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Jeff Bernstein

Segregation and Charter Schools: A Reader | the becoming radical - 0 views

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    "In The link between charter school expansion and increasing segregation, Iris C. Rotberg highlights that problems exist in both re-segregation of schools in the U.S. and the rise of charter schools as separate and interrelated forces.

    Schools in the U.S. are re-segregating, regardless of type-public, private, and charter.

    And charter schools are not creating the education reform charter advocates claim, with one failure of the charter movement being segregating students by race and class.

    Thus, it is important to focus on the evidence that shows the need to reconsider how to address segregation and the flawed support continuing for expanding charter schools."
Jeff Bernstein

The big losers in NYC charter fight: students with disabilities - 0 views

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    "With big bucks from Wall Street supporters behind her, charter network operator Eva Moskowitz won a fight she started with New York Mayor Bill de Blasio over charter schools. De Blasio got politically hurt in the battle after being steamrolled by Moskowitz and Gov. Andrew Cuomo - but in the end, it isn't de Blasio who will pay the most. At P.S.  149, it's students with severe disabilities."
Jeff Bernstein

How Corporate Interests Beat NYC's Progressive Mayor and How He Can Recover | Diane Rav... - 0 views

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    "This article was written by an independent education researcher who requests anonymity. It is unfortunate that the politics of education have become so intermingled with powerful forces that researchers remain silent or hide their identities to escape retribution. In this case, everything in this article is carefully documented."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter Schools: The Promise and the Peril - In These Times - 0 views

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    "Since the first charter school was established in 1992 in St. Paul, Minn., the model has rapidly taken hold in cities across the United States. As of December 2011, about 5 percent of U.S. students attended the nation's 5,300 charter schools.

    A charter school is a public school governed by a nonprofit organization under a contract-or charter-with a state or local government. This charter exempts the school from selected rules and regulations. In return for funding and autonomy, the charter school must meet the accountability standards as defined by its charter.

    There are as many types of charter schools as there are educational approaches. But a common difference between charter schools and traditional schools is that charter school teachers are not typically unionized. Another is that their day-to-day administration is sometimes managed by a for-profit corporation."
Jeff Bernstein

The False Markets of Market Based Reforms | School Finance 101 - 0 views

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    "My problem with the current false market scenario regarding TFA is its intersection with the false market for charter schools. Just as charter school expansion - demand - has become heavily dependent on manipulation of markets by policy makers, TFA expansion - demand - has become dependent on those major charter network operators who are dependent on charter market manipulation (forced closure of district schools).
    Put simply, this is not market based reform, nor should anyone pretend that market mechanisms (rather than policy preferences and market manipulation) are driving any of this."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter Schools: A UFT Research Report | United Federation of Teachers - 0 views

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    "As charter school proponents go to Albany this week to plead their case, let's examine the realities behind their claims of stretched resources, unique student demand and stellar academic results."
Jeff Bernstein

Michael Brenner: American Public Schools, RIP - 0 views

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    "A feature of the Obama presidency has been his campaign against the American public school system, eating way at the foundations of elementary education.  That means the erosion of an institution that has been one of the keystones of the Republic.  The project to remake it as a mixed public/private hybrid is inspired by a discredited dogma that charter schools perform better.  This article of faith serves an alliance of interests - ideological and commercial - for whom the White House has been point man. "
Jeff Bernstein

How The Debate Over Charter Schools Makes Us Dumber - 0 views

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    "Almost nothing gets education arguments roiling from reasonable to rancorous like charter schools. Through one lens, charters are "aggressive and entrepreneurial…[and] loosely regulated" institutions that are ultimately a "colossal mistake" undermining traditional public education. Through another, they're transformational places "generating extraordinary academic success with the most disadvantaged children," in sharp contrast to moribund traditional public schools. Easy as it is to fall into one or the other of these positions, each contributes to paralyze discussions of charters' flaws and merits.

    It would be nice if we could answer the question empirically. That's a perfectly intuitive starting point: how do charters perform vis-à-vis traditional public schools? Unfortunately, national data on charter school performance is mixed at best."
Jeff Bernstein

Teachers' Working Conditions in Charters: How Different Are They? - Teacher Beat - Educ... - 0 views

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    "Teachers working in charters in an unnamed poor, rural Texas charter school district reported holding higher expectations of students and enjoying a more supportive teaching environment than colleagues who were working in traditional schools in the neighboring district.

    But the charter teachers had fewer opportunities for professional development and generally felt that the evaluation process was less fair, according to a new study that attempts to correct some of the problems with the existing research on differences between teachers in charters and traditional schools. "
Jeff Bernstein

Tweed Insider Reviews IBO Report on Charter Schools | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Insider here reviews the report on charter schools by the NYC Independent Budget Office. The report covered only the early grades, not the middle grades or high school years."
Jeff Bernstein

Most special-needs students drop out of charter schools by third grade: report - NY Dai... - 0 views

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    "General students from kindergarten to third grade are retained by the privately operated schools at a slightly higher rate than district schools, according to the study report by the Independent Budget Office released Thursday."
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » Revisiting The Issue Of Charter Schools And Special Education ... - 0 views

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    "One of the most common claims against charter schools is that they "push out" special education students. The basic idea is that charter operators, who are obsessed with being able to show strong test results and thus bolster their reputations and enrollment, subtlety or not-so-subtlety "counsel out" students with special education plans (or somehow discourage their enrollment).

    This is, of course, a serious issue, one that is addressed directly in a recent report from the Center for Reinventing Public Education (CRPE), which presents an analysis of data from a sample of New York City charter elementary schools (and compares them to regular public schools in the city)."
Jeff Bernstein

Four tough questions about charter schools - 0 views

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    "The powers that be in the Democratic Party, including President Obama, have made charter schools their main vehicle for educational renewal in low-income communities, and there are more than a few civil rights leaders and elected officials in black and Latino communities who view them as a chance to give families in their neighborhoods better educational opportunities. We have now had six years of strong support for charters from the Obama administration, backed up by Race to the Top money.
    It is time to ask some hard questions."
Jeff Bernstein

Financial Report: Charter Schools Strangling Public Schools in Michigan | Diane Ravitch... - 0 views

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    "Moody's Investors Service downgraded the bond ratings of 53 school districts in Michigan.

    Public schools are losing enrollment to charter schools, and losing the ability to balance their budgets.

    More than 80% of the charter schools in Michigan are operated for-profit."
Jeff Bernstein

Study: Charters Pose a Financial Threat to Already-Struggling School Districts - Matt P... - 0 views

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    "Municipal finance analysts at Moody's recently took a look at the impact of charter school growth on public finances, finding "while the vast majority of traditional public districts are managing through the rise of charter schools without a negative credit impact, a small but growing number face financial stress due to the movement of students to charters.""
Jeff Bernstein

Diane Ravitch: The charter school mistake - latimes.com - 0 views

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    "Billionaires like privately managed schools. Parents are lured with glittering promises of getting their kids a sure ticket to college. Politicians want to appear to be champions of "school reform" with charters.

    But charters will not end the poverty at the root of low academic performance or transform our nation's schools into a high-performing system. The world's top-performing systems - Finland and Korea, for example - do not have charter schools. They have strong public school programs with well-prepared, experienced teachers and administrators. Charters and that other faux reform, vouchers, transform schooling into a consumer good, in which choice is the highest value."
Jeff Bernstein

Diane Ravitch and the Corporate Reign of Error | Arthur Goldstein - 0 views

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    "I've been teaching for almost thirty years, and I don't know precisely when my colleagues and I became public enemy number one. But after reading Reign of Error by Diane Ravitch I'm getting a pretty good handle on why.

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Jeff Bernstein

A Parent at Success Academy Says "No, We Won't March" | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "As previously reported on this blog by an anonymous teacher at Eva Moskowitz's Success Academy charter chain, parents, teachers, students, and staff have been directed to participate in a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on October 8 to protest any slowdown in allocation of  public space to charter schools or any effort to charge the charters rent for public space."
Jeff Bernstein

From Chris Lubienski: Do Charter Schools Promote Social Justice, Privatize Public Educa... - 0 views

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    "While reasonable people can disagree about whether this is "privatization," the question remains as to whether the market mechanisms embodied within the charter model lead to more socially just outcomes.  After all, many might be willing to accept privatization if choice and competition produce more equitable and just opportunities, especially for disadvantaged children.
    However, an increasing consensus in research circles suggests that charter schools may exacerbate, rather than ameliorate, the chronic inequity in America's education system.  Despite its roots as an initiative to promote more equitable outcomes, multiple studies have linked charter programs with segregation. "
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