Daily Archives: April 23, 2015

Was Arne Duncan Ever a Child?

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan appears displeased with the national Opt Out movement.  In an interview with New York Times reporter Motoko Rich at the Education Writers Association national seminar in Chicago this…

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Will San Francisco cancel TFA?: Alum letter to Board details threats, depression, and debt

Originally posted on Cloaking Inequity:
Teach For America is facing headwind. Several states have cut back funding and TFA has revealed that they are short of their lofty recruiting goals that were set when they received $50 million from Arne Duncan a…

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Russ Walsh Reviews Paul Thomas’s “Beware the Roadbuilders”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Russ Walsh, an expert on literacy who blogs regularly, here reviews Paul Thomas’s excellent new book Beware the Roadbuilders. I have often posted pieces by Paul Thomas, who is passionate about social and…

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The BAT Who Cried

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robyn Brydalski is a third grade teacher. When she gathered up the Common Core tests at the end of three days of testing, she cried. She cried for her students, who had spent…

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Nick Kristof: Corporate Reform Has Failed, Time to Focus on the Early Years

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is quite a remarkable admission. Nicholas Kristof writes today in the New York Times that the “reform” efforts have “peaked.” I read that and the rest of the column to mean that…

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First Grade Teacher: How Common Core Tests Affect My Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This letter was written by a first grade teacher in upstate Néw York: She writes: (Un)Intended Consequences Today was the first day of the NYS ELA tests. I must state right from the…

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Jeanette Deutermann, The Parent Who Created Opt Out on Long Island Reflects

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeanette Deutermann is a parent who lives on Long Island. She launched the nation’s biggest opt out movement in her community. It was all grassroots. Here she reflects on the dramatic spread of…

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State May Have Power to Withhold Federal Funding to Punish Opt Outs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York State may have the discretion to withhold federal funds from districts where more than 5% of students didn’t take the annual tests. Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch continues to assert…

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April 23, 2015 – NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY – NATIONAL PICNIC DAY – NATIONAL TAKE A CHANCE DAY – NATIONAL CHERRY CHEESECAKE DAY – NATIONAL LOST DOG AWARENESS DAY – NATIONAL TALK LIKE SHAKESPEARE DAY

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