Daily Archives: June 9, 2015

Truthiness and Lack of Consequences

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants his education tax credit, which critics have identified as a backdoor voucher plan for private and parochial schools, and he wants it so badly that sources in…

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Fairtest: Weekly Update on Testing Resistance and Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Bob Schaeffer of Fairtest writes: ? ? With stories from more than half of the 50 states, this week’s news clips show the expanding breadth, depth and clout of the assessment…

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Michael Fiorillo: The Deception of “Reform”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The most hypocritical claim of “reformers” is that they are advancing “the civil rights issue of our time” by defunding and undermining public education and attacking the teaching profession. ? Reader Michael Fiorillo…

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National Superintendent of the Year Becomes Teacher for a Day and Remembers How Hard It Is

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Phil Lanoue, the superintendent of schools in Athens, Georgia, offered his teachers a reward: those with perfect attendance would get a day off. Some teachers resisted the offer because they didn’t want to…

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Why Are Graduation Rates Rising and What Does It Mean?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
NPR did an excellent analysis of the nation’s rising high school graduation rates. ? In some states and districts, the rates are rising because of successful programs that have been put in place…

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For-Profit Company Will Not Offer High School in Michigan Takeover District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Leona Group, a for-profit charter corporation that runs the schools of Highland Park, Michigan, will not offer high school classes next year. It will also end its contract one year early. And…

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New York: Dissident Group of Regents Offers Alternative Vision of Teacher Evaluation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Faced with the highly unpopular law on teacher evaluations rushed through the Legislature by Governor Cuomo with minimal consideration or debate, seven members of the 17-member New York State Board of Regents issued…

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What the FACTS Reveal about Teacher Retirement Programs—Part 4 of 6

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
View as Single Page What Thompson also doesn’t mention in his AP piece is that some states managed their pension funds better than others did. A March 2011 report on the…

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Palimpsest of School Reform: Personalized Learning

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Palimpsest: “A manuscript, typically of papyrus or parchment, that has been written on more than once, with the earlier writing incompletely erased and often legible (The American Heritage Dictionary…

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University of Wisconsin Regents Try to Save Tenure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Note: I have been warned that this account is wrong; that the Board of Regents was appointed by Scott Walker; and that their action is meant to provide fake tenure that allows massive…

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