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COMMON CORE STANDARDS: ANOTHER $CHEME THAT FAILS CHILDREN IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Common Core is another idea manufactured by a powerful group of wealthy individuals in this country whose mission is making public education a profitable private enterprise while controlling which students go to which schools………

http://www.theneworleanstribune.com/main/common-core-standards-another-cheme-that-fails-children-in-public-schools/

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June 12, 2013 · 12:50 am

The New Orleans Imperative Next Show – November 3, 2014

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The New Orleans Imperative Rebroadcast – October 27, 2014

On Tuesday October 21, 2014 the Louisiana Department of Education released the 2013-2014 School Performance Scores (SPS) more than six months after public school students took the state’s mandated standardized tests. With that parents across Louisiana enrolled their children in schools this year not knowing if their child’s school passed or failed last school year or if that school SPS score dropped last school year. Also once again Louisiana the scores for the Recovery School District schools were dismal.Noted researcher and blogger Michael Deshotels joined us to give an analysis of the SPS. Mr. Deshotels discussed the importance of the “cut scores” in determining academic success and the distortion of the high school scores.

Also on today’s program, educational activists Lee Barrios shared with us the fundamental flaws of high stakes testing.

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Untold Truths about the Corporate Education Reforms

MORE BAD NEWS FOR THE RECOVERY SCHOOL DISTRICT OF NEW ORLEANS

Charles Hatfield of Research on Reforms recently released his analysis of the 2014 LEAP results in math and english language arts. The LEAP test is Louisiana state mandated test taken by all the public schools to determine student and school district’s academic progress.

Once again the results are not promising for the Recovery School District of New Orleans. The Recovery School District of New Orleans labeled by education reformers as the national model of turning around poor performing school districts has consistently performed poorly academically since it took over control of the majority of public schools in New Orleans post Hurricane Katrina.

Hatfield concludes the following in his report:

However, despite the achievement gains reported during the past nine years by the ardent supporters of this ”reform” movement, the RSD-NO is still performing below the vast majority of the other districts at the 4th and 8th grades in each subject.

Hatfield report can be read here:

http://www.researchonreforms.org/html/documents/Comparisonof2014LEAPResultsforRSD-NOtoOtherLouisianaPublicSchoolDistricts-Rev.pdf

One really has to wonder when the nation is going to realize that the privatization of schools in New Orleans has been a failure academically in addition to creating equity and access challenges for the mostly poor and minority population of New Orleans.

More importantly the education reforms in New Orleans is prove for the nation that the market model approach to improving public education touted by education reformers for years can’t work.

http://cloakinginequity.com/2014/03/24/colonizing-the-black-natives-reflections-from-a-former-nola-charter-school-dean-of-students/

A foremr Dean of Students at a charter school in New Orleans describes how the charter school he worked in as Colonizing Black Natives

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/12/secret-policymaking-on-school-reform-is-on-the-rise/

It is very clear that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) is determined to mislead the public on the lack of academic progress of the corporate reforms they have created (charter and voucher schools). This article from the Washington Post reveals how the LDOE violated the law to continue its failed educational practices. Corrupt government at its worst.

http://louisianaeducator.blogspot.com/2013/12/state-takeover-schools-produce-low-act.html

More evidence of the charter school/voucher shell game with the lowest state scores on the ACT coming for the state run schools in New Orleans.

http://www.nola.com/education/index.ssf/2013/12/high-profile_school_voucher_pr.html

More on Jindal and White giving away your tax dollars

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/12/12/secret-policymaking-on-school-reform-is-on-the-rise/?print=1

Once again Louisiana leading the pack in keeping the public out of public education.

http://louisianavoice.com/2013/12/15/doe-vehicles-for-personal-use-after-vallas-fiasco-never-now-they-just-lease-em-year-round-for-7-doe-employees/

When will the Louisiana Department of Education be held accountable for following their own policy?

http://www.publicschoolshakedown.org/100-KIPP-5th-graders-sat-on-the-floor-for-a-week

More on the No Excuse Schools (KIPP) that have more than questionable discipline practices……unbelievable.

http://www.louisianaweekly.com/inplementation-of-i3-education-grants-being-questioned/

Education journalist Kari Harden recent article in the Louisiana Weekly which describes the unethical if not illegal use of a $800,000 federal grant awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School from New Schools for New Orleans. Ms. Harden’s article revealed that most of these funds awarded to John McDonogh Charter High School was used for unusually high salaries to members of the school’s charter management company and the school’s principal while the school struggled to survive financially.

Buras- Response to NSNO Report

Last year Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, co-chair of the Senate Public Charter School Caucus in Washington, DC, hosted a forum for education policymakers. The forum featured the New Schools for New Orleans report New Orleans-Style Education Reform: A Guide for Cities. This report was be hailed as a “national” model for turning around urban school districts.

Attached is a response to this report from the Urban South Grassroots Research Collective which includes education scholars and those affiliated with longstanding educational and cultural organizations in New Orleans.

The response essay points out the fundamental flaws in the New Schools for New Orleans report and reveals many of failures and challenges facing poor and minority students.

Broader Bolder Approach-Rhetoric Trumps Reality

Broader Bolder Approach to Education Study reports on the impacts of test-based teacher evaluations, school closures, and increased charter school access on student outcomes in New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.
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NOPS Success Feb. 2013

There has been an extraordinary amount of  media coverage of the unfound success of the education reforms (charter schools) in New Orleans. The corporate reforms PR machine has also been successful at ignoring the traditional schools under the control of the locally elected school board.   After Hurricane Katrina and the state takeover of more than 100 schools,  Orleans Parish School Board was left with it best performing schools (many of which had admission requirements).  These schools reopened as charters and traditional run schools. The traditional run schools with admission requirements lowered standards accepted all students. Ignored and unnoticed these traditional schools has emerged as one of the most highly rated school district in the state.

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John Merrow’s new film, REBIRTH-New Orleans, Ignores the Facts!

At his New Orleans event, John Merrow admitted that he knew that New Orleans charter schools can have selective admission requirements, but chose not to reveal this in his film, “REBIRTH- New Orleans.i” The film cites the accomplishments of the New Orleans charter school movement, while neglecting to disclose that several New Orleans charter schools have selective admission and retention requirements, allowing the schools to educate only students who are not at-risk.
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Research on Reforms, Dr. Barbara Ferguson

John Merrow Article

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Lipstick on a Pig

The hypocrisy – a snapshot in the well financed public relations spin touting the dramatic turnaround of public schools in Louisiana.

Lipstick On A Pig

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