Daily Archives: December 3, 2015

Dean Skelos, Indicted Politician, Talks to Son Adam about His Lunch Plans

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader “”Rratto” asked if I could  post the tapes of the Dean Skelos conversation with his son Adam, wherein he mentions that he has plans to see Campbell Brown and some billionaires. Blogger…

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“Social Impact Bonds” Included in ESSA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
“Social Impact Bonds,” which are a bonanza for financial investors like Goldman Sachs, is included in the new ESSA that passed the House yesterday. All efforts to strip it out must concentrate on…

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Jacqueline Access: What Counts as “Success” for a Charter School?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jacqueline Access is a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, whose research focuses on urban school reform, performance assessment, small schools, and accountability. ? She writes: ? Some charters are continually referred to…

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Jeff Bryant: Pass ESSA, But No Celebrations, Please

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeff Bryant has written the best analysis of the Every Students Succeeds Act that I have seen to date. It is fraught with problems and perils, but it ends the failed NCLB and…

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Did the Mayor of Boston Promise to Close 36 Schools to Make Way for Charters?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A while back, I posted something written by a Boston blogger warning that Mayor Marty Walsh would close 36 Boston public schools and expand the number of charters. ? After a back and…

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Peter Greene: Won’t Someone Please Debate Campbell Brown?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reviews a puff piece about Campbell Brown in the Murdoch-owned conservative journal, and woe is Campbell. She wants to be taken seriously, but everyone ignores her. Worse, she has to share…

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Zuckerbergs Pledge Billions to “Personalized Learning,” Which Means?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr. Priscilla Chan are celebrating the birth of their daughter Max by promising to give away 99% of their shares in Facebook, about $45 billion. Their…

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John Thompson: The Failed Claims for Market-Driven Reforms

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, analyzes the specious arguments for market-driven reforms. (Note: Although John says that Susan Dynarsky’s New York Times article is “intellectually honest,” I previously wrote that she pulled the…

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Save Special Education, Not Profiteers!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
From Beverley Holden Johns: CALL D.C. ON PAY FOR SUCCESS NOW IN S. 1177, the new No Child Left Behind law (ESEA): You may be able to leave a message at any time,…

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Star Wars in North Carolina

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Stuart Egan is a high school teacher in North Carolina. ? He writes: ? ? Film and literature often depict human nature in precise ways, mimicking real life situations in colorful methods…

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