Monthly Archives: May 2014

Teachers in New Mexico Burn Their Evaluations

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New Mexico recently released teacher ratings, 50% based on standardized test scores. The teachers are hopping mad, because they know that the evaluations do not truly measure their quality, and the tests are…

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Endgame: Disaster Capitalism, New Orleans, and the Charter Scam

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
The horror of 9/11 in 2001 and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 captured both the 24/7 media attention and cultural consciousness in the U.S. In the wake of both, however, the impact…

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An Important New Study on Efforts to Privatize Teacher Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Teachers College Press has published a major study of venture philanthropy and its efforts to introduce market forces into teacher education. It was written by Kenneth Zeichner and Cesar Pena-Sandoval of the University…

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In the U.S., Where the Female Nipple Is More Dangerous Than a Gun

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are back with  the long-awaited Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The films are both based on Miller’s graphic novels—with the graphic novels and films sharing…

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FairTest: Update on Resistance to High-Stakes Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The 2013-2014 school year may be winding down but Testing Resistance & Reform Spring actions activity continues to accelerate. Remember that back issues of these weekly news summaries are archived at http://fairtest.org/news Local…

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Oregon Educator: When Did the Federal Role Change from Equity and Integration to Control?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Oregon Educator, a high school principal in that state, poses some hard questions about the federal role in education. The federal government puts up about 12% of the cost of public education but…

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SC, Choose OK, Not FL: Failing Students with Failed Policy

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
What do third-grade retention policies based on reading tests, charter schools, tracking, and parental choice have in common? First, across the U.S., they all have a great deal of public and political support.…

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Breaking News: Florida League of Women Voters Releases Bombshell Charter Study

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Florida League of Women Voters just released a bombshell study of charters across the state. The study shows that charter schools do not perform better than public schools; that charters are more…

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Russ Walsh: “Reformers” Don’t Know What Motivates Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Russ Walsh writes that corporate reformers have no idea what motivates teachers so they impose their own flawed ideas. Few have ever taught. They listen to economists, most of whom see education as…

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