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October 31, 2014 - 10:44 am CDT

Time Magazine‘s November 3, 2014 cover that scapegoats teachers by implying that the profession protects a whole lot of “bad apples” has brought the California Vergara court decision back into the news and once again brought us Campbell Brown, whose face is familiar as a former CNN news anchor.  Her new mission is represented by her new organization, the Partnership for Educational Justice, that has begun bringing Vergara-like lawsuits across the states to oppose due process for teachers.  Yesterday in a post, 

October 30, 2014 - 5:59 am CDT

It looks like the test and punish crowd is beginning to get worried about all the backlash against high-stakes testing. Lately, I noticed a little spittle forming at the corners of the mouths of the test them to death champions such as those at the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation. Jumping into the fray this past week was one of my reformy favorites and New Jersey's own, Andy Smarick.

October 29, 2014 - 9:22 am CDT

Arizona schools are currently suing the state for unpaid bills. The case goes like this:

In 2000, the voters passed a referendum that mandates regular increases in state funding to account for inflation.

For several years around the Great Recession, the Legislature cut funds and ignored the inflation mandate.

The schools claim that the Legislature is $1 billion in arrears.

The matter will be settled in a Phoenix courtroom.

October 29, 2014 - 7:10 am CDT

Eleven of our nation’s most prominent national civil rights organizations released a strong statement on Tuesday to support new investments in the public schools, the institution these groups call “the backbone of our democracy.”  The statement is a rejection of the test-and-punish strategies that have dominated federal and state policies around public schools for over a decade.

October 28, 2014 - 3:56 pm CDT

School “reform” today is driven by policies that seek to replace public schools with schools run by private corporations.  A national, big-money coalition seeks to “transform” as many public programs as possible, including Social Security and Medicare, by handing them over to the private sector—and education is just one more market waiting to be exploited.  

October 28, 2014 - 3:18 pm CDT

Note: Here's my intro to this series, here's Part I, and here's Part II.

October 28, 2014 - 3:14 pm CDT

Note: Here's my intro to this series, and here's Part I.

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