Daily Archives: August 24, 2015

Marilou Johanek: John Kasich’s Secret Plan to Eliminate Public Schools is No Longer Secret

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Columnist Marilou Johanek of the Toledo Blade writes that Governor John Kasich let the cat out of the bag, unintentionally, of course. Or, as she put it, he let his mask slip. It…

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Anthony Cody: “Think Progress” Tries to Rewrite the History of Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Anthony Cody was appalled to read an article on the “Think Progress” website with the headline “People Like Common Core Better When They Know What It Is.” Cody says, “Caution! Common Core Spin…

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Editorial in New York: When Will Our State’s Leaders Listen to the Opt Out Movement?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The newspaper in the Lower Hudson Valley of New York (north of New York City) is called Lohud.com. Its reporters have been outstanding in covering education issues in Albany and across the state.…

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This Teacher Loves the Common Core Math Standards

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I came out in opposition to the Common Core standards in 2013. My opposition was based on the undemocratic process by which they were developed, without field testing and with no mechanism for…

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Illinois Picks Pearson EdTPA to Certify Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fred Klonsky’s blog carries a post by retired educator Sandra Deines about a fateful decision in Illinois: “Starting this fall Pearson will be in the business of deciding who becomes a teacher in…

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Carol Burris: The Real Causes of the National Teacher Shortage

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris recently became executive director of the Network for Public Education Fund. The NPE Fund is the nonprofit, nonpolitical, nonpartisan wing of NPE, as opposed to NPE’s c(4), which endorses political candidates…

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NEA Responds to PDK-Gallup Poll

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the official reaction of the National Education Association to the new PDK-Gallup poll.  The three key findings that the NEA highlighted are that the American public thinks there is too much…

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AFT Responds to PDK-Gallup Poll

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
AFT reacts to the findings of the PDK-Gallup poll: WASHINGTON—American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the PDK/Gallup Poll of the Public’s Attitudes Toward the Public Schools: “In no uncertain terms, the…

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Phi Delta Kappa Press Release on Annual Poll: Public Opposes Standardized Testing and Vouchers, Splits on Opt Outs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the press release about the annual PDK-Gallup public opinion poll about U.S. education. As usual, most people think highly of their local public schools but not of American education, which is…

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Laura Chapman: The Ongoing Campaign to Kill Off Unions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As some people recognize, unions helped to build the middle class in this nation. Their disappearance just happens to coincide with growing income inequality, a shrinking middle class, and a growing divide between…

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