Daily Archives: August 28, 2015

Denis Smith: 10 Needed Reforms of Ohio Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith worked in the charter school office of the Ohio Department of Education. He knows the problems of oversight of these deregulated schools. In this post, he proposes 10 reforms to rein…

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Chicago Principal Tells Civic Leaders Why Schools Are in Crisis

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Troy LaRaviere is principal of Blaine Elementary School in Chicago. He was invited to speak on a problem at the Chicago Civic Club, where civic and business leaders convene. The topic was bankruptcy…

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Georgia: National Superintendent of the Year Speaks Out Against State Takeover Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Philip Lanoue, superintendent of the Clarke County public schools, wrote a strong column opposing Governor Nathan Deal’s plan to takeover “low-performing” schools. Deal wants to copy Tennessee’s faltering “Opportunity School District,” which has…

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Georgia: Time to Stop ALEC’s War on Public Schools and Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dr. Jim Arnold, superintendent of the Pelham City schools, explains why Georgia has a teaching shortage. The answer can be summed up in a few words: Governor Nathan Deal and ALEC, and one…

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NY Times Opinion Piece Lauds Common Core and Core Knowledge

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In an opinion article today, a D.C. based writer commends the Common Core, E.D. Hirsch’s Core Knowledge curriculum, and New York’s “EngageNY” modules. Natalie Wexler maintains that the standardized tests did not cause…

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Tucker: How Do Top Nations Select Principals?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marc Tucker’s blog reports how top-performing nations select school principals. Most require several years of teaching experience and a long and in-depth course in leadership skills. The report, by Jennifer Craw and Jackie…

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Where Do Rightwing Governors Find People to Lead Education Departments?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Educators tend to be child-centered and attentive to the needs of classrooms for adequate resources. Having been teachers, they are usually unwilling to support attacks on the teaching profession. So where do rightwing…

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Another Salary Increase Negated

I received the following email from my district yesterday regarding Teacher Retirement System (TRS) contributions. Effective Sept. 1, 2015, the member contribution rate for TRS will increase from 6.7 to 7.2 percent. Additionally, another increase will occur next September, increasing … Continue reading

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How to Help the Dyett Hunger Strikers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the end of the 11th day of the hunger strike to save Dyett High School in Chicago. You can help. Here are some suggestions: Parents 4 Teachers Parents 4 Teachers (P4T)…

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New Orleans Recovery School District, ACT Outcomes, and Falling Through the Cracks

Originally posted on deutsch29:
This post includes information on Louisiana’s Class of 2015 ACT scoring outcomes and is chiefly focused upon the Recovery School District (RSD) in New Orleans. It is as much a post about who in RSD is…

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