When You Lose Control of Your School

children-105894_640I do not generally repost blog articles, but this one just appeared in Diane Ravitch’s blog.  It tells the story of children required to eat breakfast in the hallway of their school.  The story is told by a teacher there who resigned.  She headed the United Opt Out movement, and her position was eliminated.   The school has become one of the Relay Leadership schools that focuses on teach to the test strategies.  These ‘take over’ schools promise the moon but deliver smelly cheese.  You should read this.  It is what privatization of public schools is all about.  It is becoming a ‘like it or leave it’ world.  This teacher left.

What is the Unkindest Cut of All?

Charters and traditional public schools are claiming that their funding allocations are inadequate and unfair.budget

 

Given the massive cuts in education funding, their claims are not trivial.  Their arguments, however, are different. Judges are ruling differently as well.  Based on information reported by Education Justice, a  program of the New Jersey based Education Law Center, and Access, a research institute at Columbia University, charters want facilities and traditional public schools seek fairness.Continue reading

Is More Truly Better?

After 15 years of school choice, have we learned how to help disadvantaged children?  The achievement gap remains. A year of school produces a year’s worth of learning.  Children who lack kindergarten readiness skills must somehow learn faster just to catch up. Yes, access to high quality preschool programs is needed, but for children already in school, is more school better? Continue reading