I don't know how much has changed with PowerSchool in the two-and-a-half years since I first wrote this. I suspect their technical debt remains and integration leaves a lot to be desired. That being said, there's an absolute tsunami of funding coming into K-12 from the federal government by way of stimulus funding and the upcoming infrastructure bill. PowerSchool is well-positioned to absorb a lot of that and I think the $6 billion post-IPO valuation estimate is appropriate. Hopefully they will transition from running lean with a pretty façade to paying their employees competitive wages and hiring developers to deliver on all their promises.

I will be buying.

Sharing my notes on the 10-day Master Cleanser

Friends will often ask about my fasting experience and want to learn more about what I know and how I go about it, so I send them an email with the information below. Figured it was time to just post it all here for anyone who might be curious.


Deconstructing the myth of “hardening” our schools.

Just a group of kids going to school.

Three steps:

  1. The next time you drive by or visit a school, take a moment to stop and look around. Look into the distance and into the windows of nearby buildings. Examine every bush and every hill and ask yourself, “Where could a shooter come from? How exposed are the…

It either has a 0% or 92% chance of hitting Earth in 2062.

Please note: The following is at once, very much a true story with real-world consequences, and a work of fiction designed to foment the appropriate level of alarm warranted by such an impending disaster. I’ve provided links wherever possible to source the facts presented, but the determination of what is…

Examining resource allocation from one side of the tracks to the other.

This charter school gets slightly better test scores than its traditional counterpart. #winning

Education shouldn’t be political. Relative to other areas of our national budget, it’s not that expensive; about 15% of our state budget, and only about 6% of our national budget. But, it’s always been near the top of the list of issues that voters care most about because most everyone…

Paul Smith

I write about EdTech and education, but mostly this is where I rant about politics. On Twitter @prsmith2009

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