Post Tagged with: "Education Reform"

The Most Important Figure in School Reform We Never Talk About: It’s the Principal

As we go back to school this fall, parents will naturally be fretting about teachers—mainly, did their kids get the best ones? But what if, in the interest of educational improvement, we paused to examine the role of one person who rarely gets talked about, but who just might be the most important figure in school reform: the principal?

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Newark residents make legal bid to stop controversial school reorganization plan

NEWARK — While about 350 students were attending their first day of charter school, parents, residents, union officials and community advocates gathered outside to unveil their latest effort to derail the Newark school district’s controversial reorganization.

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Manipulating test score release: “First, you’ve got to get mad!”

Originally appeared on Bob Braun’s Ledger Why is it important to write about Cami Anderson’s decision to manipulate the release of the latest results of state test scores? Here is why: Imagine your life, your livelihood, is based on a set of numbers over which you have no or, at best, very little control.  Depending on how those numbers go, you will […]

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Why is Cami Blocking Access to Test Scores?

Results of this year’s administration of the state NJ Assessment of Schools and Knowledge (ASK) tests have been delivered to the central Newark administration–but Cami Anderson, the state-appointed schools superintendent, has blocked school principals and other building administrators from seeing and analyzing them.

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For New Orleans Students, Katrina Was Only the Beginning

The world watched in horror as Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and much of the Gulf Coast in 2005. But for New Orleans’ public school students, parents, and teachers, the tragedy of Katrina was just the beginning. “A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools,” the first in series of short videos, shows the inside story of how […]

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United in Leading the Way to Better Schools

As the school leaders responsible for ensuring the education of all our nation’s children, principals and administrators regularly find ourselves contending with ever-changing experiments imposed on us by local, state and federal policymakers, often without regard for the training necessary to implement these programs.

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AFT Exposes For-Profit Charter School Industry

WASHINGTON –The American Federation of Teachers is launching a campaign to expose the for-profit charter school industry as more interested in high pay for its CEOs and profits for its stockholders than it is in teaching kids. In studies and personal testimony gathered at a section of its website, the 1.4-million member union rips the veil off the profitable firms, […]

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Contact Your Senator in Support of Public Education

Contact Your Senator in Support of Public Education

NOW is the time to make your voice heard. Contact your Senator and let them know that you oppose the Scholarships for Kids Act, S.1968 and the Creating Hope and Opportunity for Individuals and Communities through Education (CHOICE), S. 1909.

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Diann Woodard Response to President Obama’s State of the Union

In response to President Obama’s State of the Union address Diann Woodard, president of AFSA released the following statement: “Last night, the president’s speech centered around opportunity, action and optimism. He stated that one’s ability to get ahead should not be pre-determined, but based on hard work and ambition,” “The president’s call for a much needed investment in our nation’s […]

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Sign The Petition to Stop Cami Anderson’s One Newark Plan!

Sign The Petition to Stop Cami Anderson’s One Newark Plan!

Recently, five Newark, NJ principals were unjustly suspended by Superintendent Cami Anderson. The reason: for simply supporting community members and speaking out against the closures of public schools. Immediately following the announced suspensions, AFSA President Woodard traveled to Newark to meet with the principals and pledge AFSA’s support.  “Superintendent Anderson has seemingly plowed forward blindly, ignoring school leaders and disregarding […]

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