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Over $1B and counting for TFA, Inc., de facto discrimination in charter schools, the failed Microsoft model hoisted onto our educational system and Maryland superintendent says “Stop the insanity”

Posted on by Dora Taylor

The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed. “Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them.” Frederick Douglass I keep wondering when folks in this country are going to say enough is enough. Until then the Wendy Kopp’s, Michelle Rhee’s, the Waltons and the Gates will continue to plow on and plow  us under. Today, we’ll begin …

On class size, will the federal government listen to parents, as did NZ?

Posted on by admin

The Obama administration has proposed that in next year’s education budget, 25 percent  of the funds available to school districts to reduce class size or keep teachers on staff be diverted to a competitive grant program to create and expand “new pathways” to teaching – e.g. to help fund organizations like Teach For America. That would mean a cut of more than $600 million, and if approved, would lead to even larger classes in schools throughout the country next year.  …

Teach for America Displays Taken Down in Portland and Seattle

Posted on by Dora Taylor

According to a previous post on the Seattle Education blog, Parents Across America, Seattle: Part of Protest at Apple Store: Steve Jobs with Apple has gotten on the ed reform bandwagon and is offering free iPads to Teach for America recruits but of course none to real teachers who have teaching experience, degrees in education and have devoted their lives to their school communities.  Nope, this is for the TFA, Inc. recruits with five weeks of training to teach to …

Plan to host Teach for America at Univ. of Washington highlights hypocrisy of ed reform

Posted on by suep.

A controversial new plan to host and fast-track Teach for America recruits alongside regular M.A. teaching students at Seattle’s University of Washington sparks protests and highlights the hypocrisy and double standards of ed reform The doublespeak of ed reformers who repeatedly declare that the key to a successful education is to put an “excellent” teacher in every classroom, and then turn around and promote young, Teach for America recruits — with only five weeks’ training, no in-class experience, and only …