Tag Archives: KIPP

Record Fine for Campaign-Finance Violation Sheds Light on Dark Money Donors to Bay State Charter Referendum

When the biggest backer of Massachusetts’s recent ballot initiative, which would have effectively eliminated the cap on charter schools, was slapped, this month, with a $426,466 fine for violating campaign finance laws—the biggest such violation in state history—the legal settlement … Continue reading

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How Long-Time Charter Funders Are Upping the Ante in Their Bid to Blow the Bay State’s Charter School Cap

This post highlights the work of Peggy Wiesenberg, an attorney and Access to Justice Fellow working with Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a grassroots organization of Boston Public School parents dedicated to promoting quality, equity and transparency in public … Continue reading

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Inside Success Academy: Nose Pressed to the Window Pane

On Monday, 28 educators gathered in the Bronx, for one of the hottest tickets in town, a tour of a Success Academy school. I was supposed to be there, having received an email notifying me that I was among the … Continue reading

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One More Time, NYC Charters Don’t Outperform Publics

Gary Rubinstein, an education blogger and math teacher at New York City’s Stuyvesant high school, has just posted a terrific analysis of Big Apple charter-school and public-school performance, showing once again that charters do not outperform publics–with one exception, which … Continue reading

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The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover Revisited

Last Sunday, The New York Times ran my OpEd “The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover” in which I acknowledge some of the accomplishments of the city’s education reforms, but also cautioned that the charter revolution is not all … Continue reading

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Rafe Esquith’s “Shakespeareans” Respond to Misconduct Allegations

Last fall, during a visit to Los Angeles, I had the opportunity to sit in for the day at Room 56 at Hobart Elementary, where Rafe Esquith, a man who has been described as “the best teacher” in America, has … Continue reading

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Building A Better Teacher: Some Hard Lessons of Ed Reform

I picked up Elizabeth Green’s new book, Building a Better Teacher, with great anticipation. By the time I finished reading the nicely written, highly detailed descriptions of some of the latest efforts to improve teaching, I was alternatively gratified, intrigued … Continue reading

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