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New White Paper: How NY Lost RTTT Round 1, and How to Win Round 2

Thursday, April 8, 2010

It’s all fun and games until someone loses $700 million.

With only one round remaining in the Race to the Top, it’s time for cash-starved New York to bear down and win this thing. That means understanding the rules of the game and learning from experience ñ why did we lose Round 1? And what will victory require in Round 2?

In the latest white paper from the Charter Center, I offer some answers to these questions based on the RTTT reviewers’ actual scores and comments on New York’s application.

Randi Waltongarten?

Wednesday, April 7, 2010
I’ve been the subject of some pretty stiff attacks from the UFT recently. The union’s bloggers can hardly mention my name without reiterating the fact that I once worked for the Walton Family Foundation. For the record, I did work for the foundation (for a little over seven months).† It was good work, and I left only because of a personal need to get back to NYC.†

As Edwize would have it, to take the Walton dime means that you have exiled yourself from the realm of all that is decent and good. You are unclean, an anti-unionist to the core and a tool for corporate America.†

Mixed Review for UFT Charter School: Time for Some Humility?

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

This afternoon, the Charter Schools Institute of SUNY presented its renewal recommendation for the UFT Charter School.* The recommendation is for a short-term renewal (three years instead of the maximum five).† The school failed to achieve a full-term recommendation because it did not have a compelling and consistent record of meeting its academic achievement goals.† Instead, its outcomes were mixed.

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