Monthly Archives: June 2013

Jersey Jazzman: The Joel Klein Theory of Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
An earlier post reported on the Lisa Fleisher story about the complete lack of any accountability for top school officials in New York City. At the same time that the Department of Education…

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NCTQ: Set to Solve the Problems of Syria and Obesity Next

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Now that the National Council on Teacher Quality has ranked nearly 2,000 teacher education programs without actually visiting them or meeting their faculty, bigger challenges are ahead. ————————————————————————————— NCTQ to Tackle Syria and…

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MOOCs and Reforming Higher Education (Kentaro Toyama)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
This post appeared in “Educational Technology Debate: Exploring ICT and Learning in Developing Countries,” in April 2013. The debate is managed by three editors. They can be reached at…

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Another Day, Another Teacher-Bashing by the NY Daily News

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Blogger Arthur Goldstein lacerates the New York Daily News for its latest assault on teachers. One teacher was accused of having attended meetings of an organization called NAMBLA (the North American Man-Boy Love…

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The Latest NAEP Report: Don’t Believe What You Read about It

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Today the federal government released the NAEP 2012 “Trends in Academic Progress.” This is known as the Long-Term Trend report. These tests seldom change in content. They are given every four years to…

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Michele McNeil Fact-Checks Duncan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michele McNeil analyzed Secretary Duncan’s remarks yesterday to the nation’s newspaper editors. She politely said they were not accurate. Neil McClusky of CATO took the critique a step further. Duncan needs to pretend…

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North Carolina Legislature Puts a Few Limits on Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
North Carolina’s SB 337 has been revised to add just a few limits to charter autonomy. There will not be a separate charter-friendly board to authorize charters; that responsibility will remain with the…

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Brian Sims: How to Fix Pennsylvania’s Budget Crisis (LINK FIXED)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Imagine this: an elected official in Pennsylvania who says that budget cuts are not only wrong but completely unnecessary. Brian Sims is a member of the House of Representatives who knows that Governor…

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Jindal Signs “Reverse Parent Trigger” Bill

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Bobby Jindal signed legislation allowing parents in the state-run Recovery School District to vote to return their low-performing school to local control. “The measure by Baton Rouge Rep. Ted James lets parents…

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Minnesota Governor Vetoes Funding for TFA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a rare setback for Teach for America, Governor Mark Dayton vetoed an appropriation to fund more TFA recruits in the state. Minnesota has a small number of TFA corps members, but the…

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