Monthly Archives: October 2009

Dropout epicenters

The ever-entertaining Daily Beast has a piece on high school dropouts, but also ranks the 10 cities with the lowest percentages of high-school graduates.  It’s an interesting list, since most of the big urban cities (Detroit, Chicago, etc) are not on it.  The pandemic … Continue reading

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Neighborhood schools quiz (part two)

I wrote a post last week on Neighborhood Schools, in no small part because I think the term is an open vessel in which people place widely divergent beliefs about what is important in public education. Every designed system has virtues and errors. … Continue reading

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Dems and ed reform, redux

An illuminating piece by Nicholas Kristof in the NYT: Good schools constitute a far more potent weapon against poverty than welfare, food stamps or housing subsidies. Yet, cowed by teachers’ unions, Democrats have too often resisted reform and stood by as generations … Continue reading

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Pop quiz: Neighborhood schools

Pop Quiz. Note that there may be multiple accurate responses. Readers are free to suggest answers in the comments and I’ll update the post with the right answers (just kidding) my thoughts later this week. Question One: Is a “neighborhood school”: a) … Continue reading

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Infinity and beyond…

Pension discussions are not as interesting as DPS election hurling.  But I think they will have a far greater impact over the long term.  In many ways, the merger of the DPS pension into PERA makes it less of a local … Continue reading

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