Daily Archives: July 21, 2015

July 21, 2015 – NATIONAL JUNK FOOD DAY

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Why the Senate Rejected Parent Opt Out Amendment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider transcribed key portions of the debate about the Lee amendment. This amendment would have given parents the right to opt out of federally mandated annual tests. Senator Mike Lee of Utah…

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NEW DAY PROCLAMATION: NATIONAL REFRESHMENT DAY – Fourth Thursday In July

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11 Signs You’re A Future Teacher

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July 20, 2015 – NATIONAL LOLLIPOP DAY – NATIONAL GET OUT OF THE DOG HOUSE DAY

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Barbara Madeloni: A Bittersweet Victory on Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Barbara Madeloni, the president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, comments here about the “bittersweet victory” associated with Senate passage of the Every Child Achieves Act. She writes: “The bill continues yearly testing in…

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Jon Pelto: Connecticut Gov. Malloy and the Politics of Appeasement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jon Pelto is shocked that Democratic legislators in Connecticut are afraid to confront Governor Dannel Malloy. The governor vetoed a bill that would establish qualifications for the State Commissioner of Education. Despite their…

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Kansas Teachers Leaving Due to Budget Cuts, Punitive Policies

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emily Richmond at The Atlantic reports on the exodus of teachers from Kansas. “Frustrated and stymied by massive budget cuts that have trimmed salaries and classroom funding, Kansas teachers are “fleeing across the…

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Noam Chomsky: Bubble Tests “Destroy Any Meaningful Educational Process”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This post contains a valuable interview with Noam Chomsky. ? Chomsky is a philosopher, not a statistician or an economist. He looks behind the facade of data to ask “why are we doing…

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