Daily Archives: August 18, 2015

Carol Burris: VAM on Trial

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris went to Albany to attend the trial of Sheri Lederman’s case against the state of New York, which rated her “ineffective” based on her students’ growth scores. Many other educators attended…

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Peter Greene and Alexandra Miletta on the Lederman Case

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bruce Lederman is suing the state of New York on behalf of his wife Sheri Lederman, a fourth grade teacher in the public schools of Great Neck, Néw York. The Ledermans contend that…

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Illinois: Beware of Senate Bill 318!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fred Klonsky reports on his blog that Thereis a dangerous bill in the legislature that would wipe out all school funding and pensions and appoint acommission of legislators to start from scratch. Since…

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Why the BASIS Charter Schools are NOT the Best High Schools in America

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Morgan Loew, a reporter for CBS in Phoenix, investigated the BASIS charter schools, which have regularly been ranked by U.S News as one of the best high schools in the nation. Parents at…

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BATS on Lederman v. King: Vindicating the Rights of Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A number of teachers from the Bad Ass Teachers Association drove to Albany to witness the trial of Néw York’s teacher evaluation system. Here are excerpts from some of their reports. BAT 1:…

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Mercedes Schneider: New York’s Test Scores Are Misused

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Everyone understands that the key fact about Néw York’s test scores is that they will be used to measure the “effectiveness” of teachers. The progress of children has been small over three years,…

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Arizona Teacher: Another View of BASIS Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
From a reader: As a teacher at a highly performing school in an Arizona public school district, I had three students move into my AP classes last January from BASIS. These students appeared…

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Myra Blackmon: In Georgia, “Reform” is a Synonym for Greed and Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Columnist Myra Blackmon of Athrns, Georgia, sees through the so-called “reform” movement: its goal is to disrupt and destroy public education. Blackmon describes the latest shenanigans in Georgia. The Governor’s education aide, Erin…

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New Orleans’ Historic African American Newspaper Judges the “Reforms”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a fascinating blog post. I urge you to read it. Milwaukee school board member Larry Miller went to New Orleans to learn more about the district that reformers applaud. And he…

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Osamudia R. James: School Choice as Racial Subordination

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Osamudia R. James is a law professor at the University of Miami School of Law. She is a scholar of race and equity. She has written a scholarly article that was published in…

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