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Entries by Alan Singer from 04/2014

Big Profits in Not-for-Profit Charter Schools

| Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

Many charters, including those not-for-profits operated by leading de Blasio critics, are about making money for top executives. Educating children, when it actually happens, is at best a by-product.

Road Bumps, Drama and Noise: Officials Dismiss Complaints about Common Core

| Posted 04.14.2014 | Education

Drama and noise are a good thing and I do not mind being called a road bump especially if we can stop destructive educational policies that enrich publishers while masquerading as reform.

The Dishonorable Andrew Cuomo Meets the Hedge Fund / Charter School Zombies *

| Posted 04.18.2014 | New York

For $1,000 each, participants in an upcoming Lake Placid retreat "Embark on three spring days of fun, fellowship and strategy with the nation's thought leaders on education reform." Those who are special, or especially rich, can get VIP treatment for $2,500.

Is Pearson Education in Serious Financial Trouble?

| Posted 04.25.2014 | Business

Pearson has been making a big push to expand its education, digital services, and testing programs in the United States and in Third World countries, but the company may be way over-extended and unable to deliver on its promises.

NYC Arts High School Picks Tests over Talent

| Posted 04.28.2014 | New York

How does New York City justify keeping talented Black and Latino students out of its talent schools where they are promised academic support. As the dance program teachers at LaGuardia High School claimed, this is "discrimination, pure and simple."