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The Answer Sheet Archive: Charter schools

2 false claims that drive school reform

"Accountability" and "merit" are compelling concepts, especially when we are talking about adults who are charged with educating our children. But the concepts have been misused in school reform, writes an educator.

By Valerie Strauss  | February 27, 2011; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (71)
Categories:  Accountability, Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Performance pay, Teacher assessment  | Tags:  accountability movement, charter schools, geoffrey canada, merit pay, michelle rhee, performance pay, school choice, teacher pay, teachers, waiting for superman  
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Unsolicited advice for Teach for America on its 20th anniversary

Here are five completely unsolicited ideas for Teach for America's next 20 years, on the occasion of its first two decades:

By Valerie Strauss  | February 12, 2011; 8:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Charter schools, Teachers  | Tags:  charter schools, teach for america, teach for america anniversary, teacher evaluation, teachers, tfa anniversary, wendy kopp  
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Things I’m sick of hearing

It’s time for school reformers to find new ways to attack their critics. It’s getting tiring hearing the same old refrains, which go something like this.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 26, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Achievement gap, Charter schools, Laugh and cry, Michelle Rhee, Standardized Tests  | Tags:  charter schools, data-driven reform, michelle rhee, president obama, school reform, standardized tests, teachers unions  
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Policing the rush to charter schools

What would happen if we applied some school reform policies to city police departments?

By Valerie Strauss  | January 20, 2011; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, Teachers, Vouchers  | Tags:  charter schools, gov. mitch daniels, indiana education, indiana schools, journal gazette, schools and police, vouchers  
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What reformers are doing to urban kids (or 'it's terrible what they are doing to these schools')

What it means to learn has been transformed for a generation of urban children, writes author Natalie Hopkinson. In the name of reform, education -- for "failing" urban kids, anyway -- is about learning the rules and following directions. Not critical thinking. Not creativity.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 14, 2011; 5:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers, School turnarounds/reform  | Tags:  african-american blacks, charter schools, d.c. charter schools, d.c. schools, the root, urban schools  
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More questions for KIPP

Here's the next chapter of a debate on KIPP schools.

By Valerie Strauss  | January 10, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Charter schools, Guest Bloggers  | Tags:  century foundation, charter schools, charter schools and segregation, jay mathews, kipp, kipp charter schools, kipp schools, knowledge is power program  
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Older Entries in This Category »

KIPP responds to criticism on attrition rates, Valerie Strauss , January 10, 2011
Myths and realities about KIPP, Valerie Strauss , January 4, 2011
America’s disdain for its children , Valerie Strauss , January 3, 2011
Who in education says 'oops'?, Valerie Strauss , December 27, 2010
A sobering look at Florida school reform, Valerie Strauss , December 21, 2010
'Burn and churn' among charter school principals, Valerie Strauss , December 19, 2010
The 'Parent Trigger' doesn't help schools or parents, Valerie Strauss , December 14, 2010
A public school teacher’s distress , Valerie Strauss , November 8, 2010
Has Ravitch hurt 'Superman’s' Oscar ambitions? , Valerie Strauss , November 4, 2010
"Superman' tells false story about Emily's school, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2010
Ravitch on how wrong 'Superman' really is, Valerie Strauss , October 27, 2010
Saving public education: the 'Dolly Solution', Valerie Strauss , October 24, 2010
Ravitch: Charters are a lead bullet, Valerie Strauss , October 13, 2010
'Manifesto' should be resignation letter, Valerie Strauss , October 12, 2010
Obama, the 'Superman' movie flack? , Valerie Strauss , October 11, 2010
Are charter schools really innovative?, Valerie Strauss , September 22, 2010
While we wait for ‘Superman,’ let's focus on teaching, Valerie Strauss , September 16, 2010
Obama ed policy lacks scientific support -- Willingham, Valerie Strauss , September 13, 2010
What does "charterness" mean, exactly?, Valerie Strauss , July 15, 2010
What Gandhi would think about “The Lottery”, Valerie Strauss , July 6, 2010
Two new studies on charter schools , Valerie Strauss , June 29, 2010
Extremism in school reform is not a virtue, Valerie Strauss , June 25, 2010
Charter school stats challenged, Valerie Strauss , May 25, 2010
Charters vs. public schools: Behind the numbers, Valerie Strauss , May 23, 2010
Ravitch on Obama's scary ed reform agenda, Valerie Strauss , May 19, 2010
When test scores no longer matter, Valerie Strauss , May 13, 2010
How U.S. school reform is linked to UK vote, Valerie Strauss , May 6, 2010
Straight talk about charter schools, Valerie Strauss , April 24, 2010
 
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