Daily Archives: July 16, 2015

Senate Vote on Parents’ Right to Opt Out of Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is the roll call on the amendment offered by Senator Mike Lee to grant parents the right to opt put without penalty to their school, district or state. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=114&session=1&vote=00235 S.Amdt. 2162 to…

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Senate Rejects Amendment to Permit Parents to Opt Out of Federally-Mandated Tests Without Penalty

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emma Brown reports in The Washington Post that the Senate turned down an amendment that would have allowed parents to opt out of federally mandated tests without penalty. ? The lead author of…

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July 16, 2015 – NATIONAL CORN FRITTERS DAY – NATIONAL PERSONAL CHEF DAY

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Poll: Public Rejects Cuomo on Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The respected Sienna College poll finds that nearly 3/4 of the public disapproves of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s education policies. Cuomo rails against public schools and their teachers. He has no constitutional authority for…

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New Study Reveals NYC Charter Growth, Problems

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few years back, the New York legislature tasked the Independent Budget Office to act as an independent monitor of New York City’s schools, both public and charter. ? The IBO’s latest report…

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Oklahoma Endorses Statewide Test Boycott of Non-Federal Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association voted to urge parents to boycott all state tests that are not federally mandated. ? Historian and teacher John Thompson writes: ? Nate Robson reports in Oklahoma Watch that…

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Stuart S. Yen: VAM is Neither Valid Nor Reliable

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stuart S. Yen, a professor at the University of Minnesota, contends in this article in the TC Record that value-added-modeling is neither valid nor reliable. ? He reviews the existing literature and notes…

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North Carolina: Mass Layoffs of Teacher Assistants Reveal Legislature’s Indifference to Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stuart Egan, a high school teacher and public school parent in North Carolina, wrote the following letter in response to the legislature’s mass layoff of thousands of teaching assistants in the state’s elementary…

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The Big Idea Behind Race to the Top

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Have you every wondered what “Race to the Top” was supposed to accomplish? Did it mean that we would be first in the world if we opened more privately managed charter schools, closed…

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Reforming the Teaching of History Then and Now (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The following posts are drawn from my forthcoming book on “Teaching History Then and Now: Stability and Change in Urban High Schools” (Harvard Education Press). If readers want specific…

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