Georgia Doesn’t Want the State to Take Over Its Schools by Mercedes Schneider

Georgia Doesn’t Want the State to Take Over Its Schools by Mercedes Schneider With only two weeks to go, Georgia voters will decide to approve or reject Governor Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District, a plan that will authorized a Governor appointed OSD Czar to take over 20 schools/year in Georgia that are on the “chronically […]

Truth Be Told: Power, Money and the Georgia Opportunity School District

Truth Be Told: Power, Money and the Georgia Opportunity School District Some politicians not only seek office, they relish in the power that elected officials have once they get there.  There is also a lot of money in politics, and there is money to be made, especially if you have connections.  You know what I […]

Who Are the Elites Responsible for November Debacle Known as the Opportunity School District?

Who Are the Elites Responsible for November Debacle Known as the Opportunity School District? (Amendment 1 on your Georgia Ballot) The Opportunity School District will be voted on by the citizens of Georgia on November 8.  It is amendment 1 on the Georgia ballot. A very small number of political elites is responsible for this […]

The Undemocratic Character of Improving Struggling Schools: Hint–Look to the Opportunity School District

The Undemocratic Character of Improving Struggling Schools: Hint–Look to the Opportunity School District Research reported by William J. Mathis and Trina M. Trujillo in their new book, Learning From the Federal Market-Based Reforms (Library Copy) does not bode well for state and Federal reforms that are based on so-called “turnaround” strategies.  Yet, in the U.S., because […]

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 […]

I’m For Her

In the November, there is the national election, and one ballot measure that will encourage me to share my thoughts and encourage people to join me in electing the next President, and making sure that the Georgia Governor’s Opportunity School District amendment is defeated. There is a link between the election of our next president and the campaign […]

The Dangerous Path for Georgia Schools Created by the Purdue, Deal and Hames Troika

Latest Story The Dangerous Path for Georgia Schools Created by the Purdue, Deal and Hames Troika Sonny Purdue: Former Governor of Georgia when Georgia was awarded $400 Million Race to the Top Grant Nathan Deal: Governor of Georgia who inherited the $400 million RTT funds, and instigator of the Georgia Opportunity School District Erin Hames: […]

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 […]

“The Vallas Manifesto”—Peddling Fear, and Weather-Beaten Ideas

Latest Story “The Vallas Manifesto”–Peddling Fear, and Weather-Beaten Ideas In an earlier post, I wrote about the discontent brought on by Paul Vallas’ article published in the AJC telling Georgians that  Governor Nathan Deal did the right thing in proposing his Opportunity School District (OSD). I wondered out loud if Vallas is looking for a job in […]

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 […]

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 […]