Daily Archives: June 18, 2015

At Year 10 After Katrina, Assessments of New Orleans Differ

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in September 2005. That means we will see much celebrating or bemoaning the transformation of the New Orleans public schools. The sponsors of the district…

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Florida: Music Teacher Raises Thousands of Dollars for Pro-Public Education Candidate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kevin Strang, a music teacher in Orange County, Florida, made news last year when he won a bonus of $800 for teaching in an A-rated school, and he donated his bonus to the…

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Florida: Budget Is a Bonanza for Charters and Teach for America

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Florida has a constitutional obligation to make public education a “paramount duty,” but Governor Scott and the Florida Legislature have other concerns. ? Here is a report from Fund Education Now on the…

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Shocker: ECS Will Honor Originator of VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Education Cpmmission of the States will present its James Bryant Conant award to Willism Sanders. Sanders is a pioneer of VAM (also known as value-added measurement or modeling). ? VAM is probably…

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Paul Thomas: The Hoax of Common Core Rebranding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas decribes the futility of rebranding the Common Core. He writes: “Careful examination of both adopting Common Core and then the backlash resulting in dropping Common Core reveals that states remain firmly…

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Belinda Edmondson: Black Parents Opt Out Too

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the ways that reformsters put down the Opt Out movement is to assert that it consists only of privileged white suburban mothers, thus echoing Arne Duncan’s dismissive reaction. Belinda Edmondson lives…

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What Happens When Kids Go Cold Turkey from Their Screens for 5 Days? (Yalda Uhls)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
This post appeared August 22, 2014 in the Huffington Post as did the following description of the author. Dr. Yalda T. Uhls received her PhD in developmental psychology from…

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