Education Reform

The “X”odus Files: The School Climate Hole.

I happens over and over again. Why? Is it an inability to truly dissect and understand this moment? Or, is it a willful need preserve the status quo? These are the questions I continue to ask after reading some post, blog, or journal article that maintains the “teacher shortage” narrative. But last week NEA Today… Read more »

The “X”odus Files: Toxic Stress and Accountability.

Last night I posted this on my personal Facebook page. How many of our colleagues need to take medication, pursue counseling, have their own families disrupted, and then finally quit teaching before we can say, “accountability is the poison?” Slekar Facebook The reason for posting this came as I was combing over my survey results… Read more »

The “X”odus Files: Accountability is the Problem.

It’s time to stop trying to rescue “accountability.” It’s a horrendous word and its application only results in blame based authoritarianism. I have seen the attempts to “reclaim” accountability and I have taken my fair share of criticism for my critique of accountability. But why reclaim something that has nothing to do with empowering the… Read more »

The “X”odus Files: Richard.

Frustration. Irritation. Anger. Despondency. This is the range of emotions I go through every time I read about some new “study” or “task force” purporting to take on the “teacher shortage.”

The “X”odus Files: Andrea

So don’t say “We have a teacher shortage.” Say “we can’t convince qualified people to take this job”: or “we won’t try to make these jobs attractive enough to draw in qualified people.” Stop pretending this is some act of God; even the dust bowl turned out to be the result of bad human choices… Read more »

The “X”odus Files

It’s time for the teacher shortage myth to be exposed. In the coming weeks you will hear directly from real teachers about the conditions in our nations’ schools and the ridiculous policies that are responsible for a mass exodus—not shortage—of passionate professionals from their classrooms. Since the release of A Nation at Risk in 1983,… Read more »

The Woeful state of Teaching in Wisconsin

  Below is a rant I posted on Facebook the other night after learning that all of the effort put forth by my faculty to reimagine a social justice school of education and design a teacher education curriculum rooted in justice and equity would be usurped by a bureaucratic bumbling of the teacher “shortage” that… Read more »

If You’re a Democrat do you REALLY know the definition of a #charterschool?

Urban Milwaukee on Charters Wisconsin State Journal on Charters. Listen to the Reality Check!   The Network for Public Education’s Executive Director—Carol Burris—defines charter schools!

Are “all” charter schools public schools?

Wisconsin State Journal calls “all” charter schools public despite the fact that the latest charter school grant received by WI is for “independent charter schools” that don’t answer to a locally elected school board.   These same charter schools create a funding dilemma for neighborhood schools by authorizing a “backpack full of cash” funding stream… Read more »

A New Teacher Preparation “Entity” in Wisconsin?

Just a reminder. PI 34.006 Definitions. In this subchapter: “Institution” means one or more accredited colleges or universities offering an educator preparation program. “Student” means an individual enrolled in an educator preparation program. “Entity” means one of the following or a consortium of the following: (a) CESA. (b) Community-based organization. (c) Institution. (d) Non-profit organization…. Read more »