Daily Archives: October 29, 2015

David Greene: Teachers or Technology?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Teacher and teacher trainer David Greene tells a true story about a teacher in an unnamed district. Read it and see what you think. “Derrick’s Story” The other night I had dinner with…

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Jesse Hagopian on the Obama Administration’s Change of View on Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jesse Hagopian wrote the following essay for the blog. Jesse is an associate editor for Rethinking Schools magazine and teaches history at Garfield High School. Jesse is the editor of the book, More Than…

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Whom Do You Believe? Singer or Bloomberg?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alan Singer thinks that President Obama didn’t go far enough to reduce testing. He thinks the “Testing Action Plan” is empty rhetoric. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/alan-singer/obama-fails-on-testing_b_8415776.html Michael Bloomberg thinks the President was wrong to discount the…

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Why Michigan Lost $45 Million for New Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Detroit Free-Press speculates about why Ichigan did not win $45 million to create new charter schools. Well, it could be because the stat does not exercise oversight of charter authorizers or charter…

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Michigan: Reform and the School-to-Profit Pipeline

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last week, the Center for Media and Democracy released a detailed (though not complete) list of financial scandals in the charter industry. In Michigan, the CMD identified 25 “ghost” charters that received $1.7…

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New Report: Cyber Charter Schools’ Performance Is Dismal

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Most virtual charters schools are educational frauds. But they are very profitable.The corporation provides a computer, some printed materials, and access to an underpaid, overburdened teacher who is monitoring many screens. In return,…

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Bertis Downs: How Our Impoverished District is Making Progress

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bertis Downs lives in Athens, Georgia, in one of the state’s poorest communities. He is a great advocate for public education and is also a member of the board of the Network for…

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The NAEP Indictment of Corporate Reform

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On October 28, 2015, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released the 2015 “Nation’s Report Card”– the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. Students across the nation are randomly selected to complete the NAEP,…

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There is a joke in here somewhere….

Originally posted on Public School Mama:
What do you do when you feel that your child’s education is under attack by the state legislature? You get yourself out of bed and you get yourself down to the state house for…

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Jeb Bush Has a Bad Habit of Belittling Liberal Arts Degrees, Even Though He Has One

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeb Bush has made some comments mocking people with liberal arts degrees. He has a liberal arts degree in Latin American Studies. In this column, Valerie Strauss posts some of the wonderful tweets…

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