Teach for America

Charter School Lobbyist Introduces Elizabeth Warren at Rally – Education Article

  The biggest news from Elizabeth Warren’s rally in Oakland, California, on Friday wasn’t what she said.  It was who introduced her and what that says about Warren and her 2020 Presidential campaign.  According to the San Francisco Chronicle, “Warren was introduced by Sonya Mehta, a former Oakland schoolteacher.”  However, this characterization is inaccurate.  Mehta was not an authentic public school teacher. She taught in a non-union charter school called “Learning Without Limits.” She also was a policy fellow at…

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Sell Your Soul to the Testocracy: Kamala Harris’s Faustian Teacher Raises – Education Article

 I love the idea of Kamala Harris’ plan to give teachers a pay raise.  But once we get past ideas, it’s way more troubling.   The California Senator and Democratic Presidential hopeful is proposing a $13,500 pay increase for the average teacher, with the exact number based on the size of each state’s pay gap.  That’s $315 billion more over a decade through federal matching funds, which amounts to a 23 percent salary increase for most educators.   Yes, please!…

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Weekend Reading List – Education Article

Fun graphs on the change in educational attainment over time by state. Teach for America keeps getting better. Hailly Korman and Kelly Robson on the fragmentation between schools and social service agencies. Max Marchitello on how Arizona keeps cutting teacher retirement benefits. Bellwether has two new short briefs on charter schools in California, on special education and facilities. In particular, the special education brief addressed one common myth: That California charter schools enroll fewer special education students and thus force…

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Breaking News: TFA kicked out of Houston – Education Article

Breaking News: TFA kicked out of Houston I just learned that the Houston Independent School District board deadlocked and TFA is out in Houston. More info as details become available. Houston ISD trustees vote against renewing the district’s contract with Teach For America, which gave principals the authority to hire TFA corps members at their campuses. About 30-35 TFA members have been hired each year. Vote was 4-4, with Trustee Anne Sung abstaining. — Jacob Carpenter (@ChronJacob) May 9, 2019 See…

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Is Teach For America’s training problematic? Even racist? – Education Article

WGBH reports that, TFA training draws in part on Doug Lemov’s Teach Like a Champion method, featured in the recent bookBuilding a Better Teacher. Teach Like a Champion emphasizes carefully and consistently controlling students’ words, postures and reactions from moment to moment. At Ranson Middle School, I saw posters of SLANT. That’s a Teach Like a Champion acronym for Sit up, Listen, Ask and answer questions, Nod your head, and Track the speaker. Does Teach Like a Champion (TLAC) pedagogy…

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The Best School Innovation Would Be More People – Education Article

  Public schools thrive on innovation.   In nearly every classroom around the country you’ll find teachers discovering new ways to reach students and foster skills, understanding and creativity.   But if you pan out to the macro level, the overwhelming majority of innovations aren’t organic. They’re imposed on us by bureaucrats and functionaries from outside the classroom:   Education Technologies.   School privatization.   Standardized tests and Common Core.   For the last two decades, these are the kinds…

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