Daily Archives: June 11, 2015

June 11, 2015 – NATIONAL GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY – NATIONAL MAKING LIFE BEAUTIFUL DAY – NATIONAL CORN ON THE COB DAY

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Testing Does NOT Promote Cuvil Rights or Equity

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a sad, sad story. At the very time that increasing numbers of parents, researchers, and educators agree that testing in American schools is out of control, the caucuses in the House…

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Prayer Vigil for Milwaukee Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
No praying in schools! But no ban on praying outside school for the survival of public education in Molwaukee, now in the hostile hands of Scott Walker and the Wisconsin legislature. NEWS ADVISORY…

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Vicki Cobb: A Time for Civil Disobedience: LINK ADDED

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Vicki Cobb, author of many nonfiction books for children, attended the Skinny Awards last night. The dinner is an annual fundraiser for Class Size Matters, Néw York’s most dynamic advocacy group for children,…

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Paul Thomas: High-Stakes Tests are the “Master’s Tools,” Not Tools for Social Justice

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In one of his eloquent essays, Paul Thomas puts standardized tests into perspective: They cannot be tools for equity. They were designed to sort and rank, and they are biased towards those who…

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Marc Tucker Fires Back at Kati Haycock and Jonah Edelman, Advocates of Annual Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is one of those blog battles that are very informative. ? Awhile back, a group of civil rights organizations came out in favor of retaining annual testing as part of the reauthorization…

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Oregon: Feds Threaten to Withold Funding if Parents Allowed to Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The U.S. Department of Education has threatened to withhold funding from the state of Oregon if a bill passes allowing parents to opt out of Common Core testing. “PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The…

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Peter Greene: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Wants to Cut the Flow of $$$ to Cyber-Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reports a shocking development (for operators of cyber-charters): Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has said that he wants to reduce payments to cyber-charters, the online charter schools that are usually offered by…

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Pasi Sahlberg: The Myth that Schools Can Do More with Less

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pasi Sahlberg, the distinguished Finnish educator who has been in residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the past two years, has written a terrific essay about the myths and fallacies…

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What the FACTS Reveal about Teacher Retirement Programs—Part 5 of 6

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
View as Single Page Critics of public pension plans like CalSTRS will claim that the cost of these plans are bankrupting states, but that is false—in fact it is a damn…

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