Thursday, July 24, 2014

No, we're not going to cut secondary transportation case there was still any concern out there about this, Ms. Schweiger covers it well in her article: no, we're not doing that. 
We're also not that thrilled about making bus rides longer to save a few seats here and there.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Joint Committee meeting on transportation part II (local now)

WPS administration:
Allen: One thing to keep in mind is our current contracts are up at the end of this current school year
bid out sometime in December, contracts back by January/February

Joint Committee meeting on transportation

You can find the transportation audit from School Bus Consultants here.
posting as we go...
Starting with a presentation from School Bus Consultants remotely. 

More to come on this

...but I've been selected to give an ED talk at the MTA's Summer Institute the first week of August.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Round up of links

  • If somehow the talk of "21st century segregation" in today's Pioneer Institute column got you wondering, I'd advise you to look at the wide array of research demonstrating that charter schools are putting us right back into dealing with the 20th (and previous) century segregation. There's plenty of research out there on this.
  • Popping a bit outside the usual K-12 focus here, this article on the Ivy League and real education is an interesting read. 
  • If you're trying to figure out what you can do to help the kids fleeing violence to our south, First Focus has some suggestions. Also, see more at Border Kids Relief. 
  • When you see this report about principals' expectations, remember that correlation doesn't necessarily equal causation. 
  • How kids are faring across the country

    With the local hype, you'd be forgiven for thinking that the Annie E. Casey Foundation had sponsored a study just on Massachusetts, but in fact their annual KIDS COUNT report looks at all fifty states. If you get a chance, I'd recommend giving it a read, as there is solid information here beyond that Massachusetts is doing well.
    Something which I suspect won't make the press, but should, is this note of caution on recent educational policy changes:
    The effects of these major, costly policy  changes are not yet clear. National math  and reading scores as well as high school  graduation rates have steadily improved  for students of all races and income levels, ents preceded  the policy changes of the past decade. 
    Also, this, on the gaps between students:
    Given that in-school factors account for only a third or less of the variation in test scores, we must face the fact that our high child poverty rate constrains our nation’s academic achievement. 
    If you're looking at what we should be tackling, there's your answer.

    Friday, July 18, 2014

    Joint meeting on transportation next week

    On Wednesday of this coming week, the Finance and Operations Committee is meeting jointly with the Education Committee of the City Council. We'll be talking about the transportation audit. 
    The meeting is at 5:30 on the fourth floor of the Durkin Administration Building.