Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Please don’t drink the “Voucher Lite” Kool-Aid; we don’t need a pilot program.
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I was disappointed in the narrow viewpoint of the Dec. 7 editorial "Case for vouchers." Blaming public schools --- again --- instead of looking systematically at the dire health, education and welfare conditions of millions of
The New York Times today paints a bleak picture for teachers, students, and parents in online schools, particularly run by the online learning giant K12 Inc.
A story in the paper highlights overall lower student performance in online schools, specifically in the
Agora Cyber Charter School
run by K12 Inc. The article criticizes the school for failing to screen
students effectively for success in an online environment and high
teacher-to-student ratios that drive the operation costs down while increasing
profit. It also suggests cyber schools usurp money from public school districts
by keeping public money for students that end up dropping out shortly after
enrolling, and collecting money for students that rarely or never log in and
spend little time on online coursework. Pennsylvania
December 13, 2011
PhillyBurbs.com by PATRICK BERKERY
Fascinating piece in today's New York Times about the business of online charter schools. Emphasis on thebusiness part.
The story looks at the two major players in the online education business, K12 and Connections Education. As a business model, both companies are wildly successfully, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars while being subsidized by taxpayers.
, an Intriguing
School-Reform Model Finland
December 13, 2011
By JENNY ANDERSON, The New York Times
Pasi Sahlberg, a Finnish educator and author, had a simple question for the high school seniors he was speaking to one morning last week in Manhattan: "Who here wants to be a teacher?"
They want to remake
students in their own high-achieving image, but they're overlooking
It was perhaps inevitable that the political moment that has given birth to the Occupy movement, pitting
Great Schools for
Excellent website tracks connections between the wealthy, new education non-profits, & education policy.