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Discussing Charters, Teach For America, and more on @RickSmithShow

On the Rick Smith Show we discussed charters, privatization, New Orleans ed reform and more. Karran Harper Royal and Julian Vasquez Heilig joined Rick Smith to discuss our endangered public education system, the reach of the flawed “educational reform” movement in New Orleans and elsewhere, and ideas about how public schools can be improved and can be saved from privatization. 601 more words

Charter Schools

The Unauthorized Biography of Barack Obama

The Unauthorized Biography of Barack H Obama

by Webster Tarpley

Progressive Press (2008)

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Book Review

Published in the lead-up to the 2008 election, Tarpley’s unauthorized biography of candidate Obama makes some uncanny predictions about his administration’s pro-corporate and pro-war policies. 732 more words

Hidden History

"Conversion to Innovation"

Next month, in October, we will get further information and have discussion on the biggest steps toward school ‘autonomy’ yet.  District schools, next year, will be encouraged to move into an Autonomous status (principals will control their own budgets) and then to move toward Innovation School status.   225 more words

Gayle Cosby

New Report Decries Theft of Democracy in State School Takeovers

The Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools is pushing back against the rush by state legislatures to take over the poorest schools in America’s big cities—in many cases to seize entire school districts—and run them without the oversight of an elected local school board.  804 more words

Equity & Opportunity To Learn

Parent Trigger Testimony: A One-way Street to Private Control #SB14

Parent Trigger is a one-way street to non-democratic, private control of our public schools.

During the last round of Parent Trigger law attempts, I wrote about it in the posts  905 more words

Charter Schools

Refuting the Myth of the New Orleans School Miracle: Children Lost after Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans almost ten years ago, as school was just beginning in the fall of 2005. Ever since, we have been trying to piece together the meaning of what happened to New Orleans’ children and to what was once the New Orleans Parish Schools—a school district that was abruptly dismantled in the late fall right after the hurricane and after a new law passed in Baton Rouge permitted the state to take over most of New Orleans’ schools.  1,541 more words

Equity & Opportunity To Learn

Support and Skepticism in Achievement First Debate

A proposed Achievement First school expected to reduce New Haven’s in-district class sizes, has been billed as a public/charter collaboration, but among residents who attended last night’s Board of Education meeting, a dividing line has been drawn. 1,096 more words