Daily Archives: September 22, 2015

Florida: How Politicians Are Ruining the Teaching Profession

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A key Republican leader, who is closely tied to Florida’s booming and profitable charter industry, slipped into the state budget a bill to pay a bonus to teachers with high SAT scores. His…

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Houston Student Leader Explains Why Students Fight for Equitable Funding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
More than 600 school districts are suing the state of Texas for equitable funding. Two Houston students filed an amicus brief on behalf if other students. Here, one of them–Zaakir Tameez– explains why…

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Who Will Hold the Charter Schools Accountable?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Patrick Kerkstra writes that he was always skeptical when anyone suggested that charters (at least some of them) were seeking profits. Now, having read about what is happening in Philadelphia, he is not…

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Seattle Teachers Slam the VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the major victories of the Seattle Education Association was that it reached agreement with the district to eliminate VAM. Henceforth, teachers will not be judged by the test scores of their…

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Jesse Hagopian: Seattle Teachers Went on Strike for Social Justice: A Historic Victory!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jesse Hagopian teaches history and is the adviser to the Black Student Union at Garfield High School–the site of the historic boycott of the MAP test in 2013–and is an associate editor for…

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Los Angeles Times Reveals Eli Broad’s $490 Million Plan to Expand Privatization in L.A.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times obtained a copy of Eli Broad’s plan to build charter schools for half the students in Los Angeles. The plan projects that it will cost $490…

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Beardsley: Does the Texas State Constitution of 1876 Require High-Stakes Testing and VAM?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein Beardsley patiently waded through a report produced by the George W. Bush Institute in Texas and discovered an argument that the language of the Texas State Constitution leads inexorably to high-stakes…

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Report: Scott Walker is Dropping Out of Presidential Race

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Oh, Scotty, we hardly knew ye! Walker will be dropping out of the Republican primary. With his standing at 1/2 of 1%, he can’t raise enough money to continue. Apparently the Koch brothers…

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Raw Scores, Scaled Scores, and Louisiana’s PARCC-ish Tests

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
A number of Louisiana parents are insisting that the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) release raw score information on the PARCC-sort-of test that it administered in spring 2015 to students in grades…

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Like Obama, Clinton Likely to Promise Big, Give Hope, and Disappoint

Originally posted on 34justice:
The discrepancy between Barack Obama’s campaign rhetoric and actions as President have disappointed many of his former supporters.  In this post, the first in a series focused primarily on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, Emilio da…

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