"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Hedge Funds for Education Deform

Everyone's favorite hedge fund education reformers (aka "Democrats" for Education Reform) are seriously ticked off by Congressman David Obey's (D-WI) amendment to the supplemental appropriations bill that would give $10 billion to states to save 140,000 teaching jobs. Obey is proposing to cut $500 million from RTTT, $200 million from TIF, and $100 from the federal charter program in order to appease fiscal conservatives (Republicans, budget hawks, and centrist Dems). They're urging supporters to call members of Congress and voice their opposition. We need to call to voice our support: 202-225-3121. You can find out which Congressman represents your district here.

While you're at it, check out DFER Watch, a new website I've put together about the hedge fund reformers pushing the rapid expansion of charters, merit-pay tied to test scores, competition (instead of collaboration), high-stakes testing, and short cut teacher prep programs.

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