SL 687

I’ve got to pull together something for the Atlantic today — I’ve been really, really lazy  — so I’m getting back up to speed on education news.

  • There’s been a PILE of articles about the Sesame Street puppet with autism. I wrote about Julia a year ago. I should have done anther piece last week. Ugh. Kicking myself.
  • Special ed vouchers are BAD news for lots of reasons. I have some other reasons that aren’t mentioned in this article.
  • There’s going to be free tuition at New York State colleges provided that you stay in the state after graduation. There’s absolutely NO WAY that they could ever enforce this rule.

There’s incredible graphics on this New York Times article about London after Brexit.

Evicted sounds like a great book.

Japanese cherry blossoms are clear proof that we are definitely screwed. Sell your beach properties NOW!

17 thoughts on “SL 687

  1. Laura said:

    “There’s going to be free tuition at New York State colleges provided that you stay in the state after graduation. There’s absolutely NO WAY that they could ever enforce this rule.”

    It could be done, if you structured it as loan forgiveness after the person stays in New York State a certain number of years. There are already quite a number of programs that use that structure.

    But that’s not exactly as sexy as “free tuition.”


    1. Agreed. Require the filing of a resident income tax return as a condition to loan forgiveness. If the debtor doesn’t qualify, the government has some very nasty debt collection powers–much nastier than private creditors. (After all, whose courts are they?)


    1. I am trying to declutter the house. Heaven help me if I have to worry that old magazines are worth something.

      Any news on old National Geographics?


    2. I see listings for National Geographic, but absolutely no bids. So, I’m thinking, still not any value. I couldn’t bring myself to throw ours away, though, and I think we may have a complete set from 1965-1980 or so. They are sitting in our storage shed, otherwise known as a two car garage (I don’t think we’ve ever put a car in it).


  2. Cool links.

    The article on McKay vouchers for disabilities was interesting, and answered one of my questions, which was whether vouchers were used in schools where supplemental tuition would be required on top of the voucher. The answer for the McKay scholarships seems to be yes, but I’m not certain what the “additional payments” were. One of the issues private schools face is what costs are “on top of” tuition (for example extracurricular programs, lunch, books, transportation, school trips). Potentially some of those extra payments were for “co-curricular” programs, which what we call our required, but not covered by tuition programs. I wish they’d talked to a few satisfied recipients, though.

    And, I like the cherry blossom article, especially the correction for having committed a botanical sin. But, it would have been better if they’d explained the cyclical bloom dates. The fitted curve shows peaks, at 1150, 1350, 1550, 1700 AD. They’re probably noise, but it’s the kind of thing that catches the eye. I guess I should read the paper. I love that there are records going back so far.


  3. We had a mortgage loan that was contingent upon staying in the periphery of the country (Israel). It turned into a grant if we didn’t sell the house for 15 years. So I guess the tax system might be a way to connect students to continued residence?


  4. Could you gather some of your special ed pals and their kids and watch Sesame Street together, and report their reactions? The kids are probably old enough to be able to reflect on whether they’d like to have seen it when they were kids. Seems like that would be a good readable spin on the Julia story.


  5. Here’s an old youtube about United customer service, specifically treatment of musical instruments:


    I can’t find the original youtube, but it had 17 million clicks the last time I checked.


  6. I liked that Evicted deals with what low cost housing really looks like. The aspects of eviction and low quality housing on nutrition are interesting because one thing that is rarely mentioned in discussions about poverty is the access to a stove. A considerable number of children in the schools my partner has worked in did not have a functioning stove in their apartment. Some did not have a refrigerator either.


    1. You can’t make an underclass that will work for what Walmart pays if people are sure of some minimum, adequate level of housing and nutrition.


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