Tag Archives: DFER

Ignoring Shavar and instead planting seeds for charter operators

So I have never been one to shy away from a conversation with non-like minded individuals at an event. As a result, I attended a recent charter school operator conference in New York City. While, I might have played up the conversation here on a blog as a debate with the DFER’s Shavar Jefferies (See Charters and Big Boy Pants!? This

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.@Facebook Censorship and Jail

Facebook just deleted my profile photo. A cartoon which I thought was quite humorous and already had more than 100 likes. I wish I had the photoshop talent/exactatude to make such a cool and funny image, but the credit for designing it goes to Susan D. More Facebook censorship on behalf of the corporate education reformers. We discussed the coordinated

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DFERs should be nervous. Serious. Many Thank you’s!

As I discussed in the Storify curation entitled Will @ShavarJeffries chicken out? Shaver Jeffries, President of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), popped into a conversation about charter schools on Twitter. Who are the DFERs? Go here. After he went for a few tweets about parents and choice that most could probably conjure without even having seen them, I challenged him to a

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Will @ShavarJeffries chicken out?

There have been many many developments recently in the school choice (privatization of public schools) front. In the midst of it all, Shavar Jefferies, President of Democrats for Education Reform, said the following to me on Twitter: true democracy is parent choice. Black families know better than politicians what's best for kids — Shavar Jeffries (@shavarjeffries) August 8, 2016 How

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You be the Judge: Are the @DFER_News Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing?

You be the judge. This post will discuss the highlights— or perhaps lowlights— of the Democrats For Education Reform (DFERs), a very powerful Wall Street funded organization who some say are seeking to profit from public education. The Seattle Education blog argued, Democrats for Education Reform is a political action committee supported largely by hedge fund managers favoring charter schools, merit-pay tied

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V for Victory: Teach For America, ELLs, and California

Special Education and English Language Learners are considered vulnerable student populations. As a result, our society, courts, and policymakers have afforded these student populations special protections. However, in California, until recently, policy has allowed districts to offer rookie teachers limited access to training for teaching special populations— including Teach For America corps members. I have often blogged about Teach For

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Why do hedge funds ADORE charters? Pt. II: 39%+ Return

With nearly 1,000 hits and counting, my post “Why do hedge fund ADORE charters?” was surprisingly popular. One of the issues raised by commenters on the post was the New Markets Tax Credit. It has been discussed elsewhere (here and here). We thought we would add more hard numbers to the discussion. This post was written in collaboration with Lindsay

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