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February 13, 2014

John Thompson: Vergara Show Trial Highlights Gates Foundation Snake Oil

Vergara is a tragic distraction from the real problems facing our high-challenge schools, as well as the real reasons why it is difficult to staff high-poverty schools.

February 02, 2014

John Thompson: As Due Process for Teachers is Removed, Secret Files and Blacklists Return

Mutual consent began as a part of the assault on seniority and it requires teachers who, through no fault of their own, had to transfer to another school to get approval from the receiving school's principal in order to transfer.

January 26, 2014

California Lawsuit Attacks Teacher Rights

California's voters may be overruled by the courts, if reformers Eli Broad and David Welch have their way. These billionaires have funded a new non-profit called Students Matter to fight the battle. The lawsuit claims that students are harmed when their teachers have due process and seniority protections.

January 07, 2014

Are Progressive Critics of Common Core "Getting Played" By Enemies of Public Education?

Today, Politico offers an analysis of conservative's organized opposition to the Common Core which points out that the end game for many of these Koch-funded groups is total annihilation of public education

December 28, 2013

2013 in Review Part 4: Teachers, Unions, and the Best Path Forward

Organizations and leaders that we count on to defend our profession, and to act on genuine expertise and reject phony reforms, repeatedly left us shaking our heads. Here are the posts where I challenged these leaders and their rationales.

December 13, 2013

Who Decides What is Taught in Our Schools?

The fundamental question that has been presented to all of us through the Common Core process is this one: Who decides what is taught in our schools?

December 10, 2013

John Thompson: Time is Right for "Principles that Unite Us"

Teachers, unions, students, and families are finding a common voice. It is the perfect time for the American Federation of Teachers to issue "The Principles that Unite Us," a call for labor and communities to unite in a new era of school reform.

December 03, 2013

John Thompson: Time to Fact-Check the Reformers

What if school reformers were open about their errors in fact and their misleading use of language? How would reformers fare if their facts were truly held up to scrutiny?

November 15, 2013

Union-Led Reform Project in California Shares Lessons

If you were to think of the key things that you would want to do to support learning at high poverty schools, what would be on your list?

November 06, 2013

Florida Teacher: "I Was Among Those Who Reviewed the Common Core in 2009"

As the review unfolded, it became apparent that we were not working with a holistic, integrated application of standards. To Rene and me, it began to look instead like a checklist forming a platform for standardized testing.

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