Daily Archives: December 2, 2015

Adelanto (CA) School Board Votes to Cancel Desert Trails Charter

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The first-ever use of the parent trigger, one of the very few ever in any state, was at the Desert Trails Elementary School in Adelanto, California. The Gates-, Walton-, and Broad-funded Parent Revolution…

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Why FairTest Supports ESSA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
FairTest has been the staunchest, most persistent critic of standardized testing for decades. Monty Neill explains here why FairTest supports ESSA, with full recognition of its faults. ? He writes: ? “From an…

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What’s In the ESSA About Accountability?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is a report from the Washington Post on the accountability features of the Every Student Succeeds Act. ? “Specifically, under the Every Student Succeeds Act: ? “The testing regime remains in place.…

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A Real Solution to the Infinitesimal Cases of Child Predators in Our Schools

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Pat Toomey is obsessed with child predators in our public schools. When I came to Washington, D.C., this summer to visit 
the U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania, he was lobbying to get his “Passing the Trash” bill…

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Warning! ESSA Threatens Special Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Beverley Holden Johns is a nationally recognized expert on special education. She is alarmed that the new “Every Student Succeeds Act” permits states to engage in “pay for success” plans, where investors earn…

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Amanda Koonlaba: The Facts About School Choice

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Amanda Koonlaba, a teacher in Mississippi, reminds us of the origins and purpose of school choice: racial segregation. How soon we forget. Only two countries have adopted school choice: Chile and Sweden. Main…

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Mercedes Schneider Provides More Details about Proposed ESSA Law

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider is one of the few people who have read all (or almost all) of the 1,000 page plus behemoth that is the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015. Her latest post…

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Shocker! Howard Blume, L.A. Times: Secret PAC Funded Pro-Charter Candidates with $2.3 Million

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Howard Blume of the Los Angeles Times reports that a secret PAC assembled $2.3 million and funneled it to the political arm of the California Charter Schools Association, which used it to finance…

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Preparing for the Post-NCLB World

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Barring substantial shifts in the political landscape, both houses of Congress are expected to vote on the re-authorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act which has just come out of the conference…

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA): More Observations

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On Monday, November 20, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) document was made public. It is 1,061 pages long and is being rushed to the full House for a vote on December 02, 2015. (Note: Some…

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