What do lotteries and cartels have to do with education?

Tim Hoffine
  • Word has it (here, too) Cleveland will be among the cities in which the new Common Core national standards will be piloted.  The timeline is still up in the air, but you can bet your few remaining state dollars that we’ll keep you updated!
  • Speaking of odds, what are the chances your child can escape a low-performing school via a lottery?  The Lottery is an award-winning film that follows four NYC children through their roll of the dice in getting access to better educations.  Check back with the website for potential show times in Ohio on June 8. Another great edu-film, The Cartel, is making its way to Ohio on May 21. Produced by New Jersey reporter Bob Bowdon, the documentary follows the widespread corruption in education in the Garden State, e.g., how “our public school system wastes and steals billions of dollars every year.” See Flypaper for a review of the movie and head to the Columbus Gateway Film Center next week for a limited-time screening.
  • This WestEd review of professional teaching standards compares several states—including Ohio—according to a variety of criteria, including whether standards are targeted toward all teachers or just beginning ones.  To see the hodge-podge of policies, check out the report here.
  • Check out footage of yesterday’s Brookings Institution’s event on the future of education journalism.  Presenters include Brookings Senior Fellows Grover “Russ” Whitehurst and E.J. Dionne, whose new report “re-imagines” education journalism from the perspective of new and traditional media outlets.  And don’t forget to check back with us for more commentary once the report is released!
  • What will American education look like in the year 2030? To find out, read some fascinating speculation on the future of education in this e-book (15 PDF articles) from members of the Hoover Institute’s Koret Task Force on K-12 education.