The great thing about charter schools is that there are so many great things about charter schools. But if I had to pick one it would be best practices. These are all of the things that charters do better than traditional union-stifled public schools, like innovation, high expectations and no excuses. Luckily, charter schools are happy to share their best practices unless they are for-profit charters in which case all of their practices are proprietary. Continue reading
Everyday I consume between 4 and 5,000 edu-facts. Now you are probably wondering: ‘isn’t that hard on your digestion?’ and ‘don’t you have to consume a lot of alcohol to wash down all of those edu-tidbits?’ The answer to both of your questions is ‘yes.’ But the good news is that I have discovered a quick and easy way to consume said facts. Reader: meet the edu-poll. These handy, compact vehicles are ideal for quickly processing “information” and repackaging such in order to dazzle, confuse or engage with other like minded advocates for education reform. Continue reading
Even in an edu-landscape populated by hucksters, charlatans and edushysters, the “plutocratic strivers” of DFER stand out.
Our investment in our children’s future is the most important one we can make. But who should profit from that investment, and what kind of performance fee should they expect? If your answers were “hedge fund managers” and “20%,” there is cause for celebration. The Massachusetts arm of the hedge-fund-run Democrats for Education Reform is at last getting down to business.
Now even in our increasingly cluttered edu-landscape, populated by seemingly every variety of huckster, charlatan and public-money grubber, DFER man stands out. Continue reading
Blinded by love, the Boston Globe can forgive and forget when charter data doesn’t add up
From: Globe editorial staff
Re: Great idea for even more positive charter stories
As you know, it’s graduation season, which means that we have a great opportunity to highlight the outstanding-ness of charter schools in Massachusetts. Note: be sure to mention high graduate rates and ambitious plans of new grads. Best to avoid issue of how many students fail to complete all four years as poor results make charters seem less outstanding than we all know that they are. If you need an expert to quote just give a holler. Paul Grogan is an EXCELLENT source and we have him on speed dial.