John Arnold’s Big Fact Check

The exquisite sensitivity of being a billionaire…

Reader: last time we checked in with the rich they were different from you and me. For one thing, the rich are exquisitely sensitive, which is why the average billionaire sleeps on sheets with a thread count higher than your annual income. But the truly rich also have billions more feelings than a slob like you, which means that their feelings are easily ruffled. Fortunately they also have armies of lawyers at the ready to intervene in the event of such misfortune. And so it is with EduShyster’s favorite young billionaire John Arnold, who recently endured a feelings hurting of unendurable magnitude. Ready the Kleenex reader for this is is a tragic tale indeed… Continue reading →

Adell Cothorne Speaks!

Whistleblower Adell Cothorne reflects on Rhee, Ravitch and why she’s in the fight to save public education

DC principal, whistleblower and cupcake baker Adell Cothorne.

Now some of you may know my story. For those of you who don’t, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Adell Cothorne.  I am a former District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) principal.  If my name sounds vaguely familiar, it’s because I garnered some national attention when I filed a whistleblower’s lawsuit against DCPS in regards to alleged test tampering by members of my school staff. But enough about me (for now). I recently had the opportunity to hear the views of two women who currently have a significant impact on education and I’d like to tell you about it.

Who were the two women, you ask?  None other than Michelle Rhee and Diane Ravitch. The fact that these two women were speaking in the city of Philadelphia within 24 hours of each other was significant. Two women with completely different views on America’s current education system speaking in a city experiencing educational dysfunction – on steroids. The movie script practically writes itself.
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End of an Error?

Can Diane Ravitch’s new book reshape the nonsensical debate about our public schools?

I first met Diane Ravitch when she was in Boston to promote her last book: The Death and Life of the Great American School System. The editor of a newspaper for AFT Massachusetts, I planned to interview Ravitch for the final issue of the school year. But I harbored a shameful secret: I hadn’t read the book. You see, “editor” doesn’t quite describe the job that I held. I was responsible for producing a monthly newspaper–entirely by myself. By the time Ravitch arrived, I was on my ninth paper of the school year, and completely fried. Continue reading →

To The Battle of Wits, DFER Comes Unarmed

The fraternity brothers of Democrats for Education Reform decide to take on Diane Ravitch–with predictable results.

It all started when the brothers of Delta Epsilon Rho, otherwise known as Democrats for Education Reform, got wind that Diane Ravitch did NOT take them seriously. After the DFER boys learned that Ravitch had questioned why groups like DFER, the Michelle-Rhee fronted Students First, and countless other corporated-funded #edreform groups never seem to advocate for smaller class sizes, the reversal of budget cuts, etc., it was GAME ON. Continue reading →