Jeannie Kaplan was an elected school board member in Denver for two terms. She has watched the complete takeover of the corporate reform movement with a sense of shock, dismay, alarm. Vast sums of money are expended at each local school board election to keep the privatizers in control.
For the moment, Denver is the darling of the corporate reformers. It has choice. Charter schools. Teach for America. High-stakes testing. Common Core standards. A non-union workforce in new schools. Alternative teachers and alternative leaders. It has everything that reformers want.
Study after study hails the Denver reforms.
But by every measure, Denver students are not getting a better education. Segregation is growing. The curriculum is narrowing.
Reform is succeeding but the students are not.
Churn, churn, churn=stagnation.
Source: Diane Ravitch Common Core