Minnesota’s charter experiment comes up short, while elsewhere in the Gopher state a Loon rises…
By Sarah Lahm, EduShyster Academy
Gopher state hearts and minds are in a state of confusion these days, thanks to the simultaneous appearance of two head-spinning headlines. First came this stunning jolt to the system (the charter system, that is): It turns out that charter schools, even the ones in Minnesota (our license plates say *First in Charter Schools!*), may not be the magical, miraculous, free market answer to our public school problems we’ve been led to believe. Continue reading →
It is a true fact that elected school boards are often the biggest obstacles to closing the achievement gap forever and ushering in a bright future of excellence and innovation for our most motivated scholars. But purchasing an entire school board and taking it private can be an expensive proposition. And with so many un-excellent and non-innovative voters out there, even a massive ed-vestment can’t guarantee an excellent outcome.
Don’t despair, savvy edupreneur. Individual school board seats can be purchased for as little as $37,000, leaving you with plenty of big donors left to tap when it’s time to scale up your transformational venture come election time. Want to see how it’s done? Climb aboard the EduShyster express and join me on an all-expenses-paid trip to what must be the reformy-est place in America: Minneapolis, USA. Continue reading →
I dedicate this post to my Premium Club readers who simply aren’t excellent enough to Teach for America.
Let’s face it: you and I are never going to be Teach for America material. But while we may not have the goods to join Wendy Kopp’s Kidz we can still experience their freshness and innovation vicariously: by watching the Real Housewives of Miami host a benefit for TFA on Bravo. No doubt you are wondering how in the world EduShyster could know such a thing…Reader: I fear that mine has been a wasted life of debauchery and exceedingly low expectations.
But what if you want to associate yourself with the excellence of the TFA brand without besmirching thyself with the taint of reality television? Good news again: you can vote for one of an apparently ENDLESS supply of TFA candidates currently running for office. You see, once the two years are up and the TFA-er is officially a life-long educator, it’s time to take the next logical career step: talking about one’s accomplishments to the broadest possible audience. Continue reading →