Spending this lovely morning researching bus rapid transit systems in other cities. Being “retired” is good for this sort of stuff. Having attended, most, of the public forum on Albuquerque Rapid Transit (which is trying to become ART, but is still known by many as BRT) last night, I’m personally sold on just about every… Read More The Albuquerque Rapid Transit Project and Lingering Questions/Doubts
While waiting to read others who will surely rise to the eternal bait offered to us poor fish who wander the streams of New Mexico education… Three quick news items from the past week: In a neat judicial-meets-political trick, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) finagled the courts to allow appeal of the preliminary… Read More NM Educational Miscellany, 1.10.16
Yes, K-12 education policy is EXACTLY like the mafia cliché, thanks for asking… Not to get dragged back into it or anything, but I’d be remiss and derelict in my “duties” as blogger if I didn’t follow-up and close the twisting saga of the New Mexico Public Education Department “School Grades” and PARCC participation rates.… Read More 2014-2015 New Mexico School Grades, #5: Postscript
The state of Nebraska has devilishly broken into the Sodom and Gomorrah that is the “protected bike lane” with 17 blocks of the gloriously decadent stuff in college town, Lincoln. As you might expect, there are complaints. Teeth are being gnashed. Ver is being klempted. And as is always the case, the news story outlining… Read More Elsewhere in Bike Lane Controversy: Lincoln, Nebraska
Let me start by mentioning that I absolutely detest the word “branding.” I’m sure I’d hate it if I were a cow, but, of course, the “branding” I’m talking about here is marketing/salesspeak (ergo: worthless) for what people are supposed to think when they hear the word/phrase associated with something. Even worse is the word “re-branding,”… Read More 2014-2015 New Mexico School Grades, “Final Exam”: Dropping Out of School
After further reflection, I’ve determined there are three ways to look at the new “school grades” released by the New Mexico Public Education Department: The Smart Way The Public Way The Dumb Way The Smart Way is to look at all of it as a huge worthless statistical manipulation and deceit, one designed to achieve nothing… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades,” #2: Why?
Dumped on a last day before Winter Break Friday afternoon like vodka bottles “snowballs” off a hotel room balcony, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) largely tried to sneak its “School Grades” for 2014-2015 by everybody, as it does with all news further confirming how incompetently it oversees education in this state. Naturally, the… Read More Staring at 2014-2015 New Mexico “School Grades, #1: Just Plain Wrong