Daily Archives: August 14, 2015

Frank Bruni, See Me After Class

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Hey, New York Times, I’d like to offer a deal.  Please stop letting Frank Bruni write about school. In fact, get a clever programmer who can arrange so that any time he writes…

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New York: State Scores Released, Lowest Scores for Students with Disabilities, ELLs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It is all so predictable. With New York’s “rigorous,” confusing standardized state tests, most students “failed” to meet a standard set unrealistically out of reach. And the ones who were least likely to…

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“Education, Inc.” Video Will Debut in Indianapolis

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Documentary about Corporate Takeover of Public Education Debuts Aug. 14 A documentary about corporate and political interest groups attempting to take over America’s public education debuts across the country Friday evening, Aug. 14.…

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Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp Plans to Sell Off Unsuccessful Amplify

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The New York Times reports that Rupert Murdoch’s venture into education technology is “nearing an inglorious end.” News Corporation, controlled by Rupert Murdoch, said on Wednesday that it would take a $371 million…

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New York Opt Outs: Did They Invalidate the Tests?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
For months, state officials downplayed the significance and number of opt outs from state tests last April. The Néw York Times waited a week before acknowledging that it happened. But now we know…

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Metric Madness, or the Costs of Accountability, in Education and Other Sectors

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article on “The Costs of Accountability” appeared in The American Interest. It was written by Jerry Z. Muller, a professor of history at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. It is…

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Little Rock: White Supremacy Takes Over Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the story of what is happening in Little Rock, Arkansas, told by a white parent with children in the public schools. Barclay Key is a professor of history at the University…

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Peter Greene: When North Carolina Finally Reaches Its Goal

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene puts together all the recent policies enacted in North Carolina and predicts the future. The triumph of reform in North Carolina! Greene writes: “Political leaders gathered to celebrate today as Department…

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North Carolina Business Leader: Critics of Reform Are Wrong

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a recent post, North Carolinian James D. Hogan charged that the Governor and Legislature of North Carolina are waging war on public education. The state has rapidly expanded charters and vouchers, killed…

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North Carolina: Out of State Money Behind Secret Plan for Charter District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lindsay Wagner of the NC Policy Watch reports that an Oregon multi-millionaire is behind a secret plan to create an all-charter “achievement school district” for low-performing schools in North Carolina. Wagner writes: “Rep.…

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