A letter from one Washingtonian (DC) to his west coast brethren: Reasons for rejecting charter school Initiative 1240

The following post is from a retired teacher in Washington D.C. Charter Expansion (Ballot Initiative I-1240) Will Harm, Not Help, Public School Students in Washington State :  Insights from the Other Washington , the Washington (DC) Public Schools Charter Expansion (Ballot Initiative I-1240) Will Harm, Not Help, Public School Students in Washington State:  Insights from the Other Washington, the Washington (DC) Public Schools Charter schools are private schools on the public dole: Unlike real public schools, they are not obligated to keep and teach the students they enroll They boost their standardized test scores and graduation rates by transferring unwanted … Continue reading A letter from one Washingtonian (DC) to his west coast brethren: Reasons for rejecting charter school Initiative 1240

Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back

All the news that fits…and there is a lot of it this week. If you haven’t watch it yet, The Inconvenient Truth Behind Waiting for Superman is a must watch on the subject of charter schools. We have the ability in our state to learn from the mistakes of others who have gone down the road of privatization of their public schools. To put it simply, the process of corporatizing a public trust does far more harm than good. One action that the corporate privatizers of education do, instead of supporting our public schools and the individuals and institutions that … Continue reading Weekly Update : The Philadelphia horror story, no more school libraries in DC if the school chancellor has anything to do with it, other privatizing insanity and the push back

Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

An Op-Ed by Guest Contributor Jesse Hagopian: There is a lot of talk in well-financed education reform circles about “closing the achievement gap” – the difference in academic performance between more affluent white children and underprivileged kids of color. Plagiarizing phrases from the Civil Rights movement, these politically-connected reformers talk of a “revolution” in education accountability and claim to be building a high-stakes testing “movement” to measure the needs of students who have traditionally been left behind. Education Secretary Arne Duncan even referred to the opening of the film Waiting for “Superman”– which advocates charter schools and demonizes teachers’ unions … Continue reading Race and The (mis)Measures of Academic Progress

Parents and Teachers, Is This What We Want in Our State?

  In the state of Florida there have been some wild and crazy things happening during their legislative session. The “Student Success” bill was passed by the state legislature and, gleefully, signed by Governor Scott with Michelle Rhee probably by his side. Below is a description by a Parents Across America-Florida member about what has happened in the last three weeks. We’ve been playing whack-a-mole in Seattle and in Olympia with much of this coming up during the legislative session as well as through pressure applied by Gates, the PTA (of all organizations), the Alliance for Education and the League … Continue reading Parents and Teachers, Is This What We Want in Our State?

Ed Reform “Miracles” – or Mirages? 10 Years of “No Child Left Behind” has led to cheating & lies

The Great Ed Reform Swindle From the since de-beatified “Texas Miracle” of 2000 that inspired the creation of  George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind,” to the latest revelations about Washington D.C.’s falsified  student test scores under ed reform’s broom-wielding ‘superwoman’ Michelle Rhee, 10 years of the  punitive ed reform agenda and its so-called “successes” have turned out to be a bust. D.C. mirage under Michelle Rhee: When standardized test scores soared in D.C., were the gains real? “(…) Michelle Rhee, then chancellor of D.C. schools, took a special interest in Noyes. She touted the school, which now serves preschoolers … Continue reading Ed Reform “Miracles” – or Mirages? 10 Years of “No Child Left Behind” has led to cheating & lies

Michelle Rhee: Arbitrary and Capricious

Remember Michelle Rhee, the woman who ruled over DC schools and threatened to step down if Fenty was not re-elected and illegally campaigned for Fenty during his try for re-election? The same Rhee who taped her students’ mouths shut because she just didn’t know what else to do with them when she did her three year stint as a Teach for America recruit? The same Rhee who accomplished the wholesale firing of teachers in DC and implicated that many of them were under suspicion of sexual misconduct which later turned out to be false but painted a horrific picture of … Continue reading Michelle Rhee: Arbitrary and Capricious

A Must Read: The McEducation of the Negro

From: The Root By Natalie Hopkinson Below are the introductory paragraphs. Dora Franchising is an outstanding model for selling Big Macs. But it can be toxic to classrooms. Something wasn’t right at the high school that Darwin Bridgers’ son attends, so he sat in on the class to see for himself. All morning long, the instructor at the Washington, D.C., charter school pointed to a list of ground rules, a detailed list of rewards and punishments posted on a wall near the front of the class filled with black and Latino students. Then the students filled out worksheets. That’s how … Continue reading A Must Read: The McEducation of the Negro

The People Have Spoken, At Least in DC

Jim Horn with Schools Matter has graciously allowed me to reprint his post dated September 14, 2010. Love the prose, Jim. Dora DC Voters Repudiate Education Deform The prognosticators on CNN like David Gergen and Paul Begala are already shaking their heads and clucking about the smashing of the Fenty/Rhee front for the corporate education machine.  Begala is urging the audience to see the big money propaganda film, “Waiting for Superman,” a documentary made by a director who gets totally snookered by producers who are funded by the billionaire boys’ club. Gergen nods, yep.  Another of the talking heads, a … Continue reading The People Have Spoken, At Least in DC