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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:00 pm | Updated: 4:27 pm, Thu Jul 25, 2013.

New Mexico Connections Academy, the state’s second virtual-learning charter school, is opening next month and already about 300 students from around the state have enrolled.

On July 1, Athena Trujillo, an Albuquerque native, was appointed principal of the Santa Fe-based school, which serves students in grades four to 12.

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  • Cate Moses posted at 8:27 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    cate moses Posts: 40

    Oops. Line five should read "further from the truth."

  • Cate Moses posted at 1:56 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    cate moses Posts: 40

    This amounts to a gratis half-page ad for corporate giant Pearson, owners of Connections Academies, aka COnnections Education (a national chain) and practically everything else in what's left of public education. The cons are limited to one vague sentence in this article. It is implied that this "school" is a homegrown NM public school. Nothing could be further than the truth.

    Pearson Connections Academies are factory schools with factory curriculum, and no creativity, physical education, hands-on art, or hands-on anything.

    Pearson owns Penguin Publishing, The FInancial Times Newspaper, PowerSchool, MyLabs, Data Solutions, and Schoolnet. It "is the dominant provider of testing and textbooks. It owns the GED. It owns a teacher evaluation program being marketed to states and districts. It partners with the Gates Foundation to develop online curriculum for the Common Core standards." http://dianeravitch.net/category/pearson/page/3/.

    Pearson sells standardized tests used to evaluate schools and teachers. It sells factory curriculum that teaches to the tests. The test results tell us that our schools are "failing." Then Pearson comes in with The Final Solution: online for-profit "schools" that syphon public education dollars with an audible sucking sound and serve as dumping grounds for students who desperately need real help from living breathing teachers. These "schools"circumvent class-size laws and collective bargaining for teachers and staff, making huge profits for Pearson (Overall revenues of 5.86 billion GBP in 2011, according to http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/financial-reporting/article/52725-global-publishing-leaders-2012-pearson-plc.html. You read right; that's billion.

  • simon brackley posted at 12:25 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    ChamberSimon Posts: 28

    Good to see new options. This feels like the future......


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