I am excited to announce the launch of my latest blog, The Grade, over at the Washington Monthly.
No actual grades will be given -- though praise and criticism will be offered quite regularly. Think of it as NPR's "On The Media" for education news, or as a public editor or ombudsman for national K-12 news coverage.
The focus, as you will quickly see, is creating an ongoing discussion about the strengths and weaknesses of the education news coverage that informs the public and policymakers about what's going on in schools.
There's a ton of education news being pumped out every day, but what's particularly good (or bad) about the coverage that's being provided -- and what if anything can be done to make it even better?
My main publishing partner is the Washington Monthly, which has a long-standing interest in education and quality journalism. They're the folks that put out the alternative guide to colleges, among other things. I'll also be publishing some columns in the Columbia Journalism Review.
My starting funders for this new venture are the American Federation of Teachers, the second-largest teachers union in the country, and Education Post, an education nonprofit funded by folks like Eli Broad, Mike Bloomberg, and the Walton Family Foundation.
Most days it might not seem like these two would agree on much, but they have stepped up to support this effort out of a desire for smart, accurate education coverage (and agreed to give me room to write and say what seems most important to me).
Curious about what it's going to look like? Here and elsewhere, I've been trying my hand at some of the kinds of posts that you'll see at The Grade in the coming days and weeks, including Common Problems with Common Core Reporting (in the Columbia Journalism Review) and How The Atlantic's CUNY Story Went (So) Wrong (in Medium).
You can also check out all the past Media Watch posts here.
If you like this kind of stuff, that's what you're going to find lots of over there.
Click the link to check out the first couple of posts. Subscribe to all future posts on the site with Feedly or some other RSS reader using this link. And, in the days and weeks ahead, don't forget to send me stories you think are great or problematic.
Not to worry, I'll still be blogging here every day and sharing out links on Twitter, too.