Daily Archives: October 27, 2015

Arthur Camins: A Better Way to Assess Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader Arthur Camins offered this comment about the renewed debate about testing: I am cautiously optimistic that the Obama Administration has taken tentative steps to reduce over-testing. However, I don’t see evidence that…

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Marc Tucker: The U.S. DOE’s “Mea Culpa” Did Not Go Far Enough

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marc Tucker is glad to see the U.S. Department of Education acknowledging that American students spend too much time being tested and preparing for tests. But, he writes, it didn’t go far enough…

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Ohio: Chair of House Education Committee Calls Public Schools “Socialism”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
State Representative Andrrw Brenner recently became chairman of Ohio’s House Education Committee. His views are extreme, to say the least. He believes that public schools are socialistic, along the lines of the old…

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Gates Undercover

Originally posted on Save Maine Schools:
Several months ago, while conducting some much overdue research into the back-story of Common Core, I stumbled across a document from the Gates Foundation that painted such a frighteningly clear picture of next-gen ed-reform…

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“Education, Inc.” Showing in NYC Today

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The featured documentary, Education Inc., explores how public education is under attack not only here in the Empire State, but across the nation. From Colorado to Chicago to New York State, millionaires, billionaires…

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Georgia: $600,000 Missing from Charter School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Maureen Downey tells the story on her blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Georgia was late opening charters so it has not seen scandals like Ohio and Florida. Here is the first big one.…

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Maine: How the Gates Foundation Bought Our Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emily Talmage, Maine teacher and blogger, began to wonder whether there was a connection between Maine’s Common Core standards, its Smarter Balanced tests, and its proficiency-based tests. She did some research, and you…

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South Carolina: A Northern Educator Looks Behind “Southern Hospitality”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After a career in education in Pennsylvania, Arnold Hillman and his wife Carol decided to move to Hilton Head, South Carolina, after their retirement. They spent 35 years advocating for children in rural…

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Mitchell Robinson: Who’s Who in the Education Wars

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, professor of music education and blogger, ponders whether the education wars are winding down. He thinks not. The contention over policy issues remains profound. To help explicate the issues, he has…

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The Waltons Promote the (Failing) Tennessee ASD

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On October 26, 2015, the Walton Foundation sent this email to subscribers of its Walton Family Foundation (WFF) list, wffnews@wffmail.com.  Here is an excerpt: Dear [Name], Bobby White graduated from Frayser High School…

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