The Georgia Opportunity School District Slips Away from the Hands of Privatizers

The Georgia Opportunity School District Slips Away from the Hands of Privatizers.  This is a great victory of teachers and their students, and the integrity of local control of the education of youth. There were no professional educational organizations that were part of Nathan Deal’s plan to take “chronically failing” schools out of the able […]

Let’s Vote the Opportunity School District Down: Vote No on Amendment 1, Georgia Ballot

Let’s Vote the Opportunity School District Down: Vote No on Amendment 1, Georgia Ballot For the past six months, we’ve documented why the Opportunity School District is a bad deal for Georgia schools.  Deal says that the OSD will enable parents and teachers to fix Georgia’s failing schools.  This is such a very big untruth. […]

Deal, The Bully, Calls Local School Boards Power Hungry Monopolies Because They Oppose His Misfortunate School District

Deal, The Bully, Calls Local School Boards Power Hungry Monopolies Because They Oppose His Misfortunate School District monopoly: exclusive control of a commodity or service in a particular market bully: a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. Governor Nathan Deal is calling local school boards a power-hungry monopoly because […]

If Poverty & Financial Hardship Affect Cognitive Function, Then is the Opportunity School District a Good Idea?

If Poverty & Financial Hardship Affect Cognitive Function, Then is the Opportunity School District a Good Idea? The Opportunity School District is a plan by the Governor’s Office in Georgia to take over “chronically failing” schools across the state.  To be voted on in the November 8 election, if passed, schools will be selected by […]

Vote No On the Misfortunate School District on November 8, 2016

Misfortunate School District The Governor and a few elected Georgia legislators–Democrats & Republicans alike, approved a bill that will be voted on in the November 8, 2016 election. If passed, the state constitution will be will enable the Governor to create his own school district. It will be called the Opportunity School District (OSD). It […]

Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers In his Op-Ed in the Nation, Henry A. Giroux links Donald Trump to the plague of atomization in a neoliberal age.  What was important to me, among other things in his Op-Ed was his reference to a 1946 essay by Leo Lowenthal, entitled “Terrors Atomization of Man, which was also reprinted in Lowenthal’s […]

Open Your Eyes, Georgians—The Misfortunate School District is on the Way

Open Your Eyes, Georgians As I was thinking about the calamity facing education in Georgia, Governor Neal’s Opportunity School District, I thought of the phrase “open your eyes.”  I had actually thought of the phrase, “now is the time,” but it was replaced with “open your eyes.” In 2006, the fantastic Northern Ireland band, Snow […]

Georgia’s Misfortunate School District

Georgia’s Misfortunate School District I’ve been away pursuing other projects, but now is the time for all of us to open our eyes about a plan to turn struggling schools into a pet project of the Georgia Governor. In November when we vote to pick a new president (topic for a future post), citizens in […]

Questioning Tennessee’s “Opportunity School District”: A Heads up for Georgia’s Take Over Plan?

Latest Story Anthony Cody, over at Living in Dialog, posted an article written by John Thompson, who blogs at This Week in Education.  Thompson’s article is entitled “Can the Tennessee Achievement School District Move Beyond the Silver Bullets?” His article is an analysis of two interviews with Chris Barbic, Superintendent of the Tennessee Achievement School […]

Quietly Downplaying the Success of the Louisiana Recovery School District: Implications for Georgia

Mercedes Schneider posted an article on her website suggesting that the Louisiana Recovery School District (RSD) is not what it’s cracked up to be. Georgia parents will find her reporting important in the context of Georgia Governor Deal’s Opportunity School District which is modeled on the Louisiana RSD. In Dr. Schneider’s article, entitled New Orleans Recovery […]