Meier: I'm against all choice methods that give the school the right to choose rather than the students and families.
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January 20, 2015
January 15, 2015
Nathan: School choice is a powerful tool that needs to be used carefully. I think you and I agree on this.
January 13, 2015
Meier: Maybe if teachers had time to know each other, their students, and families personally, they'd grow to trust each other as partners.
January 08, 2015
Nathan: You refer to some charters as more like a chain. The majority of charters are independent. But, yes, some of them are part of a group. Would you regard Coalition of Essential Schools, or Core Knowledge, or Montessori schools as "chain" schools?
January 06, 2015
Meier: When looking at charter schools what I mostly see are chains operating more like Wal-Marts than mom-and-pop stores, with authority more distant from the children and families.
November 13, 2014
Casey: Attacks will be made on teacher and public employee pensions. Due process rights for teachers will be assailed.
November 11, 2014
Meier: Schooling for democracy must essentially be schooling for teaching the arts and crafts of ruling: to students, their teachers, and their families and neighbors.
November 04, 2014
Meier: Did you know that teachers in the United States are at the very top when it comes to the number of hours they spend directly working with children? By top, of course, I mean bottom. They teach far, far more hours a week and weeks a year than teachers elsewhere.
June 05, 2014
Meier: It is galling when rich people in the ed policy field tell me that class size doesn't matter-and pay a lot to send their kids to schools with half as many students per class as urban schools.
June 03, 2014
Klonsky: What we know for sure is that all over the country, power-philanthropists are making "gifts" to resource-starved school systems.