In other words, what happens if our school district becomes Detroit? I’d planned on giving the Internets a needed weekend break, but ran across this story from the Detroit Free Press on Detroit Public School (DPS) plans to have private firms take over 17 schools. The story, the companies, the attempt to ban hiring the… Read More So What Happens If All Educational Hell Breaks Loose?
George Hincapie rode the last four stages of the Tour de France with a broken collarbone, including the climb of Mount Ventoux. He knew something was wrong, but wouldn’t let doctors examine him because he wanted to finish the Tour. One person’s crazy is another person’s inspiring. I’ll try to remember that little story as… Read More In Cycling News
As we approach the eduwonk holiday of “Standardized Test Results Release Day” (now August 4th in New Mexico), how about some contextual input from other folks around the country? This morning’s quote comes from an editorial in the Frederick News Post, Frederick, Maryland: NCLB’s heart was in the right place. Its intent was to ensure… Read More AYP: Other Voices, Same Lament
Hashem Akbari, Dr. Rosenfeld’s colleague at the Lawrence Berkeley laboratory, says he is unsure how long it will take cool roofs to truly catch on. But he points out that most roofs, whether tile or asphalt-shingle, have a life span of 20 to 25 years. If the roughly 5 percent of all roofs that are… Read More Your National Laboratory Geniuses Proving Their Worth
It has come to our attention that changing the setting on comments from “everyone welcome, even crack-pot anonymous people” to “something about Open ID, which your humble blogger doesn’t really understand” has deprived freedom-loving Americans (and my guess would be freedom loving Rwandans and Luxembourgians/bourgites/bourglanders as well) from the right to write stupid things. And… Read More Burque Babble: Silencer of Liberty (Corrected)
Full Disclosure: I’m sitting in a New Mexico house with Central Air-Conditioning turned down to “igloo”. We’re all sick of how hot it has been, especially when it’s not a dry heat and the swamp coolers are less than optimally effective. Well, if you want horrible, unlivable heat try Seattle on days like today. Or… Read More You Think You’re Sick of the Heat?
I’m personally loathe to use words like “webinar”, but for nine billion dollars there’s alot of loathing I am willing to put up with. The U.S. Department of Education is conducting a “webinar” today at Noon MDT to “Review announcements of the following new ARRA (America Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aka “Economic Stimulus”) programs: Race… Read More Could Your Classroom Use Nine Billion Dollars?