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.
- Portland Teachers Union Wants To Restrict Access To Public RecordsOver the past few years, a series of troubling scandals have shaken Portlanders’ trust in their public school system. In 2016, it was revealed that district officials had withheld lab test results showing that most of the city’s public schools had elevated levels of lead in their drinking water. Last ... read more
- Astroturf Group Calls Families For Excellent Schools An Astroturf GroupOn Monday, Politico’s Eliza Shapiro broke the news that Families for Excellent Schools, the high-profile charter school advocacy group in New York, will close in the coming months. The revelation comes on the heels of last week’s announcement that Families for Excellent Schools CEO Jeremiah Kittredge was fired after he was accused of sexual harassment. Although ... read more
- Over At PE+CO: An Open Letter About EinsteinBack in January, I sent a letter to the members of the Arkansas State Board of Education to bring their attention to the troubling revelations about Einstein Charter School, a charter management organization in New Orleans that is planning to open a charter school in Little Rock. Over the past ... read more
- UFT: Black Lives (Kinda) MatterThe governing body of the United Federation of Teachers, the union which represents over 120,000 educators working in New York City’s public schools, overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to officially endorse the Black Lives Matter movement earlier this month. Members of UFT’s Movement of Rank & File Educators caucus offered a ... read more
- Mudslinging In Minnesota
- Cognitive Dissonance In ChicagoUPDATE: 01/29/18 — The Chicago Teachers Union announced tonight that the proposed merger of CTU and ChiACTS was overwhelmingly approved by its members. According to the union, 70.65% of the 16,206 members who cast ballots on the question supported the measure. Members of the Chicago Teachers Union are voting this ... read more
- And She Was Loved. So Loved.Last week, while 24-hour news channels and social media were roiling over revelations that President Trump had called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries,” a talented young college student in Massachusetts, who had immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, died after suffering a severe asthma attack. Her ... read more
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- Student Noor Bowman on Evening Out the Playing Field and Telling the Whole Story 13 June 2019
- Better Schools Have a Place in Creating a More Equitable America 13 June 2019
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- Fixing School Discipline Policies Requires Listening and Looking at the Data 13 June 2019
- When It Comes to College Graduation and Finding a Job, Mentors Make a Difference 12 June 2019