Monthly Archives: August 2014

Anti-Tenure – Union Busting FIRST, Students Second

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
One consequence of becoming active in social media and blogging is crossing paths with people that you would not normally encounter face to face.  For example, among my normal Twitter feed comprised of…

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Beware the Charter Attrition Game

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The media loves the story of miracle schools. Imagine that! A school where 90% or more pass the state tests! Where 100% graduate. Where 100% are accepted into four-year colleges. Michael Klonsky once…

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Texas: Business Complains About Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a recent article in the Houston Chrinicle, we read that business is mighty disappointed in the schools. They say they aren’t getting the trained employees they need. They think the schools are…

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A College Professor Teaches History in High School

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Not a “man bites dog” media story for sure, but university professors who willingly choose to teach at a high school for a semester or a year, well, that…

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“Effective” Teachers Fleeing Houston Because of Flawed VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley reports that highly rated teachers are leaving the Houston public schools because of the erratic EVAAS measure. Seven teachers are suing the district based on its erratic measure. In this post,…

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Florida: Teacher Evaluation System Is So Flawed That No One Can Explain It

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This editorial from the Tampa Bay Times was published in March, but I just discovered it and wanted to share it. Unlike the editorial writers in many other cities, the Tampa Bay Times…

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Because You Matter

It was ages ago. I was in the throws of a hellish middle school experience. A brushed-out perm, pink 80s glasses, and extra fluff around the middle don’t get a kid far at 13. It should also be said that … Continue reading

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North Carolina Voucher Decision: The Crucial Details

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sharon McCloskey and Lindsay Wagner of NC Policy Watch here fill in the key details of today’s voucher decision. Judge Robert Hobgood pulled no punches: “In a stunning rebuke to state lawmakers’ efforts…

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School Reformers’ Pledge of Good Conduct

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
School reformers now (and in the past) are (and have been) divided among themselves. So often, they seek similar goals–students who are literate, can think clearly, have requisite skills…

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Breaking News; NC Judge Rules Vouchers Unconstitutional

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A North Carolina judge ruled voucher legislation unconstitutional because it gives money intended for public schools to private and religious schools. He ordered an immediate halt to the program. Yvonne Brannan of PublicSchools…

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