Photo courtesy Flickr/Arul Irudayam

Photo courtesy Flickr/Arul Irudayam

I’ve been working on this deep dive into national and local policy and data regarding discipline for almost a week now, ever since trustee Miguel Solis introduced a proposal to ban most suspensions at the pre-K through second grade level, and place a moratorium on them in the third through fifth grade level at a recent Dallas Independent School District board of trustee briefing.

I’ll be honest – I’ve been reading ahead. I’ve been reading ahead since taking a series of classes on the state of public education, an activity that predates last week’s board briefing by a whole year. I’ve been waiting for someone to address this.

Sometimes, I forget that other people aren’t raging policy wonks who consider US Department of Education materials and other data light reading, so the pushback surprised me. The meeting yielded a whole lot of “who moved my cheese” responses. The comments on subsequent stories written about that meeting yielded much more.

But it was a response from an actual teacher that tells me we all really could benefit from not only a good dose of reality but also a whopping dose of “how did we get here.” I hope to provide some of that today by sharing what I’ve learned about suspensions and elementary students. (more…)


Talk about an eye-opener. This story from the Atlantic’s Jordan Weissman takes a look at a recent study from the U.S. Department of Education analyzing where a group of 27-year-olds are today.

The study found that today’s 27 year olds are educated, in debt, and living with their parents. To us, the most interesting finding was that of all the respondents to the survey, the group that attained an associate’s degree had a higher rate of homeownership than those with bachelor’s degrees or higher. About 22 percent of respondents live with their parents, of which 18 percent are bachelor’s degree holders.

It seemed that the high level of debt, both credit card and student loan debt, presented a significant barrier to homeownership, with 60 percent of respondents borrowing money for college, and 79 percent of 27-year-olds owing some money, with 55  percent at least $10,000 in debt on credit cards or mortgages.

So, how old is too old to live at home? And are you surprised that so many 20-somethings still live with their parents?