Máté Wierdl 
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Re: “Memphis Colleges Mostly Silent On Privatization Contract

Thanks for the thoughtful article.

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 05/08/2017 at 9:31 PM

Re: “Memphis Colleges Mostly Silent On Privatization Contract

Thanks for the article; it's a good description of the state of affairs.

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 05/08/2017 at 9:30 PM

Re: “Against Vouchers for Shelby County

Kelsey is a rep for Germantown. Germantown has a separate school district.

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/16/2017 at 6:27 PM

Re: “Against Vouchers for Shelby County

A pilot program involves maybe a class of 20 students, not a whole school district. Who buys that this is just an experiment when it is run in the largest school district in TN? And why is it sponsored by legislators who are NOT in the district?

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/16/2017 at 9:12 AM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Berclair, here is the chalkbeat artcile from which I gathered that anybody can get the vouchers

http://www.chalkbeat.com/posts/tn/2017/02/…

It says "71 million-a-year proposal to allow public dollars to go toward private education services could reshape schools across the state, offering low-income and affluent parents alike unprecedented school choice."

It's clear why: they know very well, that poor parents can't afford private schools even with the $7K help.

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/13/2017 at 1:18 PM

Re: “John DeBerry: An Outlier on Vouchers

Lemme do the exact numbers for this mathematically obviously challenged priest.

I checked the four best known private schools in Memphis, and the tuition in each is $20K. With the $7K voucher, a poor parent would have to shell out, just in tuition alone, $13K. That's more than $1,000 per month per child. I certainly can't afford that. Who can?

Since the voucher can be used by anybody, the rich and only the rich will use it. So let's not call this a voucher but an "education aid to the rich".

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/13/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Getting Schooled

I wonder how much research the journalist did into this? Where did she get the data about ASD's performance? From ASD? The fact is that in math ASD failed to improve faster than the schools did before the takeovers, and in English, ASD schools slowed down. Are ASD schools really on their way to reach the top 25% in TN? Don't they have only 1 year left to reach this lofty goal?

Is the journalist aware of the countrywide statistics that these takeovers and charterizations don't work? Does she know that the largest experiment of this type, the one in New Orleans, is a complete failure? After 10 years, the average ACT score in the schools that were taken over by the Recovery School District (which is almost all schools in New Orleans) is 15 which places New Orleans into the bottom 5 of Louisiana's 70 school districts?

Is the journalist aware that the method ASD uses to evaluate teachers' improvement (and provides the excuse to take over schools) was found faulty by the American Statistical Association since it's tied to students' test scores?

Is she aware the multitudes of studies that show, low school performance in poor neighborhoods has nothing to do with teachers' performance but poverty?

Nobody can see what's wrong with these hostile takeovers of schools? The takeovers happen despite parents, students, teachers protest. Teachers are fired (well, "let go") without due process. Then they are replaced by kids who were trained only for a few months to teach. Since the takeovers happen mostly in African American and Latino neighborhoods, some people think, the whole thing takes us back 50 years before MLK's time.

Etc.

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Posted by Máté Wierdl on 03/22/2015 at 8:37 PM
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