The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

Originally published in The Huffington Post, by co-editor Sue Peters I can’t help but wonder if it isn’t an intentional Catch 22 that some people are trying to trap our public schools in– setting them up to fail, making it … Continue reading The Doublespeak of Ed Reform Regarding Charter Schools

“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

On TV, we have Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and “Waiting for ‘Superman’” talking about failing schools, low standards, and China, but rarely do they ever talk about students. Who is going to tell the story of public education? Is it going to be the corporate-education reformers who haven’t spent a day teaching, or is it going to be the students, teachers, and parents who live the realities of these policies every day in the classroom? LISTEN is a documentary, created by a student, that attempts to tell those stories from the perspective of people most directly affected by … Continue reading “Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

The “Magical Me” Ms. Rhee

The other day I received the type of comment that I love to respond to. I initially thought I would reply to the angry attack in the comment section of the Rhee-event post. Then I decided that it was time to create a special page on Michelle Rhee posting all of the articles that I have collected on her and her career. After completing the page, I thought hmm, why not make this page into a post to share with all of our Seattle Education readers. The comment referred to me as being ignorant of Michelle Rhee and that I … Continue reading The “Magical Me” Ms. Rhee

The Seattle Rhee-event

Last week someone on one of the list servs that I follow wrote that Michele Rhee was coming to their town and they wanted to do something special during her visit as other cities have done. I am pleased to say that our warm Seattle welcome for Ms. Rhee was very successful but realized I had not shared our event with others, so for the sake of archiving the event and providing readers with some welcome party ideas, I post the following: A call went out on the Seattle Education blog a week before Ms. Rhee was to speak at … Continue reading The Seattle Rhee-event

“Reign of Error” by Diane Ravitch: A Review

Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America’s Public Schools Dr. Ravitch shatters one corporate reform myth after another with clarity providing excellent background information in the Notes and Appendix of this book. Because of her courageousness and direct approach, expect the corporate media to attack her because no one is left standing in this book, at least on the reform side, from President Obama’s support of school privatization to the machinations of Michelle Rhee. This book is a perfect reference guide to all things ed reform. Don’t understand much about test scores? Check … Continue reading “Reign of Error” by Diane Ravitch: A Review

Firing Day at a Charter School

  I just quit my job as a teacher in an urban charter school. Even though I still don’t have another job and I support myself entirely, it is the best decision I ever made. It is especially liberating this week while my colleagues – and after five incredibly stressful years on the education front lines, my truly beloved friends – wait for the June 1 ax to fall. Every June 1, the exhausted teachers and staff at my school learn whether they will be rehired for another grueling year. Last year the school gave 43 staff and teachers the … Continue reading Firing Day at a Charter School

Parents Across America Update

  Parents Across America Action News May 2, 2013 Welcome to PAA Action News, the information and action newsletter of Parents Across America. PAA Action Alert Help a student speak out against using tests to evaluate teachers Here’s a quick action for the week: Please sign this petition posted by a Miami University of Ohio student. As the student explains: “Standardized tests are not a sound or fair way to evaluate teachers. The higher the stakes we give these tests, the more we will see test prep and test cheating, which goes against the positive, democratic nature of public education.” We … Continue reading Parents Across America Update

The Weekly Update: The Parent Trigger- “It’s a scam”, the charter school waiting list scam in Chicago and elsewhere, the Common Core Standards dumped by the RNC and more

First piece of news is that I’ve been published. Yes, it’s a teeny tiny chapter in a book with some  heavy hitters but still, I have something to brag about now. The book is definitely worth checking out. The title is Left Behind in the Race to the Top: Realities of School Reform. Now onto the news. Michelle Rhee is back in the news since the Atlanta cheating scandal hit the papers recently. Ms. Rhee’s reign in DC continues to haunt her. One of these times, someone besides her best bud the now DC Chancellor Maya Henderson, might take on … Continue reading The Weekly Update: The Parent Trigger- “It’s a scam”, the charter school waiting list scam in Chicago and elsewhere, the Common Core Standards dumped by the RNC and more

The Weekly Update: NPEC gives out the Bunkum Awards for bogus studies, Duncan gets an “F” on education equity, Edushyter’s Eduttantes and much, much more

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed We definitely had a better time outside than the audience did inside on Tuesday evening at the Rhee event. In fact, some members of the audience, after Rhee’s performance, came out and told protesters that they were on our side after hearing Rhee. I guess Rhee needs to work on her message. It could be that Rhee’s message fell flat because what she is professing doesn’t work…really. From Democracy Now: DEPT OF EDUCATION PANEL SAYS SCHOOL SYSTEM BURDENING LOW-INCOME CHILDREN: A federal commission has found U.S. education policies … Continue reading The Weekly Update: NPEC gives out the Bunkum Awards for bogus studies, Duncan gets an “F” on education equity, Edushyter’s Eduttantes and much, much more

One more for the road: Michelle Rhee’s firing of D.C. teachers was “improper”

While preparing for an interview tomorrow on npr regarding Michelle Rhee and a better, more sane approach to education, I’ve been coming across some old articles that I think need to see the light of day again. This one is also from the Washington Post: Rhee’s firing of 75 D.C. teachers in 2008 was improper, arbitrator says By Bill Turque Washington Post Staff Writer Tuesday, February 8, 2011; 8:15 PM An independent arbitrator says that the District must reinstate 75 new teachers fired by then-D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee during their probationary period in 2008, ruling that the dismissals … Continue reading One more for the road: Michelle Rhee’s firing of D.C. teachers was “improper”

That’s what friends are for: Rhee and the DC cheating scandal revisited

I am re-posting this from a Weekly Update that I wrote on August 18, 2012 to remind folks about how Ms. Rhee got off the hook for the cheating scandal while she was Chancellor of the DC school system. August 18, 2012 In the “You gotta’ be kiddin’ me” category we have the results of an “investigation” into the purported cheating that took place during Michelle Rhee’s reign as Chancellor of DC schools. By the way, the present Chancellor of DC schools, Kaya Henderson, was brought in by Michelle Rhee in 2007 to be the Deputy Chancellor. She was with … Continue reading That’s what friends are for: Rhee and the DC cheating scandal revisited