Daily Archives: October 28, 2015

NPE Action Fund Endorses Helen Gym for Philadelphia City Council

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education Action Fund endorses Helen Gym, a fighter for public schools and children. NPE Action is proud to join the growing list of organizations endorsing Helen Gym in the…

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Best Thing Andrew Cuomo Has Done in Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that Dr. Jere Hochman, the superintendent of the Bedford school district, will become his chief education advisor. Jere Hochman is a wise and experienced educator. Maybe he can…

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John Thompson: Pity the Disposable Principals

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, says that he usually doesn’t worry about principals, but this piece demonstrates that he knows the stress they are under in the current context of fire first, aim…

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Kevin Welner: Reformers, Please Stop Making Excuses for NAEP Scores!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kevin Welner, executive director of the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado, has advice for the test-loving reformers: Stop making excuses! For the past 15 years or more, a passel…

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Massachusetts: Don’t Raise the Charter Cap

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Massachusetts is widely considered the state with the most successful public schools in the nation. Its students outperform the rest of the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. The state has…

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Carole Meyer: What Happens to the Principals Fired Because of Race to the Top?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Education is a profession that is supposed to be about nurturing, developing, helping, supporting, and building not only intellectual competence but affective qualities. Race to the Top, with its harsh and punitive approach…

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Carol Burris on the Drop in NAEP Scores: “No Excuses!”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris, experienced educator and executive director of the Network for Public Education, writes hereL about the 2015 NAEP scores. She reminds us that Arne Duncan crowed about the scores in 2013. His…

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NAEP Scores Released Today, Showing the Fiasco of NCLB and Race to the Top

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sometimes events happen that seem to be disconnected, but after a few days or weeks, the pattern emerges. Consider this: On October 2, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced that he was resigning…

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Naep Scores Stagnant: Duncan Says Wait a Decade

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The 2015 NAEP scores were released at midnight. For the first time in many years, the scores in math and reading were flat or declining. The story was the same across the nation.…

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New York: Cuomo’s Chief Education Advisor Has Conflicts of Interest

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Richard Parsons, chair of Governor Cuomo’s Common Core Commission, works for a firm that invests in education technology and has contracts with the state, according to the Long Island Business News. “One of…

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