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Jeff Bernstein

Teacher Turnover At Success Academy Charter Schools | Shanker Institute - 0 views

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    "It also, however, means that roughly one in three SA teachers (32.8 percent) either switched to a different (non-SA) school, in NYC or elsewhere, or exited the teaching profession entirely. This is almost twice the rate of 17 percent provided by SA officials to the New York Times reporter."
Jeff Bernstein

Separating fact from fiction in 21 claims about charter schools - The Washington Post - 0 views

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    "The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools  released a report last year titled "Separating Fact & Fiction: What You Need to Know About Charter Schools," which takes 21 statements that it calls "myths" about charters and attempts to debunk them, one by one. Now three education researchers have completed a fact-checking analysis of the charter report, coming to some difference conclusions about each myth.  Following is part of the new analysis, which was published by the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado Boulder, and which you can find in full, complete with extensive footnotes on the NEPC website."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter Investors' Conference: Your Tax Dollars at Work: | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Laura Chapman investigated the charter investors' conference on March 10. And this is what she learned:

    The US Department of Education will be at the charter school "investors" conference, representing you, dear taxpayer, in a scheme to subsidize the financing of charter school facilities that LISC is marketing, along with the Gates and Walton Foundations and a long list of profit seekers investors who get tax credits for doing deals, among other perks."
Jeff Bernstein

Horace Meister: Why Charters Are NOT the Way to Help Struggling Schools | Diane Ravitch... - 0 views

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    "Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York State, recently released a report called The State of New York's Failing Schools. This report claims to present "statistics and facts" that "expose a public education system badly in need of change" and is designed to support Cuomo's proposal to turn "failing" schools over to private management and convert them into charter schools. But are these public schools failing? Are charter schools the answer? The facts say no.
    To help concretize the question why don't we take a closer look at one charter chain"
Jeff Bernstein

The rise of charter schools in Pa.: A list of the components in the special series. | P... - 0 views

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    "It's a plan reviled by teachers, loathed by parents, and decried by local politicians, but against huge opposition, York may become the third city in America to privatize the entirety of one of its public school districts.

    How did a public school system in the midstate rise to the forefront of a national experiment in education reform? And how did an entire community lose control of its own decision-making ability? The answer to both those questions, education researchers and public watchdogs say, lies in large part on a concerted, multi-million dollar campaign over the past decade by for-profit schools to alter Pennsylvania law.

    Those changes, and the industry lobbying that continues behind-the-scenes, have implications for teachers and students across the entire state. It's a subject we have tackled in a series entitled "The Rise of Charter Schools in Pa.""
Jeff Bernstein

The Unholy Alliance: Charters, the Media, and "Research" | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Horace Meister, a regular contributor, has discovered a shocking instance of contradictory research, posted a year apart by the same "independent" governmental agency. The first report, published a year ago, criticized New York City's charter schools for enrolling small proportions of high-need students; the second report, published a month ago, claimed that the city's charter schools had a lower attrition rate of high-needs students than public schools. Meister read the two reports carefully and with growing disgust. He concluded that the Independent Budget Office had massaged the data to reach a conclusion favoring the powerful charter lobby. Eva Moskowitz read the second report and wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal called "The Myth of Charter School 'Cherry Picking.'" Horace Meister says it is not myth: it is reality."
Jeff Bernstein

9 Things to Know About School Choice - 0 views

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    "To help kick off School Choice PR Week, Forbes ran a puff piece about choice entitled "Kicking Off School Choice Week With 9 Things You Need To Know". The piece comes from contributor Maureen Sullivan who in 2009 was elected to the the Hoboken school board arguing "for lower taxes and higher standards" during her "nearly" four year term (Sullivan was elected as a member of the Kids First team, then defected because she found them insufficiently reformy, leading to a great deal of fiscal grandstanding and wrangling in Hoboken)

    Her 9 things make a nice compendium of what choice advocates offer as arguments these days."
Jeff Bernstein

Charter schools and the false promise of better education - Liberation News - 0 views

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    "This week is "National School Choice Week." The School Choice Week website would have you believe that public schools cannot meet the needs of all students. They claim that only private options can save impoverished children from "failing public schools" by offering parents more choice. Research continues to show that is not the case."
Jeff Bernstein

Lloyd Lofthouse: How Will Charter Growth Affect Public Schools? | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Lloyd Lofthouse notes the expansion of the charter sector in past decade-plus and wonders how this will affect public schools. We know from many state and city studies that charters don't outperform public schools and that many are run by for-profit corporations. No high-performing nation is embarked on the destruction of its public education system by imposing charters and vouchers and allowing non-educators to open schools."
Jeff Bernstein

What charter groups want in 2015 | Capital New York - 0 views

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    "New York's charter school advocates have poured millions of dollars into electing a State Senate hospitable to their agenda items for the upcoming legislative session. Now, those leaders are beginning to craft their legislative priorities, which will include eliminating the state's cap on charter schools, increasing funding for established charters, and establishing more accountability measures for district schools and teachers."
Jeff Bernstein

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education... - 0 views

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    "Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam"
Jeff Bernstein

Pillars of Reform Collapsing, Reformers Contemplate Defeat - Living in Dialogue - 0 views

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    "There is growing evidence that the corporate-sponsored education reform project is on its last legs. The crazy patchwork of half-assed solutions on offer for the past decade have one by one failed to deliver, and one by one they are falling. Can the edifice survive once its pillars of support have crumbled?"
Jeff Bernstein

Charter Researcher: Why Markets Don't Work in Education | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    ""This is one of the big insights for me. I actually am kind of a pro-market kinda girl. But it doesn't seem to work in a choice environment for education. I've studied competitive markets for much of my career. That's my academic focus for my work. And it's [education] the only industry/sector where the market mechanism just doesn't work. I think it's not helpful to expect parents to be the agents of quality assurance throughout the state. I think there are other supports that are needed. Frankly parents have not been really well educated in the mechanisms of choice.… I think the policy environment really needs to focus on creating much more information and transparency about performance than we've had for the 20 years of the charter school movement. I think we need to have a greater degree of oversight of charter schools, but I also think we have to have some oversight of the overseers.""
Jeff Bernstein

Zephyr Teachout: Hedge Funders and Their Corrupt Effort to Take Over Public Education i... - 0 views

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    "Zephyr Teachout, the Fordham University law professor who ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the recent gubernatorial election, released  a powerful and shocking-but well documented-report on the powerful hedge funds that seek to gain control of education in New York state. They are very, very rich. They have no particular expertise in education, nor are they accountable to anyone. Yet they are attempting to privatize one of the most important public institutions of our society. Teachout's co-author was Mohammad Khan. His contact information is listed below."
Jeff Bernstein

When Charter Schools Are Nonprofit in Name Only - 0 views

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    "In the charter-school sector, this arrangement is known as a "sweeps" contract because nearly all of a school's public dollars 2013 anywhere from 95 to 100 percent 2013 is "swept" into a charter-management company.
    The contracts are an example of how the charter schools sometimes cede control of public dollars to private companies that have no legal obligation to act in the best interests of the schools or taxpayers."
Jeff Bernstein

The Pen is Mightier than the Person: With Liberty and Charter Schools for All - 0 views

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    "Where can 12 billionaires turn if they want education laws changed?

    That's right, their checkbooks.

    Between late September and Election Day, a dozen hedge funders donated a combined $4.4 million to New York State politics, mainly to ensure that Governor Andrew Cuomo and his slimy associates will help publicly-funded, privately-run charter schools seep deeper into the state.
    Led by the likes Paul Tudor Jones II, who recently hosted an education "summit" featuring Cuomo and other corpses, the billionaires see charters as investment windfalls. After all, those pesky teachers unions and their due process rights won't be around to challenge every test and technology tonic sold to New York's taxpayers once the metastasis of charters quickens. "
Jeff Bernstein

Racism and the Charter School Movement: Unveiling the Myths - 0 views

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    "The underlying conservative foundation of the charter school movement today has resulted in a variety of deep tensions linked to questions of racism and education, particularly with respect to the education of working-class students of color."
Jeff Bernstein

Hunger Games Comes to New York State's Public Schools - The Daily Beast - 0 views

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    "The same billionaires who just bought the New York State Senate now want to own public education. It's starve, test, and destroy."
Jeff Bernstein

Some inconvenient truths about charter schools | The Villager Newspaper - 0 views

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    "Battles between charter school operators, like Eva Moskowitz, and public school parents and education advocates are nothing new to the mass media. Recently The New York Times ran an article on this topic, featuring Moskowitz and her Success Academy schools. However, too often this kind of media coverage does not accurately portray our side of the story. The SUNY board of trustees recently voted to approve 17 charter applications, 14 of them by Moskowitz, in New York City. It is more important than ever for the public to understand the reality of the charter movement."
Jeff Bernstein

Why 'no excuses' charter schools mold 'very submissive' students - starting in kinderga... - 0 views

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    "If you have heard the phrase "no excuses" charter schools but don't really know what they mean, here is an informative post about  them and the controversial philosophy under which they approach student discipline and achievement.  Joan Goodman, a professor in the Graduate School of Education University of Pennsylvania and director of the school's Teach For America program, explains her research on these charter schools to freelance journalist and public education advocate Jennifer Berkshire, who worked for six years editing a newspaper for the American Federation of Teachers in Massachusetts and who authors the EduShyster blog, where this Q * A originally appeared. Goodman is a former school psychologist whose article "Charter Management Organizations and the Regulated Environment: Is It Worth the Price?" appeared in the March 2013 issue of Educational Researcher."
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