Sep 15 2014

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Jun 21 2014

Gates Foundation Sends Reformers Scrambling

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Jun 19 2014

The time KIPP was booed off the stage at TFA

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Jun 14 2014

Kanine Years

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Jun 12 2014

Advice to the 2014 TFA Corps Members

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Jun 03 2014

Save teachforus.org!

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Jun 02 2014

Michael Johnston’s Speech at Harvard

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May 20 2014

A Portrait of the Reformer as a Young Man

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Read the post here. The teachforus.org site is not being maintained anymore.  It isn’t even possible, right now, to see the most recent posts.  My guess is that there was too much ‘truth’ on the site so TFA encouraged the people who maintain it to not do so anymore.  For me, it won’t make a…

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May 08 2014

I love the smell of NAEPalm in the morning

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With social media, I suppose I can say that I ‘know’ someone if we’ve sent tweets to each other over the years.  This is the case with Michael Petrilli.  He is executive vice president of The Fordham Institute, and, according to his bio on their site, he is “one of the nation’s most trusted education…

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Apr 25 2014

My visit to New Orleans

Follow this link to get to the post on my new blog location. Unfortunately, teachforus.org is not being maintained anymore so it has been crashing for about three months.  I do think that TFA is behind this, but I don’t want to waste energy writing about it. If you subscribe to this blog, please subscribe…

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Apr 15 2014

Arne Debunkin’

A little over three years ago, I first encountered Arne Duncan when he spoke at the TFA 20 year alumni summit and described the miracle school Urban Prep.  He implied that this school had a 100% graduation rate and a 100% college acceptance rate, which inspired me to investigate this clam leading to my very…

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Mar 16 2014

Keeping Important Pinky Promises?

On the subway yesterday, I saw this advertisement for KIPP: The claim is that “Our K-12 public schools promise to see each child to and through college.” One problem with this claim is that even in the most generous study possible, KIPP’s own, only a third of students who completed KIPPs middle schools eventually graduated…

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TFA has been recently taking a beating in social media.  Whether in response to this, or if it is just something that’s been planned for a while, the two co-CEOs Elisa Villanueva-Beard and Matt Kramer were part of a live webcast tonight called ‘What’s Next at Teach For America?” This was an hour long live…

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Feb 28 2014

TFA answers my FOIA-like request

Though education ‘reformers’ always speak of the need for transparency, Teach For America is one of the least transparent organizations out there.  Though they get a lot of public money, I don’t think that there is a way to FOIA their internal records so we are often left with their interpretations of the data with…

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