Jeb Bush’s Very Bad Motives

Previously published at Schools Matter. As it proved to be George W’s presidential calling to finish Poppy’s war in Iraq, it looks as if 2016 could be the beginning and likely end of Jeb’s crusade to finish the education privatization plan that got put on hold in 1992 by Poppy’s crushing defeat.   Actually, the plan […]

If Common Core Survives, Blame Its Supporters

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Posted at Schools Matter November 11: For those who have denied the danger that Diane Ravitch represents to the testing resistance  movement, have a look at this latest attempt to garner support for Weingarten’s efforts to keep alive the maggot-infested body of Common Core. Despite the efforts of the Gates Foundation and others to treat […]

TURN Agenda Supporter, Greg Anrig, on NPE Panel

Posted earlier at Schools Matter Before Greg Anrig started to work for the Century Foundation, he was a writer for Money Magazine.  Somewhere along the line, he became an expert in education policy, at least the kind that requires “intense collaboration among administrators and teachers” (Anrig, 2013)–the same kind embraced by the Gates and Broad Foundations.   […]

Ravitch Warms to Tuckerism: Can Randi Be Far Ahead?

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Posted September 4 at Schools Matter. I posted the other day on the new (old) Tuckerism that Joe Nocera was promoting (again) in the New York Times.   Obviously, Tucker’s THL (Testing Hysteria Lite) has resonated with the neolibs as a way to stave off the revolution against testing, while preserving its worst features and maintaining […]

Understanding Why the TURN Cancer Has to Be Cut Out of NEA and AFT

With a concerted effort among AFT and NEA misleadership shills to make TURN appear be a kinder and gentler form of corporate union takeover, it’s important to “replay the tape” in order to understand the history that has been made and the history that is being made.  There are some who pretend to believe that […]

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TEA Challenges Huffman/Haslam Plan to Tie Licensure to Value-Addled Test Scores

You have to take the 18 minutes to view this news conference announcement in order to appreciate the profound unfairness of using VAM for ANY high stakes decision. For more context, detailed discussion, and a survey of the mountain of research studies, buy the book.

Paul Toner, MA TURNcoat, Leads Charge for Common Core and PARCC

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Lawyer, corporate stooge, and MTA President, Paul Toner has sold teachers down the river in Massachusetts with support for test score based teacher evaluations, more segregated corporate reform schools, and now the Common Core testing delivery system. Toner has a propaganda piece at the MTA site that once again applies lipstick to the pig that he […]

New York Mayoral Candidates: Fly Me to Cincinnati

When New York mayoral candidates lead reporters and editors of the New York Times on a field trip expedition to the hinterlands of Cincinnati schools, you have to know there is something awful at home they would rather everyone forget.  The awful something in this case, of course, is the test-bombed remains of New York’s […]

Ohanian on Achieve, Inc. and the Common Core

A clip from Susan writing at The Daily Censored–see the rest here: Reading the press release, I wonder: HOW to get people to raise up against the oppressive phraseknowledge-based economy, a term rolling off the tongues of the “haves” as an excuse for their refusal to acknowledge the vital skills possessed by people making things work […]

Who’s Lying to Whom? Duncan, Bloomberg, and the Rotted Common Core

Yesterday Mike Bloomberg called the new test score basement that all NY schools have rushed into “very good news,” and he blamed the media for noticing that it was happening.  With State and City schools–at least the ones with poor kids–once more crushed under the boot (Rochester had 5% of kids passing reading and math) […]

NEA Appeasement in Wisconsin: Withdraws from Battle When Most Needed

The Koch Brothers’  stooge, Gov. Scott Walker, has led the charge in Wisconsin to eliminate any political opposition to rolling back American economic and social systems by a hundred years at least.  As Rachel Maddow has reported, the key to achieving a one corporate party rule is to eliminate unions, which represent the only significant […]

“Track and Improve Your School Culture”

LiveSchool is a start-up in the total surveillance urban school business that offers a tech tool for meting out rewards and punishments.  It is unapologetically based on the “banking model” of education, and it has been embraced by Bloomberg and other Wall Street hustlers as a way to make a dirty buck on the backs […]

From St. Louis’s Leafy Suburbs: Equal Education for All Unless You’re Black or Poor

“I think that any time you disturb a culture — you’re bringing in a variable that is unknown — I think it has the ability to create some unrest because you don’t know how the variable’s going to play out in the culture you already have.” No, that wasn’t George Wallace in 1963–that was Pam […]

Congress Set to Profit from Student Loan Rates Determined by Wall Street Swindlers

If you ever wonder how the Feds are going to pay for the new era of non-risk corporate welfare farming, charter schools, preschools, for-profit college subsidies, military contractors, corporate welfare spy firms, etc., Congress has a plan.  One drop in that national cash reserve for corporate non-emergencies was guaranteed yesterday, when the Senate passed student […]

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