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What is Retort? A new side project of mine where I’m serving up brief reactions, additions, refutations, corrections, etc., on education reform-related news. Below are the latest posts on the site, which you can visit here.

  • The Two Superdelegates That Democrats Should Cut Loose
    A committee established to reform the Democratic presidential nomination process has formally proposed that the party dramatically slash the number of “superdelegates” ahead of the 2020 election. On Saturday, the Unity Reform Commission, which was established following the contentious 2016 primary contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, approved a ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-10By Peter Cook
  • All the Excuses A Quarter Million Dollars Can Buy
    Do you know how far a quarter-million dollars goes in Albuquerque? Me neither, but I know someone who does: Albuquerque Public Schools (APS) superintendent, Raquel Reedy. Coming in at a mere 550% of our state’s median household income, Reedy is set to rake in more than Mayor Keller and Governor ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-08By Seth Saavedra
  • A Huge Blind Spot In New Orleans Pre-K Study
    The Education Research Alliance (ERA) at Tulane University is out with a new study looking at how New Orleans’ charter-based school reforms have impacted pre-kindergarten. What did they find? Between the 2004-05 school year (the last full school year before Hurricane Katrina) and S.Y. 2014-15, the number of available school-based ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-07By Peter Cook
  • Willamette Week’s One-Sided Take On Oregon’s Grad Rates
    Nigel Jaquiss has a new take on Oregon’s embarrassingly low statewide high school graduation rate in Willamette Week, Portland’s weekly alternative rag. It’s short, sweet, and essentially gives the Oregon Education Association (OEA) a platform to recite its current talking points around school funding. Jaquiss notes that recently released data ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-06By Peter Cook
  • Over at PE+CO: The Red River Ripoff
    I have a new post up over on PE+CO exposing how Red River United (RRU), the American Federation of Teachers-affiliated union representing educators in Caddo, Bossier, and Red River Parishes in Northwest Louisiana, is using bureaucratic obstacles to prevent members from leaving the organization. The union is refusing to stop ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-05By Peter Cook
  • Associated Press Carries Water For The Teachers Unions
    The Associated Press is out with a new investigation that claims charter schools are among some of the most segregated schools in the country. The story, which has been in the works for months, is part of a larger data project that AP has made available to local and national ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-04By Peter Cook
  • Once Again, The Reforms in New Orleans Worked
    The Education Research Alliance (ERA) at Tulane University has a new web feature on their site summarizing their eight main conclusions about the impact of the school reforms in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. The Alliance, which was launched by Tulane economics professor Doug Harris in 2013, has published a total of 19 ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-01By Peter Cook
  • Consternation About Teacher Evaluation
    Earlier this month, Youngstown City Schools CEO Krish Mohip launched a new teacher evaluation system that made absolutely no sense. Under the new process, 50% of a teacher’s evaluation would be based on walk-through observations and the other 50% would be based on so-called “shared-attribution measures” – i.e., a district-wide value-added measure ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-12-01By Peter Cook
  • New Teacher Prep Study Asks The Wrong Question
    The Journal of Child and Family Studies has published a new meta-analysis of research on teacher training that seeks to determine how alternative certification programs stack up to the traditional route when it comes to preparing new educators for the classroom. What did they find? Denise Whitford, an assistant professor ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-11-30By Peter Cook
  • Anti-Charter Bias In Politico Piece On School Discipline
    Politico Magazine is out with a new piece from freelance journalist Ben Hattem on the use of restraint and seclusion in schools that not only misses the mark, but leaves readers with the unfounded impression that the overuse of these practices are primarily an issue at charter schools. Part of ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2017-11-29By Peter Cook



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Peter C. Cook
Peter C. Cook @petercook
New Orleans, Louisiana
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