Monthly Archives: March 2015

Who Will be NYSED’s “Outside Evaluators”?

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
As more details emerge from the budget agreement hammered out between Assembly and Senate leadership and Governor Andrew Cuomo, more questions seem to need urgent answers.  The Governor got many of the education…

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Strange New Math: Less Student Effort Equals Much More Teacher Work

Every day I go to school I learn something new. The latest lesson is very difficult to swallow. With the increasing level of apathy in our students, it creates more work for teachers. If a student chooses not to attend … Continue reading

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Choosing Reform-Minded Urban Superintendents

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
If I had to choose an urban superintendent between Michelle Rhee in Washington,D.C.(2007-2010) and  John Deasy in Los Angeles Unfied School District (2011-2014), I would choose Christopher Steinhauser, Long…

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When “Evaluation” Means “Ruin Teaching”

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Observers of the budget negotiation process in Albany, N.Y. had some reasons to be hopeful over the past week.  Various reports indicated that the new Assembly Speaker, Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx,…

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Joanne Yatvin: What Is a Good School?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joanne Yatvin has been a teacher, a principal, and a superintendent. She wrote these reflections on what constitutes a good school. ? A few weeks ago, a New Hampshire teacher, Shawna Coppola, shared…

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Peter Greene Explains Why Public Money Does Not Belong to the Student

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the mantras of school choice advocates is that “the money”–whether federal, state, or local–“should follow the child.” It should be stuffed in a backpack that he or she can spend wherever…

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Salon: How the Rich Blame the Poor for Being Poor

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Rosenberg, writing at Salon, is outraged that many super-wealthy people–and their apologists at the NY Times–blame poverty on the lifestyles of the poor. He writes: “There they go again. Conservatives are back…

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How did Anti-Public School Corporate Reformers become the Dominant Force in Education Reform?

Originally posted on The War Report on Public Education:
The following is a point by point summary by Dr. Deborah Owens, whose book, The Origins of the Common Core: How the Free Market Became Public Education Policy is the main focus…

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March 30, 2015 – NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY – NATIONAL PENCIL DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A WALK IN THE PARK DAY – NATIONAL I AM IN CONTROL DAY

Originally posted on National Day Calendar:
Get the new National Day Calendar App for iPhone and Android.   Click here for more information. National Doctors Day March 30 NATIONAL DOCTORS DAY March 30th marks the annual observation of National Doctors Day.…

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Houston Chronicle: Vouchers Are a Waste and a Diversion

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I saluted Representative Jimmie Don Aycock of Killeen, Texas, for his plan to add $3 billion to the public schools’ budget. Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, a powerful figure in…

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