"Progressive public school teacher in a blue state: Things are as bad as you've heard"

Very sad.

I once attended another meeting – lots of meetings when you’re a teacher! – where we were working to approve a new weekly schedule for students. When I said I was concerned that it would require leaving some sections of the curriculum untaught, a colleague said that might actually be a good thing, because most of our students are white and their test scores dropping slightly would help shrink the racial achievement gap in our state. Again, to clarify: I don’t mean my colleague had a a more nuanced approach to testing that a dishonest interlocutor could twist to sound like that. I mean my colleague literally spoke those words. 

"The Inflation Reduction Act Deserves Our Condemnation"

I'm old enough to remember when there used to committee hearings and at least some debate about spending bills. Not so much anymore.

Huge bills containing hundreds or even thousands of pages of print where the devil in the details can be hidden from the minions are far too common. Bills joining and including several unrelated issues seldom make sense. It seems more like a wish list of things that would never get through the process on their own suddenly become more reasonable when coupled with other unimpressive ideas. Most of the large spending bills being passed in Washington deserve our condemnation.

"Republicans could change government the way they changed the courts"

Megan McArdle:

Unless your professional mistakes could cause severe injury or financial ruin, you shouldn’t need a license to work, and unless your government job is a highly technical specialty, it shouldn’t require a college diploma or advanced degree. 

I enthusiastically agree with one big caveat. She's doesn't detail how those college degrees became the gatekeepers: Griggs v. Duke Power. And if firms stopped seeking them, she doesn't explain what would take their place.

"The Summer Jam: The forgotten festival that was actually bigger than Woodstock"

"Forgotten," sure: I was  a rising high school senior then but until a few weeks ago I had never heard of it. Supposedly 600,000 folks attended. Just the Allman Brothers, The Band,  and the Grateful Dead.

Here is a soundboard of the Dead's set (3+ hours). Here's The Band's set (nearly 4 hours).

See also "Bigger Than Woodstock: Remembering Summer Jam At Watkins Glen" and "Summer Jam at Watkins Glen".