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SIG: Dumping Money On Bad Schools Doesn't Work (Duh)

image from www.ednewscolorado.org#edcolo @ednews       Here's an EdNews Colorado blog post and podcast of my talk in Denver last week (The “brutal work” of turnarounds), during which I focused on what made the Locke rescue effort unusual (teacher ratification, charter unionization, neighborhood responsibilities) and what Green Dot did that worked and didn't. The Obama initiative to fix the nation's worst schools seems still to be struggling with implementation and capacity issues -- an Obama-created race to the bottom for turnarounds.  As I said during my talk, I don't think you can spend your way to fixing broken schools, or get any sense that the SIG program was designed or has been implemented with any create care. This is work that's too hard to do well for mere money.  There has to be a leader, a group of teachers, or a community organization ready to do the work.  And there has to be someone willing to play bad cop.

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I talked about a similar issue on my blog yesterday... now that we're finally making schools and districts implement substantial changes with SIG-money (of which some will actually be successful IF there's political will and IF the models are implemented with fidelity) what happens when ESEA is reauthorized and the accountability system changes again? Will those very bad schools get to reset the accountability clock and start back at year 1? How many billions of dollars have we wasted giving adults "just one more shot" to turn around their schools? While many of these schools really do need the additional funds to support capacity building and to embed new practices in the system, money doesn't equate to political will, and we need adults to step up and make the tough decisions.

http://corbetteducation.wordpress.com/2011/10/25/dont-reset-the-clock/

The government certainly doesn't exercise any restrain when it comes to school funding, is it for preferential votes or is it really for the welfare of the country? In Australia, the government has allocated about $1.1 Billion, yes (billion) on equipping every child with a computer. So in the large scheme of things hope it leads to a better good in the future - Beccy.

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/australian-it/government/every-high-school-student-in-australia-to-get-a-computer-by-the-end-of-the-year/story-fn4htb9o-1226175604904


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