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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.

 

 

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