Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

Fairtest: The Latest News about Testing Resistance and Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This was a big week for news about standardized testing and test scores. Two major stories dominated the week’s news. President Obama’s belated recognition of standardized exam overkill and another federal government report…

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Ohio: Public School Districts Bill State for Revenue Lost to Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ohio Equity and Adequacy Coalition reports that public school districts are billing the state for revenue lost to state-created charters. Thus far, three districts have billed the state. There are likely to be…

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Yohuru Williams: An Amazing Speech on the Real Civil Rights Movement of Our Time

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dr. Yohuru Williams, historian at Fairfield University in Connecticut, recently delivered a blockbuster speech to a conference on educational justice in New York City. He begins by quoting FDR on the Four Freedoms,…

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Jeb Bush Supports Corporal Punishment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
If anyone hit my child, I would have them arrested. Thanks to reader FLERP! for bringing this to our attention: From Jeb Bush’s “Profiles in Character.” “It’s not just our inner city streets…

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Myra Blackmon: Zero Tolerance Makes Matters Worse

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Myra Blackmon writes for Athens Online in Athens, Georgia. This column was posted on Maureen Downey’s “Get Schooled” blog in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Blackmon says that punishment doesn’t work when students lose control…

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John Thompson: Do Not Treat Difficult Students Like Criminals

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, explains that there are good alternatives to corporal punishment in school. Student discipline problems are rarely appropriately addressed by treating students with police tactics, as if they were…

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Anthony Cody: Corporal Punishment Should Be Banned

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Anthony Cody writes that corporal punishment is legal in 19 states. Children may be spanked, beaten, or whipped, with–and sometimes without–parental consent. The children likeliest to suffer from these practices are disproportionately African-American…

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KIPP New Orleans: Classroom Hiring that Excludes Most Teach for America “Talent”

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Today I learned an interesting fact about KIPP New Orleans: Its teacher qualifications include a required minimum of two years of full time teaching experience: Qualified Candidates Have: At least two years of teaching experience (required) A bachelor’s…

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Contact Rachel Maddow to Put Education in the Debate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rachel Maddow will ask questions at the Democratic debate tomorrow. Please AOL her and urge her to ask a question about the forgotten subject: K-12 education. Will the candidates continue the disastrous Bush-Obama…

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Angela Engel: Interpreting the Colorado Elections

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Angela Engel is a public education activist in Colorado. Here is her summary of the Colorado school board elections. She writes: Display problems? View this newsletter in your browser. — Thank you Nancy…

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