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No Child Left Behind Designed For Failure

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Thursday, September 13, 2007

Federal standards doomed, association president says

Doug Carroll
The Arizona Republic
Sept. 13, 2007 11:53 AM

Teachers from three Gilbert Unified School District high schools that failed to make “adequate yearly progress” in 2006-07 say federal standards are more about accounting than accountability.


“The way the rules are set up, it’s designed for failure,” said Mike Weaver, president of the Gilbert Education Association and a vocational education teacher at Gilbert High.

“This is bean counting. It’s not accountability. We take our responsibility seriously as teachers, and we want the support to fulfill that.”



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The Charter School Education Myth

Posted by DallasBlackBlog on Tuesday, August 14, 2007

According to a Dallas Morning News article today on Charter Schools …

“…But those campuses remain outnumbered by low-performing charters: 11 this year across the region, up from eight a couple years ago. The same trend holds for the rest of the state: 51 of Texas’ 317 charters were rated “academically unacceptable” based on 2007 test scores, while only 15 received the top rating “exemplary,” according to data released this month by the Texas Education Agency.

The trends raise a question: How can so many charter schools – born of the belief they can do better than traditional public schools – still be faring so poorly?

That’s a big percentage, said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network, a nonprofit group that supports public education and religious freedom. “People in Texas would go absolutely crazy if the traditional public school numbers looked like that.”


(DBB Note: The Charter School Education Myth is revealed in the data. For all of their advantages, the actual performance here suggests a seriously flawed educational model that does not support the often claimed inherent performance superiority of charter schools over public schools.)

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