Daily Archives: January 29, 2015

Sirota: Billionaire Says Schools Don’t Need More Money

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David Sirota reports that billionaire Stephen Schwarzman told a high-level audience of business and government leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that schools don’t need more money. He suggested that…

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What Is the Future of Test-Based Teacher Evaluation?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Despite the lack of evidence for tying teacher evaluation to student test scores, despite the hundreds of millions spent to implement it without success, this is Arne Duncan’s line in the sand. He…

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Federal Testing Policy: A Fourth Option?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In the discussion draft for the revision of No Child Left Behind, Senator Lamar Alexander posed two options for testing: 1) grade span testing (once in elementary school, once in middle school, once…

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Vouching for Public Education

State legislatures have more impact on education than any form of government.  As an educator in Texas, I am currently experiencing this impact firsthand. Let me explain.  The Texas Legislature is now in session, and public education is once again … Continue reading

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Reader: Nevada Wants to Adopt Everything That Has Failed in Other States

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader who goes by the name “Old Teacher” offered this update on events in Nevada: ? ? Here in Nevada our governor has proposed a tax hike, not to support our existing…

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January 29, 2015 – NATIONAL CORN CHIP DAY – NATIONAL PUZZLE DAY

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#OptOut – Part The First

This is a five part series that describes a mother’s efforts to “opt” her children out of the yearly standardized testing. I’ve written about the MSA’sbefore in my blog, when I was a long-term music substitute in my neighborhood elementary … Continue reading

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A Peek Under the Big Top – PTA Mom’s Look at the 84th Legislature

Come one, come all — the circus is back in town! The spine-chilling 84th Texas legislature that convened in Austin this month promises to feature daring radicals and tantalizing ideologues in the center ring. And this year public education is … Continue reading

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