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Stealth U.S. charter network linked to Gulen raises concerns

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The New York Times this week published an investigative report about the financial practices of a sizable group of Texas charter schools being operated by the followers of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic religious leader “whose devotees have built a worldwide religious, social and nationalistic movement in his name.” While the New York Times focused on Texas schools, members of the Gulen movement have actually started schools all over the United States – approximately 120 charter schools in 25 states, …

Standardized Testing: Playing into the Privatizers' Hands

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By Pamela Grundy The scene: a Board of Education meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina The situation: Board members are considering a motion to roll back an testing program that mandates high-stakes standardized tests for every child in every subject in every grade – a program that has sparked anger from teachers and parents across the district. “Coach” Joe White, a lifelong educator and the board’s longest-serving member, addresses the audience in a gravelly, passionate voice. These are dangerous times, he …

The Broad Foundation in Charlotte

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The Charlotte Observer has published an insightful article on the Broad Foundation in Charlotte: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2011/05/08/2281054/whos-the-power-behind-cms.html. The first paragraph: “Superintendent Peter Gorman may be the face of public education in Charlotte, but is a Los Angeles billionaire the power behind the scenes?” Observer education reporter Ann Doss Helms also has a blog post that lays out the process by which she came to write the article, as well as the sources she drew on, which included interviewing, Web searches, tips from …

Testing Madness: Charlotte Today, Your Schools Tomorrow

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By Pamela Grundy This spring, Charlotte, North Carolina, saw an explosion of standardized testing. In March, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) rolled out 52 new standardized tests for students in kindergarten through twelfth grade. Our Broad Foundation trained superintendent proudly proclaims that we will soon lead the nation in testing, with standardized tests for every student in every subject. In addition to the mandated state tests in reading, math and science, CMS students will take tests in art, P.E, dance, band, orchestra, …

An afternoon at Princeton with Arne Duncan

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by Leonie Haimson Yesterday, I attended a speech by Education Secretary Arne Duncan at Princeton University.  I was accompanied by Justin Wedes, the webmaster and social media expert for Parents Across America, and parent activist Julie Sass Rubin of SOS New Jersey, a PAA affiliate. It was a gorgeous spring day, with the magnolias and cherry blossoms in bloom. Perhaps as a result of the fine weather, the rather small venue of Richardson Hall wasn’t full and they were giving …

PAA press release on new ESEA position paper

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It’s time for lawmakers to listen to parents! National parent group reaches out to Congress on ESEA, demanding less testing and privatization and more proven, effective reforms As Congress considers the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA, aka No Child Left Behind), Parents Across America, a national network of public school parents, will be calling on our U. S. Senators and Congressmen this week to share our concerns about the direction of federal education policy, and offer …

How to tell if your School District is infected by the Broad Virus

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This was originally posted on seattleducation2011. For more information see: A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies by Parents Across America  (or as a pdf factsheet.) Chicago has just learned that it will inherit Rochester, New York’s controversial and unpopular school superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard (Broad Superintendent’s Academy “Class of 2007″).  Those of us who have experienced the “leadership” of  L.A. billionaire Eli Broad’s trained superintendents send Chicago our condolences. We have been there, done that, …

A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation's programs and policies

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This guide can also be downloaded as a pdf fact sheet. A Parent Guide to the Broad Foundation’s training programs and education policies The question I ask is why should Eli Broad and Bill Gates have more of a say as to what goes on in my child’s classroom than I do? – Sue Peters, Seattle parent In recent months, three prominent school district superintendents resigned or were fired, after allegations of mismanagement, autocratic leadership styles, and/or the pursuit of …

John White, the next Superintendent of New Orleans?

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UPDATE: his appointment was just announced; see Times-Picayune, with quotes from MBP Stringer, Irene Kaufman and me. My condolences to New Orleans. John White, NYC Deputy Chancellor, is reportedly being considered as the next Superintendent of New Orleans schools. White led the DOE’s efforts to expand charters, and to co-locate them in already existing schools. He is also a former TFA-er, and a graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy, which has trained countless controversial superintendents, including many that have received …

What's happened in Florida in the past three weeks; read it and weep!

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by Rita Solnet As promised, here’s what happened in the past three, sad, never-to-be-forgotten weeks in Florida as it relates to public education. SB 736 ENACTED: 1)  Teachers will have 50% of their evaluations based on student’s standardized test scores (FCATs). This is effective immediately and impacts every teacher.  Anyone who does not teach Reading or Math will receive a score based upon a calculation of all the teachers.  So, to be clear,  teacher’s salaries, their ability to be re-hired for one more year, …