Monthly Archives: August 2015

Los Angeles: Teachers Will Fight Eli Broad’s Plan to Privatize Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alex Caputo-Pearl, the head of the United Teachers of Los Angeles, announced that teachers would fight Eli Broad’s plan to expand the number of privately managed charter schools to include half the children…

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New York Times: Why Vouchers Won’t Fix Nevada’s Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I get excited whenever I see an article in the New York Times that speaks common sense about education. It is a newspaper with national reach. Television producers of news shows always read…

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Are You Smarter Than an Eighth Grader? Take These Five Test Questions and See

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The New York Times posted five questions that were on the eighth-grade math test in New York. The State Education Department did not release all the test questions. It chose the ones it…

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Elia: Struggling Schools Will Improve, Or Else!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York State’s new Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia says she will put together a team to fix the state’s 144 lowest-performing schools and give them one year to improve. If they don’t,…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig: Should New Orleans Receive Accolades for Poor Performance?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julian Vasquez Heilig collected data on New Orleans and Louisiana and wondered what the hullaballoo was about. The state is one of the lowest-performing in the nation, by federal measures; and the charter…

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NEPC: A Balanced Review of NOLA Changes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
All day long, I have posted about the free-market reform of the schools in New Orleans. I have done so because the mainstream media has been touting the success of privatization for almost…

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New Orleans: What Happened to the Children Who Were Left Behind by the “Reforms”?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a fascinating article about the New Orleans Recovery School District, that appeared in the International Business Times. Which children were left behind? Who benefitted by the expansion of choice to cover…

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In These Times: The New Orleans Privatization Experiment Failed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Writing in the progressive journal, “In These Times,” Colleen Kimmett reports the findings of a three-month investigation into the New Orleans school reforms. It is not pretty. “Test scores, high or low, are…

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MUST READ: 10 Years of Celebrating Katrina “Success”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This brilliant article does not attempt to assess the success or failure of the Néw Orleans school reform. Instead, it reviews the steady drumbeat of media celebration of the disaster as a golden…

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Mercedes Schneider: How Many RSD Students “Fell Through the Cracks?”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider looks at ACT scores for the class of 2015 in the all-charter Recovery School District and tries to determine how many students disappeared or fell through the cracks. Citing the work…

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