Daily Archives: October 15, 2015

California Cancels Exit Exams, Offers Diplomas to Students Who Failed to Pass Tests Since 2006

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
California decided to cancel its high school exit exam. Now the state is trying to locate 32,000 students who were denied diplomas since 2006 because they did not pass the exam, but met…

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Jeanne Kaplan: Charter Schools Are Not Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As you may or may not recall, I posted Jeannie Kaplan’s assertion that reform in Denver is failing, has failed, and is unwilling to change its course. In response to her post, Mike…

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A Debate About Whether the Walton Foundation and Markets Promote Equity for Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rick Cohen of the Nonprofit Quarterly has a must-read report on a recent debate about the Walton Family Foundation. The report and the debate about it were sponsored by the National Committee for…

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The New York Times: The Walton Family Has Bankrolled Charters Across the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This story is a bit more than a year old, but it remains relevant as an update on the education “reforms” favored by the mammoth Walton Family Foundation. It has spent more than…

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What You Need to Know about the Walton Family Foundation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This study of the Walton Family Foundation was published in 2012 by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. It provides a history of the family fortune and a description of the Walton family…

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Who’s Who in the Privatization Movement: The Foundation World

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This report by the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy dates from 2007, yet it is still a powerful and important read. It lists every foundation that gives substantial funding to school privatization. By…

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Why Bennett Kayser’s Re-Election Matters

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BREAKING NEWS: LAUSD Board Votes to Fire Rafe Esquith

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles school board voted to terminate famed teacher Rafe Esquith. The Los Angeles Board of Education voted this week to fire nationally recognized teacher Rafe Esquith, following a misconduct investigation that…

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Near Silence on Education at First Democratic Debate

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
None. Null. Nada. That’s how many questions CNN anchors asked presidential hopefuls about America’s public schools at the first Democratic Debate. Imagine if Anderson Cooper and company had been silent on Climate Change. The candidates would…

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Why Rahm Emanuel Is the Luckiest Mayor in the Land

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Chicago has some serious problems. Homicides have increased. The indictment of the Mayor’s hand-picked CEO by his hand-picked school board is bad news. But crime and corruption have taken a back seat to…

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