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Mercedes Schneider on 50CAN- by Diane Ravitch

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50CAN  is a well funded organization with a multi-million dollar budget,  which exists to spread the gospel of charter schools, state-run “Achievement school districts,” and high-stakes grading systems (for public schools). Their agenda is a match with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and Betsy DeVos (who supports accountability for public schools only).  As Schneider points out, there is a lot of chatter on the website about “citizen advocates,” but it is clear from the membership on the board that 50CAN is run by the same wealthy magnates that finance other corporate reform, privatizing organizations. Don’t be fooled by the frequency of the phrase, 'evidence-based'. In almost every state, public schools outperform charter schools. And the only full-fledged Achievement School District  (Tenn.) is a dismal failure.

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I began teaching in 1963,; Ba and BS in Education -Brooklyn College. I have the equivalent of 2 additional Master's, mainly in Literacy Studies and Graphic Design. I was the only seventh grade teacher of English from 1990 -1999 at East Side (more...)
 

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