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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

Uncommon Core Heightens Race and Class Math Divide | Alan Singer - 0 views

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    "The uproar over high-stakes testing associated with Common Core in New York State and complaints that children are being tested on things they were not taught, has obscured the deepening of racial, ethnic and class divisions in education in New York and the United States. Not only are the tests unfair, but according to a new study by the National Urban Research Group (NURG), math instruction and the educational system in the United States are deeply unfair, especially to Black and Latino students from poorer families."
Jeff Bernstein

On the Front Lines in the War on Poverty - Deborah Meier - 0 views

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    "My "golden age" in New York, the one that allowed a variety of experiments in trust to flourish, happened not by accident and not just because of a few good administrators. It was possible because of a short-lived sea change in the national political conversation. It came because for a while there was a public commitment to wage a war on poverty and on behalf of racial equality."
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

Modeling the Education They Want To Be: The Great Chicago Teachers Union Transformation - 0 views

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    "According to labor journalist Micah Uetricht, it's high time for trade unions in the United States to decide whether they want to wither away and follow a "business unionism" model of concessions and shrinkage, or follow "social movement unionism," a bottom-up, democratic organizing strategy that is aligned with social justice movements throughout the country."
Jeff Bernstein

Poverty Matters | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "It is all the rage among the pseudo-reformers to dismiss the importance of poverty. Although most of the pseudo-reformers grew up in affluence, attended elite private school, and send their own children to equally splendid private schools, they feel certain in their hearts that poverty is a state of mind that can be easily overcome. All it takes is one great teacher. Or three effective teachers in a row. Or lots of grit. Or a no-excuses school where children dress for success, follow rules without questioning, and act like little test-taking machines. One by one, the pseudo-reformers insist, they will end poverty."
Jeff Bernstein

Does Common Core's focus on 'close reading' make sense? - 0 views

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    "Depending on whom you ask, the Common Core English Language Arts standards are either exactly what U.S. schools need, or exactly what they don't need. Here's an argument for the latter opinion, by Aaron Barlow, an associate professor of English at the New York City College of Technology. "
Jeff Bernstein

A Meditation on Choice | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "When I read Paul Thomas's reflections on "choice," it reminded me of an exchange I had in conversation with John Merrow recently in Manhattan at the JCC."
Jeff Bernstein

"Significant Flaws" with New York's Teacher Evaluation Data | - 0 views

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    "One of the biggest drawbacks of such teacher evaluation systems is that they have literally no instrumental value; that is, no states across the country have yet figured out how to use these data for instrumental or change-based purposes, to inform the betterment of schools, teacher quality, and most importantly students' learning and achievement, and no states yet have plans to make these data useful."
Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman: Education "Reform": The Endgame - 0 views

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    "That is the real status quo: a socioeconomically stratified society, largely (but not entirely) divided along racial lines, that is first and foremost interested in its own reproduction. And public education, as dictated by the reformy plutocrats, is a primary means of maintaining that status quo.

    That is the "end game.""
Jeff Bernstein

Shanker Blog » When Checking Under The Hood Of Overall Test Score Increases, ... - 0 views

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    "When looking at changes in testing results between years, many people are (justifiably) interested in comparing those changes for different student subgroups, such as those defined by race/ethnicity or income (subsidized lunch eligibility). The basic idea is to see whether increases are shared between traditionally advantaged and disadvantaged groups (and, often, to monitor achievement gaps)."
Jeff Bernstein

Why test-based school reform isn't working - by the numbers - 0 views

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    "In the following post [Carol Burris] looks at irrefutable data to show that the test-based reforms are taking public education down the wrong road. "
Jeff Bernstein

Infographic: Why Corporations Want Our Public Schools by YES! Editors - YES! Magazine - 0 views

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    "Where's the big money in privatization? Take it from the teachers."
Jeff Bernstein

National School Choice Week and the Attack on Public Schools | Public School Shakedown - 0 views

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    "When schools choose, students with disabilities lose"
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

What Happens to Doctors When the Right Answer Is Wrong? | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Dr. Zuger explains what happens to the brilliant young doctors who aced every standardized test (there were so many of them!), but were flummoxed when it came time to diagnose a complicated real-life problem presented by a patient.
    She gives examples of how these hotshots dealt with new situations: Badly.
    They looked for the right answer, but there was none. What was needed was judgment and experience, and they didn't have enough of either.

    Dr. Zuger sees these young doctors as victims of linear thinking, a very bad habit caused by taking too many standardized tests with a single right answer."
Jeff Bernstein

Carol Burris: Time to hold NY education leaders accountable for Core mess - 0 views

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    "The New York Regents are the masters of the non-response response.  The day after they published their recommendations entitled Adjustment Options to Common Core Implementation, this was the Newsday headline: Pullback on Common Core: Regents Delay Tougher NY Test Requirements for High School Students Until 2022. That headline on Tuesday came from the Regents' third recommendation: "Give students more time to meet the Common Core standards."
    That sounds impressive until you discover that nothing was pulled back at all."
Jeff Bernstein

Andrew Cuomo: No More Money for Education! | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Cuomo apparently thinks that parents don't care about class size, or budget cuts, or layoffs, or loss of funding for the arts in their schools. No, he alone is the "lobbyist for the students," (as he once boasted), not their parents. Anyone who wants more money for schools must be fronting for the teachers' unions."
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