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Five Best Blogs: Partisan Wisconsin Hangover

So Disappointing... DFER Wisconsin:  On the whole the political losses and missed opportunities far outweigh the gains. The worst part, in my opinion, is the fall of bipartisanship on education and the rise of the political scapegoat. 

Rhee Engineering Education Washington Monthly (Tom Toch):  Nor could Rhee bring herself to build more health screening and other student and family assistance into her reform agenda, a strategy that Fenty’s deputy mayor for education, Victor Reinoso, advocated. 

Confessions of a Corrupt Educator Larry Strauss: Demoralization may work with snarky graduate students and boot camp recruits, but marginally skilled children in grades K on up to 12 do not benefit from such tactics, even if their lack of performance might justify it.

Race to the Top Promises Delayed Rodel Action Center:  After months of work across the state to define multiple measures of student growth, the Delaware Department of Education has asked the United States DOE for, and - word is - will receive, permission to delay implementation of our DPAS II teacher evaluation system, which will impact the roll-out of numerous other Race to the Top reforms.

Give Up on Homework Gawker:  Kids hate doing homework. Teachers hate grading homework. Now, students in LA are more or less free to never do homework again.  


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Katy Venskus of DFER Wisconsin trips over her own feet while trying to engage in fancy footwork.

The open assault on public employees by the Wisconsin Republicans tore the mask off the ongoing attacks on teachers that had been disguised cunningly enough to previously lure in unwary moderate Democrats.

Fancy footwork may be the only way for a purported Democratic organization to deal with that, but if it's done this incoherently, what's the point?

The only thing Venskus says clearly is this: "...on the whole the political losses [for corporate education reformers attempting to pose as moderates] ... far outweigh the gains."

Caroline - What are you talking about? This budget did nothing to tear any mask off of attacks on teachers and public employees - what happened in Wisconsin this year has been the logical progression of a long-played out political game here in Wisconsin. Right or wrong, it's nothing new.

As for DFER's engagement on the Wisconsin budget. I am guessing if you look at their agengda, they would consider themselves to have been caught in a political and budgetary firestorm that traded genuine policy discussions for across the board cuts to social services, health care and other safety net programs, education (both K-12 and post secondary) and tax cuts for the right.

Liam - Do your homework - the last round of charges were dismissed because there wasn't enough proof to even go to trial.

I have known and worked with Katy for years. She is an upstanding, outstanding professional who made a few mistakes years ago. She's an effective political strategist and is commited to making sure every kid *gets* the great school that the state teacher's union (WEAC) says every kid *deserves*.

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