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The Mixed Public Perceptions of The Experiment

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

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Who IS Rayne Martin?: Designer of COMPASS, Director of “Stand” “for Children”

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

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Cheating Is Not “Rare” and Is Not “just a few bad apples”

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

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Voucher Stumble

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

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Chicago Teachers on Strike

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

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Roots

…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

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“Charter Schools and the Values of Public Education”—Excerpts

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

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From the Sunday T-P

Greg Richmond, president of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, a group that has vetted charter school applications for Louisiana, said fewer than 1 percent of the 4,000 charter schools in the country have some kind of selective testing … Continue reading

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“Education” in NO

Michael Homan has a couple great posts about local education (also read the comments): Hannah Three Steps Forward in Education What upsets me most is the elitification of a basic right–only if you are among the lucky few or dedicated … Continue reading

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A G Bitch Education

I was “lucky” enough, much of my life, to go to school with rich/privileged kids, mostly white kids, in magnet schools and a just-a-block-from-the-Ivy-League college. It wasn’t given to me. I was no charity case or bottom of the bell … Continue reading

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