Daily Archives: September 14, 2015

Jack Covey: The Billionaire Boys Club Buys Half of Los Angeles Public School Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jack Covey, a frequent commenter on the blog, reacts to the news that Eli Broad and a few of his billionaire friends plan to siphon off half of Los Angeles’ school children into…

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Ohio Common Core Test Results: An Innovation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ohio has withdrawn from the federally funded PARCC test, but the results came in from last spring’s tests. A little more than one-third “met expectations.” Put another way, nearly two-thirds “failed.” Under the…

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Laurene Powell Jobs Shells Out $50 Million for Same Old Same Old

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laurene Powell Jobs, widow if Steve Jobs, inherited several billions. She has now decided to make a big move into redesigning the American high school. To advise her, she has hired a former…

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California Charter School Test Scores Plummet

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The test scores for most charter schools, like most public schools, declined sharply on the new Smarter Balanced tests of the Common Core. Rocketship charters, in particular, did poorly. The typical response of…

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A BASIS Charter Parent Explains Why She Is Moving Her Son to Public School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This comment appeared on the blog, written by a parent who knows the BASIS charter schools well and whose son is doing very well. BASIS charters are regularly recognized as among the very…

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Jeff Bryant: How Jeb Bush Turned Florida’s Schools into a Cesspool of Corruption, Chaos, and Cronyism

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeb Bush is trying to present himself to the public as a moderate. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When it comes to education, Jeb Bush boasts of the wonderful transformation of…

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New York: Why the Regents Should Oppose Governor Cuomo’s Teacher Evaluation Plan at Its Meeting This Week

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article was posted originally on September 9. Somehow it disappeared from my WordPress files and from the Internet. I sent out a call to readers and several sent it back to me.…

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Los Angeles Times Endorses Vast Expansion of Privatization of LAUSD

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles Times endorses Eli Broad’s plan to move at least half the public school students into privately managed charter schools. It does so while recognizing that charter schools have (at best)…

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Philadelphia: Firm Paid $34 Million, Fails to Find Subs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The firm hired to fill 5,000 substitutes for Philadelphia public schools has managed to hire only 11% of the number needed. The firm was paid $34 million. The money might have been better…

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Who Won the British National Contest for Teaching Grit?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robin Alexander of the Cambridge Primary Review Trust reports on the results of the British national competition to find and reward the schools that are best at teaching “grit.” He writes: The Department…

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