Daily Archives: September 28, 2015

New York Law Targets Schools with High Opt Out Rates

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Despite the claims by top officials that parents were free to make the decision to opt out, the new Cuomo law will place schools into receivership if they don’t reach a 95% participation…

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Corporate Reformers Swarm Atlanta Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
With the Georgia legislature poised to crate a statewide charter district modeled in Tennessee’s failed “Achievement School District,” the usual cast of reform characters have rushed in to privatize as many of Atlanta’s…

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Kevin Johnson, Husband of Rhee, in Trouble as Old Charges of Sexual Abuse Resurface

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The young woman who charged Kevin Johnson with sexual abuse many years ago has come forward to tell her story. Johnson was a major basketball star at the time. He is now Mayor…

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Tweet Jennifer Hudson: Do Not Support Billionaires Privatizing Public Schools!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The billionaires’ front group called “Families for Excellent Schools” has enlisted the actress Jennifer Hudson to support their campaign for charter schools. She probably thinks these are regular families, not realizing that the…

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Where Is Eli Broad When He Is Really Needed?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Billionaire Eli Broad has proposed a plan to privatize the schooling of 50% of the students in Los Angeles. He plans to pool $490 million from fellow billionaires to achieve his goal. If…

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Broad and Walton Fund a Study to Promote More Charters Schools in D.C.

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Big surprise. A study funded by the Broad Foundation and the Walton Foundation recommends more charters for the District of Columbia. The report, “A Tale of Two Systems: Education Reform in Washington D.C.,”…

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John Ewing: Let’s Celebrate Our Dedicated Teachers!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Ewing is a mathematician and president of Math for America, an organization that supports STEM education. In this excellent post, he explains how the past several years of teacher-bashing has been deeply…

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New Research: Spending DOES Make a Difference, Especially for the Poorest Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It should not be a surprise to learn that money matters. Certainly, affluent parents choose private schools and suburban districts with small classes, experienced teachers, and beautiful facilities. Meanwhile, the children who live…

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The Case of Malala: Would My Alma Mater Require an SAT for Admission?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In our blog discussion of Stanford’s requirement that Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai must take the SAT, a reader suggested that she should apply to Wellesley instead. Wellesley is my alma mater, and…

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A Teacher in Illinois: The Tests Are a Fraud

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dr. Terri Reid-Schuster writes: I was disgusted by my IEA President, Cinda Klickna’s, response regarding the low scores soon to be released in Illinois. I sent her the following: Dear Cinda Klickna, I…

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