Given this unambiguous show of support for charters, how could our governors have the chutzpah to swear an oath to protect public schools, as this would pose a crisis of conscience, not to speak of a conflict of interest akin to setting a fox to guarding a hen house?
If appointed by the State Legislature to the Board of Regents, I will use my position as a platform to organize the people of New York to fight for social justice for children, in schools, and in society as a whole.
The assumption is that one category of schooling is fundamentally better than all others. Charters for many have emerged as the silver bullet. If charters are better than public schools, then creating more charters will de facto enhance outcomes for America's children, so the theory goes. This is wrongheaded.
I worry about the proposed NYU model because there actually are seriously flawed programs in place that it emulates. One involves charter schools hiring unqualified teachers and fast-tracking them through certification programs.
Since taking their oath, many governors have begun to close public schools. By violating their oath in so public a manner, they have shown that perjuring themselves means nothing to them, as does the fact that their first act in office was an act of perjury.
The New York State Alliance for Quality Education( AQE) condemns Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposed education budget as "woefully inadequate." Cuomo req...
John Thompson is a truth-teller. A Teacher's Tale, his new book, honestly addresses the toughest issue in American education--how to improve urban schools impacted by concentrations of poor children.
Success Academy is New York City's largest charter school network. About 11,000 children attend its thirty-six schools. But apparently it also discriminates against students with disabilities, at least according to a legal complaint filed by parents.
We assume that low achievement indicates a poor school when, in fact, it is merely proof of a neglected community. We persistently fail to address the economic and social injustices that created the community and then we blame schools and teachers for the mayhem we have enabled.
Get this. In some states, charter school operators can purchase school buildings from public school districts... using taxpayer money. That's right. The public pays twice for a building it no longer owns.
While I respect that my students might be excited to join an organization that says it is dedicated to getting young and talented people into classrooms with our most needy students, there is literally nothing positive that Teach For America offers my students that they cannot do for themselves.
I received this excellent piece from one of my colleagues at Success Academy. I am proud to work with her and the thousands of others who fight to pro...
Under Edwards, it seems that school choice in Louisiana is finally going to experience some long-overdue attention from a governor not overtly biased toward charters and vouchers. This is good.
Federal, state and local policymakers of all races across the US are clamoring to integrate schools in order to achieve socioeconomic diversity -- not only as a matter of social justice and constitutional compliance, but also on the grounds that socioeconomic diversity and academic excellence go hand-in-hand.
President Obama's legacy of expanding educational opportunity and parental choice has been game-changing for children throughout our country, and in p...
These failings hurt the charter school operators who are trying to operate aboveboard with students' best interests in mind. And rampant charter expansion undermines traditional public schools. A proposal to "charterize" half of the public schools in Los Angeles would not just disrupt the public school system, it would destroy it.