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Holidays: Happy 4th of July Weekend

Happy Fourth of July Weekend to everyone! I'm away Friday through Monday but will be back Tuesday morning with all the great news, commentary, and analysis that you need.

#TBT: A Bold Experiment To Fix Our Schools [Vouchers, 1999]

Check out this 1999 Matt Miller story about vouchers: A Bold Experiment to Fix City Schools. The idea may be dead in name, but another version called ESAs just got approved in Nevada and is allowed in four other states.

Morning Video: Oh, No! A Blue-Haired Teacher Does "Whole-Brained" Teaching

Here's the latest from the PBS NewsHour on "whole-brain" teaching. It involves a teacher in a blue wig (both in front of the students and later doing an interview). Those of us who remember brain-based learning may be cautious about this. Show More Summary

Best Blogs: Lots Of Familiar Names -- Plus One Totally New One

Belated thanks to the folks at Magoosh for including me in their 5 Education Blogs We Love: "Russo does an excellent job of scouring education news all over the world-wide web and bringing it together in one place. We like it because it’s packed with information and updated constantly. Show More Summary

AM News: Bush Fdn. Donor Lists, Clinton Email Traffic, Plus Idaho Test Results

Jeb Bush's education foundation releases donor list a day after his tax returns Washington Post: The new donation records show that a large number of contributions came from for-profit education companies and that at least three donors also paid Bush for speeches. Show More Summary

Quotes: That Giant Sorting Sound

You can’t tell me that only kids in high-wealth, white neighborhoods have the ‘college DNA’ — that’s ridiculous... There’s something about how we’re structured that is sorting opportunity. - Illinois state schools chief Tony Smith in this WBEZ Chicago story Poverty's enduring hold on school success.

Thompson: We Need a Marshall Plan for Schools and Prisons

I grew up in the post-World War II era known as "Pax Americana." We all knew that our ambitious New Deal/Fair Deal era policies, ranging from G.I. Bill to the rebuilding of Europe with the help of the Marshall Plan, were not perfect....Show More Summary

Morning Video: Jonathan Kozol Reads From His 50 Year-Old Book

Jonathan Kozol was a 20-something substitute teacher when he dared read a Langston Hughes poem to his poor Boston students -- and got fired for it. Watch the short video above and then go read the story about it here via NPR. Note that Kozol himself is heard, not seen onscreen.

AM News: Big Union Case Looms, PARCC Down To 11 States, Chicago Drama

Justices Take up Dispute Over Union Fees AP: Supreme Court to consider power of public sector unions to collect fees from non-members. See also NYT, EdSource Today. Ohio dumps the PARCC Common Core tests after woeful first year Cleveland...Show More Summary

#EDgif Of The Day: 50 Years Ago Jonathan Kozol Taught A Langston Hughes Poem

Frozen in time, Jonathan Kozol remembers the students who changed his life http://t.co/FSLVQrK7yR #50GreatTeachers pic.twitter.com/bUHopC2QzC — NPR's Education Team (@npr_ed) June 30, 2015 Click here to read or listen to the story from NPR's Claudio Sanchez. Show More Summary

Maps: Most States (43) Still On Board With Common Core - But What About Tests?

Big thanks to EdWeek for this handy dandy map of states and Common Core standards, which shows that most states are still participating in the Common Core state standards. You might think otherwise from the overheated news coverage this past year. Show More Summary

Quotes: A Performance Contract Version Of ESEA

Does the education world have some kind of time-tested system–something could be brought to bear on ESEA reauthorization–for combining real accountability with real autonomy? Yes, we realized. That’s precisely what chartering is all about. - Andy Smarick (Ahead of the Heard)

Morning Video: Growing Up Trans

From tonight's PBS Frontline, Growing Up Trans: "It's much harder to be gender non-conforming than to be transgender," she says 11 year-old Ariel (born as Ian) about her experiences with bullying at school and her decision to go on hormone blockers. Or, watch and listen about Swahili-speaking teens from Zanzibar who made a film about why they'll fail English (via NPR)

AM News: Christie's Ironic Campaign Kickoff Locale, Plus Court Cases (KS & CO)

Chris Christie Slashed Education Funding, But He's Announcing His Presidential Bid At A Public School HuffPost: Christie is expected to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination Tuesday at the high school.But the venue...Show More Summary

Gay Marriage: On Equality, Education Has A Long Way To Go

So you rainbowed your Facebook profile. Good for you. Now let's think a minute about where things actually stand in the education world when it comes to equal treatment of people who identify as LBGT: 1 -- Gay and trans principals and teachers still get beat up or mistreated in other ways in schools, as of course do too many students. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Up Close With NYC's Chancellor Farina

She's not quite the national figure that Joel Klein was -- for better and worse -- but NYC's mayoral appointee Carmen Farina has just wrapped up the school year and was doing the rounds touting recent accomplishments and addressing top NYC issues. Show More Summary

AM News: Duncan Addresses Parent Priorities

Duncan: These Are The Things Parents Should Demand From Schools HuffPost: While speaking at the 2015 National Parent Teacher Association Convention and Expo in Charlotte, North Carolina, Duncan detailed a handful of rights he said all parents should be able to demand from their children's schools. Show More Summary

Ideas: Turning Schools & Prisons Into a "Production Function"

"The [schools/prison] problem is a “production function” that needs to be made more efficient, such that it can begin producing smart kids and rehabilitated ex-prisoners on the back end — no matter who comes in the front." -- Eli Hager in The Marshall Project (What Prisons Can Learn From Schools)

Quotes: AFT Pushes Progressive Issues (Where Are Reform Leaders?)

There are many other vendors and partners who provide the same services as Change.org, and that are also aligned with our values and goals. In this case, that allows us to keep our business with firms that aren’t working to undermine our members and the communities they serve. - Randi Weingarten in Think Progress (What’s Changing At Change.org?)

Numbers: Parents Average 2.4 Minutes Per Day Reading To Kids

Parents spend 3 min/day talking w/ their kids & 2.4 min/day reading to them @FiveThirtyEight http://t.co/8X4Ohcynru pic.twitter.com/ppJZVRA78h — alexanderrusso (@alexanderrusso) June 25, 2015 "From 2010 to 2014, parents had deliberate...Show More Summary

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