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It seems like it's been a hard year for those who value public education. Instead of saving schools and improving them, policymakers continue to close schools and replace them with charters. New Orleans' lost its last public school recently. And, just last week, 122-year old Jamaica High School graduated its last class, a reflection of the policies of the Bloomberg-era punitive school report cards.
It's ironic that one of the measures of Jamaica's lack of success was its graduation rate. Yet, grad. rates ultimately are meaningless when so many college students are required to perform remedial work. And, grad. rates are ultimately meaningless when charter schools obtain phenomenal success at the cost of expelling half their class.
In honor of June graduates and the agenda of the educational "reformers," I envisioned some mortarboards for future generations.