I was glad to see that the NYC Public School Parents blog has taken note of--and rightly recommended--the excellent education reporting and analysis of Liza Featherstone in her monthly column for the Brooklyn Rail.
Says NYCPSP, not only is her column a "must read," but:
Featherstone unearthed a DOE document [for an article on the poor DOE ratings issued to the city's charter schools] that dropped some bombshells about Democracy Prep's review, including the finding that “few lessons required higher-order thinking skills or deep analysis of concepts.” When I asked Chancellor Walcott and Deputy Chancellor Sternberg at the PEP why we were clearing Board of Ed space to expand a school that can't teach critical thinking they were speechless. Eventually Sternberg responded with an offer to visit Democracy Prep.
And while you're at it, beyond making Liza's education reporting part of your regular reading, check out her recent article in the latest issue of New Labor Forum, "Caught in the Web" where she looks at the prospects for a counter-assault by teachers' unions using technology resources against the waves of ideological attacks directed at unionized educators in recent years. Included in her discussion is the successful push-back on the part of faculty, staff and a host of interested outsiders in the case of Kristofer Peterson-Overton and CUNY last fall.