Monthly Archives: September 2015

California: Will Governor Brown Sign Bill to Ban For-Profit Charter Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Brown has until October 11 to sign or veto legislation that would ban for-profit charter schools in California. it is outrageous to squander taxpayer dollars on profits for investors and outrageous executive…

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NY Gov Cuomo creates a Common Core Commission that is too big to fail

Originally posted on lacetothetop:
Governor Cuomo has once again tapped former Citigroup chairman Richard Parsons to lead his second Commission on education. The first one ended in a report ironically entitled “A Final Action Plan.”  I wonder if this means…

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Georgia: Gov. Deal’s Phony Reform Will Damage Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Nathan Deal likes to point out that both his parents taught school, but it’s not clear what kind of school they taught. Clearly he doesn’t like public schools. He has proposed legislation…

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Big New Reform Idea: Bankruptcy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonas Persson of the Center for Media and Democracy’s PR Watch reports on a panel discussion in Néw Orleans about speeding up the dismantling of public education. The event was a conference sponsored…

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Beyond Bricks BESE candidate forum tonight at Woodlawn High School for district 6

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish:
Come out tonight to see me and the 4 other candidates for district 6 battle it out on a stage for your votes for the upcoming October 24 primary election. Millions of dollars is being…

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How Low Can Morning Joe Go? The Hate-Hillary Obsession

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I have been on many talk shows. I do so with a sense of urgency because I want to inform the public about the all-out corporate assault on public education. Before I speak,…

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Illinois (Chiefly Chicago) Charter Schools: From the 2014 Biennial Report

Originally posted on deutsch29:
I have been reading the 84-page Illinois Biennial Charter School Report (2011-12 and 2012-13), which was released in January 2014. Illinois has a charter school law that offers charters “significant flexibility” (pg. 3). Here are some notable…

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Some Profiles of Members of the Cuomo Commission

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leaders of the Opt Out movement are disgusted by Governor Cuomo’s appointment of a commission that ignores parents of the 220,000 children who opted out of state testing. Does the Governor expect to…

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Mike Klonsky: Rahm Cuts Special Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mike Klonsky reports that Chicago Public Schools is cutting special education. “Our autocrat at City Hall appears bent on dismembering special education in Chicago by a thousand cuts. SpEd took its first major…

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Joel Klein’s Amplify Lays Off 2/3 of Its Employees: “The Cold, Inhumane Hand of Capitalism at Work”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This morning, Amplify laid off two-thirds of its staff–some 800 people. Amplify is a division of Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp. Its CEO is education reformer Joel Klein. Murdoch invested $1 billion in Klein’s Amplify.…

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