March 24, 2006

The schedule has fallen apart. We apologize for the inconvenience.

The 7.49 loyal readers of this blog may have wondered at the hypothetical story that appeared on my blog last week. Well, some things aren't hypothetical. I've been invited to address a committee of the Florida legislature next week about the state's education accountability policies (or, more specifically, address HB 1427). So, this throws a whole bunch of things into a whirl:

  • I have just notified my students of the change in plans and what they will be doing next week instead of coming to class
  • I have to prepare an online presentation for my students
  • I need to make arrangements so my spouse's life isn't Single Parent Hell for the time I'm gone next week (which includes the conference in L.A.)
  • I need to prepare the testimony
  • I need to finish the materials for the conference
  • I need to finish grading a set of papers for my classes
  • Probably a whole host of other things that aren't coming to mind right now, but I'll wake up in the middle of the night with it.

But the invitation is an opportunity to address the public debate about accountability in the state, and that's good. I appreciate the invitation from the Florida House leadership and the efforts of staff to schedule this for a few moons. And I will very much owe my family some serious quality time when I'm not out of town next week.

And I'm now very glad I'm not scheduled to go to AERA's annual meeting the following week in San Franscisco.

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