Daily Archives: December 7, 2015

Florida Legislature Considering Charter Bill for More Charters, More Accountability

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Florida legislature is debating a Republican proposal that would increase accountability for charters while making it easier to open new ones. The proposal, pushed by conservative Republicans, cleared a subcommittee on choice…

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Chicago: Ken Previti Wonders Why Top Officials at Chicago Public Schools Are Jumping Ship

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Retired Chicago teacher Ken Previti notes that the Chief Accountability Officer and the Chief Financial Officer have resigned their positions at the Chicago Public Schools. ? Perhaps Mayor Rahm Emanuel is beginning to…

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What the Police Said About Laquan McDonald’s Death a Year Ago

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is what the Chicago Tribune reported when Laquan McDonald was shot a year ago. Police said he slashed one of their tires and lunged at them with a knife. They had to…

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Tom Loveless: Teaching Fiction Has Declined Since 2011, Likely Because of Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tom Loveless, a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has studied NAEP results for years. In this post, he discusses whether the recent flatlining of NAEP was caused by the adoption of…

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Kenneth Zeichner: ESSA is a Disaster for Teacher Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kenneth Zeichner is a professor emeritus of teacher education at the University of Wisconsin. He read the “Every Student Succeeds Act” closely and concluded that its provisions will be extremely destructive to the…

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Breaking News: Michigan’s EAA in Disarray

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Rick Snyder had the solution, he thought, to fixing the deep problems of low test scores in Detroit, a city that has high poverty and segregation: Snyder created the Educational Achievement Authority…

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Grawemeyer Award Goes to Alexander, Entwisle, and Olson

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The University of Louisville’s Grawemeyer Award in Education is a major honor for a book. This year’s winners wrote an important book that shows that education alone does not overcome poverty. The implication…

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Steve Singer: A Truly Horrible Idea: All Testing, All the Time

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steve Singer, a teacher in Pennsylvania, writes here about the latest fad among entrepreneurs and politicians: competency-based education. ? At long last, schools will get rid of the annual high-stakes testing that provoked…

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Wendy Lecker: Common Core Math Ignores Brain Research

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Once more into the math wars, dear friends. I confess I am an innocent bystander. I have never taught math, and I am astonished at the expectations that our middle school students meet.…

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Jack Covey: Probing the Finances of the Desert Trails Charter School and its Corporate Owner

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