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Paul Blumenthal

Hedge Fund Execs Spent Big In New York Elections, Now Likely To Reap Their Reward

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A handful of hedge fund executives aiming to direct more taxpayer money to charter schools pooled their own vast resources to help elect...

Michelle Rhee and the High Price of Education Leadership

TNTP | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
TNTP

By David Keeling The gleeful response from Michelle Rhee’s critics to the news that she would be stepping down from her role as CEO of Stud...

Joy Resmovits

One Of The Most Polarizing Figures In Education Is Leaving Her Job

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 08.13.2014 | Politics

UPDATE: Michelle Rhee confirmed The Huffington Post's Tuesday report about her departure from StudentsFirst in a blog post on the group's website, as ...

Education Reformers Keep Saying They Want to Pay Teachers More -- Do They Mean It?

Peter Greene | Posted 08.12.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

You would think "Let's pay teachers more" would be a fairly straightforward proposal. We could raise state taxes or even use some of that free federal money that DC makes appear out of nowhere.

A Majority Of States Are Failing When It Comes To Education Reform, Says Report

us news | ALLIE BIDWELL | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics

This article comes to us courtesy of U.S. News & World Report, where it was originally published. Although the nation as a whole and many states ha...

Diane Ravitch's Realistic Assessment of 2013 NAEP Results and Reform 'Success'

Mercedes Schneider | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Mercedes Schneider

In his smug review of education historian Diane Ravitch's November 8, 2013, questioning of the inconsistencies in 2013 National Assessment of Educatio...

Joy Resmovits

Michelle Rhee's Growing Pains

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics

The national lobbying group that aims to spread the education-reform gospel of former Washington, D.C., public schools chancellor Michelle Rhee is hau...

Poll Driver: StudentsFirstNY in the NYC Mayoral Race

Jessica Siegel | Posted 08.20.2013 | New York
Jessica Siegel

As someone who has spent much of my life teaching, or writing about education issues, I thought, why not? It wasn't one of those polls where they were surreptitiously trying to sell me a product--or were they?

The Turnaround Vultures

Adam Kirk Edgerton | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Adam Kirk Edgerton

The vulture reformers -- who have proven adept at raising corporate money and implementing market-based reform through complete mayoral control -- have forgotten that teaching boils down to the interpersonal.

How Can Wal-Mart REALLY Help Improve Our Schools?

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

If the Waltons really wanted to make positive change in children's educations and lives, they would steer far clear of Michelle Rhee and her troublesome track record.

Tennessee State Rep. John 'Don't Say Gay' Ragan Insists He's Not Anti-Gay

Scott Wooledge | Posted 07.03.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

In his view, it isn't an anti-gay bill but a "mental health bill" that says that school officials must "notify parents or legal guardians in the manner specified by law for such a medical referral" if a child is, among other things, suspected of being LGBTQ.

Michelle Rhee's 15 Minutes Are Over

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 07.01.2013 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

While Michelle Rhee had an impact on education reform and helped to bring it to public attention, at this time the controversies surrounding her clearly indicate she is not the right person to be a leader.

Walton Foundation's Huge Gift To StudentsFirst

www.latimes.com | Posted 04.30.2013 | Los Angeles

A foundation associated with the Wal-Mart family fortune has expanded its support for the education advocacy group run by former District of Columbia ...

StudentsFirst's Weak Response To Backlash Over Honoring John Ragan, Anti-Gay Tennessee Lawmaker

Scott Wooledge | Posted 06.30.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

It's some excuse making rolled up with some happy PR talk: "We love gay and transgender kids!" But there's no concrete promise of making any changes to their criteria for honoree selection or their fundraising efforts or really any action at all, promised or delivered.

StudentsFirst Selects Author of Tennessee's 'Don't Say Gay' Bill as 'Reformer of the Year'

Scott Wooledge | Posted 06.27.2013 | Gay Voices
Scott Wooledge

I guess it's enough that the only kids John Ragan supposedly stands up for are the heterosexual kids. The latest version would have forced select Tennessee school officials to notify parents of children who privately discussed their sexual orientation, essentially dictating forced "outing" of kids.

Ed Today: Michelle Rhee Group Opens South Carolina Outfit; Common Core Supporters Strike Back

Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
Joy Resmovits

Michelle Rhee Sets Up Shop In SC StudentsFirst, the former D.C. chancellor's national lobbying group, is branching out into South Carolina, reports the Post and Courier. The paper notes that SC received a "D" grade on SF's recent policy report card -- not exactly stellar. On the group's SC agenda: turnarounds, teacher evaluations, charter school accountability, and the parent trigger.

Ed Tonight: Rhee Report Card Backwards? Denver School Board Drama

Joy Resmovits | Posted 03.12.2013 | Education
Joy Resmovits

Is Michelle Rhee doing it wrong? Over at governing.com, Mark Funkhouser writes about "education and the inputs-outcomes trap." Taking a look at Rhee's StudentsFirst state policy report card, he argues that Rhee's approach here is backwards: "You don't start by deciding which policies are best; you start with outcomes and work your way back to see which policies are connected to good results." That is, Rhee is looking at rankings the wrong way since she's looking at policies instead of school performance.

StudentsFirst Report Cards Fail to Mention Poverty, Crime

Randy Turner | Posted 03.10.2013 | Education
Randy Turner

Apparently, the special interests to whom StudentsFirst is beholden do not consider poverty to be a factor in determining the effectiveness of a child's education.

Joy Resmovits

Louisiana Tops Rhee Education Report Card

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.07.2013 | Education

NEW YORK -- Louisiana is ranked number one on an education score card. The Bayou State's surprising achievement comes thanks to Michelle Rhee's Studen...

StudentsFirst Issues Low Ratings On School Policies

The New York Times | Posted 03.09.2013 | Education

In just a few short years, state legislatures and education agencies across the country have sought to transform American public education by passing ...

Rural and Urban Education Needs Not That Different After All

Kate Casas | Posted 02.19.2013 | Education
Kate Casas

Visiting these districts awakened me to the fact that adults need to reimagine how education is delivered to at-risk children in rural Missouri just as they need to do in suburban and urban Missouri.

Dave Jamieson

Rhee Group Mum On Concealed Carry In Schools

HuffingtonPost.com | Dave Jamieson | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics

Last Thursday, Michigan legislators passed a bill that would allow certain people to carry concealed firearms in schools and other previously gun-free...

Education PACs Backing Charters, Vouchers, Show Muscle In Tennessee Races

Commercial Appeal | Jane Roberts | Posted 01.08.2013 | Education

Two groups promoting charter schools and vouchers poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into state and local political races this year and wrote som...

Joy Resmovits

Michelle Rhee's Group Wades Into Michigan Union Fight

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.25.2012 | Education

Michelle Rhee is jumping into another union battle -- this time in Michigan. As Washington, D.C. schools chief, Rhee sparred with American Federati...

Ryan Grim

Change.org Changing: Site To Drop Progressive Litmus Test For Campaigns, Say Internal Documents

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 01.16.2013 | Politics

Read Change.org founder Ben Rattray's response to this story here. WASHINGTON -- Change.org, the online social movement company founded on progress...