Daily Archives: April 13, 2015

What If? What If Every Parent Opted Out Their Child from the State Tests?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What if every parent said, “I refuse”? ? What if every parent said, “My child is not taking the test”? ? What if everyone said, “No, thank you, I’d rather not”? ? The…

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A Teacher Writes to the Néw York Board of Regents

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The following was posted as a comment on the blog: ? Dear Dr. Ravitch, ? I have spent the last week and a half reeling from the shot across the bow that public…

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Mercedes Schneider: Part 4 of Her Close Reading of the Alexander-Murray Bill to Reauthorize NCLB

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is Mercedes Schneider’s fourth installment in her monumental task of reading and analyzing the 600+ pages of the bipartisan Senate bill to reauthorize NCLB. ? She writes: ? ? As was true…

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Michigan Reader Explains Why You Should “Follow the Money”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This reader reacted to the post about Steve Mathews, the superintendent in Novi, Michigan who is now on our honor roll for speaking up against punitive corporate reform. This reader explains with great…

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Steven Singer: Parents Have the Power to End Test Abuse

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer is a National Board Certified Teacher of secondary school in Pennsylvania, he is also a parent of a kindergarten student. He didn’t want her to take standardized tests, and he went…

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Evidence of a Corporate Reformer Pretending to be something he isn’t

Originally posted on Lloyd Lofthouse:
For the last few weeks, occasionally, the phone rings, and the call ends up being for one of the candidates running in a special election in California’s State Senate District 7 (where I live) that…

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Parents in Upstate New York: Why Our Daughter Will Not Take the Common Core Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This email arrived today. The parents who wrote it live in a small town in upstate New York. New York is on fire with opt outs. Last year, 60,000 children refused the Common…

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Charter Schools, Politics, and Democracy (Part 3)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Yes, publicly-funded charter schools in the U.S. are here to stay. More than 6,400 exist in the U.S. with most located in big cities (there are 100,000 regular schools).…

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April 13, 2015 – NATIONAL SCRABBLE DAY – NATIONAL THOMAS JEFFERSON DAY – NATIONAL PEACH COBBLER DAY

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Book Look #1: The Empathy Exams

Originally posted on College In The Cornfield:
Like most people, recreational reading gets away from me–mainly because I fail to pursue it. I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t read a book for fun all calendar year, that is, until I read The Empathy Exams…

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