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Meet the new Superintendent of the Camden Public Schools: EduShyster

There is only one thing thing tempting enough to rouse me from the vaca coma in which I’ve spent the last 10 days: a handsomely compensated new job with a career trajectory heading up, up and up. Reader: I’ve got excellent news to share. No longer will I be toiling away in unpaid anonymity. Instead I’m taking my disruptive and innovative show on the road—to Camden, New Jersey. Meet the new Superintendent of the Camden Public Schools: Me! Now I’m sure you’ve got lots of questions about my new position and I’d love to pretend to answer them. Shall we get started? Continue reading →

A Modest Proposal

A Call to Create “Charter” Police and Fire Stations, brought to you by Democrats for Public Safety Reform (DFPSR)

By Colum Whyte
The status quo is not working. “Something” has to be done. Generous direct “donations” from the Waltons and Kochs, as well as strong support from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) have helped “Citizens First” realize our goals. Truly, public safety is a civil right; we shall overcome. Citizens First proposes a national movement to ensure that no citizen ever have to rely on union-stifled police officers or firefighter again. For too long the patrolman and firefighters unions have stifled innovation in our neediest municipalities. We need reform.
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Why is Charter Math so Hard???

Charter math is more innovative than traditional, union- contract-stifled public school math. Which is why charter numbers don’t always add up.

One of the many ways that charters are truly innovative–other than in almost every way–is their truly innovative approach to math, or mathematics as some call it. In a traditional public school that is bound by an enormous and innovation-stifling union contract there is a strict requirement that numbers add up. But for innovative charters, well, it’s a little different.

EduShyster was recently schooled in the fine art of charter math thanks to reader @jshoreboston, a public school teacher who, it turns out, can add better than you might think–at least during school hours. Like most public school teachers, Shore is contractually prohibited from adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing on school grounds after 3:00 PM because that is when the school day ends and anything else, even a very simple equation, costs extra. I am not kidding people–it says that on page 542 of the contract. Continue reading →