MN EDUCATION REFORM CORE

Teach for America $ 9,036,850
Hiawatha Academies $ 6,222,658
Minnesota Comeback $ 4,924,769
Charter School Partners $ 4,871,464
MinnCAN $ 4,155,592
KIPP Minnesota $ 4,119,894
Harvest Preparatory Charter School $ 3,099,438
Great MN Schools $ 2,780,000
Educators 4 Excellence, Inc. $ 2,620,300
Policy Innovators in Education Network Inc. (PIE Network) $ 2,342,289
Students for Education Reform $ 1,985,000
Charlemagne Institute - nee Intellectual Takeout $ 1,467,000
Wildflower Foundation $ 1,410,000
Harvest Network of Schools $ 1,229,266
Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, Inc. $ 969,256
Ed Allies $ 596,500
Minnesota Wildflower Montessori School $ 450,000
Total: $ 52,280,276

 

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Rob Levine
September 20, 2019

How the Bush Foundation wasted $45 million and 10 years on an ill-conceived assault on teachers

The foundation famously promised 50% more students in post-secondary education in three states, erasure of so-called 'achievement gaps,' and a fancy new evaluation tool.

Ten years later there are actually fewer students in college, 'achievement gaps' are the same or worse, and its hyped $2 million VAM evaluation tool is up in flames - but the foundation is undaunted – proud of its failure

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Rob Levine
May 15, 2019

One way charter schools can kill a public school district

A simplified animation of how the introduction of charter schools into a public school district can lead to its extinction, through a cycle of draining students, inability to quickly react, program cuts and school closings.

Though specifics vary, across the nation charter schools are draining the students and finances of public school districts, creating distress in many. In Minneapolis, the Minneapolis Foundation is trying this very strategy with its created entity, Minnesota Comeback, whose goal is 30,000 new charter seats in the city.

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Test score proficiencies at Hiawatha Morris Park - the school lauded by Williams

Rob Levine
October 8, 2018

What Conor Williams didn't see in Minneapolis

Getting Minnesota charter school history wrong, again.

At one time Hiawatha had passable test scores, but this story, like so many education reform stories, was not what it seemed. In recent years Hiawatha's test scores have dropped steadily back down to earth, so that now they're about half of the state averages. For some reason national, and especially local media aren't interested in that now.

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Rob Levine
May 7, 2017

Twenty five years later charter schools a costly, failed experiment

Ember Reichgott Junge's book provides a clear view into the history of charter schools in Minnesota, just not the one she intended

This is a big year for charter school aficionados in Minnesota, as 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the opening of the the nation’s first charter school in St. Paul. The legislation that authorized charter schools, enacted a year earlier, though limited in scope, promised a thorough consideration of the experimental education model, which has since sprouted up in 43 states and the District of Columbia.

Since that time rules have been loosened, spending has multiplied many times over, and hundreds of charter schools have opened in the state. Many others have been closed. Have charters lived up to the grand boasts of supporters? Have the effects been more negative than positive? Do charters represent a threat to local, democratic control of public education? On the silver anniversary of the landmark school opening the local discourse is heating up.

Gotcha.

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Rob Levine
April 23, 2017

Free to choose a Walmart school

Poverty Academies, Segregation Academies and a foundation plan to erase the Minneapolis public school district

“School choice” is all the rage in Minnesota these days. The kind of school choice most in vogue are charter schools, where, according to promoters, less affluent parents can experience the same kind of education “marketplace” that rich people enjoy with their private schools.

Ok – that's an argument. But just what kind of choices are there for, say, low-income parents of color in the core Twin Cities?

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Percentage of students in segregated school settings by race and school type

February 1, 2017

Segregated 'Poverty Academies' underperform public schools

The implicit deal was to trade charter school integration for higher test scores - but it hasn't turned out that way

Questions about segregation, integration, and academic performance have been intrinsically linked in American education policy since at least 1954, when Brown v. Board held that segregated educational facilities are inherently unequal. The research leading to that decision,and the overwhelming social science consensus ever since, has suggested that segregated schools produce a host of harms for their students, and integrated schools generate a host of benefits.

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Rob Levine
September 4, 2012

"High performing" Charter Schools

Beating the odds, or beating the test?

“Odds-beating charter school.” Those words are like an impenetrable shield for those who operate such places. They are also the holy grail of the education reform movement, which is constantly seeking shortcuts to radically increase measures of educational achievement, which these days is pretty much defined by increased math and language test scores.

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CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDAL OF THE DAY

October 11, 2019
Morning Report: Charter Scandal Exposes Holes in State Processes - Voice of San Diego
Just one process in California is designed to act as an early warning system when financial shenanigans are going on inside schools. It’s a yearly audit, by a “state-approved,” “independent” auditor, according to the Department of Education.  But the auditors are not exactly independent, reports VOSD’s Will Huntsberry. Auditors are hired and fired at will […]
Source: www.voiceofsandiego.org

October 11, 2019
Parents of 8-year-old barred from school photos because of 'extreme hairstyle': 'Race has everything to do with this'
A third grader in Michigan was pulled out of school pictures and put in the principal's office because of a hairstyle that the school deemed "extreme."
Source: ca.sports.yahoo.com

October 8, 2019
State: Charter school managers fail to follow expense rules
Five senior managers at one of Long Island's fastest-growing public charter schools charged more than $60,000 in credit-card expenses without receipts or itemizations required by their school's own ru
Source: www.newsday.com

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AROUND THE WEB

Edhivemn.com
June 19, 2018

Charter schools in Minnesota started or supported by the funders

Sorted by size of largest school demographic

This year ONE non-White majority charter school supported by funders in this database exceeded the state average in test score proficiency. But that one school is suspect because of wildly fluctuating test scores. Overall these schools are highly segregated and many have had very low test scores for many years.

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Hechinger Report
June 17, 2018

Nearly 750 charter schools are whiter than the nearby district schools

Loose laws let scores of charters create policies that favor white students

According to Joe Nathan, this isn't segregation because parents are "choosing" to segregate.

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Badass Teachers Association
January 28, 2018
Nancy Bailey

The Sad Impact of Corporate School Reform on Students with Emotional/Behavioral Disabilities

Public schools need a continuum of services for children experiencing emotional/behavioral problems. They also need a whole curriculum that includes classes that are therapeutic, like art, music, and drama. These classes can help students find their niche and keep them from academically falling behind.

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Journal Journal of Education Policy
February 7, 2017
Elisabeth E. Lefebvre & Matthew A. M. Thomas

‘Shit shows’ or ‘like-minded schools’: charter schools and the neoliberal logic of Teach For America

This paper critically examines the relationship between these entities through the lens of TFA corps members placed in charter schools, and explores two types of schools described by interviewees, namely, ‘shit shows,’ and ‘like-minded schools.’

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Bright Lights Small City
January 17, 2018
Sarah Lahm

Minneapolis Public Schools Stands By Administrator with Side School Choice Consulting Business

In 2017, according to Minneapolis Public Schools staff, the district’s General Counsel, Amy Moore, investigated whether or not district administrator Bryan Fleming’s consulting business constituted a conflict of interest, per MPS policy 3000. The conclusion reached was that Fleming was not in violation of the district policy.

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Bright Lights Small City
January 16, 2018
Sarah Lahm

Minneapolis Public Schools Administrator Runs a Side School Choice Consulting Business

When it comes to declining student enrollment for the Minneapolis Public Schools, it looks like the fox may be guarding the hen house.

It turns out that Bryan Fleming, who has served as Director of Enrollment Management for the Minneapolis schools since 2016, runs a side consulting business that offers “School-placement Advising for families and family law practitioners.”

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Have You Heard blog
May 4, 2017
Jennifer Berkshire

Education Can’t Fix Poverty. So Why Keep Insisting that It Can?

Education is not the best anti-poverty program, argues historian Harvey Kantor, and it’s long past time we acknowledged that…

One of the consequences of making education so central to social policy has been that we’ve ended up taking the pressure off of the state for the kinds of policies that would be more effective at addressing poverty and economic inequality. Instead we’re asking education to do things it can’t possibly do. The result has been increasing support for the kinds of market-oriented policies that make inequality worse.

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Washington Post
April 27, 2017
Emma Brown and Mandy McLaren

Nation’s only federally funded voucher program has negative effect on student achievement, study finds

Students in the nation’s only federally funded school voucher initiative performed worse on standardized tests within a year after entering D.C. private schools than peers who did not participate, according to a new federal analysis that comes as President Trump is seeking to pour billions of dollars into expanding the private school scholarships nationwide.

The study, released Thursday by the Education Department’s research division, follows several other recent studies of state-funded vouchers in Louisiana, Indiana and Ohio that suggested negative effects on student achievement. Critics are seizing on this data as they try to counter Trump’s push to direct public dollars to private schools.

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Newsday
May 2, 2017
Michael R. Ebert, Scott Eidler, Víctor Manuel Ramos and Joie Tyrrell

Common Core math test boycotted by 79,780 Long Island students

Nearly 80,000 public school students in 100 districts across Long Island refused Tuesday to take the state mathematics exam given in grades three through eight, in a fifth straight year of boycotts driven by opposition to the Common Core tests, according to a Newsday survey.

On the first full-fledged day of math testing in Nassau and Suffolk counties, 79,780 students in the districts that responded opted out — 53.1 percent of the pupils eligible in those systems to take the exam. There are 124 districts on the Island.

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