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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:12 PM

California Flunks Rhee’s Reform Ratings—Badge of Honor?

Michelle Rhee’s Students First advocacy group issued its ratings of state reform efforts last week. California was ranked 41st nationally, with an overall score of F, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to Students First, California has been asleep at the wheel with respect to the “reforms,” failing to limit teacher tenure and require student test scores to evaluate teachers.

Richard Zeiger, Deputy Supt. at the California Department of Education called the F grade a "badge of honor."

While it may be refreshing to hear a high ranking education official disparage Rhee’s astroturf school privatization organization, the fact that California ranked so high on her list should still be an embarrassment. Consider that there are 9 other states that ranked lower than California which, according to the backward logic of Rhee, means there are 9 that have done a better job than California at resisting free market reforms. Furthermore, the only high mark California did receive was for being the birthplace of “parent trigger” laws, which are essentially a Trojan horse for corporate education profiteers and for-profit charter school operators to grab taxpayer dollars—hardly a mark of honor.

No states received an A from Rhee’s organization. The two top states were Louisiana and Florida, which each earned a B-. Louisiana has been one the quickest to give away its public schools to non-unionized private charter school operators, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. In New Orleans, over 70% of students now go to charter schools. Florida bases 50% of teacher evaluations on student test scores even though those scores are highly variable from year to year and completely unreliable for all but those at the extremes.

Even though Massachusetts has among the highest levels of student achievement, the state only received a D+ because it did not do enough to crush teachers unions and give away control of its schools to education profiteers. Montana received an F for strongly supporting local control of its schools.

Modern School
http://modeducation.blogspot.com/2013/01/california-flunks-rhees-reform.html

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MichiganVote Jan 2013 #1
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LWolf Jan 2013 #3
savebigbird Jan 2013 #4
AnneD Jan 2013 #5
sulphurdunn Jan 2013 #6
Modern School Feb 2013 #7
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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 09:26 PM

1. The Sarah Palin of education.

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Sat Jan 19, 2013, 12:27 PM

3. Other badges of honor:


43 Alabama F
44 South Dakota F 0.60
45 Iowa F 0.58
46 Vermont F 0.48
46 Wyoming F 0.48
48 West Virginia F 0.44
48 Nebraska F 0.44
48 Montana F 0.44
51 North Dakota F 0.40

I don't know anything about the systems in those states. If they fail corporate reform, though, they must be doing something right.

My state was ranked 37th, with a D. In the light blue. Probably because we adopted too many of those free market reforms to get the waiver from NCLB.

http://reportcard.studentsfirst.org/

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Wed Jan 23, 2013, 12:45 PM

5. What a diaper load.....

I guess if you buy into their program and higher them as consultants....your grade goes up.

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 07:40 PM

6. Only eight states

scored above a D. Of those, two were B and six were C. The remaining forty-two were D and F. The school reform movement of which Rhee is the Empress Dowager, with her court of billionaire advisers, has been attempting to annex public education for 40 years. At this rate they will have succeeded sometime around 2213. Go Rhee, go!

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Wed Feb 6, 2013, 09:47 PM

7. I'm Glad I Never Had a Teacher Like Rhee!

It sort of reminds me of those infamous teachers who refuse to ever give a grade higher than a B to "encourage" you to work harder, only in this case is all about giving away everything to corporate ed profiteers.

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Thu Feb 7, 2013, 03:57 AM

8. Watched Rhee on the Daily Show...

John Stewart seemed aware that there was something wrong with her ideas, but clueless as to the big picture — the exponential acceleration of a decades-long right-wing effort to end public education while funneling taxpayers' money into private pockets. Or, to put it metaphorically, it was as if he could see the bloody point of the dagger but had no idea that someone was actually holding the hilt, much less who that might be.

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