Californian Dan Walters raises a good point about how the focus on holding charter schools accountable in his state have intensified recently even as the same fervor for accountability misses the entire K-12 education system. Walters writes in the Orange County Register “[e]ducational accountability is attracting a lot of political attention — or perhaps lip…
My friends at NOPE need to broaden their scope of fraud reveals.
In a time when too many families are redlined into carefully gerrymandered education deserts, those hope-killing places where middle-class “workers” drive in each day to collect paychecks from school systems only to leave miseducated, marginalized kids in their rear view mirrors as they leave at 4 pm, you choose to step away from school choice and reform.
No one should discount the possibility that a little black girl or boy might succeed in life without bathing in whiteness.
While I still feel the frustration with the glacier pace of change during your administration, I can appreciate the initiatives and structural changes you were making now in a way that didn’t make sense then. You needed support to fight the good fight, not a hasty exit to make room for killer milquetoast.
Dr. Howard Fuller has been on the vanguard of the fight for educational options, and today he has a message for education advocates: fight for your lives!
The longstanding arguments for charters could still be had in clean exchanges between judicious people – sans Ravitch – if we seek understanding and progress.
A fight at the ‘happiest place on Earth’ says a lot about our cultural failure. This is the best justification for ‘no excuses’ I’ve seen.
While we focus on improving education in the nation’s K-12 schools, we also need to focus on reforming education in the prisons where many who failed in public schools end up.
It’s right for equity advocates to focus attention on the students deemed needier. At the same time, they shouldn’t allow their advocacy to mean other students aren’t likely to need support too.