The civil wrongs movement

I applauded national civil rights organizations for urging Washington leaders to defend annual student assessments as they overhauled the No Child Left Behind law. Yet, not everyone was a fan. It seems obvious to me that civil rights advocacy needs objective information to show us whether or not government institutions are closing racial and economic disparities. Which is …

No bougie breaks for the poor

In a previous post [“Atlanta, we have a problem”] I asked readers to consider the facts about the cheating scandal that led to criminal convictions for a network of Atlanta teachers and administrators. This post is part two of a three part look at the scandal. ********** We still don’t have the story right about Atlanta. We’re …

Atlanta, we have a problem

I was going to ignore Atlanta. The troubling news of hefty prison sentences lobbed at public school teachers for their part in America’s largest public education cheating scandal looked too messy for me. It’s embarrassing.  My first response was “I just can’t.” But after seeing one too many articles and blog posts and social media posts intent on missing …

Data empowers parents and their students

How can parents help keep their students on track without good information about how they are doing in school? That’s the question Gwen Samuel answers in this post republished from CT News Junkie. She argues for keeping annual testing that helps systems leaders and community members stay on the same page with student progress, and to …

Opting-out of justice, history, and good sense

After my previous blog post about Diane Ravitch and Randi Weingarten speaking out for the growing opt-out campaign it was hard to shut my mind off. Once done with writing that post I was bothered by thoughts of how Ravitch acts less like a historian and more like a populist, and how Weingarten isn’t reliable as a …