Daily Archives: March 30, 2015

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

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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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Steven Singer: Five Great Posts You Didn’t Read Last Year

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer wrote these five terrific posts last year. I didn’t see them when they appeared. Probably you didn’t either. You should. #5: Raiders of your lost pension. #4: Forget corporations….unions really are…

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How Do I Harm Thee? Let Me Count the Ways

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How Does the Public Feel About Vouchers?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I was on a panel last year with someone from the Friedman Foundation, and he waxed on about how wonderful vouchers are and how much the public wants them. He cited polls to…

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Pearson owns the tests and leaves schools with only one choice… Pearson

Originally posted on lacetothetop:
In order for an item to appear on a test, Pearson must own/commission the item. While at the onset this may sound like common sense, it means something a bit different in today’s climate of high stakes…

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