Reasonable Transparency?

Two weeks before the January 14, 2021 release of California’s new consolidated guidance governing the reopening of K-12 school campuses for in-person learning, a representative of Governor Gavin Newsom reached out to the state’s private school leaders. The Governor wanted to know the private school community’s thinking about the possible inclusion of private schools…

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Fare Thee Well, Madam Secretary

Four years ago, had President-Elect Donald Trump seen fit to ask me to name the 10 individuals I would most hope to see nominated to become the nation’s next Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos would not have come to mind. My exclusion of Ms. DeVos would have had less to do with an evaluation…

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Courting the Future

Four years from now, will the United States more closely resemble Europe and Canada?

When asked this question, one might reasonably presume that what is at issue is elevated rates of taxation, the provision of universal healthcare under a single payer system, or younger political executives. But what if the U.S. was to become more…

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Heartbreak, Health and Politics

Every so often a piece of journalism breaks through the flotsam and jetsam that is the contemporary Twitterverse, and compels digestion, contemplation, and discussion. If you’ve given any thought to the trade-offs involved in extending distance learning or resuming campus-based instruction and have yet to read Alec MacGillis’, “The Students Left Behind by…

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Use with Caution

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has prescribed what, for elementary schools planning to resume campus-based instruction, comes as a bitter pill:  no waivers applications will be considered before the county’s COVID-19 case rate drops below 200 cases per 100,000 people.  As a result, more than 1.5 million public and private school…

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