Arne Duncan brings hammer down on Washington state, pulling its ‘No Child’ waiver

BY VALERIE STRAUSS April 24 at 6:08 pm The Education Department is for the first time yanking one of the waivers it gave to states that exempts them the most onerous parts of the flawed No Child Left Behind law. As a result, Washington state will now have to comply with all parts of No ...

Organizing Resistance to Teach for America | Rethinking Schools Online

BY KERRY KRETCHMAR AND BETH SONDEL In July 2013, we were two of the facilitators of the “Organizing Resistance to Teach For America and Its Role in Privatization” people’s assembly at the Free Minds, Free People conference in Chicago. Our goals were to learn from those fighting for equity in communities and help connect the ...

It’s not just wing-nuts! Slate gets liberal opposition to the Common Core all wrong | Salon.com

By Jeff Bryant Is education too difficult a subject for some liberals? Lots of other topics are easier to write about for sure: What to say about the minimum wage? Raise it! Same-sex marriage? Yes! Unrestricted gun ownership? Bad! Granting undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship? Good! But for lots of controversies in the education ...

Chicago Again Imposes ‘Reconstitution’ As Though It Will Cure School Ills | janresseger

by janresseger The school board in Chicago will turn three more schools over to the Academy for Urban School Leadership (AUSL), its contractor of choice, when the turnaround ax falls this spring.  Arne Duncan, the U.S. Secretary of Education, began his career in Chicago, where he launched the turnaround options that have now been prescribed ...

Choice, Small Schools, and Trade-Offs | Deborah Meier – Bridging Differences

By Deborah Meier on April 24, 2014 10:45 AM Today, Deborah Meier writes to Mike Klonsky, who joined her on the blog this week. Dear Mike, We most often argue about strategy rather than principles. But maybe there’s a principle behind our differences in strategy. I’ve always had a hard time when asked, “Well. what would ...

How, after 60 years, Brown v. Board of Education succeeded — and didn’t | The Answer Sheet

BY VALERIE STRAUSS The 60th anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling is almost upon us and it’s a good time to take a look at whether it succeeded in its mission: to end segregation in public schools. Here is an important report about what has and has not been accomplished by ...

Save Our Schools NJ Complains That Public Schools Are Recruiting for Charters | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Camden, New Jersey, is one of the state’s impoverished small cities that is under state control. It may be the poorest district in the state. It is rhe lowest performing. The Chris Christie administration appointed a 32-year-old inexperienced young man (Teach for America alum) with some time working in the New York Department of Education ...

Superintendent defies state after she says students testing exam | OKCFOX.COM

The superintendent for a small Oklahoma school district took to Facebook after a testing exemption for two students whose parents were killed was denied by the state. Donna Dudley, superintendent for Moyers Public Schools, says she went against Department of Education rules and allowed the students to not the take the test, even though she ...

“Common Core: Building the Machine” | Diane Ravitch’s blog

This is an interesting documentary on the Common Core, featuring some of its strongest supporters at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute (as well as guest cameos by Jeb Bush and Bill Gates) and some of its strongest critics, notably Sandra Stotsky and James Milgram, both of whom served on the “validation committee,” but refused to ...

Wendy Lecker: Why So Many Segregated Charter Schools in Connecticut? | Diane Ravitch’s blog

Civil rights attorney Wendy Lecker calls out the charter sector of Connecticut for its unabashed practice of racial segregation. A new report from Connecticut Voices for Children finds that charter schools are hyper segregated and that they exclude children with disabilities and English language learners. Don’t expect the State Commissioner of Connecticut to care: he ...