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Why Black Colleges Need Charter Schools - WSJ
By Allysia Finley
Nov. 3, 2017 | WSJ |

Charter schools are the “polite cousins of segregation,” in the words of Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers. Last year the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called for a moratorium on charters. Film festivals are screening “Backpack Full of Cash,” a pro-union documentary narrated by Matt Damon that portrays charters as separate and unequal institutions.

Pushing back against these invidious attacks is the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, an organization that represents 47 historically black schools. “We cannot afford this kind of issue-myopia in our society,” the fund’s president, Johnny Taylor, wrote in a syndicated op-ed this fall. “If the NAACP continues to reject the educational opportunities school choice provides them, they risk becoming irrelevant—or worse—an enemy of the very people they claim to fight for.”

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Mr. Taylor will step down next month after a seven-year tenure during which he has relentlessly promoted charters as a lifeline for black students and a pipeline for historically black colleges and universities, or HBCUs.
HBCUs  Colleges_&_Universities  Thurgood_Marshall  students  African-Americans  charter_schools  talent_pipelines 
november 2017 by jerryking
The Weekend Interview with Jalen Rose: From the Fab Five to the Three Rs - WSJ.com
DECEMBER 31, 2011 | WSJ | By STEPHEN MOORE.
From the Fab Five to the Three Rs
After 20 years of basketball fame and fortune, Jalen Rose returns home to Detroit to promote school reform and parental choice.
Detroit  charter_schools  basketball  NBA 
december 2011 by jerryking
Steven Brill: Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools - WSJ.com
AUGUST 13, 2011 | WSJ |By STEVEN BRILL

Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools
Extraordinary educators are rare and often burn out. To save our
schools, says Steven Brill, we have to demand more from ordinary
teachers and their unions....Reforming America's troubled education
system requires a new commitment to training teachers and holding them
accountable for their performance, says Steven Brill, author of "Class
Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America's Schools." But how do you push
them to perform without burning them out? And what role should the
unions play in this process? Brill discusses with Weekend Review Editor
Gary Rosen.
teaching  teachers  unions  charter_schools  Steven_Brill  accountability  books 
august 2011 by jerryking
Review & Outlook: Joel Klein's Report Card - WSJ.com
NOVEMBER 11, 2010 | WSJ. A Democrat without education
experience when he became schools chancellor in 2002, Mr. Klein began as
a mainstream reformer. Raise standards, end social promotion, hire
better teachers, promote charter schools. But as he was mugged by the
reality of the K-12 public school establishment, he began to appreciate
that real improvement requires more than change at the margin.

Thus he led the fight for far more school choice by creating charter
school clusters, as in Harlem, that are changing the local culture of
failure. Kids from as far away as Buffalo will benefit from his fight to
lift the state charter cap, which increased to 460 schools from 200.
Mr. Klein helped to expose the "rubber rooms" that let bad teachers live
for years on the taxpayer dime while doing no work. He gave schools
grades from A to F and pushed to close the bad ones, and he fought for
merit pay in return for ending teacher tenure.
Joel_Klein  education  reform  standards  tenure  meritocratic  boldness  teachers  school_districts  grading  CEOs  lawyers  Michael_Bloomberg  charter_schools  K-12  public_schools 
november 2010 by jerryking
Wendy Kopp: My Reasons for Optimism on Education - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 2, 2010 | | .by WENDY KOPP .My Reasons for
Optimism on Education
Across the country, new institutions like charter schools are disproving
the old assumption that economic circumstances determine outcomes
Teach_for_America  charter_schools 
september 2010 by jerryking
The Difference School Can Make - WSJ.com
MAY 29, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By MIRIAM JORDAN. A Tale
of Two Students In middle school, Ivan and Laura shared a brief romance
and a knack for trouble. Then they parted ways. Now he is college-bound
and she isn't. How different schools shaped their paths.
education  charter_schools  Hispanic_Americans  career_paths 
may 2010 by jerryking
Changing Mind-Sets About School, and Hygiene
January 11, 2010 | New York Times | By JENNIFER 8. LEE.
"Decoding the job title: It means that I do a lot of content and design
of school leadership stuff to develop the principals, the assistant
principals and the aspiring principals across the city. The office is
relatively new, in general. It was only created in 2007.

Before that? Achievement First Bushwick Middle School — I was the dean
of the students. I was basically the person in charge of culture,
discipline, student investment, student incentives, parent groups. The
whole theme of the school, as at all Achievement First schools, is to
strive to go to college. The fifth grade wasn’t known as the fifth
grade, it was known as the class of 2019, because that would be the year
that they would go to college."
leadership_development  teaching  education  role_models  schools  charter_schools  mindsets  policymaking 
january 2010 by jerryking

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