Daily Archives: September 23, 2015

What the Washington State Charter Decision Can Teach Connecticut

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonathan Pelto has covered the charter school scams and scandals in Connecticut and often pointed out that the charters with the highest scores don’t accept the lowest performing students. That was the original…

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BREAKING NEWS: Plans Formed to Privatize All Public Schools in Camden, New Jersey

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The privatizers have been searching for the past decade for a “proof point” that privatization is the path to a great education that will lift all children out of poverty, thereby avoiding the…

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Stop writing your name in Cursive. You have had Several Warnings.

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
Megan Zander at She Knows wrote a post with this headline: Teacher’s aggressive note on 7-year-old’s homework goes viral, and many of the comments are critical of teachers and schools for…

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Los Angeles: Board Split Over Plan to Privatize Education for Half Its Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles Times reports that the school board of Los Angeles is split over Eli Broad’s ambitious and undemocratic plan to create privately managed charters for half the students in the city’s…

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Pennsylvania: Charters Pile on Debt, While Public Schools Are Negected

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In Philadelphia, thanks to state law, the city’s public schools are in dire need of renovation, while charter schools build and acquire facilities they can’t afford. Here is one of the articles that…

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New For-Profit Charter Chain Expanding, Buying Two Ohio Charter Chains

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A new, for-profit charter chain named Pansophic is planning to take over charter chain schools in Ohio. The linked story was published in June, but there have been no follow-ups since then. Either…

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Peter Greene Roasts the Billionaire Plan to Privatize L.A. Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene is a master of close reading. In this post, he deconstructs Eli Broad’s audacious plan to take over half the students in Los Angeles and out them in charter schools. Peter…

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Turner-Agassi Starts $1 Billion Fund for New Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It is alarming to see private capital and equity investors getting into the business of financing charter schools. And making a handsome profit. Of course, they would not invest unless the profit were…

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Who Got Money from the Walton Family Foundation? You Might Be Surprised

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Walton Family Foundation gave away $375 million last year. It gave away $202 million to educational groups. The foundation’s money is generated by the vast earnings of Walmart. The foundation was established…

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OECD Report: Puzzles To Solve (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In this post, I will sketch out two puzzles that emerge from the OECD report, “Students, Computers, and Learning.” The first arises from the gap between high PISA test…

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