Monthly Archives: June 2015

Aurora Moore: Is “School Improvement” a Myth?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
For at least 15 years, federal efforts at “school reform” have focused on “fixing” the schools; now it is focused (fruitlessly) on teacher evaluation. One thing that is obvious: schools can’t be “reformed”…

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The Day Pearson Vammed Itself

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bryan Alleman, the technology coordinator for Acadia Parish schools in Louisiana, sent the following story. VAM, as you know, is “value-added measurement,” or “value-added modeling,” which is used in many states to evaluate…

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Paul Thomas: 5 Questions to Ask Every Presidential Candidate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas, professor at Furman University, taught in South Carolina for 18 years. He is an eloquent and informed critic of social and education policy. ? In this post, he poses five questions…

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Sweden and the Perils of Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sweden decided to open the floodgates of school privatization in 1992. Twenty-three years is a good long time to see the effects of vouchers and for-profit corporations running schools.   As this article…

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Los Angeles: A Teacher, Falsely Accused

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Do you want to know why teachers need due process (aka “tenure”)? Read the story below, sent by reader Drew Pepper. ? Here’s another story of how LAUSD (mis)handles a case where a…

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Albany Times-Union on Cuomo’s Unpopular War Against Teachers and Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This story is behind a paywall, although some readers found a way around the paywall. It was written by staff writer Fred LeBrun. It accurately describes the revulsion that parents and educators feel…

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Colorado District Will Appeal Voucher Ruling

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
According to the Denver Post, the Douglas County school board plans to appeal the ruling that declared vouchers unconstitutional. It will appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The voucher program, which would use…

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June 30, 2015 – NATIONAL METEOR WATCHING DAY – SOCIAL MEDIA DAY

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Florida: Legislature Is Wasting Millions to Hire Inexperienced Teachers Who Will Not Stay

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader posted these comments in response to Florida legislature’s passage of a law to offer a $10,000 bonus to new teachers with high SAT/ACT scores. The bonus is supposed to attract “the…

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Harvard Political Review: The Case Against Annual Standardized Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Quinn Mulholland of the Harvard Political Review examined the issues surrounding annual mandated testing, interviewed leading figures on both sides, and concluded that the exams are overkill. They cost too much, they narrow…

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