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ESSA Goes After NY Community High Schools

There are 51 of them in New York City, and they serve transfer students whose circumstances made it impossible to work through a regular high school. Students receive counseling, career guidance, and other social services that allow students to actually learn while finish high school at a decelerated pace. Show More Summary

Digital Classrooms As Data Factories

from Wrench in the GearsJuly 16, 2017 My goal for this series is to make it clear that the “Future Ready” changes we’re seeing in today’s classrooms stem from the drive to create a speculative market in education data linked to social impact investing, Pay for Success, and Social Impact Bonds. Show More Summary

Smart Cities and Social Impact Bonds: Public Education's Hostile Takeover Part II

from Wrench in the GearsJuly 13, 2017 The Ed Reform 2.0 push to atomize knowledge into bits and pieces for validation by badges and micro-credentials has me very worried. It’s not what I want for my child, for other people’s children or for future generations. Show More Summary

Getting Personal with Michael Horn in Indy

By Doug Martin “In 15 years from now, half of US universities may be in bankruptcy. In the end I’m excited to see that happen. So pray for Harvard Business School if you wouldn’t mind.” Clayton Christensen (2013) “ Thank God for Clayton...Show More Summary

Billionaire Fave, Matchbook Learning, Coming to Indy

By Doug Martin Along with several other outside people and groups, Matchbook Learning’s Sajan George and his chief school officer, Amy Swann, have been picked as 2017 fellows for the Mind Trust Innovation Schools program. IPS’ supt.Show More Summary

KIPP Houston Forces Parents to Pay $2.3 Million in Unallowable Fees

While the KIPP Foundation has hundreds of millions of dollars in banks and investments, KIPP's individual schools are forced to send the Foundation $30,000 per year for using the KIPP name. Where does the fee collecting stop? With the...Show More Summary

Why the Trump U Fraud Case Is Not Done

When Donald Trump's lawyers cut a deal to pay $25 million to keep the President of the United States from ending up in court on racketeering charges related to the systematic defrauding of thousands of Trump "University" students, the judgment promised that any plaintiffs who refused settlement could take their cases to court. Show More Summary

IPS' Ferebee Joins Billionaire Eli Broad Academy

by Doug Martin A few months ago, unknown to or unreported by the Indianapolis public media, IPS supt. Lewis Ferebee joined the school reform movement in a major way, landing a fellowship at the Broad Academy founded by California billionaire...Show More Summary

Indiana's Voucher Program Another Loser

Preliminary findings from a real research study, now under peer review: When comparing these [voucher] students' achievement after the switch to their test scores the previous year, the researchers found:Voucher students experienced "modest annual achievement losses" in math, especially in the first two years after leaving public school. Show More Summary

Ravitch for "eventual absorption" of Charter Schools

Diane Ravitch's Network for Public Education (NPE) recently published a position statement on charter schools that directly challenges her widely-heralded commitment to quality public schools for all children who choose them. NPE's new...Show More Summary

Economic Integration in Dallas

Even as the white supremacists who now occupy Washington try to turn back the clock to the Jim Crow Era, new efforts to integrate schools are underway in Dallas: Rather than admit students by grades, test scores or auditions, which tends to turn schools into enclaves of affluence, these schools admit them by lottery, with no admissions standards. Show More Summary

PROTEST: Mind Trust’s IPS and the Almighty Dollar

by Doug Martin Please see the poster above for details on Tuesday’s public demonstration protesting the closing of 3 IPS schools. The $200,00the Silicon Valley based-NewSchools Venture Fund (see my recent article here) gave to Phalen...Show More Summary

From a Sunless Mind to a Solar Wall

After the gilded slumlord gangster President resigns, this will be long remembered as one of his most astonishing thought disorders to become public:....US President Donald Trump said he’s proposed building a “solar wall” on the Mexican border that would pay for itself by generating electricity. Show More Summary

Massachusetts Teachers Take a Stand Against "Personalized Learning"

from Wrench in the GearsJune 16, 2017During the annual meeting in May, representatives of the Massachusetts Teachers Association overwhelming approved three New Business Items opposing the roll out of so-called “personalized” learning programs in the Commonwealth via the MAPLE/LearnLaunch initiative. Show More Summary

KIPP Memphis: Negative Growth and Lots of "flight risks"

Based on a new study of the segregated KIPP schools and their effects on test scores, KIPP Memphis is in the basement. One of KIPP's Memphis schools has shut its doors this year, and four remain, even as they struggle against the earned...Show More Summary

What the NEA probably wouldn't want you to know about "personalized" learning in Boone County, KY.

from Wrench in the GearsJune 13, 2017Just weeks before the 2017 Annual Meeting opens in Boston, an article from NEA Today, As More Schools Look to Personalized Learning, Teaching May Be About to Change, makes it clear NEA’s top leadership...Show More Summary

Scholarchip IDs: Convenience but at what cost?

from Wrench in the GearsJune 9, 2017I’m grateful to the Alliance for Philadelphia Public Schools for keeping tabs on the Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission’s monthly meeting agendas. They recently alerted me to a resolution about...Show More Summary

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Charter schools harm students

Remediation costs from charter high school “graduates” getting into college, but not having basic proficiency are astronomical both in terms of economics, and in demoralizing students. Education legal scholars like Robert D. Skeels have...Show More Summary

Chavous, Personalized Learning, and Real Indy Voices

. By Doug Martin “Theend game … is personalized learning. We are going to get to this place where as opposed to every child being shepherded into a schoolhouse where they sit in a classroom and where a teacher stands and delivers, and...Show More Summary

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