Daily Archives: September 8, 2015

Rupert Murdoch’s New York Post Goes Bonkers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Can you believe this? While everyone else is complaining that Governor Cuomo is crushing teachers with his punitive and research-less teacher evaluation plan, the New York Post complains that Governor Cuomo has capitulated…

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The Waltons’ War Against Public Schools and How Regular Folks Beat Them in Their Own Backyard

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Learn how the Waltons–the billionaires who own Walmart–are trying to replace public schools with privately managed charters and vouchers and to eliminate teachers’ unions. Learn how the people of Arkansas said no and…

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Los Angeles: The Scandal-Plagued Legacy of John Deasy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Zahira Torres and Howard Blume wrote a blockbuster assessment of John Deasy’s tumultuous tenure as superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Being good reporters, they bent over backwards to tell this…

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Denver Outsources Principal Training to Charter Organization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Denver Public Schools awarded a large contract to “Relay Graduate School of Education” to train principals and other staff in the public schools. This year, 70 Denver administrative personnel attended Relay training.…

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Carol Burris: School Closures: A Failed National Strategy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris, the executive director of the Network for Public Education, writes here about the ruinous, failed policy of closing schools because of their test scores. This odious, undemocratic practice started with No…

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Carmen Farina: Our Plans for Improving Public Education in NYC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carmen Farina, Chancellor of the New York City public schools, here describes her plans to improve the public schools in a district with 1.1 million students. She wrote this post in response to…

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“The best anti-poverty program around is….” a strong union.

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Source: “The best anti-poverty program around is….” a strong union.

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NY Daily News to Opt Out Parents: DROP DEAD

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In 1975, New York City’s government teetered on the verge of bankruptcy. The city’s leaders appealed to the Gerald Ford administration for financial help. President Ford said no. The New York Daily News…

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Research Influence on Classroom Practice (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Educational researchers have debated among themselves for decades the degree to which past and current studies have had an impact upon how teachers have taught and students have learned.…

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John Thompson: Shame on the “Liberals” and Democrats Who Stand Against Unions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Historian and teacher John Thompson reminds us of why unions are necessary: to protect workers against predatory, greedy, heedless bosses. He tells about the jobs where workers risk their lives and where more…

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