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Tag Archives: public education
Whatever the intentions of policy leaders, this “broken system” narrative has had some serious unintended consequences. And perhaps the most obvious of those has been an increased tolerance for half-baked plans. Generally speaking, the public has a relatively high bar … Continue reading
The full report is here [PDF] and not very long…. The first finding is pretty easy—even if you are dogmatically opposed to the privatization of public schools, if the choice is between a “failing” operator and a new one, you’d … Continue reading
See Who IS Rayne Martin?, 5/24/2010. Story #3: If you wonder why the COMPASS has been so poorly implemented, let me give you some background. You already knew about Ms. Molly Hortsman, the three year TFA’er who was put in … Continue reading
The [Washington, DC] Office of the State Superintendent released results Friday from its annual audit of standardized testing in the city. It says “critical violations” of testing integrity were found at seven public schools and four charter schools. Test results … Continue reading
CenLamar: Jindal’s Scheme to Defund Public Schools In Order to Enrich Religious Schools Ruled Unconstitutional Less than 24 hours later, Kelley ruled that Jindal’s voucher program is unconstitutional. Period. I’ve read some commentary that suggests vouchers weren’t “unconstitutional,” only the way … Continue reading
Teacher Strike Is Latest Sign of Unions on the Defensive. NYTimes.com, 9/11/12. Teachers, who are largely women, especially in PK-8, are the only professionals [yes, teachers ARE professionals] who are expected to not need or want benefits, job security or … Continue reading
…all groups suffered after Democratic Redeemers launched their determined attack on the reforms in public education that had occurred during Reconstruction. … It was a humiliating and sad spectacle for an urban system once ranked among the nation’s best. Problems … Continue reading
The belief was that creative educators, freed from myriad rules and regulations, would try new things that, if successful, would influence the entire system (3). Charter schools also have a special obligation: to lead in demonstrating innovations in instruction, organization, … Continue reading