smaller classes her entire life, said there was no evidence that they provided
an advantage, made all the worse because there is lots of peer reviewed studies
outlining their benefits it becomes hard for me to take anything she says seriously.
losing her day job as executive director of the Chartrand foundation, a group
by the way who doesn’t think teachers are professionals and neither does their
education and experience matter.
an interview with channel four she represented herself as a small business owner
(a restaurant) and didn’t mention once she was associated with the Chartrand
foundation. I believe she did so to distance herself from Gary Chartrand who was
in the middle of making one gaff after another as chairman of the state board
It is completely disingenuous of Mrs. Smith-Juarez to
present her self alternately as a small business owner and then as Executive
director of the Chartran foundation, emphasizing one while ignoring the other
when it is politically expedient to do so.
Was she really the best we could have done?
few months have really bothered me.
Education Directions Fel Lee said to the owner, we are appreciative of all you
have done but at some point we need to stand on our own, we need you to give us
a template for what to do.
the data of comparable public and charter schools to see which is being more
successful so we can duplicate it.
duplicate success. It is even laudable. My problem is whom theses two school
board members want to copy. Instead of copying the model at one of our
successful public schools and we have many, they would rather copy the model from
an Education Management Company or a charter school. It’s as if the successes
that our public schools are having and once again there are many don’t matter.
doing what you are doing in our schools that are struggling, we would rather
pay somebody to tell us what to do or copy what schools that erodes local
control are doing. I think we have plenty of great schools and
we should be copying what they are doing instead. The only problem with that is it is impossible.
schools and just by their nature we can only have a finite amount of them or
are in more affluent neighborhoods that tend to have more parental involvement.
neighborhoods that are doing well to neighborhoods that aren’t. You know who
else can’t do that? EMOs and charter schools.
If we want to have real success we must put in place
programs that mitigate poverty. Everything else is just window dressing or
kicking the can down the road. Unfortunately EMOs and charter schools won’t
tell you that.
to me. In a nutshell he doesn’t think it is fair to compare all charter schools
to all public schools. Instead he wants to compare the individual data between
attend Public School B. Mr. Fischer wants to compare those two schools scores
to see if Johnny is attending the school with the best data. That actually
seems like a fair comparison and it is hard to understand why just a few days
before 2013 we can’t do it but even that won’t tell the whole story.
problematic students aren’t counseled out thus bumping up the numbers and what
other requirements like extended time or parental involvement that the charter
schools put in place. Also it shouldn’t be ignored that charter school parents
just through the mere fact their children attend them are typically more
am I going to insist on that would skew charter schools performance, what would
make me happy? The thing is we should want to know all these variables because
what we need is an accurate picture of what is going on, what is really working
and what isn’t if we are going to improve our schools.
always say one of the reasons that charter schools are successful is they don’t
have some of the onerous regulations and policies that public schools have and
they can do different things but have you ever noticed they never say, you know
what, we should get rid of some of the onerous regulations and policies that
public schools have to endure and allow them to do different things too. It’s
like it never occurs to them. Instead of fixing or improving what we have, they
would rather replace them but I digress.
laboratories have a small role to play as a supplement to education. The
problem is many of our education leaders and drivers want them to replace
public education and at least right now, the aggregate data and I suspect the overall data even when closer comparisons are made doesn’t bare out that is a good
move. Shouldn’t we slow down and get it right?
I will take Mr. Fischer’s word that he will be data
driven when making his decisions. I just hope other education leaders follow
classes doesn’t want them for public school kids and now Jason Fischer has
joined the list.
ignoring the fact a disproportionate amount of charter schools that are doing
poorly and then at the same time he demonizes the public schools that are doing
poorly saying they have failed our children and doesn’t acknowledge the vast
majority of public schools that are doing great.
Mr. Fischer is solidly in the privatization camp and
his hypocrisy reveals it isn’t about what’s best for our kids; he is in it
because he thinks it is best for his political career.
public schools outperform charters at some levels. The article however showed
that public schools out perform charter schools at both the elementary and high
school level, with charter schools doing better in middle school.
I am not a math major but
I believe 9 is greater than 3. Some might say three times greater. That’s not some, that’s most and furthermore it
point that public schools as a whole were doing much better than charter
also discussed wanting to have a conversation based on facts not opinions, apparently
the Times Union missed that part.