Category Archives: Charter Schools

Ken Wagner: “joy” in the classroom?

It’s been seven months since Rhode Island said farewell to Deb Gist, who has gone on to an exciting career in entertainment. She was replaced by Ken Wagner, who strikes me as a non-entity. Advertisements

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Racism and Corporate Reform

This topic has been bubbling under the surface forever. It’s particularly had me itching in my skin since the RIDE hearings on Achievement First last month. Coming out of those hearings, Keith Catone wrote a brilliant piece on Achievement First … Continue reading

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Reasons to Oppose Achievement First in Rhode Island, part 1

The Providence School Committee unanimously voted to disempower itself at last night’s meeting, giving their rubber stamp of approval to the proposed Achievement First Mayoral Academy that would, upon full implementation, take 900 students each from Cranston and Providence.  Once … Continue reading

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First, if you have not already done so, please go read Tom Hoffman’s blog posts on Achievement First. Tom has compiled important facts about organization in the lead up to these last week’s forums, and everyone needs to know this … Continue reading

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The View of Achievement First from New Haven

I received this description of Achievement First from a friend who teaches in the public schools in New Haven, CT.  She granted me permission to publish this snippet, anonymously: AF (achievement first) has planned on expanding to RI for at … Continue reading

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Invasion of the (student) body snatchers

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung has announced a plan to open five charter schools in his city, to be run by a “non-profit” charter management organization.  The phrase “non-profit” has been utterly abused in our nation, to the point where it … Continue reading

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