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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

Anti-testing groups form alliance to bring sanity to education policy - 0 views

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    "With resistance to standardized test-obsessed school reform growing around the country, three dozen local, state and national organizations and individuals have now banded together in an alliance to expand efforts to bring sanity to education policy."
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

Education historian Ravitch believes education support is a civic responsibility | The ... - 0 views

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    "Instead, she encourages educators, parents and lawmakers to think as citizens rather than consumers when it comes to education. Ravitch's vision for education reform starts at ground level with each person supporting public education as a civic responsibility."
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

Breaking News: Outrage in Newark as Christie's Superintendent Fires Principals for Oppo... - 0 views

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    "On the very eve of the weekend celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newark's state-appointed superintendent showed the citizens of Newark that they have no votes and they have no voice when it comes to the fate of their schools."
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

New York's Secret Educational Policy Makers | Alan Singer - 0 views

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    "The Albany Times Union calls it a "shadow government" within the New York State Education Department. It is supported by $19 million in donations from wealthy individuals and foundations. The "Regents Research Fund" fellows are a private think tank embedded in the public education department that is defining education for New York's 3.1 million public school students. They frame policy, consult regularly with State Education Commissioner John King, and interact with state employees and officials, but they are not covered by the state's Public Officer's Law or ethics rules."
Jeff Bernstein

Capitol Confidential » Regents Research fellows supplement a school reform ag... - 1 views

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    "The story in the Times Union on Sunday about what some people call a shadow government within the State Education Department didn't get up on the Times Union web site until well after breakfast on Monday.

    It is available here, and the document below is one of many collected in researching the story. It's a letter to Regents from former Education Commissioner David Steiner explaining the intent of the Regents Research Fund fellowship after a New York State United Teachers executive had alerted members of the board about it. The fellows are now helping Steiner's successor, John B. King Jr."
Jeff Bernstein

Education reform backed by the wealthy - Times Union - 0 views

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    "A team of two dozen well-paid analysts embedded in the State Education Department is having a dramatic impact on a reform agenda that's causing controversy throughout New York."
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

Letter to Governor Christie from the New Jersey Teacher He Screamed At - 0 views

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    "Dear Governor Christie,

    Yesterday I took the opportunity to come hear you speak on your campaign trail. I have never really heard you speak before except for sound bytes that I get on my computer. I don't have cable, I don't read newspapers. I don't have enough time. I am a public school teacher that works an average of 60 hours a week in my building. Yes, you can check with my principal. I run the after-school program along with my my classroom position. I do even more work when I am at home. For verification of this, just ask my children.

    I asked you one simple question yesterday. I wanted to know why you portray NJ Public Schools as failure factories. Apparently that question struck a nerve. When you swung around at me and raised your voice, asking me what I wanted, my first response "I want more money for my students." Notice, I did not ask for more money for me. I did not ask for my health benefits, my pension, a raise, my tenure, or even my contract that I have not had for nearly three years. "
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

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

Success Academy parent's secret tapes reveal attempt to push out special needs student ... - 0 views

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    "The Upper West Side Success Academy charter school has touted itself for not trying to push out kids with special needs or behavior problems, but a parent has audio to the contrary."
Jeff Bernstein

Success Academy school chain comes under fire as parents fight 'zero tolerance' discipl... - 0 views

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    "The charter school chain Success Academy is being criticized for its high suspension rate, as parents complain that special-needs kids are pushed out and students are being denied due process."
Jeff Bernstein

Rising cost of charters concerns Nashville school officials | The Tennessean | tennesse... - 0 views

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    "School officials have chalked up $21.8 million of the expected budget increase to four new publicly financed, privatelyoperated charters set to open in 2014-15, along with expansion of existing charters."
Jeff Bernstein

Bennett-gate And The Politics Of Grading Schools - 0 views

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    "But based on an analysis conducted by Matt DiCarlo  of the Albert Shanker Institute, the grading system devised for Indiana had more to do with the characteristics of the students served by schools than it had to do with giving parents and policymakers real insight into the effectiveness of the schools."
Jeff Bernstein

Jeff Bezos' Other Endeavor: Charter Schools, Neoliberal Education Reforms | The Nation - 0 views

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    "There's one area where Bezos has been hyper-active, but largely unknown to the general public: education reform. A look at the Bezos Family Foundation, which was founded by Jackie and Mike Bezos but is financed primarily by Jeff Bezos, reveals a fairly aggressive effort in recent years to press forward with a fairly neoliberal education agenda"
Jeff Bernstein

Are Street Protests Next in the Fight Over Education Reform? | The Nation - 0 views

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    "Showdowns in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York City and beyond have turned out parents and teachers in droves-and revealed how out of touch education reformers really are."
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