Daily Archives: April 22, 2015

Retired Superintendent: Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sometimes, people have to retire to speak candidly. A reader in Néw York left this comment: ? “I am a retired Superintendent. If my kids were still in school they would not waste…

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BAT Leader Explains to Chancellor Tisch Why New York Tests Have NO Diagnostic Value

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marla Kilfoyle is a National Board Certified Teacher and a leader of the Badass Teachers Association. She is also the parent of a 12-year-old public school student. She was surprised to hear Board…

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Shoe Horning Opt Out into the Unions vs. Reformers Narrative

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
New York Times education reporters Kate Taylor and Motoko Rich published a story this week on the burgeoning Opt Out Movement.  As the oldest paper of record in the United States, the Times…

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Arne Duncan Threatens to Step In if Opt Outs Continue to Grow

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arne Duncan’s response to the many thousands of parents who are now opting out of state testing is typical of his past remarks about “white suburban moms” who are disappointed to learn that…

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Meet the Parents Who Started a Revolution

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Donn Esmonde of the Buffalo News sat down to talk with three of the parent leaders of the historic Opt Out movement in New York state. Although the mainstream media has trouble understanding…

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Is It Illegal to Write or Read This Article about Testing?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Blogger-teacher Steven M. Singer here reveals the veil of secrecy that testing corporations drape around their product. He writes: Warning! What you are about to read may be a criminal act. I may…

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Mother Crusader: Pearson is Field-Testing PARCC Tests for 2nd Grade in New Jersey

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Darcie Cimarusti, the ever-vigilant blogger known as Mother Crusader, discovered that Pearson is field-testing a PARCC test for 2nd grade in New Jersey public schools. She went to the PARCC website and learned…

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Dear Opt Out: Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Property Values??

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
USA Today ran a story last week from the Journal News of Westchester County about the growing Opt Out movement.  The article was fairly mild in tone, cited numbers about the unprecedented size…

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Walmart Closes Stores with Activist Workers for “Plumbing Repairs” UPDATE*

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fortune magazine reports that Walmart had closed down six of its stores where workers were agitating for better pay. According to the giant chain, the stores needed plumbing repairs. The workers thought the…

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April 22, 2015 – NATIONAL JELLY BEAN DAY – NATIONAL EARTH DAY – NATIONAL GIRL SCOUT LEADERS DAY – NATIONAL ADMINISTRATIVE PROFESSIONALS DAY

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