Here at JustSUE we seek the truth, and document truth and myths about education and schooling.
We are a group of educators, parents, students, researchers and writers who want a more accurate understanding of education and schooling. While we have a particular empahis on public education in Louisiana, we fully recognize that the issues we face are being faced all over this country. Learning from one another, we also seek out and expose the many myths that seem to be finding favor in some circles.
We invite comments and questions from everyone. We do not profess to have found the truth; instead we seek out, and provide, data and research to further our understandings.
Enjoy your explorations and join in the search.
Public Education and Its Myth Contents!
In this section we will explore the many myths about public schools that so-called “reformers” use to fool the public. We will outline the myth itself, helping you to recognize when it is being used, and then we will help you understand why it is a myth. Over the next few weeks, each myth will have data and research overlays you can go to to more fully understand it. In addition, you will often find a BLOG or two on the subject of each of the common myths.
A note here, about the use of the quotation marks around the words “reform” and “reformers” within this website. We believe that the so-called “reformers” are not, in fact, out to reform public education for the betterment of all children. Most of them are not out to improve education for all children, and we will, from time to time, point out evidence that suggests why we believe this to be true. We believe that some who call themselves “reformers” are, in fact, acting upon their strongly held convictions and desire to help all children. Unfortunately, when others who lay claim to the label are lying to the public, and hiding information from the public, and failing to disclose their connections with those who are positioned to make large profits from the “reforms,” we believe it is time to call for truth!
- Myth: Charter Schools Produce Higher Academic Achievement
- Myth: Teachers are the most important factor impacting student achievement
- Myth: “Miracle Schools” show us how to overcome the effects of poverty!
- Myth: We have Schools that “Prove” that Poverty Doesn’t Matter!
Join us as we work collaboratively with educational leaders to improve education and insure a bright future for our children.
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The JustSUE Committee encourages everyone to assist in the raising of funds for the Annual Conference and/or the on-going opreration of the Network itself. The Network is providing you with the current solicitation letter in Word format which you can modify as needed to approach possible sponsors. The printable documents below may also be used for mailings or to hand to a potential sponsor. For additional information read through and/or refer potential sponsors to the “Sponsor the JustSUE Network” button on the home page.
Have you been involved in a community/school partnership initiative that has produced measurable outcomes? We want to hear from you!
JustSUE readers want to see how others have built relationships between community and school partners, collaboratively designed partnership initiatives, and worked together to meet and exceed set outcomes.
Our core principles include:
We’re interested in partnerships, not sponsorships. While financial support from the community is important, we’re focusing specifically on hands-on, collaborative partnership initiatives. While monetary contributions are often included as part of an organization’s commitment, we want to see active engagement in planning and implementation of projects.
We want to feature projects with measurable objectives that are tracked and reported.Partnership projects should be designed by partners who work together to determine what specific outcomes they wish to achieve, how those are reflected in measurable terms, and how data will be gathered, tracked, and measured for benchmarking and evaluation purposes. Data may be qualitative or quantitative, but the partnership should have clear objectives and a way to gauge progress towards success.
We want to highlight the value that each primary partner receives. Good partnerships provide a return to each partner making an investment in the project. For schools, that may involve improving the dropout rate, increasing proficiency rates, exposing students to possible careers or building workplace skills. For business partners, it may involve community goodwill, employee morale, or workforce development. Partnerships that are sustainable over the long term require some kind of return to those making an investment, and we want to highlight the types of returns partners can generate from their work.
We want to showcase a variety of partnership models. Many partnerships focus (correctly) at the classroom level; however, there are many other possible models, such as executive mentorships of school leaders and district-level partnerships that improve outcomes in nonacademic areas (such as improving efficiencies in food service, warehousing and distribution of school resources, etc.). While classroom-level partnerships will undoubtedly be a primary focus of our coverage, we’r