Mixed Review for UFT Charter School: Time for Some Humility?

This afternoon, the Charter Schools Institute of SUNY presented its renewal recommendation for the UFT Charter School.* The recommendation is for a short-term renewal (three years instead of the maximum five).† The school failed to achieve a full-term recommendation because it did not have a compelling and consistent record of…

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Compare and Contrast

”Blowing Up” Public Schools: Palling Around With the Rhetoric of Violenceñ UFT EdWize headline, 3/4/2010* ”In their crusade to salvage they go for the jugularÖ.Why do they lustfully thrust daggers through the institutions that nurtured educators?... When the “reformers” come gunning for the treasure of our earned mastery and pride,…

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Race to the Top: Every Point Counts

UFT blogger David Dashefsky claims that charter school advocates exaggerated the importance of the charter issue in the Race to the Top: ”Given the relatively small number of points available [on the rubric for charter schools], one could only reach the conclusion that the charter cap issue was decisive if…

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Bill Perkins: Parents are Suckers

Saturday's New York Times reported on the curious case of State Senator Bill Perkins, who “wars against” charter schools despite representing so many of them--and despite having benefited from educational choice himself. (Economist Tyler Cowen is ”astounded.”) If you haven’t, go read the whole thing. Perkins holds two core beliefs…

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New York Races to the Top Third

Today the U.S. Department of Education announced the finalists in the first round of the Race to the Top competition, and New York is among them. This keeps the Empire State in the running for up to $700 million in much-needed funding. That’s huge. And nobody saw it coming. Don’t…

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Circle 8, Trench 5

Last week, the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation reported on the astonishing inequality between public schools across the United States. There are 2,817 schools in the United States in which fewer than 5 percent of students live in poverty; in some areas one in four white children attend such schools.The Fordham…

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