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True School Reform vs Corporate School Reform

True School Reform:

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  • Restores public trust to all levels of school district leadership, campus leadership, teachers and staff.
  • Increased transparency to school board of trustees and taxpayers concerning all matter relating to school district
  • Restores teaching to a highly-respected, highly-valued profession.  Teachers will be required to be fully certified (licensed) as mandated by the state.  They will be encouraged to use research-based, time- tested best practices.
  • Principals are accountable for maintaining a positive working environment for teachers and staff.
  • Children are regarded as living, growing human beings, not as a test score.  All children will have access to strong, neighborhood, truly public schools.

 

Corporate School Reform:

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  • Wal-Martization of public education.  Billionaires throw big money into public education and expect things to be done their way.  Since advent of charter/choice schools and high-stakes testing, access to a part of the $500 billion in public education funding has become big business for entrepreneurs, with little regard for long term educational outcomes of children.
  • City mayors with little to no educational background are given control of entire urban school systems.  Bill Gates prefers this.  Mayoral control has been disastrous in every other major American city attempted.
  • Inexperienced, unlicensed teachers are hired in inner-city schools.
  • Belief that computers, through “personalized learning” (big business for software companies and Microsoft) can serve as a teacher, mentor, role model for underprivileged, disadvantaged students.
  • Increased high-stakes standardized testing in public schools.  Teacher pay for performance, based largely on standardized test results, has been implemented in many major cities, with little to no gains in student achievement.   The greatest teachers are intrinsically motivated by progress and achievement of students, not money.

 

 

True Reform Select Articles

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progressive.org
Funding “Education Reform”: The Big Three

compliancebuilding.com
Ethical Integrity Leadership – Setting the Tone From The Top

prospect.org
No Funds Left Behind

salon.com
We’re educating our kids all wrong: The progressive argument against standardized-test mania

amstat.org
ASA Statement on Using Value-Added Models for Educational Assessment

washingtonpost.com
Study: School reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

inthesetimes.com
Big Dallas Plunder: Dallas business interests stacked the school board. Now, a rule change could open the door for wholesale school privatization.

disdblog.com
Follow The Money

alternet.org
Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Corruption

alternet.org
The Problem with School ‘Choice’

politico.com
No profit left behind

dailydot.com
Inside the real world of Teach for America

dianeravitch.net
Dallas: What in the Sam Hill is going on in Dallas

washingtonpost.com
Superintendents issue ‘clear and compelling vision’ for school reform

 

 

 

Corporate School Reform 101

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progressive.org
Funding “Education Reform”: The Big Three

parentsacrossamerica.org
How to tell if your school district is infected by the broad virus

prospect.org
No funds left behind

defendpubliceducation.net
Who is eli broad and why is he trying to destroy public education

thedailybeast.com
Hunger games comes to new york states public schools

epi.org
Rhetoric trumps reality

heartland.org
Gates and Pearson partner to reap tens of millions from common core

dianeravitch.net
The business plan to liquidate public education

thenation.com
9 Billionaires Are About to Remake New York’s Public Schools—Here’s Their Story

seattleducation2010.wordpress.com
Noam Chomsky on public school privatization in a nutshell

dallasnews.com
Why Miles market driven reforms won’t work

inthesetimes.com
The great Dallas plunder

disdblog.com
Race for the money

disdblog.com
Big alec and little alec together in Dallas

disdblog.com
Follow the money

disdblog.com
Providing a back door to common core – Morath’s home rule charter

schoolfinance101.wordpress.com
Five Steps to Cagebusting Relinquishment and the Suburban School District of the Future!

politicususa.com
Republicans Slash Public Education to Fund Tax Cuts For Millionaires and Corporations

washingtonpost.com
What are Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talking about?

salon.com
Education “reform’s” big lie: The real reason the right has declared war on our public schools

cloakinginequity.com
The Broad Foundation and Broadies: Kings of “Disruptive” and “Unreasonable” Trickle-Down Reform

danielskatz.net
Have we wasted over a decade?

huffingtonpost.com
Poor Children Are Just Nails to Pound

progressive.org
Watching Wisconsin Destroy Public Schools

progressive.org
How the Corporate Reform Education Industry Buys Elections

alecexposed.org
Privatizing Public Education, Higher Ed Policy, and Teachers

withabrooklynaccent.blogspot.com
Should Business Leaders Be Put in Charge of Education?

dianeravitch.net
Is There a Corporate Reform Movement

k12edtalk.com
Two Distressing Examples of Corporate Education Reform

thewarreportonpubliced.com
How did Anti-Public School Corporate Reformers become the Dominant Force in Education Reform?

thewarreportonpubliced.com
The Gorilla in the Room: Part 2 in the Series: How did Anti-Public School Corporate Reformers become the Dominant Force in Education Reform?

huffingtonpost.com
Poor Children Are Just Nails to Pound

 

 

Standardized, High-Stakes Testing

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huffingtonpost.com
John Oliver Explains Everything That’s Wrong With Standardized Testing
(watch video)

parentsacrossamerica.org
Why more standardized tests won’t improve education

washingtonpost.com
Report: Big education firms spend millions lobbying for pro-testing policies

washingtonpost.com
Five reasons standardized testing isn’t likely to let up

suffolktimes.timesreview.com
Guest Column: State testing will hurt public education

texasobserver.org
A Prof Debunks Standardized Testing & Pearson Strikes Back

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com
‘Mothers Against Drunk Testing’ in Texas? Priceless | Dallas Morning News

creativesystemsthinking.wordpress.com
Noam Chomsky on the dangers of standardized testing

salon.com
We’re educating our kids all wrong: The progressive argument against standardized-test mania

aisd.net
Arlington ISD: RESOLUTION REGARDING HIGH-STAKES ASSESSMENTS

thekatynews.com
Letter From Katy ISD

jaxkidsmatter.blogspot.com
Rich kids get taught, poor kids get tested

saveourschoolsnj.org
High stakes testing

badassteachers.blogspot.com
I CRIED TODAY!

washingtonpost.com
How teachers want to evaluate their students

washingtonpost.com
Miami-Dade Schools dumps 290 district-created tests

washingtonpost.com
Why it’s so scary that test prep works so well

washingtonpost.com
Educators alarmed by some questions on N.Y. Common Core tests

accomplishedcaliforniateachers.wordpress.com
Teaching to the Wrong Tests

wherelearningclicks.com
Behind the Scenes of the Common Core State Standards Assessments

disdblog.com
Slave labor in disd

theblaze.com
This is why teachers are so frustrated

alfiekohn.org
Standardized testing: separating wheat children from chaff children

washingtonpost.com
Revolt against high-stakes standardized testing growing — and so does its impact

dianeravitch.net
Pearson plans to reinvent testing

huffingtonpost.com
Pineapple Question

theatlantic.com
The coming revolution in public education

getschooled.blog.ajc.com
With teachers going to jail, we’ve raised stakes in testing. But we haven’t raised quality.

msn.com
We’re educating our kids all wrong: The progressive argument against standardized-test mania

independent.co.uk
‘Exam factory’ conditions at school causing children to self-harm, says new research

washingtonpost.com
Report: Big education firms spend millions lobbying for pro-testing policies

alternet.org
For People who Have Experienced Racism in Schools, Standardized Testing Can Seem like A Solution. But It’s Not.

empowermagazine.com
Empathy v. Criticism: How to Respond to Those Who Think More Testing is Needed to Improve Public Education

 

washingtonpost.com
What are all these civil rights groups thinking?

washingtonpost.com
Eleven civil right groups urge Obama to drop test-based k-12 accountability system

seattleducation2010.wordpress.com
High-Stakes Testing is a Social Justice Issue

huffingtonpost.com
By any dreams necessary

nationalacademies.org
Current Test-Based Incentive Programs Have Not Consistently Raised
Student Achievement in U.S.; Improved Approaches Should Be Developed and Evaluated

huffingtonpost.com
SAT, ACT No Longer Required For Admission To 800 U.S. Colleges And Universities

fairtest.org
More than 800 four-year colleges and universities do not use the SAT or ACT to admit substantial numbers of bachelor-degree applicants.

dianeravitch.net
Fairtest reports

theonion.com
Pros And Cons Of Standardized Testing

parentsacrossamerica.org
Parents Across America opposes Common Core, PARCC and SBAC

ny.chalkbeat.org
In a shift, New York state tests now more difficult to pass than national exams

livingindialogue.com
The Strangely Incurious Bill Gates: If This is an Experiment, Shouldn’t We Pay Attention to the Results?

huffingtonpost.com
Vietnam Wallops U.S. on Test Scores But Vietnamese Educators Scoff at Tests

tea.texas.gov
STAAR Released Test Questions

ritter.tea.state.tx.us
Academic Excellence Indicator System Archives

parcc.pearson.com
PARCC practice test

corestandards.org

 

Testing Opt-Out Movement

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unitedoptout.com

time.com
Thousands of Kids Opt Out of Standardized Common Core Tests Across U.S.

cnn.com
Parents all over U.S. ‘opting out’ of standardized student testing

washingtonpost.com
Report: 175,000-plus N.Y. students opt out of Common Core test, more expected

suffolktimes.timesreview.com
Guest Column: How the ‘opt-out’ movement continues to grow

dianeravitch.net
Opt out

dianeravitch.net
Take your choice: the testing status quo or opt out

fairtest.org
Opting out

dallasnews.com
Trickle of Texas parents choosing to opt children out of state testing

unitedoptout.com
The Movement to End Corporate Education Reform – Texas

facebook.com
Texas Parents Opt Out of State Tests

optoutofstandardizedtests.wikispaces.com
Opt out of standardized tests Texas

txedrights.net/opting-out-step-by-step
Opting out step by step – Texas

esc11.net
Opting out of standardized tests

houstonchronicle.com
Can Houston parents say no to state-required tests?

theatlantic.com
What Happens When Students Boycott a Standardized Test?

washingtonpost.com
Will schools lose federal funds if kids don’t take mandated tests? Fact vs. threat

washingtonpost.com
Not my daughter: How one dad opted out his kindergartner from standardized testing

dianeravitch.net
Must read: Chicago principal writes scathing letter to parents in support of opting out

dianeravitch.net
AFT president Randi Weingarten endorses opt out

nytimes.com
Common core testing is ushered in – parents and students opt out

dianeravitch.net
Students in Bloomington and Normal, Illinois join to oppose parcc tests

dianeravitch.net
Seattle’s policy on opting out: not so subtle coercion

dianeravitch.net
Fairtest opt out reports

 

 

Teacher Pay for Performance (TEI)

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amstat.org
ASA Statement on Using Value-Added Models for Educational Assessment

parentsacrossamerica.org
Tying teacher’s salaries to test scores doesn’t work

nytimes.com
Teaching is not a business

washingtonpost.com
Good teaching poor test scores cast doubt on grading teachers by student performance

politico.com
Rating teachers not as easy as 1,2,3

educationclearinghouse.wordpress.com
Demoralizing teachers

management-issues.com
Performance related pay doesn’t encourage performance

theconversation.com
Performance related pay won’t motivate teachers

alfiekohn.org
The folly of merit pay

dianeravitch.net
A stunning graphic on the failure of test-based accountability

dallasisd.org
Dallas ISD teacher excellence initiative

disdblog.com
Why effective teachers quit and why none are standing in the wings

mathematica-mpr.com
An Evaluation of the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP) in Chicago: Year Two Impact Report

educationnext.org
Teacher Incentive Pay and Educational Outcomes:Evidence from the New York City Bonus Program

vamboozled.com
Top 25 Research Articles about VAMs

educationblog.dallasnews.com
This is how much Dallas ISD teachers will make under performance pay

dallasnews.com
Fewer Dallas ISD teachers than expected to get top pay ranking

 

Past Results of School Reform Movement (History Lessons)

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alternet.org
What We Can Learn From Dallas’ Fight Against School Privatization

washingtonpost.com
Study – school reform in 3 major cities brings few benefits, some harm

washingtonpost.com
The gap between school reform rhetoric and reality in 3 cities

washingtonpost.com
Why almost all reform efforts have failed

washingtonpost.com
Reform insanity in a single chart

realclearpolitics.com
Why school reform fails

epi.org
Rhetoric trumps reality

alternet.org
4 arguments scream save public education

inthesetimes.com
Teachers were never the problem

nepc.colorado.edu
Why school turnaround experiment is failing

dianeravitch.net
New Orleans recovery school district

newsweek.com
Best and worst cities for school reform

huffingtonpost.com
School reform

huffingtonpost.com
When reforming education means destroying communities

thenation.com
Our public education system needs transformation not reform

dianeravitch.net
The sad story of the nations first all charter district

dianeravitch.net
Kristen Buras: the truth about New Orleans

washingtonpost.com
Chris Christie’s bold plan to remake public schools is running into trouble

dianeravitch.net
One Newark

dianeravitch.net
Milwaukee

theamericanscholar.org
School Reform Fails the Test

educationalchemy.com
Make way, New Orleans, Chicago, Detroit and Phillie!! Baltimore is gaining on you in the race to destroy public education!

salon.com
We must still hate our kids: Philadelphia and “education reformers” fight demented war on elementary schools

defendpubliceducation.net
Divide and Conquer: The Philadelphia Story

 

Charter Schools

prime prep

alternet.org
Who Is Profiting From Charters? The Big Bucks Behind Charter School Secrecy, Financial Scandal and Corruption

inthesetimes.com
The great Dallas plunder

dallasnews.com
Prime prep academy troubles continue after closing

dallasnews.com
State takes steps to shut down honors academy as a charter school

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Oak Cliff charter school targeted for closure under three strikes rule

salon.com
The great charter rip off finally the truth catches up to education reform phonies

salon.com
Charter school are cheating your kids new report reveals massive fraud mismanagement abuse

businessinsider.com
The Walmart family is teaching hedge funds how to profit from publicly funded schools

tucsonweekly.com
Thar’s Gold in Them Thar Charter Schools: Walton and Gates Foundations Edition

dianeravitch.net
Kristen Buras: the truth about New Orleans

dianeravitch.net
The sad story of the nations first all charter district

seattleducation2010.wordpress.com
Before you can fund the charter school you have to fund an advocacy organization that can create a climate for the charter school to exist

dianeravitch.net
David Hornbeck, I was wrong about charters

dianeravitch.net
Stephen Dyer: compare data between charters and public schools in Ohio

dianeravitch.net
Michigan: an eye opening charter scam

dianeravitch.net
Las Vegas: what happens when reform is not reform but destruction

stoprocketship.com
Agassi makes millions off of Tax Payers with “confidential” deals

dianeravitch.net
Andre Agassi

dianeravitch.net
Philly schools offer parents a choice: go charter or stay in schools with no resources

dianeravitch.net
Charter frauds and scams multiply

washingtonpost.com
Report: Millions of dollars in fraud, waste found in charter school sector

scribd.com
New Report Finds Over $200 Million in Fraud and Abuse at Charter Schools

seattleducation2010.wordpress.com
The charter bill 1040 and the 1: an analysis

usatoday.com
Shut down bad charter schools: Column

washingtonpost.com
Charter schools still a D.C. hot-button issue

nytimes.com
At Success Academy Schools, Polarizing Methods and Superior Results

dianeravitch.net
A Former Success Academy Teacher Steps Forward to Tell Her Story

nytimes.com
Lauded Harlem Schools Have Their Own Problems

heritage.org
Assessing the Harlem Children’s Zone

dallasnews.com
North Texas charter schools more likely to perform poorly, group’s rankings find

alternet.org
What We Can Learn From Dallas’ Fight Against School Privatization

chron.com
A chance to end the public school era

miamiherald.com
Florida charter schools: big money, little oversight

michaelklonsky.blogspot.com
KIPP’s child abuse for other people’s children

populardemocracy.org
The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities To Waste, Fraud, And Abuse

dianeravitch.net
NYC will pay $10 million for charter school rent

dianeravitch.net
Imagine schools sells Florida campus for $6.6 million, fined for $1 million for self-dealing in Ohio

dallasnews.com
Four Texas charter school proposals contain copied passages

progressive.org
“One Newark” Exemplifies Shock Doctrine

latimes.com
Report calling for more oversight to prevent charter school fraud draws rebuke

commondreams.org
Fraud, Waste, and Lies: Charter Schools Cheating Communities Out of Millions of Dollars

forbes.com
Charter School Gravy Train Runs Express To Fat City

nydailynews.com
Gonzalez: Feds failed to keep tabs on $3B in school aid

dianeravitch.net
Report: Feds Spent $3.3 Billion on Charter Industry – For What

deutsch29.files.wordpress.com
System Failure: Louisiana’s Broken Charter School Law

kpho.com
While many public schools struggle, some charter chains profit

huffingtonpost.com
Study Finds Pro-Charter School Arguments Are More Convincing

getschooled.blog.ajc.com
State-approved charter schools are not shining models of success — at least not yet

janresseger.wordpress.com
Public Agenda Releases In-Depth Resources on Charter Schools

michaelklonsky.blogspot.com
An entire Chicago community resists charter expansion

 

 

 

 

 

 

School Choice

school-choice

www.salon.com
The ugly truth about school choice

alternet.org
The problem with school choice

alternet.org
4 arguments scream save public education

nationalreview.com
Why school choice is failing

nationalreview.com
Why School Choice is Failing

janresseger.wordpress.com
Charter school promoters discover school choice catastrophe in Detroit

brettdickerson.net
Index of my school choice posts so far

learningcurve.dmagazine.com
Mike Miles: we’re going to meet that desire parents have for school choice

getschooled.blog.ajc.com
Opinion: When teachers and schools compete, students lose