Monthly Archives: June 2013

Aaron Pallas: The Trouble with the NCTQ Ratings of Ed Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Aaron Pallas is a sociologist at Teachers College, Columbia University, who is one of our nation’s best scholars of education. He is quick to spot Bunkum. He said this about the report on…

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Haimson: “No Accountability at the Top and I Can Prove It”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leonie Haimson filed a Freedom of Information Act request for fairly simple information: she asked for the accountability reports on the top officials at the NYC Department of Education. The bad news: there…

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Karen Lewis Connects the Dots

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union, told the Chicago City Club that the city’s elites were failing the city’s children and public schools. She blamed school closings on public officials, “rich…

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Mini-Lesson: How Common Core Warps Choice Time in Kindergarten

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Renee Dinnerstein is an early childhood educator with many years of experience. In this post, she shows how the overly prescriptive approach encouraged by the Common Core can ruin the concept of Choice…

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How to Get Very, Very Rich While Providing Poor Services

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a story about a private contractor who figured out how to make big money: open a center to diagnose and treat preschoolers with disabilities. The state of New York pays for…

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Monica Ratliff Responds to Critics

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Since she upset the heavily-funded favorite in the recent Los Angeles school board runoff, many eyes are on Monica Ratliff. Some of her supporters were concerned when she appeared at an event where…

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My High School Added to the National Register of Historic Buildings

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I don’t know if anyone in the world cares about this except me and a few gray heads in and around Houston. Our high school was just named to the National Register of…

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Michael Weston on Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael Weston has an annoying habit of thinking for himself. That’s why he got fired. He just doesn’t get it. He is supposed to teach students to think for themselves but he is…

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A Word from the Cripples

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The state of Pennsylvania, the School Reform Commission, Governor Corbett, and the Legislature have decided to strip bare the publuc schools of Philadelphia. They are doing to these students what they would never…

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Faces of the Layoff: Who Got Pink Slips in Philadelphia

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Numbers don’t begin to tell the story. Nearly 4,000 employees of the Philadelphia public school district learned that their jobs had been terminated. The Teacher Action Group of Philadelphia is gathering photos to…

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