Archives for March 2015

Paul Vallas Writes on AJC Blog Praising the Georgia Opportunity School District. Is He Looking for a Job?

Latest Story Paul Vallas Writes on AJC Blog Praising the Georgia Opportunity School District. Is He Looking for a Job? Update:  I received a tweet from Lindamarie via Twitter that linked to an article about Paul Villas and the Bridgeport School District in which he was superintendent.  It’s a stinging indictment of Villas and the […]

Response to the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Cato Institute

Response to the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Cato Institute After the publication of an op-ed by Alfredo Gaete and Stephanie Jones  on the AJC Get Schooled blog, the president and CEO of the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice and the Cato Institute wrote letters refuting the essay. Here is their response, specifically to the […]

We Should Be Mad as Hell, and Not Take It Anymore from the Governor & His Opportunity School District Plan

Latest Story We Should Be Mad as Hell, and Not Take It Anymore from the Governor & His Opportunity School District Proposal. Why? The Governor’s Hypocrisy: Charter Lobbyist Pays for Travel to New Orleans Recovery School District.  The Governor claims it is his moral duty to rescue Georgia’s struggling schools by taking them over.  I […]

The Scary Language of Crisis and the Seductive Language of Choice and Accountability by Alfredo Gaete and Stephanie Jones

Latest Story by Alfredo Gaete of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile and Stephanie Jones of the University of Georgia. The Georgia General Assembly is one vote away from approving Governor Nathan Deal’s plan to take over the state’s “chronically failing” public schools by privatizing them with charter schools.  It’s a plan that demolishes the public […]

Governor Deal Exchanges Letters with Ed Johnson–Ships Passing in the Night

Latest Story Governor Deal exchanges Letters with Ed Johnson–Ships Passing in the Night. Ships that pass in the night, and speak each other in passing, only a signal shown, and a distant voice in the darkness; So on the ocean of life, we pass and speak one another, only a look and a voice, then […]

New Orleans Recovery School District Test Scores: A Closer Look Doesn’t Look Pretty

Latest Story New Orleans Recovery School District Test Scores: A Closer Look Doesn’t Look Pretty Governor Nathan Deal is pushing hard on his Opportunity School District (OSD) proposal which is modeled after the New Orleans Recovery School District (RSD).  In a reply to a letter sent by Mr. Ed Johnson, Deal claimed that the New […]

The Georgia House Should “Pink Slip” the Opportunity School District

Latest Story The Georgia House Should Pink Slip the Opportunity School District Last week the Georgia Senate voted and passed two bills, Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287.  Senate Bill 133 will set up the Opportunity School District (OSD), which will enable the state to take over public elementary and secondary schools that have a grade of […]

Letter to the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Leadership Opposing the Opportunity School District

Latest Story Today I wrote to the Georgia House Democratic Caucus Leadership urging them to vote against Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287 which will enable the state to takeover 100 of Georgia’s “chronically failing” schools. I wrote this: To: Georgia House Democratic Caucus Leadership From: Dr. Jack Hassard, Emeritus Professor, Science Education, Georgia […]

Dear Governor Deal: Here is an Alternative to Your Opportunity School District

Latest Story Dear Governor Deal, I am writing this public letter to offer you and members of the Georgia House of Representatives an alternative plan to the Opportunity School District plan. According to Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287 the state will be authorized  to takeover “chronically failing schools.”  I know you believe it is a moral duty to do […]

Is Your School on the List to be Taken Over by the State of Georgia’s Opportunity School District?

Latest Story Is Your School on the List to be Taken Over by the State of Georgia’s Opportunity School District? Last week the Georgia Senate voted and passed two bills, Senate Bill 133 and Senate Resolution 287.  Senate Bill 133 will set up the Opportunity School District (OSD), which will enable the state to take over public […]

Beware of Senate Resolution 287: The Opportunity to Take Over Public Schools

Latest Story Today, the Georgia Senate voted and passed (38 – 15) Governor Deal’s “chronically failing” school bill which would turn these schools into charters under the appointment of a “state” superintendent.  Senate Resolution 287 proposes an amendment to the Constitution of Georgia that will allow the General Assembly to authorize the establishment of an Opportunity […]

Stop the Louisiana Style Take Over of Georgia’s Struggling School Communities

Ted Terry, State Campaign Director, Georgia AFL-CIO and I have been communicating about the plan being proposed by Governor Deal to take over Georgia’s “failing” schools by implementing a Louisiana style state-wide recovery school district.  Ted Terry is organizing a campaign that we all should support to fight against this take over by the state […]