Carl Petersen: The LAUSD Charter School Division took the rare step of recommending that 14 charters be rejected by the LAUSD School Board. The crisis was avoided in last-minute negotiations that took place out of the view of the public.
Joshua Liebner: Rodriguez has learned the hard way that he was played. He would eventually get sucked into the world of the corporate education reform where power players saw in the puppy-faced student a lamb who might succeed in the field of wolves.
Karen Wolfe: Tuck has the same pro-privatizing platform that voters rejected when he was defeated for the position four years ago, and it’s the same education platform of Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and John Kasich, and Vice President Mike Pence.
Charter School Co-Location — Chaos reigns within literally hundreds of LAUSD schools year after year as one set of institutions scrabbles for space that is vital for their operations, and another set of institutions fights to retain their physical and instructional integrity.
Mark Naison: At the root of this was the profoundly misguided notion that public school failure, was the primary reason for the rapid growth in racial and economic inequality in the United States in the last 40 years, and that “bad teachers” were the primary reason for “failing” schools.
Charter Schools Failing — This weeklong series is based on extensive interviews with education experts, community advocates, parents, teachers and elected officials on both sides of the escalating controversy over charter schools.
Rosemary Jenkins: Parents, blinded perhaps by the good grades that many of their children receive, seem unaware of the trend away from the long-held and cherished tenets of public education.
Mark Naison: What is going on in heavily TFA dominated charter schools is something straight out of Charles Dickens, and it is spreading to public schools following the charter model who work in fear of being shut down.
Jamaal Bowman: Based on what I know, as they are currently constituted, charters,Teach For America, and yearly standardized testing are wrong for our high need communities.
Steve Singer: So apparently it is perfectly legal in Pennsylvania to beat someone up and demand a week’s worth of their lunch money – and if they don’t pay, you can sue them in court for welching on a contract!
Mark Naison: While the comparison is not exact, there are some powerful similarities between what happened to subprime mortgages and what is currently taking place with charter schools, another “short cut” to opportunity which has been seized upon by elites for financial and political gain, to the detriment of those for whom the charter school was initially designed to help.
Robert Skeels: It’s disturbing that someone so profoundly unqualified for this office — one that requires familiarity with academic instruction — is even in the running, but that’s the power of plutocracy.
Vicki Zakrzewski: Organizational psychology research has for many years shown that lasting change happens only if the individuals within the system are willing to transform their own beliefs and practices, from the ground up.