Daily Archives: October 20, 2015

Phyllis Bush: Why There is a Teacher Shortage in Indiana–and the Legislature Doesn’t Care

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Phyllis Bush is a member of the Board of the Network for Public Education. She is a retired teacher and a passionate fighter for better public schools. She is one of the leaders…

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Peter Greene on Eva’s Demand for an Apology

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I get the impression, reading Peter Greene’s latest post, that he doesn’t think Eva Moskowitz deserves an apology from John Merrow or PBS. He says she has created an empire of her own,…

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How ridiculous would it be if we did this to our schools? (Oh wait, we did.)

Here’s a thought experiment about charter schools from Mitchell Robinson, an associate professor and chair of music education at Michigan State University. Before moving to Michigan State, Robinson taught music for 10 years in the Fulton City School District in New York … Continue reading

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Florida: House Minority Leader Supports Opt Out!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mark Pafford, House Minority Leader in the Florida legislature, supports parents who tell their children to opt out of standardized testing. Pafford says that Florida does not have the public education system that…

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NPE Action Fund Endorses Dr. Lottie Beebe for Louisiana State Board of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The NPE Political Action Fund endorses Dr. Lottie Beebe for election to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Zealots for privatization captured the Board at the last election. Help supporters of…

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Four Billionaires Hope to Buy Control of the Louisiana State Board of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider writes here about the latest campaign filings of funds received. Four billionaires have donated huge sums to purchase seats on the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The board under…

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Does Integrating Computers into Lessons Mean That Teaching Has Changed?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For many years the rhetoric and substance of national reports written by bands of technologists eager to see electronic devices work their wonder on children and adults in schools…

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Jason France’s Leadership in the Common Core Fight in Louisiana and Why He is the Best Candidate in District 6

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish:
One of the re-occurring questions I get on the campaign trail is my position on Common Core.? So let me say this in no uncertain terms – Common Core is a disaster for Louisiana. I…

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Mitchell Chester Wants to Create a PARCC-MCAS Hybrid

Originally posted on deutsch29:
From Massachusetts, where the commissioner of education, Mitchell Chester, chairs the PARCC consortium and the state is supposed to choose between the state test, MCAS, and PARCC on November 17, 2015: Chester suggests… an MCAS-PARCC hybrid???…

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As Long As We Are Demanding Apologies….

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader named mrobmsu left a comment on the last post, the one saying that Eva Moskowitz demands an apology from PBS and John Merrow. It made me laugh out loud. (LOL). Here…

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