Monday, September 15, 2008

Special thanks... Charles, Anne & Bill, and all those who organized and packed the house for last night's Chicago book release party for Small Schools: Public School Reform Meets the Ownership Society. Great discussion and debate plus good food, made up for the bad weather.


Vallas’ legacy in Philly

Philadelphia, which struggled through years of “market-driven” reform and privatization under former schools CEO Paul Vallas, is now reaping the results and they aren’t pretty.

Philadelphia School District officials have known they had an achievement gap on their hands for years. Today, they saw the raw data, and were collectively horrified.

KGIA pushed to the brink

Alex Kane, writing in The Indypendent, tells how N.Y.’s city leaders have pushed the Khalil Gibran International Academy to the brink.

Named after Lebanese-American poet Khalil Gibran, the school was quickly attacked after plans were publicly announced Feb. 12, 2007. Soon after, blogs and other media outlets, led by neoconservative author Daniel Pipes, started to attack the Brooklyn-based program. Pipes, director of the Middle East Forum, a think-tank that fights “radical Islam, whether terroristic or lawful,” also joined the advisory board of the “Stop the Madrassa Coalition,” which attempted to paint the school as a breeding ground for radical Islam.

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