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Sue Peters

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Seattle's Education Reform Hypocrisy

(30) Comments | Posted May 26, 2011 | 1:14 PM

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 a two-year commitment to...

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From the Fall of Cathie Black to the Mirages of Michelle Rhee: A Bad Month for Corporate Ed Reform

(4) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 1:24 PM

It has not been a good month for corporate education reformers.

Controversial and unpopular NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black is stepping down after only three months on the job. Appointed by Mayor Bloomberg -- amid vociferous public protest -- Black seemed an unlikely choice from the start. She...

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Why I Am Not A Defender Of The 'Status Quo' In Education

(17) Comments | Posted February 4, 2011 | 9:11 AM

The current crowd of education reformers like to dismiss any of us who disagree with their agenda as "defenders of the status quo."

Nothing could be further from the truth.

I am not a defender of the status quo in public education because the status quo is currently No...

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How to Create a Faux Grassroots Education Reform Organization (SATIRE)

(10) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 5:35 PM

Out-of-work D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee has just created her own new education reform organization. You can, too!

How to Create a Faux Grassroots Education Reform Organization in 12 Easy Steps!

  1. Think of a name using these words: STAND, KIDS,...

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Why Aren't our Schools Encouraging our Kids to Reach for the Stars Anymore?

(11) Comments | Posted November 26, 2010 | 12:51 PM

Our public school district in Seattle used to have as its motto: "Delivering on the Dream. Academic Achievement for Every Student in Every School." The accompanying logo showed a carefree child and an adult holding hands, the child reaching for a star.

Now, under its current ed reform leadership, Seattle's...

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Open Letter to Bill Gates from a Public School Parent

(30) Comments | Posted November 4, 2010 | 9:35 PM

(A version of this letter originally appeared on As It Ought to Be, July 20, 2010)

Dear Bill,

I am a public school parent in your own general neighborhood of Seattle. I realize you have an interest in public education, and are a major participant and funder...

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The Doublespeak of Ed Reform

(31) Comments | Posted October 25, 2010 | 4:00 PM

While watching part of NBC's Education Nation (aka the week-long made-for-TV ad for Waiting for 'Superman) last month, I tuned into the Teacher Town Hall where a teacher from a charter school was asked what made her school successful. "Teachers at our school are given the freedom to...

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