Check out Ben Chavis on MSNBC debating the new policy some districts have adopted: a 4-day school week. How can less time in school be better for American students, who only spend 180 days in school as it is? What kind of impact would this have on working parents who then have to pay for [...]
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Bent on change, last year the troubled Central Falls High School decided to fire all of its teachers who, backed by the union, were resisting implementing the reforms so desperately needed at the low-performing high school. It was a brazen, ballsy move that I admired. However, once the firing was no longer a threat but [...]
I was recently contacted by a man named David Cary who described his education vision, NewERA. You can check out his ideas here: www.neweraschools.com
I was struck by the statistics he cites below:
• America is now 16th in the world academically
• One third of high school students drop out
• One half of high school graduates are [...]
Yesterday in Oakland during the one-day teacher strike sponsored by the teachers’ union (Oakland Education Association), a union member allegedly vandalized property at American Indian Public Charter School (the school where I used to teach for Dr. Ben Chavis and which formed the basis for Crazy Like a Fox).
AIPCS is a non-unionized charter school that [...]
I read “The Patron Saint (and Scourge) of Lost Schools” in New York Magazine and found myself irritated with journalist Jeff Coplon because of his bias against charter schools, which he referred to as “quasi-public schools.” Charter schools aren’t “quasi” public; they are public.
Coplon writes about charter schools: “Can privately run schools justly take public [...]
From The New York Times:
Gov. Charlie Crist has been jawboned and buttonholed as he has traveled around the state in recent days, and his office was deluged with 120,000 messages. Passions have not run so high in Florida, the governor said, since the controversy over ending the life of Terri Schiavo in 2005.
This time, the [...]
Below are some excerpts from a great article in Newsweek called “Why We Must Fire Bad Teachers.” (By Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert; http://www.newsweek.com/id/234590/page/1):
…Yet in recent years researchers have discovered something that may seem obvious, but for many reasons was overlooked or denied. What really makes a difference, what matters more than the class size [...]
Here’s a recent New York Times article that looks at how America’s education system is falling behind other nations. I put in bold type the statements I found particularly relevant. Common-sense education reform needs to happen, not just be given lip service and political nods. Think of how much better off our society would be [...]
Tags: Business Roundtable, charter schools, Dennis Van Roekel, Elementary and Secondary Education Act, John Castellani, National Education Association, New York Times, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Sam Dillon, Tom Harkin, U.S. Education, World War II
In a small, poor city in Rhode Island sits a low-performing high school with a graduation rate of 48% and a math proficiency rate of 7%.
Within the same school sit teachers—many making over $72,000 a year—who do not want to take on reform responsibilities without significant pay increases. They have the union’s backing.
Enter School Superintendent [...]
Tags: Anderson Cooper 360, Central Falls High School, Education Commissioner Deborah A. Gist, education reform, Jennifer D. Jordan, Randi Weingarten, Rhode Island, Steve Perry, Superintendent Frances Gallo, teachers' unions
Warning: You may want to groan, throw up, or shout at your computer in disgust when you read this article about incompetent teachers and the back-room deals and special interests that keep them in the classroom in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).
L.A. Weekly took the bull by the horns with the fiery expose, “LAUSD’s [...]
Tags: article, Beth Barrett, California Teachers Association, dance of the lemons, L.A. Weekly, LAUSD, Los Angeles Unified School District, low-performing schools, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, politics, President Barack Obama, retraining programs, rubber rooms, Superintendent Cortines, teacher tenure, teachers' union