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February 23, 2012

At the Department of Education, Warm Snow Falls Up

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody As the Simpson family prepared to travel south of the equator to Brazil, Homer revealed some misconceptions. In opposite land, according to Bart's father, "warm snow falls up." Reading the latest press releases and speeches from the Department of Education, som...

February 16, 2012

Phil Kovacs Responds to the Latest Research on Teach For America

A few days ago, I ran a guest post authored by science educator Jack Hassard; Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America. One cogent comment came from Stuart (EdOutsider), who wrote the following: Listen, all this slapping our own backs might be fun and good, but of all the states where TFA pl...

February 12, 2012

Jack Hassard Reports: Cobb County, Georgia, Rejects Teach For America

Guest post by Jack Hassard. Cobb County, Georgia's second largest school district, decided not to consider the superintendent's request to hire 50 Teach for America (TFA) uncertified college graduates to work in under-performing schools in South Cobb. According to an editorial in the Marietta Dail...

February 07, 2012

Texas Republican Blows the Whistle on the Techno-Scholastic Complex

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody In 1961, a Republican president, Dwight Eisenhower, closed his term with a speech that carried a prophetic warning. He said: Until the latest of our world conflicts, the United States had no armaments industry. American makers of plowshares could, with time and...

January 13, 2012

Money From Donors, iPads for Free: How Is it That Teach For America's Struggling Corps Are Broke?

Guest post by Barbara Torre Veltri, Ed. D. The season of giving might be behind us, but non-profits continue to target donors. Teach For America, Inc., attracts major contributions, but TFA teachers (often referred to as corp members) are raising questions about where the money is being spent....

January 11, 2012

Kelly Flynn: Teachers Hold the Key. They Always Have.

Guest post by Kelly Flynn. I'm intrigued by the topic of Anthony Cody's two recent blog entries, "Are Critics of Corporate Education 'Reform' Winning the Online Debate?" and "Lopsided Debate Over Education Reform Reveals a Broken System." We may be winning the online battle, but so far, we're l...

January 09, 2012

Philip Kovacs: Research Suggests Teach For America Does Not Belong in Huntsville

Guest post by Philip Kovacs. Two months ago Anthony Cody graciously allowed me to publish the results of my investigations into Teach for America's "research." You can read those pieces here and here. I would like to offer some closure to my investigation by providing interested parties with a br...

January 05, 2012

NEA Stance on Teach For America Continues to Raise Questions

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody The decision by Dennis Van Roekel to co-author a column with Teach For America director Wendy Kopp continues to generate negative reaction among educators, the latest being the decision by Nancy Carlsson-Paige and her son Matt Damon to reject the union's Friend ...

December 31, 2011

Belling the Cats of Corporate Education Reform in 2011

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody This year, the gloves came off, as teachers faced unprecedented attacks on our right to collective bargaining, as well as continued attempts to tie our pay and job security to test scores. Some of these attacks were blatant, as in Wisconsin, but most were veiled...

December 28, 2011

Are Critics of Corporate Education "Reform" Winning the Online Debate?

Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Alexander Russo posted a rather provocative item today, asserting that in the online world, critics of "education reform" like myself, Ken Bernstein, Nancy Flanagan, Leonie Haimson, Caroline Grannan and John Thompson, have become dominant. (See Nancy's response ...

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