Daily Archives: September 21, 2015

Deasy Supporters Seek Role in Picking New Superintendent

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A grou of “civic leaders” met with Los Angeles school board president Steve Zimmer to ask him to put them in charge of screening candidates for the new superintendent. Some of these groups…

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Wendy Lecker: Shame on Governor Malloy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Civil rights attorney Wendy Lecker excoriates Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy for favoring privately-managed charter schools over underfunded urban public schools. Lecker thinks Malloy should be guided by some recent court decisions. “Charter schools…

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TFA Tries To Marginalize Critical Alumni Voices

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
A few weeks ago the book ‘Teach For America Counter-Narratives:  Alumni Speak Up And Speak Out’ was released.  Edited by T. Jameson Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais, the book features 20 chapters, each written…

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Gary Rubinstein: This Is the Book That TFA Does NOT Want You to Read

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gary Rubinstein, a former member of Teach for America, now a career math teacher in Stuyvesant High School in New York City, has become one of the most formidable critics of TFA, albeit…

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Shocker: Kevin Johnson and His “Secret Government” in Sacramento

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article by Dave McKenna is an investigative report centered on the activities of Mayor Kevin Johnson of Sacramento (husband of Michelle Rhee). Johnson was a major basketball star back in the day,…

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New York: The Fight Over Cuomo’s Punitive Test-Based Evaluation Rules Is NOT OVER!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fred LeBrun of the Albany Times-Union says the battle over Cuomo’s teacher evaluation plan is not over yet. What the Regents adopted last week was an extension of emergency regulations, and there is…

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Peg Robertson Eviscerates “Teach Like a Champion”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peg Robertson has been teaching for 19 years in elementary schools in Colorado. To say that she is a passionate teacher would be an understatement. Peg is the founder and leader of United…

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Schneider and Greene: Arne Duncan Cheers Low Test Scores, Says Teachers Have Been Lying to Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There he goes again! Arne Duncan loves, loves, loves to say that schools and teachers have been lying to our kids. They are really very dumb, and yet they have been getting promoted,…

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Arthur Camins: Why Schools Cannot Cure Poverty

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arthur Camins, who writes brilliantly about education, left a comment about a post he wrote a few years ago. It is as timely now as it was then. Arthur is the Director of…

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California Promises a “Dramatic” Change in Helping Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This sounds hopeful. California has established a new agency to help and monitor struggling schools, and it will be led by a veteran educator, Carl Cohn. I know Carl Cohn. He is the…

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