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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.

 

 

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

 

 

School Choice

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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

 

 

 

 

Personalized Learning

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dianeravitch.net
The meaning of personalized learning

dianeravitch.net
A student critiques what she calls blended delusions

alfiekohn.org
Four reason to worry about “personalized learning”

educhatter.wordpress.com
Open concept schools: why is the failed experiment making a comeback

educationnext.org
The open classroom

dianeravitch.net
Rocketship charters

stoprocketship.com
Agassi makes millions off of tax payers with “confidential” deals

pageturn.co.uk
Preparing for a renaissance in assessment

nytimes.com
Uncovering security flaws in digital education products for school children

dianeravitch.net
Rocketship’s rocky expansion

disdblog.com
Personalized Learning: your guide to dallas isd’s newest initiative

dallasisd.org
Dallas ISD selected to receive $791,000 grant (from Gates foundation) to support personalized learning schools

 

 

 

Dallas, We Have a Problem

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

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

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD senior managers broke rules to build team preliminary audit finds

dallasnews.com
Former DISD chief financial officer warned (Mike Miles) about spending

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD teachers seek help after student suicide attempts

youtube.com
Fired DISD teachers want jobs back

dfw.cbslocal.com
Mass exodus of DISD teachers, end of year vacancies double

kenyaskeys.wordpress.com
Why Are the Really Good Teachers in Dallas Resigning?

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Tod Robberson: Dallas ISD’s Mike Miles ‘is irresponsible and outright wrong’ in faulting teachers for district’s problems

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Investigation finds that Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles violated district policy and helped craft an administrator’s resignation letter that bashed his bosses

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD superintendent Mike Miles violated policies and could face termination an independent investigation finds

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Former Dallas ISD administrator Jerome Oberlton sentenced to 41 months in federal prison

educationblog.dallasnews.com
DISD’s new communications chief (Jennifer Sprague) had some, eh, communications issues at her first board meeting

bizjournals.com
Rebecca Rodriguez becomes latest to leave DISD cabinet

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles concedes mistakes, says he is open to readjusting salaries for top executives

dallasnews.com
Record number of Dallas ISD administrators make more than $100,000, analysis shows

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD trustees discuss concerns with new teacher evaluation

dallasnews.com
Audit raises questions about validity of Dallas ISD graduation rate

dallasobserver.com
Anita Connally Got Dallas ISD to Crack Down on Sports Corruption, and Then She Got Fired

courthousenews.com
Athletics Scandal Roils Dallas Schools

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD fires top investigator for violations that it won’t detail

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Deputy chief internal auditor Don Smith, who oversaw Dallas ISD investigations, is fired

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD suspends 2 over cleaning at schools affected by Ebola case

disdblog.com
TFA, Dallas ISD, Colonial Cronyism and the New Jim Crow

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Trustee Bernadette Nutall: Mike Miles accused her of trespassing, removed from Dade Middle School

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Video: Trustee Bernadette Nutall physically removed from school by Dallas ISD police

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Mike Miles wants investigation into trustee Bernadette Nutall former Dallas ISD administrator (Sylvia Reyna) says

dallasnews.com
Report clears Dallas ISD trustee Bernadette Nutall of wrongdoing

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Petition by Dallas ISD student: Mike Miles, you have ruined teaching

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Dallas attorney says Superintendent Mike Miles encouraged him to run against Bernadette Nutall

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD teachers and parents demand removal of Mike Miles

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD review finds possible bullying, retaliation in HR department

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Read excerpts of messages sent by Dallas ISD HR officials

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com
Human resources scandal is part of a bigger mess at DISD

dallasnews.com
Instant messages raise concerns about $6.4M for new teachers

dallasnews.com
Two fired Dallas ISD employees say they may have been scapegoats

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD officials deny misleading trustees in hiring request

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD has paid $570,000 in separation agreements to administrators under Mike Miles

dallasnews.com
TEA faults dallas isd for poor background check process

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Read the TEA report on violations found in Dallas ISD’s background check process

dallasnews.com
3 Dallas ISD trustees want to discuss firing Superintendent Mike Miles

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD launches effort to improve six struggling schools

disdblog.com
DISD’s ACE Schools Kick Weak Kids in the Teeth

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD personnel executive charged with assaulting employee after firing her

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD’s 2012 Principal of the Year leaving for charter school

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Popular Dallas ISD principal at Rosemont Elementary to lose her job

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD trustees face off again over Mike Miles

dallasnews.com
Miles says school underperforms, but parents plead for principal

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD scores dip on STAAR reading exams taken in English

dallasnews.com
3 Dallas ISD trustees sue board president over superintendent meeting

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Judge orders Dallas ISD board president to call special meeting Friday about Mike Miles

scribd.com
Dallas ISD trustee lawsuit

dallasnews.com
Judge’s ruling paves way for vote on Miles’ future in Dallas ISD

scribd.com
Judge Ginsberg ruling on Dallas ISD meeting

wfaa.com
Records: DISD HR investigation was completed, not released

dallasnews.com
Dade Middle School getting its 5th principal in four years

disdblog.com
Boot Camps, Falling Scores, Fired Principals and Higher Taxes in DISD

youtube.com
Dallas ISD Board of Trustees Called Board Meeting – May 1, 2015

dallasnews.com
Vote to fire Miles fails, but Dallas ISD trustees issue ‘letter of concern’

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles is hanging on by a thread

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

learningcurve.dmagazine.com
Guest Column: Kevin Malonson on the tension between reform, teachers, and kids

dallasnews.com
Dade Middle School opened to much promise, constant turmoil

dallasnews.com
Can Mike Miles pass the test with Dade Middle School?

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD trustees rebuff Miles, vote to keep Rosemont principal, 2 others

dallasnews.com
Little progress seen on Dallas ISD’s STAAR results

educationblog.dallasnews.com
[UPDATED] First look at Dallas ISD 2015 STAAR report: Mostly small changes from last year, several drops from 2012

dallasnews.com
Gap widens between Dallas ISD, state averages on STAAR exams

dianeravitch.net
Broad-Trained Superintendent Mike Miles: No Miracles in Dallas

wfaa.com
Inside Texas Politics: Bernadette Nutall

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD investigation finds top executive engaged in ‘deceptive and dishonest practices’

dallasnews.com
85 job cuts catch Dallas ISD trustees by surprise

dallasnews.com
Dallas ISD fires official who’d been accused of sexual harassment

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Check out end-of-course STAAR scores for Dallas ISD and the state

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Despite Imagine 2020, middle schools in South, West Dallas still struggle

educationblog.dallasnews.com
51 schools and counting: Principal changes in Dallas ISD

educationblog.dallasnews.com
Superintendent Mike Miles fires three principals saved by school board

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com
DISD, where deceptiveness is no bar to employment

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com
Miles keeps backing Tonya Sadler Grayson, yet complains of negative news coverage?

dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com
Mike Miles’ double standard on hiring, firing and gauging ‘professional leadership’

schoolarchiveproject.blogspot.com
Title VI Complaint Against DISD (Executive Summary)

wfaa.com
DISD Budget Director Questions Misspent at Risk Funds

wfaa.com
New questions about red ink at Dallas ISD

wfaa.com
85 Dallas ISD employees dismissed after News 8 investigation

wfaa.com
Fresh financial upheaval at DISD

disdblog.com
Cooking the Books in DISD

 

 

 

Dallas Home Rule Charter: A Back Door to Corporate Reform

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dallasnews.com
Group pushes for election to remake Dallas ISD as freer home rule district

inthesetimes.com
The great Dallas plunder

allianceaft.tx.aft.org
Home rule fact sheet

ourcommunityourschools.org
Facts

texasobserver.org
Hot for Charter: Inside the Radical Play to Reinvent Dallas Schools

disdblog.com
SOPS: A taxpayer funded gravy train

dallasnews.com
3 sources say home rule was pitched with Dallas mayor running schools

carlaranger.blogspot.com
Save our schools from a mean-spirited corporate reform model and Mayor Mike Rawlings hostile takeover

dfpe.org/pdf
Questions on home rule in DISD

dallasnews.com
DISD home rule commission votes against writing charter

 

Defeated, but still at it

dallasnews.com
Bill would give Dallas ISD some options from failed home-rule proposal

scribd.com
Anchia’s bill to change DISD: HB 2579

dianeravitch.net
Texas loves TFA

legis.state.tx.us
Bill: HB 1060