An Interview with Kenneth Zeichner: Relay Graduate School of Education

  The reason that I use Lisa Delpit’s term “other people’s children” here is to underline the point that few if any Relay staff and advocates for the program in the policy community would accept a Relay teacher for their … Continue reading An Interview with Kenneth Zeichner: Relay Graduate School of Education

Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Per a previous post titled, “Before you can fund the charter school, you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist”, Bill Gates has been busy for several years funding established organizations … Continue reading Bill Gates has spent $440M to push charter schools: Here is the list of recipients

Race to the Tots: Universal (for profit) Pre-K, DFER, KIPP and the suits

First, a bit of background about my family and why I am concerned about preschool and what “Universal pre-K” really means. As I have mentioned before, my family is African-American. My mother grew up in South Carolina in the early 1900’s with four siblings, a mother who was a music teacher and a father who was a train porter. In my family it was understood that the way to succeed was to have as much education as possible. My mother received her Master’s Degree in Child Psychology and Early Childhood Development from the University of Southern California during the Depression. … Continue reading Race to the Tots: Universal (for profit) Pre-K, DFER, KIPP and the suits

For KIPP charter schools, more computer time, less class time

With the Race to the Top (RTTT) funds dwindling, charter schools are having to balance their books and keep their CEO’s well paid by cutting out face-to-face class time with teachers and instead, placing those students in front of computer screens. They refer to this as “blended learning”. I have another word for it but I won’t use that word here. First KIPP was replacing qualified and certified teachers with Teach for America, Inc. (TFA) recruits with five weeks of training now it’s cutting costs by adding computers and subtracting teachers. This is a trend that is, unfortunately, catching on … Continue reading For KIPP charter schools, more computer time, less class time

Part 3: High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Variables

  The Variables High stakes testing has ramifications including ending careers and affecting communities by closing schools. Hence, we need to look carefully at the variables that might affect a student’s performance on a test. Teachers and principals do not work in a vacuum. They have students with lives outside school. Students live in a real world. The real world affects how they behave and their ability to focus in class. These factors include: English being a second language The physical and emotional health of the student If the student has had enough to eat or adequate time to sleep … Continue reading Part 3: High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Variables

Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

…and they don’t even live here. Do they care about us that much? I don’t think so, even though Alice Walton, one of the Walmart heiresses, has donated $1.7M so far to the Yes on 1240 charter school campaign. The following post on the Walmart 1% website clearly describes what they are doing in our state. Endangering Public Schools “Before considering the specific goals and activities of these foundations, it is worth reflecting on the wisdom of allowing education policy to be directed or, one might say, captured by private foundations. There is something fundamentally antidemocratic about relinquishing control of … Continue reading Why are the WalMart Walton’s spending so much money on charter school Initiative 1240?

Live Stream: Parents Across America Founding Member to speak at the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association about charter schools in New Orleans

As I posted last week, Michael Feinberg of KIPP is in New Zealand trying to sell charter schools to the good people of New Zealand but it doesn’t appear that too many people are buying his sales pitch. See Michael Feinberg’s selling of KIPP in New Zealand: FAIL. Parents Across America Founding Member Karran Harper-Royal has been invited to speak at the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association’s annual conference. To follow is the introduction to Karran Harper-Royal’s presentation that she will be making tomorrow, October 2nd. This was posted at the New Zealand’s PPTA’s website: Warning from New Orleans for … Continue reading Live Stream: Parents Across America Founding Member to speak at the New Zealand Post Primary Teachers’ Association about charter schools in New Orleans

Michael Feinberg’s selling of KIPP in New Zealand: FAIL

As I mentioned in a previous post, A look at KIPP, Michael Feinberg, NCTQ and Bill Gates, Michael Feinberg is in New Zealand trying to sell his wares. Fortunately, folks in New Zealand are not buying this snake oil. Check out what New Zealand thinks of KIPP: What this portrays is a hideous caricature of education which would be anathema to most New Zealand parents. KIPP has overall dropout rates of 30% before Year 9 – which rises to 40% (sic) for African American male children – and this would never be tolerated in a New Zealand school. From Current News, … Continue reading Michael Feinberg’s selling of KIPP in New Zealand: FAIL

A look at KIPP, Michael Feinberg, NCTQ and Bill Gates

Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is in a rush to now dumb down education in New Zealand even though New Zealand and Australia have higher international test scores than the US and the majority of other nations. KIPP is trying to worm their way into New Zealand using the same old phrasing such as “failing schools” and “ineffective teachers” and pushing the idea of hiring “unregistered” (cheap) staff to populate charter schools. See the TV New Zealand’s program The Hard Sell of Charter Schools featuring Parents Across America board member Karran Harper-Royal and Mike Feinberg, co-founder of KIPP. Fortunately in … Continue reading A look at KIPP, Michael Feinberg, NCTQ and Bill Gates

Charter Schools : 21 Reasons NOT to have charter schools in the state of Washington

Written by Washington State Representative Marcie Maxwell: 1. Charters have NOT outperformed public schools – the majority of charter schools have performed equal to or poorer than public schools. 2. Charter schools too often increase segregation of minority students and students of poverty. 3. Charter school legislation has led on to voucher systems which are funding private religious schools or anything that looks like a school – see Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania,etc. 4. Many charter schools in New York are run by unelected boards full of “hedge fund managers”. 5. Our neighborhood schools build strong communities that support the … Continue reading Charter Schools : 21 Reasons NOT to have charter schools in the state of Washington

Charter School Myths

When Chad Magendanz stood up in front of the Washington State PTA at the convention a few weeks ago and stated that a KIPP school that he visited had a 95% graduation rate, I decided that it was time to bust some myths about charter schools that have been floating around. I’ll start with Chad’s lalapalooza that basically charter schools have this incredible and truly unbelievable success rate at graduating students on time. It’s easy when a school can cherry pick their students or counsel them out. The reality is that there are few English Language Learners (ELL’s) in charter … Continue reading Charter School Myths

The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There

The WSPTA Convention will be held on May 4-6 and everyone who can needs to attend. There will be several issues on the table that will be voted on including the charter school resolution that has drawn fire from all quarters. This resolution, if passed at the convention, would become a cornerstone of the WSPTA platform for the next 2 years. You might not even be aware of it reading the announcements that Ramona Hattendorf has sent out but buried in the user’s guide beginning on page 12 is the charter school resolution under “Equitable Educational Opportunities”. What I find … Continue reading The Washington State PTA Convention: Be There