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Quotes: A Call For Blending Kids & Dollars In NYC

Unfortunately, in cobbling together different funding sources and different types of preschools, the city has unintentionally reinforced barriers that keep rich and poor children apart, even in economically mixed neighborhoods. -- Clara Hemphill & Halley Potter in the NYT (Let Rich and Poor Learn Together)

When Charters Go Union, Reporters Love Writing About It

Rachel M. Cohen of The American Prospect has written an important piece on the history – both ancient and current – of the relationship between charter schools and teachers’ unions. It is superior to most articles on the subject, which tend to oversell both the trend in unionization and the unions’ commitment to organize charter […]

Morning Video: Howard Fuller Reflects On #NOLAed

"Some attendees were opponents who questioned the reforms. But far louder was the self-questioning by the very people who championed the changes." (Success at what cost? New Orleans education reformers discuss the revolution via Times Picayune). Show More Summary

Read This The Next Time You Excuse Segregated Charter Schools

From Roof's manifesto:"Segregation was not a bad thing. It was a defensive measure. Segregation did not exist to hold back negroes. It existed to protect us from them. And I mean that in multiple ways. Not only did it protect us from...Show More Summary

AM News: Teachers Details Problems At Virtual Schools

Teachers allege problems at California virtual schools run by Va.-based company K12 Inc. Washington Post: A group of teachers at a network of California virtual schools has alleged a number of problems with the online operator, including...Show More Summary


Sent to the NY Times, June 20, 2015Re: English Class in Common Core Era: ‘Tom Sawyer’ and Court Opinions (June 19, 2015).Those who write about the nonfiction/fiction controversy should read more nonfiction, specifically the researchShow More Summary

What if…

[This blog post coalesced around reading the NY Times article Black Church Is Target Again for Deadly Strike at the Heart and the work and mission of my friends leading the EduColor movement are engaged in every day.] I have a concern. I … Continue reading ?

The Latest Racist/Classist StandardizedTest from ETS

A hundred years ago the first large scale IQ tests were devised by American eugenicists who saw testing as a surefire "scientific" way to sort, segregate, and mistreat "defectives," so that they would not mix and, therefore, stain the...Show More Summary

Afternoon Reading: Charters, Unionization, & The Annenberg Standards

Kudos to Rachel M. Cohen [@rmc031] for her American Prospect piece about charter school unionization (When Charters Go Union), which is a timely update on a small but important issue no matter which side of the reform/critic divide you happen to occupy. Show More Summary

Four of Memphis's Worst Charters with the Best Political Connections Will Remain Open

Since Gates and the oligarchs put Supt. Dorsey Hopson in charge of the charterization of public schools in Memphis, Shelby County Schools has been in a lather to close as many "low-performing" schools as possible.Early in 2014, Hopson was adamant that it all comes down to poor student achievement and that the children have suffered long enough. Show More Summary

Call and Response

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia is a former elementary teacher, a musician and singer, and an Army brat. It isn’t surprising, then, that she would make generous use of the “call and response” technique when interviewing Presidential candidates. For all her criticism of standardized tests, she really like standardized answers. “We must reduce […]

Back & Forth: Reformy Researcher's Mind Boggled By Thompson, NOLA, Me

USC's Morgan Polikoff has a blog post you might want to read, in which he takes on contributor John Thompson's recent critique of the New Orleans school reform model and a recent Washington Monthly article about the last 10 years there. Show More Summary

Morning Video: Live From New Orleans

Here's the livestream from #NOLAed conference going on now. Or click here if the link doesn't work -- I couldn't find real embed codes. The schedule for the day is here. Or watch PBS NewsHour's Gwen Ifil deliver a Newark commencement speech here.

AM News: Proposed New Funding Formula For Worst-In-Nation Pennsylvania

Pa. Lawmakers Propose New School Funding Formula, as Tax Hikes Loom State EdWatch: The formula would provide additional funding for individual students from low-income backgrounds, as well as for students in districts with large concentrations of poverty. Show More Summary

Charleston: What's The Education Community Got To Say?

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Charleston, SC. The combination of hate+guns continues to tear our communities to shreds. — Arne Duncan (@arneduncan) June 18, 2015 While some might consider the Charleston shooting to...Show More Summary

Table: Smaller, Lower-Scoring Districts Had Higher Opt-Out Rates In NY

So Brookings' Matt Chingos took a look at the available opt-out data for New York State, and then combined it with demographic information and 2014 test score results (Who opts out of state tests?). What he found includes both the obvious...Show More Summary

Charleston and Teaching Children

I’ve run out of ways to write about this. I don’t think I’m going write anything I haven’t said before. I’m certain that I’m not going to write anything that other people haven’t already said – and said better. Maybe … Continue reading ?

Who Ratted on Rafe and Why?

Nationally acclaimed classroom teacher and author Rafe Esquith was placed on administrative leave in March after allegations of misconduct were made against him. What makes the incident peculiar is how and why he was removed from the classroom. Three months later, L.A. Unified officials have not clearly outlined the allegations against the popular teacher, said […]

Thompson: Washington Monthly Spins NOLA School Reform Impact

The safest summary of evidence on the effectiveness of New Orleans school reforms is Politico's Caitlin Emma. Emma's The New Orleans Model: Praised but Unproven explains that "mayors and governors from Nevada to Tennessee have sought...Show More Summary

Quotes: Former Labor Secretary Supports Charters That Do Right By Kids

I don’t have anything against charter schools if they adhere to minimum public standards, and if they don’t select their students — skimming the cream off in advance — and don’t kick students out who don’t meet the grade. I mean those...Show More Summary

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