Daily Archives: September 25, 2015

Politico: How States Are Coping with Teacher Shortage

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Now we know the outcome of the reformers’ campaign to put a “great teacher” in every classroom (or at least a great computer). They unleashed their teacher-bashing campaign in 2010 with the release…

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Buffalo: Elia Set to Take Control of Struggling Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At Governor Andrew Cuomo’s insistence, New York has compiled a list of the state’s low-performing schools that have been given an ultimatum: improve significantly in one or two years or go into “receivership.”…

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Study of Teacher Diversity: Number of Black Teachers Declining in Nine Major Cities

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Albert Shanker Institute studied teacher diversity in nine important cities: Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. What they learned was that the proportion…

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Eli Broad, the Billionaire at war with democracy, the want-to-be Emperor of Southern California

Originally posted on Crazy Normal – the Classroom Exposé:
This post is about Eli Broad’s Hostile Takeover of the democratic Los Angeles Unified School District and his goal to control and own the media in Southern California. Who is Eli…

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Elia: We Are Sticking with Common Core, No Matter What the Public Thinks

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
State Superintendent MaryEllen Elia said Néw York would stick with Common Core, no matter that public opinion does not support it. A Siena College poll found that 64% of Néw York voters either…

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EduShyster: Three “White Shoe” Law Firms Sue to Lift the Charter Cap in Massachusetts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
EduShyster reports that three of the city’s leading law firms have filed a lawsuit to overturn the state’s cap on the number of charter schools. The irony is that they are suing the…

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In Puerto Rico, Students Go On Strike to Stop Teacher Relocations

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Students streamed out of their classrooms chanting in unison in the mountainous Utuado region of Puerto Rico earlier this month. They took over the halls and doorways of Luis Muñoz Rivera High School on Thursday, Sept.…

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Los Angeles: Public Magnet Schools Outperform Charter Schools–By Far

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Parent activist Karen Wolfe reported that public magnet schools far outperformed privtately managed charter on the recent state tests. The report released by Cortines said: ““While overall results indicate that independent charter schools…

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Peter Greene Describes His Vision of Education “in a Perfect World”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Whenever anyone dares to challenge the corporate reformers’ ideas, whenever anyone points out that all their plans have come to nought, when anyone says that they are demoralizing teachers and promoting privatization, they…

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What Happens When a Top-Rated College Drops the SAT and ACT as Requirements for Admission?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last year, Hampshire College in Massachusetts decided that it would no longer require either the SAT or the ACT for admission. This made Hampshire different from the 800+ colleges that are “test-optional,” where…

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