Daily Archives: July 8, 2015

July 8, 2015 – NATIONAL CHOCOLATE WITH ALMONDS DAY

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Mercedes Schneider Sums Up Federal Interventions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider reviews the D.C. Merry-go-round, where legislators who are not educators are deciding what to do to the mation’s schools. The Senate’s bipartisan Every Child Achieves Act has the singular distinction of…

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Leonie Haimson: Setting the Record Straight about the Every Child Achieves Act

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leonie Haimson, leader of Class Size Matters and Student Privacy Matters, writes here about the Every Child Achieves Act and the distortions that are filling her email box these days. Haimson is also…

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Jon Pelto: Another Disguised Corporate Reform Group Pops Up in Connecticut

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonathan Pelto writes that Connecticut has acquired yet another corporate reform group, disguised an nonpartisan and independent. ? Pelto writes: ? Like some type of gigantic octopus the pro-charter school, pro-common core, pro-SBAC…

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A Field Guide to the Education Industry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is the handbook of the for-profit education industry (although it does advise you to drop the label “for-profit”). ? Here are some basic facts that it recites. The world spends many billions…

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Who Funded Jeb’s “Foundation for Educational Excellence”?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeb Bush created the “Foundation for Educational Excellence” with two goals in mind. First, to burnish his credentials as a “reformer.” Second, to serve as a vehicle for advocating vouchers, charters, online learning,…

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Jeb’s Empire of School Choice

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In large part because of Jeb Bush, Florida is a national leader in privatization. It now has more than 100,000 students using vouchers for private schools, including religious schools, despite the fact that…

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A Teacher, Life Ruined by Pearson’s EdTPA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
An email arrived from a woman of Hispanic origin. It speaks for itself: ? I am a big fan of your blog. It is so insightful and relevant to what is happening with…

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Pennsylvania Teachers Call for End to VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At the annual meeting of Pennsylvania AFT, the leaders of the union called on the legislature to eliminate the test-based teacher evaluation system. Because of the inducements offered by Race to the Top,…

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Why the “Reformers” Will Lose

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In response to Gary Rubinstein’s post about “the three stooges of reform,” reader “Chris in Florida” sent this comment: From the article: “Then the panel gets underway and three times I hear a…

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