Monthly Archives: July 2015

The Underachievement School District 2015 Edition Part I

Three years ago, the Achievement School District (ASD) in Tennessee began their mission, summarized in the statement on their website under the heading ‘Building the Possible.’ “The Achievement School District was created to catapult the bottom 5% of schools in … Continue reading

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TFA endorses Murphy’s Law

Murphy’s Law can be summarized as “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong.”  Murphy’s Amendment was a proposed amendment to the recently reauthorized version of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).  The last reauthorization of ESEA in 2002 was known as … Continue reading

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TFA continues to set new corps members up for failure

I miss the era when my blog was hosted on the teachforus.org website.  Back then the site was promoted by TFA as a place where current corps members and alumni could blog and communicate through comments.  Until the site went … Continue reading

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The Three Stooges of School Turnaround

Earlier this week, the Thomas B. Fordham Institute hosted a panel discussion, moderated by Fordham Institute President Michael Petrilli, called ‘Turnaround Districts:  Lessons from Louisiana, Tennessee, and Michagan.”  On the panel were three turnaround ‘gurus’ Patrick Dobard of Louisiana’s Recovery … Continue reading

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