Daily Archives: April 7, 2015

Senate Committee Reaches Agreement on Néw ESEA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Senator Patti Murray (D-Wa.) announced agreement on reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (currently called No Child Left Behind). The new legislation is called “The Every…

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Mark Naison: Which Is Worse: Cheating or Child Abuse?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mark Naison reflects on the cheating scandal in Atlanta and the shaming tactics at Success Academy charters and sees them as two sides of the same coin. When test scores become the measure…

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Leon Botstein: Are We Still Educating Citizens?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article is a brilliant essay by Bard College President Leon Botstein about the democratic and civic purposes of education. ? It begins thus: ? The initial motivations for the movement challenging the…

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Katy, Texas, School Board Votes to Eliminate High-Stakes Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The school board of the Katy, Texas, Independent School District voted unanimously to eliminate high-stakes testing. This is a bold and dramatic step in a state that inflicted the “miracle” of high-stakes testing…

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Note to Reformers: Poverty Matters: Poverty Hurts Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the central narratives of the faux “reform” movement is that poverty is just an excuse for bad teachers. In my book “Reign of Error,” I documented many reformers claiming that poverty…

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My Conversation with a Success Academy Charter Teacher

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I have sometimes wished it were possible to have a completely candid conversation with a teacher at a Success Academy charter school. Last week, with no advance planning, it happened.* ? A young…

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Charter Schools, Politics, and Democracy

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
As public charter schools have grown across the country since the early 1990s to more than 6,400 still largely located in big cities (there are 100,000 regular schools) , the…

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Montclair, New Jersey: 42.6% of Students Opt Out of PARCC Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The final figures for opt outs were released in Montclair, New Jersey. 42.6% of students did not take the PARCC test. ? That is quite a protest against Common Core and high-stakes testing,…

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April 7, 2015 – NATIONAL BEER DAY – NATIONAL NO HOUSEWORK DAY – NATIONAL COFFEE CAKE DAY – SAAM DAY OF ACTION

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