Upon returning from sabbatical I came across a few magazines from a year ago that I hadn’t gotten around to reading. I’m thinking that I should read everything on a one-year delay. The too-topical stuff (for example, promos tied to upcoming movies) I can ignore, and other items are enhanced by knowing what happened a year or two later.
For example, the 11 May 2009 issue of the New Yorker featured an article by Douglas McGray about an organization in Los Angeles called Green Dot that runs charter schools. According to the article, Green Dot, unlike typical charter school operators, educate just about everyone in their schools’ areas and so don’t benefit so much from selection. I don’t know enough about the details to evaluate these claims, but I was curious about this bit:
[L.A. schools superintendent] Cortines has also agreed in principle to a partnership in Los Angeles. . . . Green Dot could take over as many as five Los Angeles schools in 2010, and maybe more. This month, Barr expects to meet again with [teacher’s union leader] Weingarten and her staff and outline plans for a Green Dot America . . . Their first city would most likely be Washington, D.C. “If we’re successful there, we’ll get the attention of a lot of lawmakers,” Barr said. . . There are risks for Barr [the operator of Green Dot] in this kind of expansion. It will be months, and maybe years, before there’s hard evidence about what Green Dot has accomplished at Locke [High School]. And that one takeover put a real strain on the organization. . . .
A year and a half have passed. What’s happened, I wonder?