Daily Archives: December 7, 2015

Daily Life in a No-Excuses Charter School: Is This Good Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene posted a commentary by Emily Kaplan, a teacher who worked in a no-excuses charter school in Boston, considered one of the best in the city because of its high test scores.…

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Mercedes Schneider on David Hursh’s New Book on Corporate Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider really liked reading David Hursh’s new book, The End of Public Schools: The Corporate Reform Agenda to Privatize Education. He identifies the major players in the corporate reform movement: Bill Gates,…

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District Adopts Federally-Endorsed Tech Product, and It Bores the Kids to Tears

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In an earlier post, one of our readers asked whether it was appropriate for the United States Department of Education to endorse commercial products. The product that won plaudits from federal officials, paid…

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The Disturbing Provisions About Teacher Preparation in No Child Left Behind Rewrite

There has been loud applause in the education world for the new Every Student Succeeds Act, the successor to No Child Left Behind that has passed the House and is expected to become federal law soon. It has been hailed … Continue reading

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Peter Greene: ESSA Doesn’t Solve Any Problems, It Just Shifts Them to the States

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene wonders why the excitement over the Every Student Succeeds Act (replacing No Child Left Behind, which says the same thing). How do you spell NCLB backwards? ESSA. ? If the Tea…

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Arthur Camins: Why Democrats Should Oppose Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arthur Camins posted this thoughtful critique of the rush to replace democratically controlled public schools with privately managed charters and vouchers for private schools. He expects Republicans to embrace charters and vouchers, given…

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NCLB, ESSA, and “Highly Qualified”

Originally posted on deutsch29:
In this post, I compare language regarding teacher certification in two documents, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) and what very likely will be the next Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965…

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Please Sign This UOO Petition

Originally posted on Poetic Justice:
Poetic Justice supports United Opt Out and their petition drive to stop the Senate from passing the very flawed ESEA law. Here is what United Opt Out has written in their petition to the US…

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Florida: Parents Organize to Fight for Recess in Elementary Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In Florida, there are laws governing how many minutes must be devoted to reading but there is no law requiring recess. ? Some elementary schools have eliminated recess altogether. Some make it available…

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Dallas ISD Trustee Proposes Mandating Daily Recess for Elementary Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dallas school board trustee Dan Micciche proposed mandatory recess at least once daily for at least 20 minutes for all pre-K through fifth grade students. The Dallas Morning News enthusiastically endorsed his proposal. …

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