Monthly Archives: August 2015

ACLU Sues to Invalidate Vouchers in Nevada!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At last! Three civil liberties groups have sued to block the implementation of “education savings accounts” in Nevada, which are vouchers that will be used in religious schools. LAS VEGAS – Three civil…

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Austin: Eastside Memorial High is “Back from the Brink”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is great news! Eastside Memorial High School in Austin will NOT be closed! For years, the school has been threatened with closure or conversion to a charter. The students, parents, teachers, and…

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Arizona’s Voucher Program: A Costly Failure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Daniel Luzer, the news editor of Governing magazine, reviews Arizona’s voucher program, enacted almost 20 years ago. Competition was supposed to be a game-changer. Advocates said it would cost the state only $4.5…

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Troy LaRaviere Responds to the Chicago School Board’s Reprimand and Warning

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Troy LaRaviere is one brave man. He is the principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago. Blaine is one of only three schools in the city singled out for praise for meeting standards…

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The Outcome

Sometimes you win, Sometimes you lose, Sometimes you’re unscathed, And sometimes you bruise, Sometimes you strikeout, And sometimes you hit, Sometimes you’re starting, And sometimes you sit, Sometimes you fail, And sometimes you pass, But no matter the outcome, You … Continue reading

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Michael L. Hays: How to Fix the College Debt Problem

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael L. Hays, Ph.D., sent this interesting suggestion to address the problem of student debt. I was reminded when I read it that this issue came to a head in 1972, when Congresswoman…

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“Sorry, I’m Not Taking This Test”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kristina Rizga in “Mother Jones” explains why the Opt Out movement is becoming a national phenomenon. She focuses on the story of Kiana Hernandez, a student in Florida. She made the decision on…

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Murdoch’s Néw York Post Lambastes Bloomberg School Reforms

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg left office in January 1, 2014. One of his legacies was the changes he made in the school system over 12 years of total control. Today the Néw York Post…

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Get a Free Copy of “Defies Measurement” and Show It to Friends and Neighbors

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Shannon Puckett, the producer and director of the pro-public education film “Defies Measurement” is offering free copies to anyone who wants one. She writes: I would like people to know that I am…

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Fred LeBrun: Elia Risking Her Future Because of Tough Stance on Opt Outs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times-Union warns State Commissioner MaryEllen Elia that she is making a huge mistake by her confrontational tactics with the parents of the 225,000 children who opted out of…

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