A Defeat for School “Reform”

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In what may hopefully be a small sign that the tide could be turning against a corporate-funded K-12 school “reform” movement that thrives on autocratic administration and the denigration of veteran teachers, Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy has resigned at the request of the school board, The New York Times reports today.  The controversial Deasy, “a strong proponent of new technology in schools and of holding teachers accountable for improving student test scores, had faced mounting criticism from board members and teachers.”

No doubt Deasy’s demise was closely tied to his hare-brained scheme under which the L.A. district spent $1.3 billion (yes, that’s billion) to purchase iPads for every one of the 640,000 students in the city’s 900 public schools, an initiative that had no visible impact on learning but, no doubt, a modest but real one on Apple Corp.’s bottom line.  Students quickly learned how to…

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The National Mobilization for Equity is a coalition of organizations committed to alleviating the present staffing crisis in higher education: three-quarters of the teaching jobs in American colleges are held by underpaid, precarious and poorly-supported contingent faculty. Our long-term goal is to end contingency as the norm. The current untenable situation not only adversely affects all faculty members, both contingent and tenure-track, it also negatively impacts our profession, our students and the quality of their education.

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