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Sumter SC schools are being subjected to Broad-style corporate reform

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This post is written by Parrish Rabon, founder of our new affiliate, Sumter Education Task Force (SETF) in Sumter, SC.  She can be reached at parrishgrabon@gmail.com. Corporate education reform and its responsible parties (Broad and Gates) were introduced to Sumter, South Carolina, in a fast and furious manner last year.   Sumter County’s two former school districts consolidated to form the Sumter School District and our new school board hired Mr. Randolph Bynum, a 2007 Broad Superintendent’s Academy graduate. He began …

The future is now, in Louisiana, if corporate reformers get their way

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Louisiana’s Governor is the radical right-winger Bobby Jindal, and its State Superintendent John White,  trained under the Voldemort of education reform, Joel Klein.  It has a state board of education whose most recently elected member is the state director of TFA, who ran a campaign funded by billionaire Bloomberg. Today, Diane Ravitch wrote about the philosophy behind Jindal and White’s privatization effort, a massive and hurriedly-approved voucher program to throw government funds at private schools, seemingly at random, no matter …

19th Ward Parents fighting for democracy & better public schools

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Parents Across America is proud to have a new affiliate in Chicago; 19th Ward Parents.  Their website is www.19thwardparents.com and their email is 19thwardparents@gmail.com . Becky Malone wrote the below post, about their fight to preserve and improve Chicago’s public education system – for all students,  and their campaign for an elected school board. 19th Ward Parents is a grassroots organization of Chicago public school parents.  We stand together with parents, teachers and community groups across Chicago in support of quality public education …

19th Ward Parents fighting for democracy & better public schools

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Parents Across America is proud to have a new affiliate in Chicago; 19th Ward Parents.  Their website is www.19thwardparents.com and their email is 19thwardparents@gmail.com . Becky Malone wrote the below post, about their fight to preserve and improve Chicago’s public education system – for all students,  and their campaign for an elected school board. 19th Ward Parents is a grassroots organization of Chicago public school parents.  We stand together with parents, teachers and community groups across Chicago in support of quality public education …

The Bridgeport, CT Takeover: The Level of Deceit is Shocking…

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Cross-posted from the blog Wait, What?, Earlier this week, the Connecticut’s governor and legislature agreed to give Bridgeport a “forgivable loan” of $3.4 million dollars in return for giving up the right to choose their own superintendent. Bridgeport’s schools are facing a deficit of less than 1.5 percent. There were numerous options, yet the Democrats who lead the state and Bridgeport chose the one that takes away the democratic rights of the citizens of Bridgeport. Can you imagine the state …

Does CA charter deserve strokes or pokes for its attrition rate?

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By Caroline Grannan Parents Across America founding member, San Francisco Blogger Alexander Russo raised some questions about happy-talk PR by a K-12 charter school in Lodi, Calif., which put out a press release announcing that its first cohort that started at the school in kindergarten is now graduating — with only eight of the original 60 kids still at the school. Russo questioned whether that attrition rate at Aspire Benjamin Holt College Preparatory Academy should be discussed. Well, I’m the …

Mercenaries in the corporate reform propaganda war

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A mercenary is a person who takes part in an armed conflict, who is not a national or a party to the conflict, and is “motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party” (Wikipedia) How …

Stotsky: Coleman’s 50/50 mandate for literary/informational texts

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The following was written Sandra Stotsky, one of the primary authors of the highly-regarded Massachusetts standards for English Language Arts.  Here is an earlier piece by Stotsky on the Common Core standards. It is amazing that one badly informed person could single-handedly alter and weaken the entire public school curriculum in this country, without any public discussion.  Indeed, David Coleman, author of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts, had no trouble imposing his personal preferences on a document …

Stotsky: Coleman's 50/50 mandate for literary/informational texts

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The following was written Sandra Stotsky, one of the primary authors of the highly-regarded Massachusetts standards for English Language Arts.  Here is an earlier piece by Stotsky on the Common Core standards. It is amazing that one badly informed person could single-handedly alter and weaken the entire public school curriculum in this country, without any public discussion.  Indeed, David Coleman, author of the Common Core standards in English Language Arts, had no trouble imposing his personal preferences on a document …

Open letter re shocking violation of student privacy rights in Tulsa

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We received this message from Melissa Abdo this morning.  For more on this abominable violation of parent and student rights by Janet Barresi, the OK State Superintendent of Education, see Education officials post records of all students with appeals online and commentary by Diane Ravitch, Outrage in Oklahoma.  Unmentioned in the below is that all the students with appeals before the state board also had their appeals denied, while having their personal information posted online — a clear attempt to …