Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Another rotten apple

This is another Rotten Apple Award winner from researcher, Gerald Bracey.

THE "DEFINING OUR AMBITIONS DOWN" AWARD:

NINA SHOKRAII REES, U. S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

"Hundreds of charter schools have been created around this nation by educators who are willing to put their jobs on the line to say, 'If we can't improve student achievement, close down our school.' This is accountability-clear specific and real."

Joe Nathan, University of Minnesota, 1996

"We have enough information at our disposal to know that charter schools are not harming students."

Nina Shokraii Rees, U. S. Department of Education on NPR's "Marketplace," December 15, 2004.

Ms. Rees, not so incidentally, went to the Department from the Heritage Foundation which received its initial funding from America's First Family of Totalitarianism, the Coors.

Joe Nathan (1996). Charter Schools: Creating Hope and Opportunity for American Education. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

THE "NINA SHOKRAII REES 'CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE NOT HARMING STUDENTS'" AWARD: (goes to) ....C. STEVEN COX.

(End of Bracey quote)

C. Steven Cox is the CEO of the charter school being audited for mismanagement and fraud.


The quote that Brace uses to establish this award is a classic.

Close your eyes and picture the huge Charter School billboard outside your town. In bold and colorful letters the billboard brags,

"Come to the Sunshine Charter School, where research shows we probably haven't hurt anyone."

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