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Jeff Bernstein

How to Destroy a Public-School System | The Nation - 0 views

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    "In Philadelphia, education reformers got everything they wanted. Look where the city's schools are now."
Jeff Bernstein

How much time will new Common Core tests take kids to finish? Quite a lot. - The Washin... - 0 views

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    "With prime testing time upon us, PARCC's newly released guidance to schools (see below) calls for: 9¾  hours testing time for third grade, 10 hours for grades 4-5 , 10¾ hours for grades 6-8 and 11 to 11¼ hours for grades 9-12."
Jeff Bernstein

NYC Public School Parents: Egregious distortions in NYT article on Success Charters, sa... - 0 views

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    "This Sunday's NY Times featured an outrageously one-sided article on Success charters.  It is not the first.  One remembers the Steve Brill article from 2010 on Harlem Success Academy which was so similar in tone that I had to keep checking to see that this was not the exact same piece.

    The Brill article was replete with many factual errors - claiming that the high-performing students at Success charters were exactly like those as the public schools with which it shared space, even though that was a clear falsehood that any reporter or editor could have checked if they had bothered to look at the data.  This time, the reporter Daniel Bergner admitted that the type of students enrolled may be different, writing in an offhand manner"
Jeff Bernstein

New York Times Ignored Teacher Input on Eva Moskowitz | Daniel Katz, Ph.D. - 0 views

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    "Mr. Bergner DID speak with teachers who work in co-locations with Success Academy schools.  In fact, he spoke at length and clearly decided to disregard their input almost entirely. I am fortunate to know one of those teachers through local teacher advocacy groups, and she agreed to inform me about her discussions with Mr. Bergner and to share what it is like to be a teacher at a school where Ms. Moskowitz has claimed classroom space for her students.  Her name is "
Jeff Bernstein

Big Dallas Plunder - In These Times - 0 views

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    "Dallas business interests stacked the school board. Now, a rule change could open the door for wholesale school privatization."
Jeff Bernstein

Eva Moskowitz isn't just backed by Wall Street, she moved there - NY Daily News - 0 views

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    "Eva Moskowitz, the firebrand chief of the city's fastest growing charter chain, isn't just backed by Wall Street, she's officially moved there - with Wall Street-type salaries to boot."
Jeff Bernstein

Study finds "de facto" segregation among charter schools | State House Sound Bites | wi... - 0 views

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    "Charter schools in Pennsylvania are defined by their flexibility and freedom from many state regulations.
    A new study shows they're also marked by their lack of diversity."
Jeff Bernstein

Will California's Ruling Against Teacher Tenure Change Schools? - The Atlantic - 0 views

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    "A judge said the state discriminates against poor and minority students by protecting the jobs of ineffective instructors. What will this mean for education?"
Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman, Stephen Colbert, and Campbell Brown | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "Jersey jazzman has another great piece about tenure. He writes: "I can only hope that Campbell Brown's appearance last night on The Colbert Report is typical of what she is going to bring to the debate over school workplace protections. Because if this is the best the anti-tenure side can muster, we teachers will easily win the debate - provided we ever get a chance to participate." "
Jeff Bernstein

Stunning Report Rejects School Closures, Charters, and Paternalism of School Reformers ... - 0 views

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    "Death by a Thousand Cuts: Racism, School Closures, and Public School Sabotage, a stunning report released this week by Journey for Justice (J4J), cuts through the ideological babble on school "reform" and lets us listen as "voices from America's affected communities of color"-parents, students, and community leaders-tell us how school closures and privatization are affecting them, their neighborhoods, and their children."
Jeff Bernstein

Matt Taibbi and David Sirota: Why Is Your Pension in Jeopardy? | Diane Ravitch's blog - 0 views

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    "We hear the same refrain across the nation: public sector pensions are destroying our economy. The modest pensions paid to teachers, police officers, firefighters, and social workers are a threat to our future."
Jeff Bernstein

"Stupid, absurd, non-defensible": New NEA president Lily Eskelsen García on t... - 0 views

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    "What's got teachers stirred up? How real and potent is this upsurge of their activism? Why should people who identify with progressive causes care? Salon recently posed those questions, and others, to Lily Eskelsen García, the new president-elect of the National Education Association, the nation's largest teachers' union, at the recent Netroots Nation conference in Detroit."
Jeff Bernstein

N.Y.C. Union Strikes Back at Tenure Allegations - Teacher Beat - Education Week - 0 views

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    "New York City teachers' union is firing back at a recently filed lawsuit challenging teacher tenure and due process, asserting that the state's due-process rules end up helping many more tenured teachers leave the profession than critics allege."
Jeff Bernstein

With A Brooklyn Accent: Arne Duncan Drops in Unexpectedly on Meeting With BATS at US De... - 0 views

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    "On July 28, 2014, following the  BAT Rally outside the US Department of Education, a delegation of BATS went up to  the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights to share some of the main issues that BATS had with  Department Policy."
Jeff Bernstein

Columbia Economist Says Chetty, Friedman, and Rockoff Are Wrong About VAM | Diane Ravit... - 0 views

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    "Moshe Adler, professor of economics at Columbia University, has emerged as one of the most incisive critics of the work of Raj Chetty, John Friedman, and Jonah Rockoff on Value-added measurement (VAM)."
Jeff Bernstein

The Big Sort: How Chicago's school choice system is tracking kids into separate high sc... - 0 views

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    "How Chicago's school choice system is tracking kids into separate high schools based on achievement"
Jeff Bernstein

Testing Expert Calls on NYC Chancellor Farina to Say No to Pearson Field Tests - 0 views

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    "Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña missed a crucial opportunity this week, as field tests started in schools across the city. She should have told parents and school leaders that they could choose whether to let their children participate or not."
Jeff Bernstein

Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, Book Says - Education Week - 0 views

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    "Public schools achieve the same or better mathematics results as private schools with demographically similar students, concludes The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, published in November by the University of Chicago Press. The authors are Christopher and Sarah Lubienski, a husband-and-wife team of education professors at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
    Central to the controversy is their suggestion that vouchers, which provide public funding for private school tuition, are based on the premise that private schools do better-an assumption that is undercut by the book's overall findings."
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."
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