Last month’s wholesale firing of 74 teachers at Central Falls High School in Rhode Island exemplified America‘s rising anti-teacher sentiment. Both President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan praised Superintendent Frances Gallo’s decision, and Newsweek writers Evan Thomas and Pat Wingert called the firings a “notable breakthrough.”
This is an excerpt from my commentary in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer, “War on teachers escalates”. Please click here to read the entire article. You can respond or provide feedback by clicking on the comment button below.
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“The Philadelphia School District recently created a stir by seeming to want to change the admission guidelines for their high-performing magnet schools in an effort to increase diversity. (Soon after the idea was announced, school chief Arlene Ackerman declared the proposal dead and explained the idea came from a miscommunication by her staff.)”
This is an excerpt from my commentary in today’s Philadelphia Daily News, “The school-reform merry-go-round”. Please click here to read the entire article. You can respond or provide feedback by clicking on the comment button below.
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Elect Keith Newman to the 194th District Legislative Seat on May 18th.
Among the candidates for Representative of the 194th District, Keith Newman’s credentials in education stand alone. With 15 years of inner-city teaching experience, and having been nominated as School District of Philadelphia Teacher of the Year in 2008, Newman has both intimate understanding of the challenges we face, as well as practical knowledge of how policies impact students.
Newman is the author of the Individual College Account Plan, a program which aims to eliminate the academic achievement gap by providing incentives for parents whose children arrive at school “reading ready.”
Individual College Accounts improve chances students have to achieve academic goals by establishing a college tuition grant based on individual grades, effort, and behavior. It is a plan based on the highly successful and often imitated “Promise” first developed in Kalamazoo Michigan.
This concept has the greatest potential for success because it recognizes the HOME as a significant ingredient in academic achievement.