Arne Does Boston

Behind this week’s non-story is an interesting story…

What a week, reader! The excellence express rolled into the Bay State, carrying some seriously career-ready cargo—none other than Arne Duncan himself. What do you mean you didn’t know anything about it??? Now ordinarily this is the point at which I would lambaste you for eschewing excellence in favor of conducting your own race to the bottom of the wine box. But you’re off the hook. You see, almost no one knew that Arne was in town this week as his visit garnered nary an inch of newsprint. Which seems a little, well, odd, given that the battle over the Liftin O’ the Charter Cap is reaching its acme. Tin foil at the ready, reader. It’s time for another edition of *the story behind the story.*  Continue reading →

The Incredible Disappearing Charter School Teachers

By the end of a promotional video for Boston’s Match charter schools two thirds of the featured teachers no longer teach at the schools, while another has her eye on the door.

In case you missed it, Massachusetts now has a graduate school of education just to train teachers who plan to teach at a charter school. Why do charters require their own degree program? Turns out the answer has a lot more to do with quantity than quality.

Students who graduate from the Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education will leave with a Masters of Effective Teaching, and a guaranteed job. The degree is also a bargain–just $5,000, paid for by the charters who plan to employ the grads and subsidized by philanthropists. Any guesses as to who? Continue reading →