WiIl Bill Gates Read Anthony Cody’s The Educator and the Oligarch? | John Thompson – Huffington Post

I should start my review of Anthony Cody’s The Educator and the Oligarch by acknowledging that I blog for Anthony and we’ve had many, often extended, editorial discussions. There has been a clear pattern with our discussions/debates. My first thoughts on corporate reform have been consistently more moderate than Anthony’s. When we’ve disagreed, Anthony has ...

District Superintendents In Ohio Rebel Against Common Core Test Mania | Diane Ravitch’s Blog

Thanks to Common Core and the federally-funded PARCC exams, children in Ohio schools will be tested 10 hours to demonstrate their proficiency or lack thereof. District superintendents say (as do parents and teachers and students), this is ridiculous!  While Arne Duncan is posting his benign views about testing–and how important it is to compare your ...

@TIME Gets Tenure Wrong, Part I: It Is NOT Hard To Fire a Teacher | Jersey Jazzman

Peter Greene points out that TIME’s cover this week, announcing a lengthy piece about teacher tenure, is worse than the actual story. I don’t disagree; however, the piece is still deeply flawed. So flawed, in fact, that it’s going to take a few posts to break it all down. Let’s start with this: But what began ...

The Big Problem with Time’s Teacher-Bashing Cover Story | Peter Hart – Common Dreams

With a cover that announces “Rotten Apples: It’s Nearly Impossible to Fire a Bad Teacher” alongside an image of a judge’s gavel about to smash a fruit, you might suspectTime magazine (10/23/14) is doing some good old-fashioned teacher-bashing. You’d be right. There are a few problems with the story, but the biggest one is pretty familiar: It buries ...

The Chicago Charter Blues | Edushyster

The Windy City’s experiment with charter choice falls flat… Chicago’s grand experiment with education reform dates all the way back to the 80’s—as in the 1880’s. In recent years, Windy City-style reform has meant charter schools, lots and lots of charter schools. So what has the Chicago’s choice-i-fi-cation meant for students? According to a new study, ...

There Goes the Neighborhood School | Edushyster

I brought some big questions with me to the Windy City—and I need your help in order to answer them… When I visited Chicago last spring I learned something that really surprised me. And I’m not just talking about the fact that Chicagoans have more than 5,000 different ways of insulting Mayor Rahm Emanuel. (He’s a ...

Bigger than Bridgegate? Christie’s 25 million in no-show Newark school jobs | Bob Braun’s Ledger

Gov. Chris Christie’s operation of the Newark schools wastes some $25 million a year in public funds to pay teachers who don’t teach–teachers who spend all day in so-called “rubber rooms” or at home, doing nothing to earn the money they are paid. It’s something he’ll never bring up in his presidential campaign trips to Iowa or New Hampshire–but New Jersey’s governor is ...

Why I Want To Give Up Teaching | Elizabeth A. Natale – The Hartford Courant

Surrounded by piles of student work to grade, lessons to plan and laundry to do, I have but one hope for the new year: that the Common Core State Standards, their related Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium testing and the new teacher evaluation program will become extinct. I have been a middle school English teacher for ...

Common Core revolt goes local | Stephanie Simon – Politico

School districts from New Hampshire to Oregon are revolting against the coming Common Core tests. Even as political leaders in both red and blue states continue to back away from the standards — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the latest example — the hottest battles have shifted to the local level, where education officials ...

Time’s Tenure Story | Curmudgucation

Time’s cover story by Haley Sweetland Edwards is the tale of David Welch’s crusade to provide school CEO’s with more power to control their workforce. I’m sure there will be much reflection on this article in the days ahead, but here’s my quick read over lunch reaction. It comes close to being a balanced reporting ...