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The Week “Reformy” Died In New Jersey

Efforts to suppress freedom of opinion … they don’t just happen in Paris. Among the issues Jazzman deconstructs in the reformy-clan’s disastrous week is this: the desperate attempt by the charter forces to intimidate and silence an academic researcher and critic, Julia Sass Rubin, because as usual they’re failing at making relevant data go away. – Rosi

Cross-posted with Jersey Jazzman.

re•form•y /



1. of, denoting, or pertaining to education policies that have little to no supporting evidence, yet allow supporters of those policies to feel like they care about children more than you do.

2. (of a public education policy) used to justify inequitable and/or inadequate education funding.

3. (of a public education policy) infuriatingly smug while concurrently so freakin’ ignorant that you just want to bash your head on your keyboard over and over and over…

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“Jersey Jazzman just read the latest reformy argument on his computer.”

This was a bad week for “reformy” here in Jersey; dare I say it, we may have just witnessed the beginning of the end of the “reformy” movement in the Garden State. Let’s review:  

#QOTD: NJ BOE President drops bombshell

Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi.

What could top an unprecedented number of people testifying at today’s NJ State Board of Ed meeting? What could top the number of parents who, on a brutally cold January day, pulled their kids out of school so they could accompany them? What could top the overwhelming call for the state to ditch-or at least greatly scale back-PARCC testing?


“We know we can’t force any kid to put their hands on a keyboard.”

QoTD: Do They Sell Children At Staples?

Okay, it’s really the Quote of Yesterday, but oy, what a mess. Because in describing why he thinks it’s perfectly fine to lower the bar on requirements for becoming a superintendent in NJ’s toughest districts, Board Vice President Ilan Plawker said this:

“Our end goal is a business product – getting our kids through school and ready for work or college.”

It’s a gut check for parents across the state; how many of us thought we were raising “business products”?