Sunday, August 31, 2014

Did This Little Election Strike a Big Blow to Education Reform?

September 18, 2013 by egraham  
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In the world of education reform, Paul Vallas is a superstar. As leader of school districts in Chicago and Philadelphia, he expanded charter schools and testing. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, he replaced New Orleans’ ravaged public schools with a radical experiment in decentralized, charter-based learning. President Obama’s education secretary, Arne Duncan, has hailed [...]

Academic Freedom Sold Off Cheap

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By Mary Ellen Flannery What’s the price of academic freedom? At Florida State University, it looks like $1.5 million – or the amount donated by a right-wing billionaire who, in return, gets a final say in faculty hiring. The contract between the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation – and yes, that is the same Koch [...]

Beware Pro-Charter School “Parent” Groups

May 19, 2011 by ajehlen  
Filed under Charter Schools, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Alain Jehlen Parents are among the strongest supporters of public education. So attacks by groups claiming to represent parents are particularly painful for public educators. After all, nobody becomes a parent or an educator in order to get rich. But sometimes a group that claims to represent parents actually has anti-public school activists in [...]

Public Schools and Charter Schools: Who’s Leaving Kids Behind?

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By Alain Jehlen Many political leaders and foundations are pushing charter schools as the key to closing achievement gaps. The U.S. Congress is preparing to take up changes in the so-called “No Child Left Behind” law, and turning more schools over to charter operators may be a feature of the overhaul. So let’s take a [...]

States Move to Address Lack of Charter Oversight, Accountability

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By Kevin Hart Charter schools are marketed to the public under a very simple premise – if they don’t perform, they can be closed. But the reality has been very different, and some states are now looking for ways to hold taxpayer-funded charter schools more accountable for how they perform and how they recruit students. [...]

Exploitative Charter School Lotteries Not Required by Law

January 20, 2011 by cmccabe  
Filed under Charter Schools, Featured News, Top Stories

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By Cynthia McCabe Balloon arches span the room, loudspeakers pump out high-energy pop music, and grinning hosts cheer into microphones. It’s no party for many of the people in attendance though. Charter school operators eager to showcase interest in their facilities have turned to public events orchestrated as much for the media as for the [...]

The Waiting For Superman Paradox

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By Kevin Hart In the opening minutes of the new education “reform” documentary Waiting For Superman, director Davis Guggenheim has a moment of candor about the charter schools he hails as a panacea for urban education — he admits that most of them are not exactly getting extraordinary results. It’s that admission, educators say, that proves that [...]

Teachers Take the Stage at NBC’s Education Nation Forum

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By Amy Buffenbarger More than 6,000 educators spent their Sunday afternoon logged on to educationnation.com to participate in NBC’s nationally broadcast Teacher Town Hall. The on-air and online town hall, moderated by NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, was the beginning of a week-long focus on education issues discussed and highlighted across NBC News programs, [...]

Study Finds Charter Schools Avoid At-Risk Students

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By Alain Jehlen Although the Obama Administration continues to press for more charter schools, a new study finds many of these schools avoid the students who most need help. The study, from New York State United Teachers, the state affiliate of both NEA and the American Federation of Teachers, also uncovered rampant misuse of funds [...]

NEA President: Mass Teacher Firings Not the Answer

March 26, 2010 by cmccabe  
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By Cynthia McCabe and Ramona Parks-Kirby March 26, 2010 — Deploying the most drastic and punitive reform option to turn around low-performing schools, school districts are firing entire staffs, first in Central Falls, R.I., High Point, N.C., and now in Savannah, Ga. NEA President Dennis Van Roekel on Friday called this disturbing trend short-sighted and said [...]