I don’t think it would be breaking news for me to confess that I’m a big fan of Jennifer Berkshire and the work she does with her EduShyster blog. She’s inspired me to want to do a series of interviews with people who work in education in Tennessee. I think these interviews will be particularly relevant based on the impact Tennessee’s educational policy has on national educational policy. Our proximity to Louisiana, the cast of characters including Kevin Huffman, Todd Dickson, Ravi Gupta, and Chris Barbic, the over investment in politics by Stand For Children, being one of the first states to win Race To The Top money – these things, along with vibrant teacher/parent advocacy groups, have placed us at the forefront of the education reform movement.
For my first interview, I chose Nashville School Board member Amy Frogge. She is a parent who first decided to run…
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August 21, 2016 at 19:19
Depends in which state you reside.
August 21, 2016 at 19:47
There are only a few states that have resisted the autocratic, opaque, often fraudulent and inferior cooperate charter school industry.
Here’s a map that shows the few states that did not adopt the Common Core. To bad there aren’t more states colored gray.
And according to The Center for Education Reform (the enemy that worships at the alter of avarice), that are eight states without charter school laws.
August 21, 2016 at 20:25
http://www.ecs.org/charter-school-policies/ Even charter school laws differ from state to state.
August 21, 2016 at 20:29
True, but I think it would be much better if there were no publicly funded, private sector, corporate charter schools.
August 21, 2016 at 20:39
It would be much better (than it is now) IF there were no publicly funded/private sector corporate charter schools. How do we change that? Where do the Unions fit into that answer? Especially in a Right-To-Work state?
August 21, 2016 at 20:49
https://www.workplacefairness.org/unions-right-to-work As even this this article states, right to work state laws differ by state.
August 21, 2016 at 22:28
I’m aware of right to work state laws. I’ve read enough about them to know they were one of the weapons the labor union haters used to get rid of labor unions or weaken them.
August 21, 2016 at 20:56
“It is not education that will save us, but education of a certain kind.” http://www.context.org/iclib/ic27/orr/
August 21, 2016 at 22:27
Before education can work, the child’s home and community environment must be sane and functional. There is no magic pill to fix parent/guardian dysfunction.