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  • EJResearch

    I watched 'Rebirth' last night and most in agreement with comments made by Mr. Perry.
    Especially those regarding not using test scores to measure growth of students.

    What I found 'Not Good' was the fact that the Sci Academy run by the young man and his camp of culturally insensitive prison guards was able to secure one of the

    • EJResearch

      Thanks Jelena.
      I watched 'Rebirth' (Story of education reform in New Orleans post-Katrina) last night and most in agreement with comments made by Mr. Perry.
      Especially those regarding not using test scores to measure growth of students.

      What I found 'Not Good' was the fact that the Sci Academy run by the young man and his camp of culturally insensitive prison guards was able to secure one of the very few charters approved by the Charter Approval Commission.

      It didn't seem the 27 year old principal had a clue of how to educate young people or about the young people being educated.

    • Jelena Woehr

      Hey, I think your comment posted before you finished a sentence! Curious what you were gonna say? :)

  • Jelena Woehr

    I loved reading this piece. My first job was with a startup focusing on the disability-positive space, and we learned from many parents with disabilities as well as students with disabilities how very poorly many schools still are handling exceptional families of all kinds. The push toward increased standardization is damaging in general, but especially so when schools that pick and choose by pushing out those with special needs are then held up as examples of success.

    In my home school district of Jefferson County, Colorado, the current school board has a majority who are in favor of increasing the number of charter schools who, in Colorado, benefit from favorable admissions rules that allow them to exclude students who require an IEP and other accommodations in the classroom. So of course they do, and this raises their school's scoring average on standardized tests designed for only neurotypical learners -- then the school board cheers about how much they've "improved!"

  • Jeanne Kays

    Amen!! I live in the Silicon Valley, a place where money seemingly abounds, but we have the same problems. With a huge focus on the "race to the top", students with special needs get pushed further to the bottom. New curriculae sponsored by high-tech companies focus on the "smart" students while the special ed programs (even the best programs) flounder because of lack of respect from administration and poor hiring practices for special ed teachers. Kudos to LA Green Corps!