Thank you, Dr. Hill, for pointing me to this:
Ravitch has another Bridging Differences blog post called “What I Learned in New Orleans.” Tidbits:
In New Orleans, I spoke at Dillard University, an HBCU (or historically black college or university). There, I heard from angry African-American parents and educators who felt disenfranchised by the charterizing of their public schools. The mainstream media may think that the chartering of New Orleans was a wonderful thing, but the audience that night did not. When a young woman (who was white) from the Cowen Institute at Tulane University defended the success of the charters in getting more students to pass AP exams, several people in the audience demanded to know why their non-charter schools were no longer allowed to offer AP courses. The young woman had no answer.
Also in New Orleans, I spoke at the Grantmakers in Education conference, where I shared a panel with Ted Mitchell (the president of the California state board of education, the president of the NewSchools Venture Fund, and a board member of Green Dot charters and New Leaders for New Schools, etc.) and John Jackson, the president and chief executive officer of the Schott Foundation for Public Education. Mitchell spoke enthusiastically about the Obama-Duncan agenda, especially the Race to the Top…John Jackson was brilliant in criticizing that agenda for “thinking small,” dropping $50 million on KIPP to double the number of its charters from 99 to perhaps 200, and endowing Teach for America with $50 million when they add fewer than 10,000 teachers each year—teachers who agree to stay on the job for only two years in a profession that must add at least 300,000 teachers every single year. Jackson wondered why the administration was not planning a dramatic expansion of pre-K to all those who need it (a goal on which there is strong, positive research) or devoting resources to building a strong profession.
And look at the end for her favorite line of her visit.