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School Turnarounds

Will President Obama Stop Supporting Corporate Reformers?

John Thompson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
John Thompson

The disgusting reality that the president ignores is that true believers in competition undermined the education of children destined to be defeated in their market-driven "reforms."

After NCLB? Emerging Strategy Shift

Gary M. Ratner | Posted 11.10.2013 | Politics
Gary M. Ratner

Now is the critical time for Congress to shift from NCLB's punitive, harmful and ineffective high-stakes testing strategy to a supportive, beneficial and effective strategy: guiding, assisting, funding and holding accountable our low-achieving schools to improve by doing what works.

Turnaround School Ignores Misbehavior All Over Again because "That's What We Do"

John Thompson | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
John Thompson

I hope that the lesson emerges from Quitman, and similar turnarounds, that the better approach is to invest in socio-emotional supports, teaching children to be students, and thus laying the foundation for high-quality instruction.

Principal Fires Security Staff, Hires ART Teachers

The Huffington Post | William McGuinness | Posted 05.10.2013 | Parents

Most would think that firing the security staff of a poorly performing, inner-city school is a dangerous idea. But at Orchard Gardens pilot school in ...

Frontline's 'Dropout Nation' Shows What It Really Takes to Turn Around Schools

John Thompson | Posted 12.03.2012 | Education
John Thompson

PBS showed a reality that is lost on data-driven "reformers." Social scientists have documented the primary importance of socio-emotional factors and the need to build trust before academics can improve. And that takes patience.

The Questions Parents Have for Officials Who Propose Closing Schools

Jean Johnson | Posted 02.25.2012 | Education
Jean Johnson

Officials need to think carefully about what closing a school means to parents and local residents.

Why I Still Think President Obama Can Bring Us Together

John Thompson | Posted 10.29.2011 | Education
John Thompson

I used to think that Barack Obama would follow Abraham Lincoln in bringing us together. I read he adopted a balanced, "team of rivals" approach to foreign policy and domestic challenges. Now, I think I know why his education policy is the big exception.

The End Is Not Near: School Turn Arounds Continue To Strike Out

John Thompson | Posted 08.05.2011 | Education
John Thompson

Even before the results of the first year of SIG turnaround at scale have come in, true believers in turnarounds have been issuing warnings that the outcomes will not be pretty.

Quality Education in Chicago: For Members Only?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Julie Woestehoff

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) is trying once again to hoard the best education resources for the highest-performing students.