Daily Archives: November 18, 2015

Why Is United Opt Out Being “Frozen Out” of Narratives of Test Resistance? – by Mark Naison

Originally posted on Poetic Justice:
Poetic Justice supports the brave and powerful work done by United Opt Out led by Peggy Robertson, Morna McDermott, and the other brave UOO administrators and question why Fair Test would not include them in…

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Petition Addressed to LAUSD Board: Do Not Hire Inexperienced TFA for Students with Disabilities

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A group of parents, teachers, and scholars wrote a petition to the board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is hiring Teach for America to supply inexperienced teachers for students with…

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Mercedes Schneider Transcribes Walmart’s Anti-Union Video

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider obtained a copy of a Walmart video for new employees, warning them not to join a union. The video was online, then taken down. She transcribed it, in the event it…

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Denis Smith: What if Ohio Charter Schools Were Subject to Recall? The Risks of Deregulation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith used to work for the Ohio Department of Education, where he oversaw the charter schools. Now that he has retired, he can speak freely. ? In this post, he reflects on…

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Carol Burris: New York’s Teacher Evaluation Crashes and Burns, Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I wish someone would take the time to figure out how many hundreds of millions or billions New York state has spent to implement the Race to the Top, which brought the state…

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Live Webcast: Senate Expected to Meet with House on ESEA This Afternoon

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The following ESEA reauthorization update comes from Politico’s Morning Education post dated 11-18-15. The first ESEA House-Senate conference committee meeting is scheduled for today (2:30 ET) and is to be webcast (watch it live here). NCLB…

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Emily Talmage Writes a Warning to Mark Zuckerberg

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emily Talmage teaches fourth grade in Maine. She wasn’t supposed to be a career teacher. She went to Exeter, then Amherst, and became a teacher through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program.…

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Bret Wooten: Dark Secrets of the Classroom

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bret Wooten, a businessman in a small town in Texas, was puzzled about why his wife, a second grade teacher, spent so much money on her students. At tax time, he reminded her…

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Paul Thomas: The Very Persistent Delusions of Billionaire Edu-Reformers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What is it about billionaires that makes them either fascinating or punching bags or both? For some, it may be envy; it may be admiration; it may be a sense of injustice that…

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ESEA Reauthorization Moving Forward: House Appoints Conference Committee Members

Originally posted on deutsch29:
House, Senate, and, likely, White House negotiations regarding the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) have been happening behind the scenes since roughly late September. It seems that a single bill has been…

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