Daily Archives: May 4, 2015

Report: Charter Waste, Fraud, and Mismanagement Will Cost Up to $1.4 Billion This Year

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Center for Popular Democracy released a bombshell report on the financial consequences of charter deregulation and lack of public oversight. It is called “The Tip of the Iceberg: Charter School Vulnerabilities to…

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Testing in Medicine, Testing in Schools (Abigail Zuger, M.D.)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The following article appeared in the New York Times on April 13, 2015. I have often compared primary care physicians to teachers; sometimes the comparisons worked and sometimes they…

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Stephen Dyer: In Ohio, the Charter Schools Have the Most D and F Grades

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is part 3 of Stephen Dyer’s series about charter schools in Ohio. What he has learned from state data is that charter schools perform worse than public schools and take money from…

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Stephen Dyer: The Excuses That Charters Make for Poor Performance: Part 2

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is part 2 of Stephen Dyer’s series called “Charters Just Don’t Work.” In this post, Dyer examines the excuses that charters offer for their poor performance relative to district public schools. For…

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Stephen Dyer: Charter Schools in Ohio Just Don’t Work: Part 1

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stephen Dyer, former legislator, now affiliated as an education policy fellow with Ohio Innovation, has been a close observer of charter schools in his home state. When he writes, he relies on nonpartisan…

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John Oliver on Testing and Pearson on HBO

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Be sure to watch this segment about testing and Pearson on John Oliver’s show on HBO: ? https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=J6lyURyVz7k ? It is fantastic!! ? Enjoy! This is a huge help in telling the public…

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The Danger That the Opt Out Movement Poses to Education Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader sent this email to me: At the 6:43 mark of this latest Fordham podcast, Mike Petrilli says: http://edexcellence.net/commentary/podcasts/opening-minds-about-closing-schools “If this [opt-out] thing goes national, the whole education reform movement is in…

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Editorial: Time to Hit Reset Button on Teacher Evaluation in Néw York

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The editorial board of the “Journal-News” in the Lower Hudson Valley calls out the absurdity of Goveror Cuomo’s teacher evaluation plan. The deadline for a new plan is June 30, which is impossible.…

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A White Suburban Mom Responds to Arne Duncan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arne Duncan once made an insulting comment about “white suburban moms” who got angry about Common Core tests because they were disappointed to learn that their child was not as brilliant as they…

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A Parody: How Reformers Saved the Schools from Parents

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Blogger “Lace to the Top” (aka Kevin Glynn) has written a witty parody of life in the age of school reform, as seen by a principal, a parent, and a leader of the…

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