Massachusetts: How To Gut a School District

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MA: How To Gut a School District

Posted: 24 Nov 2015 07:26 AM PST

Back in April of 2014, Jim Peyser was managing director of the New Schools Venture Fund, a group set up to support “venture philanthropy

” in the charter school world with grant-funneling, consulting, lobbying, etc. Think of them as bag men and enforcers for hedge funders interested in making a charter school buck or two.

That would make Jim Peyser and ordinary charter-pushing well-connected money man, but that was Peyser in April of 2014. But two days before Christmas of 2014, Santa brought Peyser a gift of the job of Secretary of Education

for the state of Massachusetts. Not since the fox was hired to stand guard over the henhouse has a job been so cleverly filled, but Governor Charlie Baker loves him some charters and has thrown open the gate to every kind of charter shilling under the sun.

But the case of Peyser is unique, because as NewSchools Venture Honcho, Peyser laid out his ideas about how the path forward forgutting redesigning school districts. Take for instance the piece he published in that long-ago April, “Redesigning School Districts: The Way Forward.”

He opens by quoting an imaginary friend who bemoans the fact that although charters are swell, they only serve a few students, and in order to “close the achievement gap at scale,” the “real work” of fixing school districts must be done… follow link below…

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Eclectablog: ‘It’s time for a “People’s Budget” that ensures prosperity for all with everyone contributing their fair share’

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