Let me tell you a story. There was a time, years ago, when I allowed stress to consume the whole of my life. I’d collapse, face first, into bed and wake the following morning to the same tedium, the same anxieties that had managed to bloom overnight. 1,765 MORE WORDS
Stephen Dyer of Innovation Ohio reports that the virtual charter school Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow spent $2.7 million on advertising.
The Dispatch reported this weekend that the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow — the nation’s largest for-profit charter school run by huge political donor William Lager that received all Fs and one D on the latest report card — spent $2.7 million last year on advertising. 176 MORE WORDS
The Network for Public Education supports opting out of Common Core tests.
“The Network for Public Education stands in full support of parents, students and educators who choose to teach and learn about the reality of high stakes tests, opt out of high stakes tests, speak out against high stakes tests and who refuse to give those tests to students. 528 MORE WORDS
I don’t watch many TV shows—mainly because I despise having to wait weeks or months to receive one more incomplete piece of a full narrative, but also because few shows grab me enough to warrant a 20-plus hour investment. 1,073 MORE WORDS
In the first few months after Barack Obama was elected president, I was often reminded of the wonderful newness of it all. I’d brush my teeth, and all of a sudden my brain would go “Dude, the president is black.” Or I’d order coffee and remember, “His name is Barack HUSSEIN Obama” (the emphasis on Hussein more ecstatic than… 814 MORE WORDS
It is hard to laugh about Governor Cuomo’s nonsensical proposal to demoralize teachers and destabilize public schools. He wants to change teacher evaluation so that 50% of their rating is based on their students’ test scores (he doesn’t realize that most teachers don’t teach reading and math in elementary schools); he wants 35% of their evaluation to be based on the drive-by evaluation of an independent person who doesn’t work in the school; and he wants the judgment of the principal, who sees the teachers regularly, to count for only 15%. 303 MORE WORDS
Now will the charter lobby stop boasting that they have the answers to low test scores?
Two charter middle schools run by the Brighter Choice Foundation were closed by the state’s Charter Schools Institute. 508 MORE WORDS
Contest judges Mary Miller (fiction), Elena Passarello (creative nonfiction), and Elisa Gabbert (poetry) have chosen winners in their respective genres from an impressive collection of finalists. 724 MORE WORDS
John Kuhn, Texas superintendent, is a brilliant orator and writer. In this article, he skewers the cheerleaders for high-stakes testing in Texas by showing how they cherry pick data to buttress their case for testing kids more and more instead of providing adequate resources for them to learn. 1,181 MORE WORDS
Max Brantley, columnist for the Arkansas Times, writes that legislation has been filed to create a statewide district for low-performing schools. The legislators apparently want to copy the failed Achievement School District in Tennessee (which has made minimal progress towards its goals of turning low-performing schools into high-performing schools within five years) and the failed Recovery School District in Louisiana (one of the lowest ranked districts in the state). 595 MORE WORDS
That’s right, folks. We are jumping on that bandwagon like nobody’s business. That, and we also thought it’d be nice to give our scant but loyal readership a chance to take part in the publication. 176 MORE WORDS
BASIS schools are known for their high standards and their high attrition rate. There is a BASIS school in Washington, D.C., where students are taking very hard courses and “many”withdraw in January (and, according to Guy Brandenburg) “because they realize that they are on track to fail one or more courses for the semester and will therefore have to repeat the entire grade — something that would not happen at any other school that I know of.” The answer, Mathews suggests: more elite, highly selective schools. 160 MORE WORDS
Walking along frozen fields of white
crystals cracking in the cold morning wind,
I dream of a warm sun and red tulips.
Laura Chapman investigated the charter investors’ conference on March 10. And this is what she learned:
The US Department of Education will be at the charter school “investors” conference, representing you, dear taxpayer, in a scheme to subsidize the financing of charter school facilities that LISC is marketing, along with the Gates and Walton Foundations and a long list of profit seekers investors who get tax credits for doing deals, among other perks. 755 MORE WORDS
High-stakes testing has reached down into kindergarten, where it is developmentally inappropriate. Kindergarten is supposed to be the children’s garden. It is supposed to be a time for learning to socialize with others, to work and play with others, to engage in imaginative activities, to plan with building blocks and games. 495 MORE WORDS