The Liftin’ O’ the Cap

The storied halls of Beacon Hill will soon be filled with little lobbyists, demanding the lifting o’ the charter school cap.

That nip o’ green in the air can only mean one thing lasses and lassies. It’s that time of year again, in which the masses rise up to demand an end to the artificial constraints on excellence and innovation, other wise known as the charter school cap. Perhaps in your state this annual celebration of obfuscation wears a different label—the Texan tip’ o’ the 10 gallon? The NYC fedora lift? Here in Massachusetts we call it simply ‘The Liftin’ O’ the Cap.’  So reader, pour yourself a glass of the strong stuff and settle in as I share with ye a fanciful tale indeed. Continue reading

Stand for Children: Where Did You Go????

Hey Stand–wait up! Where are you guys going??? What if I fall into the achievement gap???

Remember the final throes of Stand for Children’s successful hostage taking campaign push for legislative reform? Why just a few weeks ago it was impossible to avoid Stand’s tremendous corporate funded megaphone grassroots outpouring, as they blanketed the state with ads, email blasts, tweets status updates, even texts about their campaign to get rid of experienced teachers and replace them with cheaper ones put teacher effectiveness first.

The EduShyster’s tweet stream was literally clogged with urgent messages from @JasonWilliamsMA and @MassStand to the tune of:  “There is still work to be done to ensure every child has a chance at a bright & successful future,” and “We Are Stand for Children. We work together to ensure that every MA child has access to Great Teachers & Great Schools.”

But no sooner had Governor Patrick heeded the pressure of Stand’s blackmail campaign army of grassroots supporters than Stand went dark.That’s right: not so much as a single tweet, blog update, or web announcement since July 3rd. Stand: do you know how many students have fallen into the achievement gap since then??? Jason??? That one teacher who appears in all of your promotional materials??? Where did everybody go??? Continue reading