Daily Archives: November 4, 2015

Is Governor Rauner of Illinois One of the Nation’s Least Effective Governors?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governing magazine has named Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois as one of the two least effective governors in the nation, along with Governor Ricketts of Nebraska. Republican Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has been…

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Michigan: How Far Will a Charter School Go to Prevent Teachers from Joining a Union?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the story of an enthusiastic young teacher who eagerly sought a position in a Michigan charter school, only to be disillusioned by the administration’s indifference to teachers and their views about…

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Colorado: Mixed Election Results

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Voters in Jefferson County recalled their rightwing school board. Voters in Douglas County replaced their pro-voucher school board. But voters in Denver gave “reformers” a sweeping victory. The new board will be 7-0…

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Gene V. Glass: What Should Teachers Do in the Age of Reformation?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene V. Glass here quotes a young woman, Susan Tran, who completed her bachelor’s degree in Spanish and is now finishing graduate studies to be certified as an elementary school teacher. He wonders…

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Mississippi Votes Against Funding Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Act 42 failed in Mississippi. It would have required the state to fully fund public schools. The Republican legislature and governor fought it by proposing an alternative, deceptively named Act 42A, which maintains…

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Ben Carson Praises Home-Schooling, Criticizes Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I like Dr. Ben Carson’s demeanor: calm, cool, collected. But the things he says are often appalling. But in his calm voice, he often says things that are extremist. In this video, he…

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Five Platitudes from Bill Gates to Mark His 60th Birthday

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Huffington Post published a post with five of Bill Gates’ most memorable sayings. He says that he learns the most from dissatisfied customers. That’s a gem. But here are a few of…

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Let the #AERA16 humble games begin!!

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Voters Oust Reformers in Thompson County, Colorado

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reformers in Colorado had a bad day. The JeffCo board was recalled. The DougCo board was ousted. The president of the Denver school board was in a tight race and trailing. And voters…

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Denver School Board President in Tight Race

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Happy Haynes, president of the reformer majority on the Denver school board, is in an unexpectedly close race with challenger Robert Speth. At the moment, Speth is leading by less than 1%. This…

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