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Notes from the news, Nov. 5

by thenotebook on Nov 05 2013 Posted in Notes from the news

Pennsylvania charter-school bill draws ire. AP

District rounding out the series of meetings about new grading system for schools. Notebook

Bad framework. Daily News

Charter schools are hurting urban public schools, Moody’s saysWashington Post

Philadelphia's Northeast High School releases new AP results. School CIO

Philadelphia EPA exhibit shows how to keep schools green,

Pennsylvania’s education funding doesn’t redistribute wealth enough. Keystone Politics

Susan Corbett addresses education. Altoona Mirror

Children from poor families lag in cognitive development and other areas, report says. Washington Post

The right's school-for-cash obsession. Salon

Report: Use No Child waivers to innovate. POLITICO

News summary from Keystone State Education Coalition

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Submitted by Annonymous (not verified) on Wed, 11/06/2013 - 01:21.

Please read the article - "The Rights School for Cash Obsession." What has happened in Denver is happening in Phila. with the education oligarchy (Phila. School "Partnership"/Dictatorship, Gates money, etc.)

"One way to see this is to look at how the Walton family and Gates have deployed their wealth to make an opportunity out of this square state’s (Colorado) infamous education finance problems. Leveraging their tax-subsidized foundations, they purport to come to the financial rescue of budget-strapped schools. Yet, they typically tie their seemingly altruistic beneficence to ideological demands.

For example, some foundations make their cash contingent on schools tearing up teachers’ union contracts and putting more unproven technology into the classroom.

Some go further and push specific technologies into classrooms – technologies that, not coincidentally, their corporations stand to profit from. One example: Microsoft chairman Bill Gates has used $100 million from his foundation to ram his company’s corporate partner, inBloom, into the Colorado’s largest school district. InBloom collects student data to share with technology companies like Gates’ Microsoft, which then develop for-profit education software to sell back to schools. According to the New York Times, parents objecting to the surveillance-like technology feared “officials might be unable to evaluate inBloom objectively, given its backing by the Gates Foundation, a major donor to public schools whose grant money Jeffco was hoping to attract.” The school district ultimately received a coveted $5.2 million grant from the Gates foundation and – not surprisingly – decided to keep using inBloom."

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