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“those most aggressively trying to privatize public schools and focus education around standardized tests just "happen to be" Wall Streeters”



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“those most aggressively trying to privatize public schools and focus education around standardized tests just "happen to be" Wall Streeters”

MON, 12 SEP 2011 07:39:00 ET

The bait and switch of school "reform"

Behind the new corporate agenda for education lurks the old politics of profit and self-interest

The bottom line is clear: In attempting to change the mission of public education from one focused on educating kids to one focused on generating private profit, corporate leaders in the "reform" movement are pursuing a shrewd investment strategy. Millions of dollars go into campaign contributions and propaganda outfits that push "reform," and, if successful, those "reforms" guarantee Wall Street and their investment vehicles much bigger returns for the long haul.

Explaining Opposition to High Stakes Testing
Teaching and Learning in Hostile Times Blog, by Tim Slekar, September 12, 2011
The"Opt Out" movement is growing. Petitions are being signedAustralians and New Zealanders have joined. And still some just don't truly understand why we are opting out. An important group that needs to understand that this movement is in support of public schools are school leaders. Below is my attempt to explain why I will not let my children take high stakes tests. Feel free to use or modify for your purposes. Just change the names of people and places to fit your localities. :-)

Pittsburgh Catholic schools tackle plans for low enrollment
Monday, September 12, 2011
By Ann Rodgers, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
As 22,000 students in schools of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh begin a new year, behind-the-scenes plans are being laid for reorganization.
Superintendent Robert Paserba said there is a patchwork of existing scholarship and tuition assistance programs and expressed optimism that legislators will pass a voucher system to help families choose nonpublic schools.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11255/1174077-455.stm

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