Category Archives: Education politics

Critique of School Inc. Illustrates Why Airing It Is Right, and why Cranky Diane Ravitch is Wrong

Stalwart public schooling defender Diane Ravitch does not like what she saw in School Inc., a three-part documentary series created by former Cato education analyst Andrew Coulson. Of course, she is welcome to disagree with it. But her main complaint—that PBS dared show the documentary in the first place—is concerning from a public debate perspective, while her more substantive critiques of School Inc. illustrate precisely why we need to let all voices engage in debates, not just those with whom we agree.

Source: Critique of School Inc. Illustrates Why Airing It Is Right | Cato @ Liberty

Democrats For Education Reform? That’s An Oxymoron

Shavar Jeffries

Shavar Jeffries

Democrats for Education Reform’s president, Shavar Jeffries, is fighting an uphill battle in trying to convince democrats to support charters and choice.  Now that Barack Obama is no longer on the Oval, DFER and other similar groups are out in the open with their hostility toward President Trump’s education choice agenda.  “I’ve heard from some folks that DFER is opposed to [U.S. Secretary of Education] DeVos or opposed to certain types of policies because we’re Democrats,” said Jeffries.  “We’re like, no we’re opposed to this because we love children.”

In this new era of partisan politics, we’re to believe that only Democrats love children!

Source: Head of Democrats For Education Reform blasts DeVos, calls push for vouchers a ‘sideshow’ | Chalkbeat

Trump Backs California Charter Schools, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual by Charter Supporters

It’s a bit of twisted logic for charter advocates to turn their back on President Trump’s support for charter school in order to ingratiate themselves with anti-charter foes.

“It would be much more valuable for me, frankly, if [the president] just said he hates charter schools,” said Caprice Young, chief executive officer and superintendent of the Magnolia network of charter schools. “The fact that Trump supports charter schools gives the opposition… an opportunity to equate charter schools with the things that Trump cares about, that most Californians are opposed to.”

Source: Trump Backs California Charter Schools, But the Feeling Isn’t Mutual | The California Report | KQED News

Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win

Supporters of charter schools appeared to win control of the Los Angeles school board Tuesday, a watershed moment with huge implications for how students are taught in America’s second-largest school district.The charter school movement has long been a major force in Los Angeles school circles. But the victory Tuesday night by pro-charter forces — who dramatically outspent rivals in what was the most expensive election in school board history — gives them the opportunity to reshape the district.

Source: Major changes could come to L.A. schools after charter school movement’s big win – LA Times

The Progressive Bias Against Charter Schools

Opposition to charter schools is to the left what climate change denial is to the right, a fortress of unreason that shields ideology from contrary evidence.  Everywhere, including in Massachusetts, home to some of the nation’s best charters, anti-charter zealots always, always have a “yes, but –” response for every study suggesting disadvantaged students benefit from these schools.

Source: Open Schools, Closed Minds: The Progressive Bias Against Charter Schools | Cognoscenti

The many challenges of charter schools in N.O. exposed at hearing, though these problems are dwarfed compared to the school district’s performance Pre-Katrina

This writer, Bill Quigley, goes to tremendous pains to explain how charter schools in New Orleans are a challenge and might not be performing up to his expectations. We wonder if Mr. Quigley ever wrote any articles critical of the colossal educational disaster known as New Orleans Public Schools Pre-Katrina.

By Bill Quigley
Contributing Writer

New Orleans is the nation’s largest and most complete experiment in charter schools. After Hurricane Katrina, the State of Louisiana took control of public schools in New Orleans and launched a nearly complete transformation of a public school system into a system of charter schools. Though there are spots of improvement in the New Orleans charter system, major problems remain.

Source: The many challenges of charter schools in N.O. exposed at hearing | New Orleans’ Multicultural News Source | The Louisiana Weekly

Ex-Chicago schools CEO gets 4 1/2-year prison term for taking bribes

Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Former Chicago Schools Superintendent Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleaded guilty in 2015 to taking part in a contract-rigging scheme, and is sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison.  In her capacity as superintendent, she steered millions of dollars in consulting contracts to her former employer, SUPES Academy, a company consisting of former school administrators.  This sort of corruption is undoubtedly rampant in America’s public school systems.

Source: Ex-Chicago schools CEO gets 4 1/2-year prison term for taking bribes

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