Daily Archives: August 20, 2015

Ken Previti Rages Against the Tribune Writer Who Hopes for the Destruction of Chicago

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ken Previti, like Mike Klonsky and many other Chicagoans, is outraged by Kristin McQueary, the editorial writer at the Chicago Tribune who expressed her longing for a vicious hurricane like Katrina to level…

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Network for Public Education Endorses Jason France for Louisiana BESE

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In the last two state board elections in Louisiana, millions of dollars flowed to candidates from corporate reformers, mostly from out of state. They elected board members who support privatization and high-stakes testing.…

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Hechinger Report: Common Core Tests in New York Widen Achievement Gaps

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emmanuel Felton and Sarah Butrymowicz write in the Hechinger Report that students in New York have shown little progress in three years of Common Core teaching and testing. Experts warn that three years…

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What Happened to the Teachers of New Orleans?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article is an outstanding and heart-breaking account of the harsh treatment meted out to the public school teachers of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. It appears in Education Week.…

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Ashana Bigard: New Orleans is a Failing District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ashana Bigard is a parent advocate. She wrote this article for “The Progressive.” She is aware that politicians are promoting New Orleans as a national model. She warns that the “reforms” are a…

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For-Profit Higher Education and the Candidates

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Miami Herald reports that the leading candidates in both parties have accepted money from for-profit institutions of higher education, many of which have preyed on veterans and the poor. Bill Clinton was…

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Angie Sullivan: How to Crush Children of Color

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Angie Sullivan teaches young children in Clark County, Nevada. She is a one-woman crusader for the rights of children. She writes: How best to discriminate against small young persons of color in Nevada.…

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North Carolina Teacher: Yes, Ms. Berg, There IS a War on Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a debate about the state of public education in North Carolina. First James D. Hogan, a former high school English teacher, wrote a scathing article about the war against public education…

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Chicago: Hunger Strikers Seek Restoration of Dyett High School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A dozen protestors are engaged in a hunger strike in Chicago, on behalf of a proposal to reconstitute a closed neighborhood high school. The hunger strike is now in its fourth day. The…

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Mercedes Schneider: Jeb Bush Doesn’t Remember What Common Core Is

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider wrote a book about Common Core (“The Common Core Dilemma: Who Owns Our Schools?), and she knows its history as well as anyone. One thing she knows is that Jeb Bush…

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