Truly Uncommon in Newark…

A while back I wrote a post explaining why I felt that while Robert Treat Academy Charter School in Newark is a fine school, it’s hardly a replicable model for large scale reform in Newark, or elsewhere.  I have continued over time to write about the extent to which Newark Charter schools in particular haveContinue reading “Truly Uncommon in Newark…”

Searching for Superguy in Jersey…

A short while back I did a post called Searching for Superguy in Gotham.  In that post, I tackled the assumption that Superguy was easily identifiable as a hero leader of charter schools – or at least that was one distorted portrayal of Superguy in Waiting for Superman. Now, I should point out here thatContinue reading “Searching for Superguy in Jersey…”

Biddle me this? (or Flunkout Nation)

While I suspect few people have read or seen this post by RiShawn Biddle of Dropout Nation, I felt that it was worth mentioning because it presents such egregiously flawed logic coupled with flat-out factually incorrect and unsubstantiated claims. Sadly, this is what we have come to all too often in the current education reformContinue reading “Biddle me this? (or Flunkout Nation)”

When reformy ideologies clash…

(note: lots of ideas here that I wanted to start writing about… but not yet well organized or articulated. It will come, with time, I hope.) Summary of Reformy Ideology Bluntly stated, the two major components of education reform ideology are as follows: Reformy Ideology #1: Teacher quality is the one single factor that hasContinue reading “When reformy ideologies clash…”

A few thoughts on the unlikely alliance…

Today was the day of the big Oprah-Christie-Booker-Zuckerberg event, which I guess we can all watch around 4pm if we really want to. I’ve been trying to dig up any information I can, without wasting too much time on this, because there are certainly more important things to get to. That said, I do haveContinue reading “A few thoughts on the unlikely alliance…”

If money doesn’t matter…

A) Then why do private independent schools, like those attended by our President’s children (Sidwell Friends in DC), or by Davis Guggenheim’s children (?), spend so much more than nearby traditional public schools? Davis Guggenheim, producer of Waiting for Superman, frequently explains to the media these days that he feels uneasy that he has madeContinue reading “If money doesn’t matter…”

Searching for Superguy in Gotham

Who is Superguy? By most popular accounts, Superguy is a figure of mythical proportion (urban legend proportion) capable of swooping down into the poorest of urban neighborhoods of America’s largest cities, gaining immediate access to schooling facilities, rounding up unthinkable private contributions from wealthy philanthropists and quite simply saving the lives of low-income urban schoolContinue reading “Searching for Superguy in Gotham”

More Fun with New Jersey Charter Schools

LINK TO UPDATED SPREADSHEET OF FREE LUNCH AND SPECIAL ED DATA I love maps. I love GIS software. This is a particularly interesting one related to the shares of children who qualify for free (not free or reduced, but free only, a poorer population) lunch in traditional public schools and in charter schools in Newark.Continue reading “More Fun with New Jersey Charter Schools”