Monthly Archives: April 2014

Seven Houston Teachers Suing Over Flawed VAM Ratings

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Seven teachers in Houston are suing the district over the use of test-score-based evaluations. Good for them! As a K-12 graduate of HISD, I am proud of these teachers for standing up for…

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More on Two Americas

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Recently, I posed an argument about two Americas, personified by George W. Bush and Neil deGrasse Tyson. Over the past few days, the controversy surrounding Donald Sterling has offered even more evidence of two…

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Comments by Joe Smith

Joe Smith writes a daily commentary on http://www.texasisd.com. Here is his comments from April 30, 2014 “Let’s stop talking about testing”   I heard a story on the radio on my way to work recently in which someone insisted: “What … Continue reading

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Where Is Outrage for Systemic Racism?

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Where is the outrage for this? The New Jim Crow Where is the outrage for this? Incarceration is not an equal opportunity punishment Incarceration Rates by Race and Ethnicity, 2010 Where is the…

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Bush and Rhee Endorse a Book– Fortunately, Not Mine

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Mercedes Schneider: Who Are the 24 People Who Wrote the Common Core Standards?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I posted the names of the members of the “work groups” that wrote the Common Core standards. There was one work group for English language arts and another for…

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Student Advocates Oppose Both Bad Teaching and Bad Lawsuit

Originally posted on 34justice:
Note: A version of this piece originally appeared in Valerie Strauss’s column in The Washington Post. —————————————————————————————————————— Vergara v. California, a lawsuit challenging three components of teacher employment law in California’s Ed Code that began on January…

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Teachers Unions: What We Do and How Students Benefit

Originally posted on 34justice:
The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recognized the Northwestern University football team’s right to unionize in February and the players just held a unionization vote. Quarterback Kain Colter began the program’s union movement primarily to address…

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Open Space Offices and Open Space Schools–Borrowing Across Organizations?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Some viewers and friends ask me from time to time where do I get my ideas for writing twice-weekly posts about school reform and classroom practice. I tell them…

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A Hero Superintendent in Oklahoma Defies the State, Exempts Two Students from Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Donna Dudley, superintendent of Moyers public schools in Oklahoma, made a conscious decision to defy the state. ? It should not have been an extraordinary decision because it was what a decent human…

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