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Education Thu Jan 08 2009

No Child Left With Dignity?

According to the Washington Post, the Chicago reform model implemented by CEO Arne Duncan could become the model for the United States when he takes the helm as Secretary of Education.

According to Professor Elliot Weinbaum of the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education:

"Obama chose Arne Duncan for a reason, and part of that reason is the experimentation that Duncan has done in Chicago and his real attention to data and outcomes." .... "Duncan's willing to try new things and see if they work, hopefully keep the ones that do and drop the ones that don't. I expect that experimentation to continue on a national scale."

One of Duncan's most famous "experiments" is the proliferation of charter schools across the city and his ability to get around the state cap on charters.

According to parents who sent their kids to Aspira Charter School, this "experiment" led to the strip-search of their children by off-duty police officers during school hours.

The teacher who blew the whistle on this activity was rewarded by being fired. As charter schools are non-union schools, she had no recourse in the matter.

Duncan, who is facing confirmation hearings next week, did not return two days of phone calls by the Sun-Times in relation to the story. Apparently "accountability" is only important when it comes to test scores; when it comes to the dignity of children, "experimentation" is acceptable.

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Ramsin / January 9, 2009 3:22 AM

Damn, that's a dis.

Veros / January 9, 2009 5:55 AM

Charter schools were supposed to be an option for the neediest children. What should be investigated is the students with special needs who are not admitted or squeezed out of the charter school. The have to keep up the illusion that they are doing something right. This January, Arne Duncan will announce the closing of neighborhood schools to replace them with charter school that are not held accountable to the same standard as neighborhood schools. Mayor Daley and Arne Duncan are about cutting corners in regards to education of our children. He is about cutting his investment into the CPS system. It is also criminal that Chicago has the shortest instructional day of all large metro areas. A typical tenth grader from Chicago receives slightly less that one whole year of instruction in comparison with a tenth grader in the New York System. Shortchanging our students on instructional time is criminal. The media should unmask the farce that has been called progress and reform under Arne Duncan. An investigation should be done on how the charter schools will be funded now that the economy is in a depression.

Ramsin / January 9, 2009 10:53 AM

Damn, that also is a dis.

Obama / January 9, 2009 1:48 PM


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