Daily Archives: November 9, 2015

Jeannie Kaplan: How Big Money Bought Total Control of the Denver School Board

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan, who served two terms on the Denver school board, describes here how the usual monied privatizers managed to win every seat on the Denver school board at the same time that…

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Peter Greene: Why I Am Not Quitting

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene observes that there is a burgeoning number of “I Quit” letters by teachers. It has become a genre of its own. But he wants the world to know that he is…

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The Reformers’ War on Language and on Democracy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Maybe it is just me, but I find myself outraged by the “reformers’” incessant manipulation of language. “Reform” seldom refers to reform. “Reform” means privatization. “Reform” means assaults on the teaching profession. “Reform”…

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Hillary Clinton Speaks Up About Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We have been waiting for a member of the media to ask the Democratic and Republican candidates. Finally it happened, though not on national television. Journalist Roland Martin in South Carolina asked Hillary…

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Pennsylvania: Gov. Wolf Fights to Fund Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is locked in a budget impasse with the legislature. For five months, the state has been without a budget, and social services–including achools–are suffering. Apparently, he and legislators may…

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School vs. Society in America’s Failing Students

Here’s the good news: American schools may not be as bad as we have been led to believe. Ah, but here’s the bad news: The rest of American society is failing its disadvantaged citizens even more than we realize. The … Continue reading

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Outrage! Boston Mayor Plans to Close 36 Schools to Make Way for Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gave no indication in 2013 when he ran for office that he was a supporter of school privatization; his opponent John Connolly clearly was. Walsh accused Connolly–a charter school…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig Reviews Jim Horn’s Book About KIPP

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julian Vasquez Heilig explains that he first started researching charter schools because of his encounter with KIPP Austin. He planned to work with KIPP Austin on their problems with attrition of black male…

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Suspensions discouraged. Yeah, so?

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Ann Marie Corgill Says Goodbye to Her Students

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
  Ann Marie Corgill On October 30, 2015, 2014-15 Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill resigned from teaching after being informed by the Alabama State Department of Education that she would need to…

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