Korsmo's news roundup: The physics of chucking cheese heads

If you’ve ever wondered whether a cheese head could be propelled with such force that it might crack a wall, the answer is no. It is not physically or metaphysically possible. I know because I tried last week during the Packers’ loss to the 49’ers. The universe was righted last night however when America’s team beat the Bears in a fashion I could get used to. Thank you Vince, thank you pink unicorn, thank you Jay Cutler. P.S., to a certain Superintendent of a school district south east of here – the Lions are just NOT that good. Beating the Rams is NOT a sign of strength. It is a sign of breathing.

Anyway… the edu-news:

Charterlicious: Initiative 1240, the campaign to bring public charter schools to Washington is in full swing. The campaign continues to receive a lot of attention from the media. This piece highlights the measure’s strong support from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “Washington would have one of the strongest laws in the country. By strong, we mean it would not only support the growth of charter schools but it would also support quality in the schools,” said Todd Ziebarth, the alliance’s vice president of state advocacy and support.

Additionally, the measure won the support of the editorial staff at the Tacoma News Tribune. And the latest public polling shows the initiative well ahead – albeit with a high undecided rate.

Strike Out: The Chicago teacher strike looks to be coming to a close.  And not a moment too soon. We were almost on the cusp of understanding what the disagreement was. One thing is pretty clear,  strikes are bad for kids, damnable to parents and have to feel pretty crummy for teachers, too. Just who “won” this one will get dissected and deconstructed. The losers? Kids.

Hang Tough: Not to get all starry-eyed or swoonish, but journalist and author, Paul Tough, will be in town next week to discuss his new book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Tough previously wrote about character in a piece for the  New York Times.  “What if the Secret to Success is Failure”  examines the practice of teaching character and a burgeoning effort to measure the efficacy of this teaching. Tough makes a clear distinction between “moral character” and “performance character,” the latter being a huge contributor to success in post-secondary education and in  climbing career ladders.


  • KPLU ran this piece on an the effort to turn around a struggling school in Tacoma – pretty good listen.
  • CRPE’s new study on principals, “Principal Concerns: Leadership  Data and Strategies for States” looks at what policy makers can do to strengthen their leadership corps.
  • A new study out of Johns Hopkins finds that immigrant children who came to the U.S. before they were teens out-perform native born kids in school.
  • A legislative work group tasked with communicating with the Supreme Court on how to fund schools in a post-McCleary world could put something forward next week. Stay tuned.

Oh sure, there’s more. But you can always go to LEV’s Daily Ed for the rest. Have yourselves a fabulous weekend, and as always, thanks for all you do for our kids.

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  1. dan September 17, 2012

    OK, I’m confused. I thought America’s team lost to the Seahawks on Sunday.


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