R4 that would be another thread and it is indeed a sad story.
Those not in education may think the rise of charter schools, the development of a Common Core curriculum, and the increasing influence of large donors and for profit school models mean great things for our students.
During these tough economic times, schools are increasingly adopting a business model powered by an influx of money from various sources.
One of the main thrusts of this initiative has been to destroy teachers' unions and organizations, erode contracts and replace public schools with charter schools and hybrids.
There is so much more to this, but it isn't only about how teachers are affected. More importantly, students are increasingly being taught only content that appears on high stakes test. The results of which are used to evaluate teachers as well as schools. In many urban systems, this means closing schools and allowing charter schools to take their place. Schools which need not follow all the mandates of public schools, nor hire qualified staff.
The link below is a one stop site for all the issues swirling right now in public education in our country. It is a crisis.