Daily Archives: November 6, 2015

Lawsuit Accuses Achievement First Charter School of Denying Appropriate Treatment to Students with Disabilities

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A lawsuit was filed in federal court on behalf of five students at Achievement First Crown Heights, claiming that the charter school did not provide mandated services “and were punished for behavior that…

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Mike Petrilli and I Have a Brief Exchange about International Test Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I knew Mike Petrilli well, back when I was a trustee of the Thomas B. Fordham Foundation and Institute in D.C. But after I became disillusioned with testing and school choice, I didn’t…

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Hillsborough County Will Ditch Bill Gates’ Teacher Evaluation Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What if you build it and it collapses? Well, you can always try to “stay the course.” Or, in the case of Hillsborough County, Florida, you can start all over again and just…

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Mercedes Schneider: Petrilli and Wright Make an Argument That is Full of Holes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider reviewed Mike Petrilli and Brandon Wright’s article asserting that poverty does not explain the poor performance of American students on international tests. Although she teaches high school English in Louisiana, Schneider…

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Tim Farley: The Frightening Plans for New York: Competency Based Education, or Embedded Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tim Farley is a parent and educator in upstate New York. He is on the board of New York State Allies of Parents and Educators (NYSAPE), which led the historic 2015 opt out…

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Camp Philos: Where Privatizers Meet

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last year, Camp Philos had its first meeting in a remote area of the Adirondacks of New York. Governor Cuomo was the keynote speaker at this gathering of philosophers who strategize about replacing…

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Peter Greene: The Difference Between Magnets and Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene here responds brilliantly to those charter advocates who defend the selectivity of charters by comparing them to public magnet schools. The charter defenders say that magnet schools select their students too.…

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More Magical Thinking about Technology in Schools

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I watched the World Series and saw both New York Mets and Kansas City Royal fans wearing hats, shirts, and displaying signs designed to get their teams to win.…

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Petrilli and Wright’s Porous Article on Mediocre Test Scores

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In November 2015, Fordham Institute’s Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright published an article entitled, “America’s Mediocre Test Scores,” which is slated to appear in the Winter 2016 issue of Education Next. The article has a number of limitations…

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Jeb’s Foundation for Educational Excellence Celebrates Mississippi’s Higher Standards Day After State Defeats Funding Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is incredible timing. Yesterday, voters in Mississippi turned down an initiative to increase state funding for public schools. They were urged on by Governor Phil Bryant and the Republican leadership of the…

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