Daily Archives: August 15, 2014

Cheating in Top School in Dallas

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeffrey Weiss and Matthew Haag report in the Dallas Morning News about a cheating scandal at one of Dallas’s top-rated schools: “Umphrey Lee Elementary was recognized as one of the best schools in…

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Jeannie Kaplan: Reform Has Failed in Denver

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan, who served as an elected member of the Denver Board of Education, here reviews the latest test scores for that city and declares that “reform” has been a failure. She writes:…

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North Carolina: How Teachers Can Give Themselves a Raise

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Civitas is a libertarian, anti-union organization in North Carolina. It is funded by Art Pope, who may be the most powerful powerbroker in the state. Civitas recently put up billboards saying “Teachers: Want…

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Oklahoma PTA Unanimously Calls for End to High-Stakes Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At its annual meeting, the Oklahoma PTA called for a ban on high-stakes testing. As parents and grandparents, no one can remember a world in which standardized testing is as important as it…

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Two Teachers Write a Letter to Whoopi Goldberg

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Two teachers from Long Island, New York, wrote a letter to Whoopi Goldberg to explain to her that “tenure” means “due process.” Alicia Connelly-Foster of the Patchogue-Medford Congress of Teachers, NYSUT, AFT, NEA,…

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Peter Greene: What It Means to Teach Without Tenure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene describes what it would be like to teach in a public school without tenure. Anyone in the building with more authority than a teacher has the power to end his or…

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