Daily Archives: July 9, 2015

SHOCKER: Senate Bill Permits Diversion of School Funds to Financial Consultants

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Investigative journalists David Sirota and Matthew Cunningham discovered that an amendment attached to the Senate bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act contains a fat juicy plum for financial consultants. The amendment…

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Early Childhood Educator Feels the Pain of Income Inequality

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a brief discussion of income inequality on the blog, I pointed out that it was unfair that a handful of people live in luxury while large numbers of people worry about paying…

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NYC: Farina Fires Principal for Faking Grad Rates

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After a lengthy investigation, NYC Chancellor Carmen Farina fired the principal of John Dewey High School for faking graduation rates. Teachers at the school has complained about the principal for years. They had…

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The Conspiracy that is not a Theory – What the Overwhelming Evidence Reveals

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
There is the court of law, an arm of the judicial branch of government that hears cases and administers justice based on statutes of common law, and then there is the…

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Detroit: Privatizing a Burned-Over District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Over the past generation, Detroit has suffered from de-industrialization, middle-class flight, high poverty, joblessness, and abandonment by the state and civic elites. One reform after another has failed to “save” its schools, because…

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Civil Rights Groups Call for End to High-Stakes Testing and School Closings, and for Moratorium on Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A large coalition of grassroots groups and civil rights organizations wrote a powerful letter to the leaders of the U.S. Senate and every member of the Senate expressing their views about what should–and…

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Lyndsey Layton: Arne Duncan Will Stay On Until the Last Buzzer

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post has written a sympathetic article about Arne Duncan and the waning of his powers as Secretary of Education. He is a nice guy. He is a close…

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Core Dilemmas Facing Preschool and Kindergarten Teachers (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Private kindergartens became public ones at the end of the 19th century. It is a reform that has stuck. Yet what early childhood teachers do everyday in their kindergartens…

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July 9, 2015 – NATIONAL SUGAR COOKIE DAY

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House Narrowly Approves Renewal of ESEA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Senate committee has passed its version of the new federal aid to education bill, originally named the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. Now the House of Representatives has passed its…

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