Common Ground is not so Common

Great point/counterpoint of two leading views often expressed about the effects of poverty.

Teaching in DC


In the words of Mark Twain, “We have not all had the good fortune to be ladies. We have not all been generals, or poets, or statesmen; but when the toast works down to the babies, we stand on common ground.” Finding common ground is difficult, yet it’s often necessary for producing pragmatic policies. With that said, I’ve recently had the privilege of submitting a piece on Peter DeWitt’s Education Week opinion blog, titled, “Finding Common Ground.” The piece below, “Poverty & Education: Meaningful Discussions or Misguided Diatribes?” was first published by Education Week on January 17, 2014. It’s an attempt to find a common ground within the often-contentious debates surrounding poverty and education reform. As always, feel free to offer your perspective and constructive critique in the comment section below.

Today’s guest post is written by Angel L. Cintron Jr., a 7th grade social studies teacher…

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Let’s Help NEA’s Dennis Van Roekel Forsake His Common Core “Guessing”

Excellent post revealing the tenuous use of a null hypothesis to frame the support of the largest teachers union’s President (I don’t want to say union for he is just one, misguided, leader after all). Thanks for calling out Mr. Van Roekel!

Markell and Murphy Reward The Rich; Take Away From The Poor


The Academic Achievement Award is to be given to the schools with large portions of low income and poverty children, who have excelled in closing he achievement gap.

This year it goes to the Charter School of Wilmington. Why? To keep the wealth among the wealthy? To keep the money white? Who knows?

Here are the stats for Charter School of Wilmington…..

Charter School of Wilmington

And here are the overall average stats for the state of Delaware….

Delaware Student Statistics

Exactly the same, right?

The reward is $50,000 and the Chief of Change by making this choice is saying, that high poverty schools do not need the money until they first perform, and if such money were ever placed there it would be wasted.  Only rich, wealthy, affluent administrators actually know how to “properly” use money, and only the crisp top echelon can ever be trusted to administer it.

There are 60 Afro Americans in Wilmington…

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Breaking News: Outrage in Newark as Christie’s Superintendent Fires Principals for Opposing School Closings

Diane Ravitch's blog

On the very eve of the weekend celebrating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Newark’s state-appointed superintendent showed the citizens of Newark that they have no votes and they have no voice when it comes to the fate of their schools.

The Newark public schools have been under state control since 1995.

Cami Anderson, the current Newark Superintendent is a former Teach for America teacher and a graduate of the unaccredited Broad Academy, which is known for advocating the closing of public schools and the handover of public schools to private management.

At a public hearing called by Newark Councilman Ras Baraka to discuss school closings,  the principals of several schools spoke against their closing.

Anderson fired them for daring to dissent.

Here Jersey Jazzman describes the situation. 

He quotes Councilman Baraka, who said:

“Today Cami Anderson indefinitely suspended four Newark principals: Tony Motley of Bragraw Avenue School…

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