Daily Archives: August 13, 2015

A Teacher Writes to Campbell Brown

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Janet Van Lone left a comment on the blog, sharing a letter she sent to Campbell Brown, who advocates for charters and vouchers and for eliminating teacher due process. Janet writes: I was…

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Jason France: The Failure of School Refom in Louisiana and How to Fix it.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jason France-the blogger known as “Crazy Crawfish”–is running for the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in Louisiana. He met with a reformer who said, I know what you against, what are you…

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Michigan Teacher: Why I Can’t Teach Anymore

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stephanie Keiles is (or was) a math teacher in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She loves teaching. She loves her students. But the mandates and budget cuts finally got to her. I met Stephanie in…

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High Cost of White Denial

Originally posted on radical eyes for equity:
My Op-Ed in The State (Columbia, SC) paper, Entrenched racism drives down SC child-well-being scores, prompted both email responses and a few posted comments online. A recurring theme of the negative feedback reflects entrenched…

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Jeff Bryant: Jeb’s Florida Miracle is Phony

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeff Bryant has written an excellent in-depth investigative report on Jeb Bush’s boasts about the “Florida miracle.” The alleged miracle is pure hogwash. The biggest beneficiaries are the profiteers and entrepreneurs who have…

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Third Grade Test Questions: Not Even the Author of the Passage Got It Right

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The state of New York released some of the questions that were used on its tests for grades 3-8. Kate Taylor and Elizabeth Harris of the New York Times wrote about a question…

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Leonie Haimson: Another Talking Pineapple?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leonie Haimson, writing on the NYC Parents Blog, wonders whether the New York state tests contain questions as embarrassing as the infamous “Pineapple and the Hare” story, which caused a great national controversy…

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Albany, NY: The Sheri Lederman Case Will Be Heard in Court Tomorrow

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Lederman challenge to Néw York’s teacher evaluation system will be heard tomorrow morning at 10 am in the court of Judge McDonough at 16 Eagle Street in Albany. If you are within…

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Testing in Kindergarten: Too Much, Too Soon

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This post was written by Phyliss Doerr, an experienced kindergarten teacher in Néw Jersey. As we wind down a year of tremendous controversy in the realm of education in the United States, I…

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Jeb and Obama: Partners in Education “Reform”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stanley Kurtz has a very interesting article at the conservative National Review, calling out Jeb Bush for pretending that he does not really support the Common Core standards and that he is in…

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