Daily Archives: October 13, 2015

Chicago: More Barbara Byrd-Bennett Contracts Investigated

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Barbara Byrd-Bennett, former CEO of the Chicago public schools, is expected to plead guilty to charges of taking a kickback from a $23 million contract to a company she once worked for. Now,…

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Help the BATS Make a Difference!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Badass Teachers Association needs your help to expand their presence and voice. BATS are teachers who are bold, courageous, and outspoken on behalf of students, teachers, and public schools. They make a…

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U.S. Department of Education Continues to Pay Billions to Predatory For-Profit Colleges

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
If you have read recently that the U.S. Department of Education cracked down on predatory for-profit colleges, don’t believe it. Read this story in today’s New York Times. When the Obama administration agreed…

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Governor Rauner and First Lady Christen Nuclear Sub Built by Union Labor

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What a story. First Lady Michelle Obama joined with Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to christen a new $2.7 billion nuclear submarine. Rauner has cut programs for the homeless mentally ill and for children…

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Columbus Dispatch: Did Ohio Officials Lie to Win Charter Money?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bill Bush and Catherine Candisky of the Columbus (Ohio) Dispatch raise important questions about whether Ohio Department of Education officials lied when preparing the state’s application for federal charter funds. For most of…

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Schneider: When the Billionaires Bought the Louisiana State Board of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider, author, master blogger and high school teacher in Louisiana, writes here about a new video that will be screened across the state. She writes: “The 28-minute video near the end of…

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John Thompson: A Sad, Sad Year for Corporate Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, explains why corporate reformers are in a bad mood. Nothing seems to be working out as planned. The word is getting out that Néw Orleans was not a…

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Sacramento Bee Covers Charges Against Mayor Kevin Johnson

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Sacramento Bee, which has been very supportive of Mayor Kevin Johnson and also of corporate reform, posted a story about the postponement of the ESPN film about how he saved the hometown…

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John Merrow Tangles with Eva Moskowitz over Suspending Kindergartners!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Merrow, who reports on education for PBS, did a segment on suspensions for children in kindergarten. He focused on the Success Academy charter schools and compared it to a public school in…

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BREAKING NEWS: ESPN Shelves Its Documentary about Kevin Johnson

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
ESPN had planned to release a documentary about the life of NBA basketball star and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson (who is married to the controversial Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the District of…

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