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Hiring the Fox to Watch Over the Chickens
When Edison Inc. was hired to evaluate Philadelphia's public schools, it concluded that they were terrible--and then recommended itself to run them.... [MORE]

— Alfie Kohn
USA Today
November 23, 2001


What, Me Worry?

This commentary originally appeared in the Rouge Forum.


Yesterday the citizens of Pennsylvania were informed that half of the state's public schools failed to make adequately yearly progress in reading and writing ac... [MORE]



Pennsylvania Schools’ Financing Fight Pits District Against Charter on Steroids
<span class="red"> I try to provide a larger context for what's happening in Chester Upland--from the rock where William Penn landed, to billboard deals, to an entrepreneur's mega-mansions. <a href="http://susanohanian.org/outrage_fetch.php?id=1177"> Here</a> you will fin... [MORE]

Sabrina Tavernise with Ohanian background notes


How to Destroy a Public-School System
<br><b>Ohanian Comment:</b> This is more Outrage of the Decade, its awfulness hard to grasp. In Philadelphia, education reformers got everything they wanted. Look where the city's schools are now. <br> <br><i>This article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, with su... [MORE]

— Daniel Denvir
The Nation

  Resisters' Letters  

By Monty Neill, Executive Director, FairTest
To the editor
ELMER SMITH is right: The Bush administration's test-driven education plan will leave many Philadelphia school children behind (column, March 5). But there is a more immediate threat to them: schools CEO Paul Vallas' scheme to base promotion on test scores. Every major organization of testing experts agrees that educational decision... [MORE]

Philadelphia Daily News

  NCLB Atrocities  

PA Questions "Dangerous Schools" Policy

HARRISBURG -- Some members of the state Board of Education yesterday questioned whether Pennsylvania can successfully implement a proposed policy that would allow students to transfer out of schools deemed unsafe.

The policy on "persistently dangerous" schools also would allow students who are victims of violence at any public sch... [MORE]

— Martha Raffaele
Associated Press
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
State officials question U.S. policy allowing students to transfer from 'dangerous 'schools
May 22, 2003

  NCLB News  

NCLB Trashes Pennsylvania

Note subhead to Philadelphia Inquirer story

In Phila., 216 schools did not meet federal standards and will be sanctioned if the state test scores do not improve.

Federal standards. Surely this is a phrase to chill your soul.

The state yesterday gave early warning to nearly 900 Pen... [MORE]

— Connie Langland
staff writer
Philadelphia Inquirer
Pa. issues warnings to 884 schools
Dec. 31, 2002

  NCLB In Your Face  

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Standardized Testing
... [MORE]

  Special Needs News  

Standardized Exam Put to the Test (PA)

Kay's Comment: Here are three reasons that NCLB should not be renewed: College- educated adults didn't pass the PSSA in PA. Teachers see the pleas for help in the eyes of their students with special needs who are forced to take this exam even if they can't read it and the teachers can do nothing to help them.... [MORE]

— Kyla Campbell
Investigating Standardized Tests at Local Schools

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