“A self-fulfilling conflict of interest”: Charter schools, testing mania, and Arne Duncan | Salon.com

Obama’s education secretary is “a market-based person,” his education policy manifests a “market-based philosophy,” and “we continue to starve public schools,” the co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus charged in an interview Wednesday afternoon. The privatization of education “began as driven by ideology, but now [it’s] getting momentum because of the financial aspects,” Rep. Raul ...

Colorado Teacher: Is This Good for Kids? Why I Resigned | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Colorado has one of the most punitive teacher evaluation systems in the nation, passed in 2010. It was written by State Senator Michael Johnston, ex-TFA. Contrary to the conclusions of the American Statistical Association, the American Educational Research Association, and eminent researchers such as Linda Darling-Hammond and Edward Haertel of Stanford, Colorado’s SB 191 bases ...

Opinion: What’s Good for Our Teachers Is Good for Our Students | NJ Spotlight

MARK WEBER | APRIL 16, 2014 Attempts to deprecate or demonize teachers when they stand up for themselves are bad for our kids’ education Why is teaching the only profession in New Jersey (and the nation) where employees are criticized for standing up for themselves? In Newark, the teachers union has decried a plan, proposed ...

Arne Debunkin’ | Gary Rubinstein’s Blog

by Gary Rubinstein A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading ...

Even the strongest relationships sour | The Answer Sheet

BY VALERIE STRAUSS April 17 at 4:00 am Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana, and John White, Louisiana’s education commissioner, were once a great school reform pair — seemingly inseparable.  Times have changed. In early 2011, Jindal tapped White, then the superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, to become education chief in Louisiana ...

Pearson’s Errors Matter | Diane Ravitch’s blog

The American public would be alarmed if they knew how often standardized tests are inaccurate. As a member of the National Assessment Governing Board, I saw questions whose wording was confusing. I saw questions that had more than one right answer. I even saw questions with no right answer. Sometimes the tests are scored incorrectly, ...

CT Makes New Strides in Grittology | CURMUDGUCATION

Sandwiched in the midst of a puff piece about Connecticut’s new elite cadre of Common Core teacher shills is this important paragraph: Getting on the list was competitive. According to a news release from the Department of Education, teachers “were chosen through a competitive statewide application on the basis of their content knowledge, grit, and ...

Corporate Education Reform Industry group starts radio campaign in support of new charter schools | Wait What?

Surprise, surprise… An out-of-State charter school advocacy group has started an advertising campaign to support the Malloy administration’s decision to give Steve Perry his own privately run, but taxpayer funded, charter school in Bridgeport. According to a reports from the CT Mirror and Hartford Courant, Families for Excellent Schools, Inc., a charter school advocacy group based ...

An Open Letter to Teach for America Recruits | Alternet

Dear New TFA Recruits, Around the country, hundreds of college seniors and a handful of career changers are receiving letters of acceptance into Teach For America (TFA). Congratulations on being accepted into this prestigious program. You clearly have demonstrated intelligence, passion, and leadership to make it this far. And now I am asking you to ...

Jason Stanford: Who Is Leading the Civil Rights Movement Today? | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Jason Stanford attended a conference in Austin to mark the 50th anniversary of passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. And don’t you know, the people who were responsible for No Child Left Behind think they acted in the tradition of civil rights leaders. He writes: “At the Civil Rights Summit celebrating the Civil ...