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Larry Hogan’s plan for charter schools hits a roadblock 26.3.2015 Washington Post: Editorials
MARYLAND GOV. Larry Hogan’s plan to make it easier to establish charter schools has run into trouble in the General Assembly. The public education systems in much of Maryland are among the best in the country, so it is not surprising that lawmakers are wary of making changes. What legislators need to realize, however, is that public charter schools not only offer new possibilities to students but also can function as a useful complement to traditional schools. Lawmakers need look no further than the neighboring District to see how two school sectors can work in parallel to further students’ interests. Read full article ...
Chicago School Fight 25.3.2015 FactCheck
Chicago mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia claims in a new ad that Mayor Rahm Emanuel “took” money from closed public schools and “gave” it to “elite private schools.” Those “private schools,” in fact, are publicly funded charter schools -- open to all students tuition-free.
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A Brief History of the "Testocracy," Standardized Testing and Test-Defying 25.3.2015 Truthout - All Articles
Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally against school closings and testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee ) In this excerpt from More Than a Score, Jesse Hagopian explains who the “testocracy” are, what they want - for everybody else's children and for their own - and why more people than ever before are resisting tests and working collectively to reclaim public education. Chicago, April 24, 2013: Demonstrator holds a sign at a rally against school closings and testing. (Photo: Sarah Jane Rhee ) "We are experiencing the largest ongoing revolt against high-stakes standardized testing in US history," according to Jesse Hagopian, high school history teacher, education writer and editor of More Than a Score. This remarkable book introduces the educators, students, parents and others who make up the resistance movement pushing back against the corporate "testocracy." Click here to order More Than a Score today by making a donation to Truthout! In this excerpt from More Than a Score, Jesse ...
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Nine Billionaires Are About to Remake New York's Public Schools 24.3.2015
Of all the hedge-fund billionaires dedicated to education reform, none stands out more than Paul Tudor Jones II. (Photo: TED Conference / Flickr ) Truthout combats corporate power of everything by bringing you trustworthy, independent news. Join our mission by making a donation now! Hedge-fund manager Whitney Tilson stands at a Harvard club podium in midtown Manhattan, facing a room full of investors eating eggs and bacon, and eager to learn more about charter schools. The walls of the wood-paneled room are lined with the portraits of Tilson's Harvard forefathers. Above the podium where Tilson stands hangs an ornamental gold ship, swaying. In the corner of the room is a large screen, on which the logos of the day's sponsors, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation, float like guardian angels. Two large stone fireplaces dominate the west end of the room. Their exaggerated mantelpieces are each decorated with two empty crests and a laurel—symbols of power drained of any ...
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'Cheated' Out Of An Education: Book Replays UNC's Student-Athlete Scandal 24.3.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Authors Jay Smith and Mary Willingham explain how the school steered athletes to pass-through courses in order to keep players eligible.
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Never-Compromise wins again 23.3.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Last week the Ghost of Gridlock Present crossed paths in Washington with the Ghost of Gridlock Future. It makes for a spine-chilling tale.Gridlock Present was haunting the Senate, where legislators dissolved into partisan warfare over a bill to fight human trafficking that most of them support.Read full article ...
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Cutting education funding is like cutting the future 21.3.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
The forces buffeting education in Maryland and across the country are as monumental as they have been at any time in the past 60 years. The primary driver of these changes is a national conversation redefining how educators, parents and policymakers measure society’s investment in public education. While this discussion affects the curriculums we teach and the tests students take, educators are also grappling with declining resources. This dynamic is the result of a persistently weak economy, which is forcing many states, including Maryland, to consider education cuts to balance state budgets.Read full article ...
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Test-and-punish doesn’t work 21.3.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Every child should have access to a fantastic neighborhood public school. To achieve that, the city has a legal and moral responsibility to provide the resources and supports that all students need to reach their full potential. This will not be easy. Poverty, a powerful challenge to student success, has grown significantly in the past decade. Unfortunately, while children in the most comfortable parts of our great city have enjoyed the benefits of prosperity, our most vulnerable students have had to climb an even steeper hill. Read full article ...
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Teachers take 1,000 apples to New York governor in protest for increased education funding 21.3.2015 Star Tribune: Nation
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Chuy, Rahm and the Chicago school crisis 20.3.2015 Chicago Tribune: Opinion
Let's start with this: A central premise of mayoral challenger Jesus "Chuy" Garcia's new campaign ad on Chicago education is flat ...
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Test anxiety: Is it the kids or the teachers who are driving opt-outs? 19.3.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/COCOEN daily photos Last Thursday my son, who is typically a reliable narrator, came home from Southwest High School with what I initially imagined was a tall tale. He told me I’d be getting an emailed version of the form Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) asks parents who object to the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) to sign. I should agree to exempt him, he explained, because teachers were warning kids that anyone who took the annual state proficiency exams would miss a lesson that would be delivered at that time and would thus risk falling behind. His friends were either asking their parents to sign or forging their signatures. I checked with some other Southwest parents, who reported hearing the same story. And a link to the opt-out form was included in the school’s weekly newsletter, which goes out to every parent whose email is associated with a student there. Welcome to Learning Curve: The (Slightly Belated) Ides of March Edition. March being, of course, the month of the vernal ...
Minneapolis losing 17,000 students to charters, private and neighboring districts' schools 19.3.2015 MinnPost
Seventeen thousand, says Alejandra Matos in the Strib. That’s the number of Minneapolis school kids not taking classes in Minneapolis Public Schools. “Sam Aragon is one of more than 17,000 students missing from the Minneapolis Public Schools system. Every day, Aragon, a first-grade student who lives in southeast Minneapolis, leaves the city to attend public school in Bloomington. The number of Minneapolis students who don’t attend the city’s public schools has grown by 20 percent in five years, causing a $5 million budget shortfall this year and creating a growing sense of urgency among school administrators trying to stem the losses.” The state’s ethnic councils might be heading for an overhaul. Frederick Melo of the PiPress says, “Minnesota's ethnic councils, chartered by the state, are virtually invisible at the Legislature and need to be restructured, according to a group of lawmakers. Several lawmakers are proposing bills to turn the four boards into legislative advisory groups, rather than ...
Thousands of Minneapolis children leaving district for charters, suburban schools 19.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
District struggles to stem outflow to suburbs, charters, private schools.
Thousands of Minneapolis children leaving for charters, suburban schools 19.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Minneapolis struggles to stem the outflow to suburbs, charters or private schools.
Boundary tweaks won’t fix what ails DCPS 19.3.2015 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Some District residents are delighted by Mayor Muriel Bowser’s recent “tweaks” to the D.C. Public Schools student-assignment policy. Those adjustments would privilege select Ward 4 families and allow them to be admitted, as a matter of right, to Alice Deal Middle School in Ward 3. Eighth-grade students at Ward 7’s Kelly Miller Middle School would be entitled to attend Eastern High School in Ward 6.Read full article ...
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Our view: Less testing, more teaching 18.3.2015 Steamboat Pilot
The issue of over-testing in public schools has gained national traction, and at the state level, the topic is definitely getting lawmakers’ attention as evidenced by eight different bills aimed at reducing testing that have been introduced this year in the Colorado House and Senate. There’s a movement underway to re-evaluate the tests Colorado students are required to take, and we strongly support a reassessment of the standardized testing system currently in place. The increase and emphasis on standardized testing is straining district resources It’s time for local, state and national education leaders to rethink their testing strategy and spend less time testing and more time teaching. Recently, Steamboat Pilot & Today reporter Teresa Ristow wrote an in-depth article on the issue of over-testing. Her reporting revealed Steamboat Springs students could take as many as 25 different standardized tests between kindergarten and their senior year, in addition to traditional quizzes, tests, midterms and ...
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St. Paul school board expected to renew Silva's contract 18.3.2015 Star Tribune: Local
Superintendent’s term would go through 2018, but critics are vocal.
Closing Arguments Underway In Atlanta Test Cheating Trial 18.3.2015 NPR: All Things Considered
Twelve Atlanta educators stand accused of changing students' test scores, casting a shadow over the city and its public school system since it first came to light in 2009.
'Children were robbed' in Atlanta school cheating case, prosecutor says 17.3.2015 LA Times: Opinion
Prosecutors and defense attorneys began Monday to wrap up the sprawling Atlanta public school cheating case, in which a dozen former teachers and administrators stand accused of engaging in a massive criminal conspiracy to inflate scores on standardized tests.
St. Paul superintendent Silva among school leaders meeting with Obama 17.3.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The St. Paul superintendent was among a dozen big-city school leaders who discussed successful educational strategies and expressed concern about reauthorizing "No Child Left Behind"
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