Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

Washington State Court Turns Down Charters Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Washington State Supreme Court turned down an appeal from its September ruling that charter schools are not public schools and cannot receive public funding. The vote was 5-4. Only one charter existed…

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Chicago: Facing Doomsday Choices

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Chicago public schools have absorbed cuts and layoffs and now faces a new crisis point. With a $500 budget deficit, the city is looking to the state to avoid the loss of…

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Farewell, NCLB, We Won’t Miss You

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The House-Senate conference committee overwhelmingly (39-1) endorsed an overhaul of the No Child Left Behind, which was the latest (and worst) revision of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The new…

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EduShyster: Liberty and Justice for a Few

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
EduShyster asks whether charter schools are “progressive.” Would you call the Walton Family Foundation, which hates unions, their biggest financial backer, progressive? Isn’t ALEC, with its model charter legislation, progressive? Would you call…

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Cartoons: Charles Schulz and Peanuts on Schooling

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The 65th anniversary of Peanuts is upon us. Cartoonist Charles Schulz has had an extraordinary hold on U.S. popular culture with his characters of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy,…

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Peter Greene Reviews the Latest Unmemorable Gates Study

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene is selfless. He reads all sorts of blah-blah trivia so we don’t have to. In this instance, he reviews a study of “personalized learning,” conducted mostly in charter schools. I hope…

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Leonie Haimson: Is Closing Schools Good for Students?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Leonie Haimson is a fearless advocate for students, parents, and public schools. She runs a small but mighty organization called Class Size Matters (I am one of its six board members), she…

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A Vote for David Vitter is a Vote for John White and Common Core

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish:
As you go to the polls tomorrow, I want you to keep this thought fixated in your mind.? A vote for David Vitter is a vote for Common Core.? Vitter has recently been proudly endorsed…

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ESEA Reauthorization Update: Conference Committee Is Already a Done Deal

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Well, the House and Senate conference committee met for 90 minutes on the morning of November 19, 2015, and they’re already done. The full text of what is now being called the Every Student Succeeds Act…

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Mike Klonsky Bids Farewell to Rahm’s “Liar-in-Chief”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rahm Emanuel is the leading union-buster of the Democratic party. How a man who served as President Obama’s chief-of-staff became so antagonistic to labor unions is a story that I don’t know. I…

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