Sunday, April 10, 2011

Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management Firms, With Mixed Results - ProPublica

Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management Firms, With Mixed Results - ProPublica

Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management Firms, With Mixed Results

Excerpt from Hope Academy Broadway Campus's lawsuit against White Hat Management. Inset: Screenshot from a White Hat Management promotional video.
Since 2008, an Ohio-based company, White Hat Management, has collected around $230 million to run charter schools in that state. The company has grown into a national chain and reports that it has about 20,000 students across the country. But now 10 of its own schools and the state of Ohio are suing, complaining that many White Hat students are failing, and that the company has refused to account for how it has spent the money.
The dispute between White Hat and Ohio, which is unfolding in state court in Franklin

School Tech Connect: Rothko, and Red Herrings

School Tech Connect: Rothko, and Red Herrings

Rothko, and Red Herrings

Ok, we're back. In the aftermath of the burglary and the exhausting week, I've tried to stay blissfully ignorant of what's going on in the world around me. I will say this: spring has sprung. It was warm and windy here in Chicago today, which means that it's going to be harder than ever to concentrate.

I was walking Scout down an alley when I came across a few boarded up windows--- each one had been painted green and then patched with a different shade of green, probably to cover up some graffiti. "Each one a Rothko," I told Scout. She gave me that look that she gives me. Here's one of them, tarted up a bit with some color rotation.

Rogers Park Rothko 3

Really, things can be lovely, even in an alley.

I missed all the great labor activity over the weekend, but I did get to hear David Warlick talk about "cracking the native information experience" on Saturday. It's a pretty good talk-- if you get a chance, go hear it. He talks

Oakland teacher convention ends on a high note | The Education Report

Oakland teacher convention ends on a high note | The Education Report

Oakland teacher convention ends on a high note

By Katy Murphy
Saturday, April 9th, 2011 at 4:35 pm in teachers.

A standing ovation at the Oakland Teacher Convention

Day 2 of the Oakland teacher convention ended with anger and frustration. Today ended with standing ovations.

“What a turn,” said Mercedes Ugarte, a fourth-year teacher at Melrose Leadership Academy. “It’s turned into something that’s teacher-owned. We’ve never had this space before to share these things out.”

A last-minute change to the program, made in response to the sharp criticism, was well received. This morning, the 200 delegates divided into six groups. Each one papered the walls of their rooms with lists of what was working and not working in their classrooms, in their schools and in the district, and recommendations for resolving them. They came up with their top priorities and shared them with everyone, including Superintendent Tony Smith, at the end of the day.

Different Figureheads, Same Boss | The Jose Vilson

Different Figureheads, Same Boss | The Jose Vilson

Different Figureheads, Same Boss

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Dennis Walcott, and Cathleen Black

“YES! Cathie Black is out! Woo! Congratulations!”

Cheers and smiles in the building abound as the 100-day chancellor of NYC schools has come and gone without making any major dent on the largest school district in the nation. Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s miscalculations about the appointment of Cathie Black as chancellor proved deleterious to the already tenuous relationship between him and his city. Already suspicious of the oligarchic fist under which the Mayor rules the city, NYC citizens grew weary of decisions that proved to the general public Michael Bloomberg’s aloofness to the

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA (in 338 words or less),

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: DEAR PRESIDENT OBAMA (in 338 words or less),

A message from IEA Prez Swanson. I’m worried. « Fred Klonsky's blog

A message from IEA Prez Swanson. I’m worried. « Fred Klonsky's blog

A message from IEA Prez Swanson. I’m worried.

IEA President Ken Swanson sent out an email to all IEA Board of Directors this afternoon. A number of BOD members forwarded it to me.

On the issue of the right to strike, Swanson says:

The deadline to be finished with the process led by Senator Kimberly Lightford and the Senate Educational Reform Committee is now Tuesday afternoon. There are still some unresolved issues, many that will come to resolution before Tuesday – one big issue that may not be resolved – the right to strike.

The parties have fundamental differences about the right to strike. The union team, IEA, IFT, and CTU have committed to each other that if one group’s right to strike is threatened, we will all come together in unison to fight it. We have been working hand in glove together for three months, and we are not about to change that strategy now. We will need your help, and our members’ help as

Educational Transformation? It’s the Governance, Stupid! | Lefty Parent

Educational Transformation? It’s the Governance, Stupid! | Lefty Parent

Educational Transformation? It’s the Governance, Stupid!

In my most recent piece “Schools: Trying to Balance Coercion, Inspiration and Facilitation”, I put forward that many American public schools are on increasingly shaky ground because they are tasked with at least six very challenging and at times conflicting goals, and are being asked to achieve all of those goals with shrinking budgets. In this increasingly difficult juggling act of doing more with less, the focus is generally on curriculum, teachers, and even at times educational methodology. But I believe the mostly unexamined element in transforming our schools (as well as other institutions in our society) is the governance model – who makes the decisions and how.

Like the cautionary reminder made famous from Bill Clinton’s presidential campaigns, whenever I think about our society’s developmental path forward and I forget to focus on who the decision-makers are and how the decisions are made, I need to be shaken out of my stupor and reminded that, “It’s the governance, stupid!”

I believe that in any venue where people are brought together to try to accomplish something important, who

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Big Education Ape: Ed News Now - Few would argue that she was a good choice. But as you watched the almost giddy reception that greeted the departure of the New York City schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, last week — “She was...

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DianeRavitch - The spending deal agreed to Friday night to avert a government shutdown includes a provision banning the District from spending its own funds to provide abortions to low-income women as well as fun...

DianeRavitch - First, I am well aware of the immediate pain that was avoided by not shutting the government down. My wife works for the Federal government and makes far more than do I. We would have been person...

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