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We’re In This Together


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I am happy to say that my next book, We’re In This Together: Public-Private Partnerships in Special and At-Risk Education, will be out in June.  Rowman & Littlefield is the publisher.  The book is nonfiction.  It is ethnographic observer-participant research.  Co-author Mark Claypool and I explore how public schools use, or don’t use, private companies […]

Author, Superintendent Talk School Funding


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On March 30, I had the privilege of being part of the “Beyond the Book” program at the Guntersville, Alabama Public Library.  The program invites the public to engage with an author and delve more deeply into a book, in my case, The Last Year of the Season.  I was joined at the event by […]

On Cursive


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There was a debate in the Tennessee Legislature this winter as to whether to mandate cursive writing in the state’s elementary schools. I’m a cursive fan but supporting such legislation could cast me as a relic, a throw-back, a proponent of horse-and-buggy thinking. Opposition, on the other hand, could result in hate mail written in […]