Why Market Reforms Failed in DC, NYC, and Chicago

The Bush-Obama policies are bad for children, bad for teachers, bad for principals, bad for schools, bad for the quality of education, and threaten the future of public education in the United States.

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The question is: Will the zealous reformers listen? Or will they continue their path of destruction.

The Broader Bolder Approach to Education reviewed the academic progress in the cities that aggressively adopted market reforms–New York City, D.C., and Chicago–and found that these districts UNDERPERFORMED in comparison to other urban districts.

The “reforms” imposed by Michelle Rhee, Michael Bloomberg, Joel Klein, and Arne Duncan actually harmed children who needed help the most. They are not “reform.” They are misguided, inappropriate interventions, like using an axe to butter your bread or shave.

You can read more about the report at Diane Ravitch's blog.