Rhode Island · School Talk

Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

It’s nothing new that Sheldon Whitehouse oozes hypocrisy but I am most rankled by his comments, actions, and over the top rhetoric when it comes to education because that’s where my focus lies. He is currently engaged in a war on Betsy DeVos, President Elect Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary who begins confirmation hearings today.… Continue reading Senator Whitehouse: Do as I say, Not as I do

Rhode Island · School Talk

NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

Bob Walsh, Executive Director of the NEA in Rhode Island, is a smart guy. Unlike some others in his organization, he makes his case respectfully and the scope of his technical knowledge is infinite. But last week he left me truly stumped (and a bit appalled) after an appearance on A Lively Experiment on our local… Continue reading NEA’s Bob Walsh: Blocking, Begging, and Belittling

Rhode Island · School Talk

Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

As another charter battle heats up in Little Rhody, the usual status quo protectors are talking about everything except what matters most: student outcomes and parent demand. And when it comes to Achievement First, the charter school looking to expand, it’s impossible to deny that they’ve earned the privilege of doing so. They’ve proven the… Continue reading Student Outcomes and Parent Satisfaction Must be Front and Center in Debate over AF

Massachusetts

Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni has her own convenient version of what a democracy is. And she believes that, in the name of democracy,  parents zoned to chronically under-performing schools just need to wait for better schools and she said exactly that on WBUR’s Radio Boston on October 19, 2015 in an interview with… Continue reading Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts

EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color

Perhaps the most grotesque tactic on the #NoOn2 side is to deny how parents of color really feel about the issue of lifting the charter cap that will appear on the ballot. While polling has consistently shown strong support for Question 2 among non-white voters — and this holds true regarding school choice nationally —… Continue reading EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color

Massachusetts · School Talk

Betrayal from Warren, Bold Leadership from Lynch

[email protected] proved once again tonight: He’s a thin-skinned bully who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. #debatenight — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 27, 2016 Elizabeth Warren has some nerve composing this tweet on the very same day that she announced she would be voting against lifting the cap on charter schools this November in her… Continue reading Betrayal from Warren, Bold Leadership from Lynch

Massachusetts

Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

When I think of being ready for day one of a school year, tables of political buttons and campaign propaganda isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in Newton, Massachusetts this year, that’s what returning teachers found in their midst as they reunited after the summer. And there is something very wrong with… Continue reading Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

Massachusetts · School Talk

Holy Charter-Cap-Question Twitter Rant by Columbia Professor!

Sarah Cohodes blasted out 37 tweets about Massachusetts’ Question 2—about charter schools—on the November ballot. Check it out.

Rhode Island · School Talk

Rhode Island 2017 Teacher of the Year Dispels Myth That Charter Schools Don’t Serve Kids With Special Needs

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone make the false claim that charter schools don’t take kids with special needs, I’d be sitting atop a big  pile of money.  But the charter haters in the Ocean State have a small problem with their usual talking points in light of the recent announcement of… Continue reading Rhode Island 2017 Teacher of the Year Dispels Myth That Charter Schools Don’t Serve Kids With Special Needs

Massachusetts · School Talk

Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive  

“Charter schools? Democrats don’t support those.” It was a small group of anti-charter organizers who were saying it — and in truth, that was one of the more polite ways it was expressed. But that’s the kind of comment I heard at the recent Democratic State Convention. And to me, it was surprising.  After all,… Continue reading Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive