“Those who drool to emulate New Orleans’ charter school program ought to dry their chins and take note”

From Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog  deutsch29 Two Former New Orleans Charter Principals Exploited SPED Students for Money, Among Other Issues The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not systematically and regularly audit its state-run schools. No entity does. In fact, the only way … Continue reading “Those who drool to emulate New Orleans’ charter school program ought to dry their chins and take note”

School “Choice”: What it really means

This was first posted on EduShyster and I am reposting it here because it pertains to Seattle and the ongoing fight to keep our schools public and democratic. The scenario of what happened in New Orleans is not pretty. Big Easy, Little Choice by Ashanna Bigard If New Orleans is being held up as a model for the schools in your community, I have some advice for you. Fight harder than you’ve ever fought to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you. When I talk about *choice* in New Orleans I use quotations with both fingers and I wink … Continue reading School “Choice”: What it really means

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

The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

The Weekly Update for the news you might have missed. First, some business. Seattle school board to vote on Initiative 1240 resolution Seattle School Board Director Kay Smith-Blum introduced a resolution against the charter school Initiative 1240 at the Seattle School Board Executive Committee meeting on Wednesday. The Executive Committee agreed to move the resolution forward to a full Board vote on Wednesday, October 17th with a recommendation to approve the resolution. As many people as possible should be at this board meeting. It is a critical vote and you know that the well paid opposition  in the guise of … Continue reading The Weekly Update: More on New Orleans, another one bites the dust, a Broadie that is, the Seattle School Board will be voting on Initiative 1240, be there, and more news you might have missed

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

The Cruel Hoax of “Choice” With Charter Schools

Karran Harper Royal, a Founding Member of Parents Across America, works as an Education Advocate in New Orleans. She is the Assistant Director of  Pyramid Community Parent Resource Center and the former Training Coordinator for the New Orleans Parent Organizing Network.  Her work at Pyramid involves providing one on one support to parents of children with disabilities and conducting workshops to help parents understand their rights under federal special education law.   In addition to working with Pyramid and New Orleans Parent Organizing Network, Mrs. Harper Royal is a contributor to Research on Reforms and provides a parent voice to the … Continue reading The Cruel Hoax of “Choice” With Charter Schools