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Jeff Bernstein

Jersey Jazzman: Reformyists Lose the Shanker Wars UPDATED! - 0 views

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    ACTING NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf recently invoked Albert Shanker, the legendary teachers union leader, in supporting Cerf's expansion of charter schools
Jeff Bernstein

The Feeble Strength of One! - Bridging Differences - Education Week - 0 views

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    A year substituting in Chicago's public schools made me a radical/"reformer" from Day One. I saw the teachers' union as a force for good-including the individual good. For example, two of my 'children' became teachers and both have had to protect themselves via union-enforced due process at some point in their careers. In the absence of due process, none of us is safe from unjust bosses or benign rulers. (It's one reason I'm also such a fan of the Association for Union Democracy, which protects union members and staff from injustices by their "union bosses.")

    Perhaps the dividing line on reform has something to do today with our gut reaction to calls for solidarity with our peers-our identification with the powerless. And thus our devotion to due process: "There but for the grace of God goes me."

    The tension between individualism and solidarity even interacts with a puzzle I've been concerned with of late re. neighborhood schools vs. "schools of choice." Can choice sometimes be good for an individual and bad for the larger community, and if so ...?
Jeff Bernstein

On the road again: State schools chief popular headliner across the country - 0 views

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    As the Indiana Department of Education implements an ambitious and far-reaching agenda, its leader is spending much of his time on the road extolling voucher programs, charter schools and collective bargaining limits to special-interest groups in other states. News coverage suggests the first-term Republican is the go-to state official for school reform tactics pushed by right-leaning organizations.
Jeff Bernstein

New teacher contract could shut down Los Angeles school choice program - latimes.com - 0 views

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    If teachers approve a tentative three-year pact, the district would no longer hand over campuses to charters or other outside nonprofits.
Jeff Bernstein

Union leaders and teachers defend L.A. middle school's record - latimes.com - 0 views

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    A national teachers union leader joined faculty at a Los Angeles middle school Friday to criticize a major school-improvement initiative within the L.A. Unified School District.

    Under the strategy, called Public School Choice, groups inside and outside the school system can bid for control of new and low-performing campuses. The meeting between teachers and Randi Weingarten, head of the American Federation of Teachers, took place at Cochran Middle School in Arlington Heights, one of the campuses affected.
Jeff Bernstein

The parents: the force that can't be beat | The Great Debate - 0 views

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    Joel Klein responds to Steve Brill.
Jeff Bernstein

Learning the Hard Way - 0 views

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    Joel Klein reviews books by Steve Brill and Terry Moe.
Jeff Bernstein

Our Mission « Texans for Parental Choice in Education - 0 views

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    Mission Statement

    To build a bi-partisan, volunteer-led, grassroots and grass-tops team throughout Texas in order to pass and defend Universal Educational Choice legislation.
Jeff Bernstein

AFT Criticized for Parent-Trigger Presentation - Teacher Beat - Education Week - 0 views

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    The American Federation of Teachers has landed in a bit of hot water over a presentation, given by a regional affiliate lobbyist at its recent TEACH professional-development conference, that details how the Connecticut chapter "diffused" a "parent trigger" legislative proposal in that state.
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