Vol 11 – Two Turkeys Together Again: The Thanksgiving Episode

Greetings, CharterFolk!

This week, Andy and I are focused on a Thanksgiving theme. We are talking about what we are thankful for over the last year, personally and professionally, as well as traditions and new results.

For those of you who would prefer a video recording, we provide a link to YouTube as well. 

This week some of the topics include:

  • Welcome back and tales from the trail (00:04)
  • Thanksgiving plans, traditions, and WKRP in Cincinnati’s 1978 Thanksgiving classic episode, “Turkeys Away” (05:58)
  • One positive thing we are each inarguably happy about that happened in charters and/or ed reform over the last year (08:01)
  • CMO leadership transition: promote from within or hire externally (17:15)
  • Virginia election results (30:30)
  • Public school satisfaction polling results: parent, non-parent, and pundit opinions (38:39)


You can use the following links to access:

·      WKRP in Cincinnati’s 1978 Thanksgiving episode, “Turkeys Away”: https://www.pjstar.com/story/entertainment/television/2023/11/20/wkrp-turkey-drop-cincinnati-thanksgiving-episode-turkeys-away-les-nessman-streaming/71652621007/

·      Andy Rotherham’s Eduwonk article regarding Virginia’s recent elections, Vibes And Narratives Are No Way To Go Through Ed Policy Son…Plus Fish!”: https://eduwonk.substack.com/p/vibes-and-narratives-are-no-way-to

·      Matt Barnum’s Chalkbeat article, “The public is souring on American education, but parents still give own child’s school high marks”: https://www.chalkbeat.org/2023/9/5/23859890/parents-polling-surveys-schools-american-education-pandemic/

Previous volumes of WonkyFolk can be accessed here.