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    "Ben Chavis, the most politically incorrect person on the planet, is also, not coincidentally, one of the people most correct about inner-city education. Read this book by a man who gets results as a practitioner of the 'no excuses' approach to schooling."
    - George F. Will, The Washington Post columnist

    "…[T]here is much to be learned from this account. It is possible to restore public education to its mission of educating the nation's citizens. There is a message of hope and possibility in 'Crazy Like a Fox' that we should embrace."
    - Mitchell Kapor, The San Francisco Chronicle

    "Chavis [is] undeniably one of the country's finest educators…Thrust this book into the hands of all the parents you know and implore them to read it…Chavis is passionate, articulate, and entertaining. He's also right."
    - Mark Hemingway, National Review

    "American Indian [is] a rarity in American education, defying the axiom that poor black and Latino children will lag behind others in school."
    - Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times

    "To get the kind of results Chavis does in Oakland is a work of stripped-down genius. Ben's book reads like Ben talks: forthright, funny, irreverent, and wise. For anyone who cares about American education, for anyone who cares about America, Crazy Like a Fox is an essential read."
    - Jack Cashill, author What's the Matter with California?

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    “The Dance of the Lemons” in Los Angeles Unified School District

    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, […]

    Competition in the Classroom

    I recently read a piece from the fall 2009 edition of Education Next called “Reward Less, Get Less: Student performance gaps are easily explained.” The article came to my attention because it mentions Dr. Chavis in light of the documentary film he was in called Flunked. Flunked looks at what’s dragging down American public schools […]

    Detroit Parents so Outraged over Test Scores they want Teachers Jailed

    Wow, here’s a headline to get your attention: “Detroit parents want DPS teachers, officials jailed over low test scores”. The Detroit News ran this story on December 12, 2009, after outraged parents discovered their children had the worst math scores in the nation! The scores were from the National Assessment of Educational Progress test. The […]

    California and Massachusetts Buckle Under Union Pressure

    About a month ago I wrote about potentially promising legislation making its way through the California legislature. Bill SBX5 1 was intended to make California competitive for the Obama Administration’s Race to the Top funds. After the bipartisan bill passed in the California Senate, it died in the Assembly Education Committee–largely in part, it seems, […]

    New York’s Bloomberg Tries to Turn the Tide on Tenure

    The mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, recently announced his intention to use student test scores as a determinant in deciding whether to grant teachers tenure. Of course the teachers’ union is vehemently opposed to the proposal. Bloomberg is looking to the New York legislature to require all the state’s districts to implement “data-driven […]

    New Washington Post Article

    Jay Mathews, the education columnist for The Washington Post, wrote about Crazy Like a Fox and AIPCS’s education model in an excellent article entitled “A Crazy Idea for Middle Schools”. The piece was published on Friday, October 2. Here’s the link: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/class-struggle/2009/10/a_crazy_idea_for_middle_school.html?hpid=news-col-blog