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Watching whiteness work: the Black Friday edition

This sort of sums up what we see in the current education debates in Minneapolis, especially the “Why are you being so aggressive? You’re scaring me.” line. RT @GRMDAILY: Black Friday 2015 😂😂😂pic.twitter.com/aADsa93oE6 <~> BRUHHHHHHHH!!!!! Lmfaooooooo — Han Sole Lo™ (@Deftronic) November 27, 2015 —–Lynnell Mickelsen

Show up, work hard, fall farther behind: the latest results in Minneapolis should make us wince

The data shows children of color show up, work persistently, and yet every year they’re in Minneapolis classrooms, they fall further behind. Read More

Reaction to piece on teacher union culture and fundamentalism

In 25 years of negotiating contracts with labor unions; the most inflexible, dogmatic, distrustful, least enlightened are the teacher’s unions. The Teamsters, by way of contrast, are tough and professional without the weirdness of the Education Minnesota faithful. I’ve seen teacher union reps rip on members who dared to question the party line in a way that leaders of AFSCME and SEIU would never do. For a union made up of supposedly smart people, it is remarkably devoid of tolerance for differences of opinion. Read More

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