We treat poor reading instruction as a problem of craft and assume that if we just make sure teachers know how to teach reading, the politics will take care of themselves. But what if it’s a political problem that lets the craft problem persist?
Bellwether partner Andrew J. Rotherham was interviewed by Greg Richmond, formerly of Chicago Public Schools and more recently the National Alliance of Public Charter Schools. They talked about how education is such a powerful a lever for change, what Andy’s learned since he was younger, and why data are so often weaponized in this sector.
Fed up with stagnant salaries, teachers have gone on strike all across the country over the past few years. Meanwhile, education spending is hitting all-time highs — but, by and large, the money isn’t going to teacher salaries.
This week, Bellwether’s Andrew J. Rotherham calls discussions about ESSA from our nation’s governors and ideas for progress on guns. But we want to hear about the broader crises affecting too many of our nation’s young people as well.