Wow! When Leslie Jacobs takes a shot you know somebody's itch needs scratching.
You can read the story by Meredith Simons (TFA - oh yes) via the link that Jacobs provides in her Educate Now! synopsis below. Then for a real stomach churner you can read the letter of defense she links that the President of Collegiate Academies sent to The Atlantic Monthly. Then if you are really a glutton for punishment you can scroll down in the comment section after Ms. Simons' blog and find comments by our own (via carpetbag) Peter Cook (TFA - oh yes).
He offers links to more of his highly paid-for blather (reformer extraordinaire) wherein he does a masterless job of unpacking blogs by Dr. Mercedes Schneider and Crazy Crawfish - both REAL threats to exposing the lies promulgated by Cook and his benefactors.
As if this education reality show isn't interesting enough, considering that Simons' exposé isn't the typical TFA whitewash that could catapult her up the corporate ladder as a successful and highly paid edupreneur, check out her journalism pre-New Orleans.
It is entirely possible she is thumbing her nose at the TFA opportunity and instead opting for a career in yellow journalism. Good luck Meredith.
Debate Over Discipline
The Atlantic - February 5, 2014
Meredith Simons believes that discipline policies at some New Orleans charters, specifically Collegiate Academies, are too strict and not in the best interest of the students or the community. Ms. Simons is a local KIPP elementary school teacher who praises her own school for improving academic outcomes while celebrating the creativity and spirit of celebration that makes New Orleans unique. Collegiate Academies says Ms. Simons misrepresented their school culture. She never visited any of their campuses, and she chose to withhold details of Collegiate's positive incentives, extracurricular and elective programs, and community partnerships.
Editor's note: What is lost in this conversation is that students and families in New Orleans have choice. No student is forced to enroll in a particular high school. Students are welcome to visit the campus prior to enrolling, and Collegiate is very transparent about its philosophy, its expectations of students, its discipline policy, and its results. If Collegiate is not the right fit for a student, then that student and family should choose another school.