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“The best and wisest parent”

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“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.” John Dewey, The School and Social Progress That’s how PAA opened our position paper on ESEA. It’s also an apt description of our co-founder Leonie Haimson, who became the target of attack this week for having enrolled one of her children in a private …

Show us the money: “Master Class” for private equity investors in public education

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Even when people recognize how hard corporations are working to take over public education, they still wonder – is there really that much money to be made in education? Maybe the hedge funders are really doing all this just to help children. It’s a natural question given the fact that teachers are modestly paid and schools are mostly underfunded, hardly one’s idea of a lucrative investment opportunity. Well, the private equity investor drool is on full display in this “Master …

Incentivizing philanthropy: Walgreen’s gets no bid contract after school gift card giveaway

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  It was only a couple of months ago that Walgreen’s CEO Greg Wasson stood with Mayor Rahm at our old neighborhood school, Field Elementary, to announce the giveaway of $25 Walgreen’s gift cards to parents for picking up their children’s report cards. “This is a way, in my view, of incentivizing responsible parenting,” the Mayor said that day. At the time, I sent this letter to Mayor Emanuel and CEO Wasson, suggesting that there are far better ways to …

Schooled by experts: Chicago researchers share some facts about school reform

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This morning I attended an excellent symposium on a variety of education issues presented by CReATE (Chicagoland Researchers and Advocates for Transformative Education), the nearly two-year-old group of 100 Chicago-area academic experts who have already created some excellent resources to help parents, community groups, students and others to better understand the truth about corporate school reform. CReATE’s first effort was a paper called  “Chicago School Reform: Myths, Realities, and New Visions”, which clarified some of the education issues discussed during …

Time to tweet the stars!

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The propaganda campaign for the parent trigger law created by charter school operators and promoted by ALEC is in full swing. The big kick-off event is a concert called “Teachers Rock.” Like the “parent tricker” itself, this concert pretends to honor teachers while promoting a movie, “Won’t Back Down,” that is designed to get a lot of them fired and replaced by Teach for America newbies. The concert will take place this Tuesday, Aug, 14th, at the Nokia Theater in …

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 …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …

Parents flunk Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst

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Thursday, May 31, 2012 For more information contact: Leonie Haimson: 917-435-9329; leonieh@parentsacrossamerica.org Julie Woestehoff: 773-538-1135; juliew@parentsacrossamerica.org  Rhee report card exposes flaws in corporate agenda and failures to push through legislation in many states this year Parents Across America (PAA) unveiled a report card (in pdf and below) today that gave Michelle Rhee’s education lobbying organization, StudentsFirst, failing grades. The report card grades Rhee on her position on issues and on legislation she pushed in states across the country this year. …