Michelle Rhee Stepping Down From StudentsFirst

By: Friday August 15, 2014 8:15 am

Michelle Rhee is stepping down as the CEO of StudentsFirst to focus on her family and supporting her husband. After being tossed out of the DC school system, Rhee founded StudentsFirst in 2011 as part of her quixotic crusade to blame the problems in America’s education system on teachers and their unions. Despite a limited background [...]

Robert Gibbs To Lead National Campaign Against Teachers Unions

By: Thursday June 26, 2014 10:02 am

While it is not surprising that those who worked for a corporate Democrat like President Barack Obama have moved on to shilling for Big Business after they leave the White House, usually the opportunism is less crass than this. Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s former press secretary, has signed on through his public relations firm to [...]

Poll Shows Highest Level of Public Disapproval for Vouchers Ever

By: Tuesday August 27, 2013 10:43 am

A new PDK/Gallup Poll reveals bad news for the corporate education reform movement to privatize public education. According to the poll vouchers, previously considered a useful wedge weapon against public schools are more unpopular than ever. This week, the 45th annual PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools was released. Although it [...]

Public Education “Reformers” Discredited By Yet Another Study

By: Tuesday June 4, 2013 7:44 am

The privatization of public education movement sometimes called “ed reform” has always had one fatal flaw – none of their claims are supported by the evidence. In modern American politics being completely nonfactual is only a minor handicap, especially if like the “ed reform” movement you have money behind your agenda. Just shout louder and [...]

Romney Thinks Obama Will Reintroduce EFCA… Good One…

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:50 am

The guy Mitt Romney thinks he’s running against sounds fearsome. On a Sunday night conference call with voters in Iowa, Romney warned that President Obama is hell-bent on “forcing people to join unions that don’t want to.” Not only is this entirely false, but even the less-scary thing it’s based on doesn’t add up. Twice [...]

Education Reform Policies Foster, Rather than Attenuate, America’s Permanent Underclass

By: Monday September 24, 2012 11:19 am

Laura D’Andrea Tyson, the former chair of Bill Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and now a professor at UC-Berkeley, had a pretty bold opinion piece in the New York Times the other day, relating income inequality and educational opportunity in ways that I found compelling. The United States is caught in a vicious cycle largely [...]

A Look at the Deal that Ended the Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 10:58 am

Dylan Matthews intends to wrap up the Chicago teachers strike with an assessment of what both sides got out of the contract “in one post.” Here’s a list, in one post, of some of the things he left out, culled mostly from what the CTU informed its members was in the contract. • Arts, music [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 4:05 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union has agreed to suspend its seven-day strike and return to work. Classes will resume for more than 350,000 students on Wednesday. This does not mean they have agreed to the contract submitted by the Chicago Public Schools, only that they will complete the strike action, while reserving the right to walk [...]

Chicago Teachers Union Delegates Meet Today to Vote on Contract

By: Tuesday September 18, 2012 9:01 am

The House of Delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union will meet today to decide on whether to accept a contract worked out last week in negotiations with the Chicago Public Schools. Union leaders initially hinted that they would accept the tentative agreement on Sunday while the details got hammered out, but decided to take more [...]

Chicago Public Schools Sue to Try to Force Teachers Back to Work

By: Monday September 17, 2012 1:12 pm

The Chicago Public Schools system formally sought an injunction against the weeklong teachers strike, imploring a judge to order Chicago Teachers Union members back to work while negotiations continue on a contract. The injunction order claims that the CTU is illegally striking over non-economic issues, in violation of state statutes, and that the strike creates [...]

Chicago Strike Forces Discussion of New Models for Student Achievement and Teacher Assessment

By: Monday September 17, 2012 7:02 am

As the Chicago teachers strike continues for at least a couple more days, I’m struck by how the event, and the associated commentary, is forcing a rethink about the measures we use in the popular mythology for student achievement and teacher assessment. Because the education space has become so dominated by corporate-led interests of the [...]

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