in his hands

One Tuesday—or was it Wednesday? —I visited my parents. Written anything lately? asked my dad, during supper. I had. I fetched my laptop from my car and read a short story about my brother’s recent engagement to them while we ate. When I was done, my dad said it was very witty, great use of […]… Continue reading For this writer, the facts felt like slippery fish in his hands

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Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program

The president's budget proposal would eliminate the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program, which serves about 1.6 million children nationally. In 360, we take a closer look at an after-school program in North Carolina that would be cut. via Trump Plan Could Erase This School Program — NYT > Home Page

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Writers who give a character just the right name is crucial to her personality

Most of the writers you and I know agree: giving a character just the right name is crucial to her personality. Motivation, appeal, distrust, dislike, or whatever we’re trying to make you feel as a reader turns on finding exactly the right moniker. Most of us love that process. Two examples hop quickly to […] via… Continue reading Writers who give a character just the right name is crucial to her personality