Daily Archives: December 9, 2015

Mercedes Schneider: What ESSA Says About “Highly Qualified” Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider reports that the new Every Student Succeeds Act has revised a key element of No Child Left Behind. NCLB referred to “highly qualified” teachers 67 separate times. It seemed to be…

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Kevin Huffman: How I Tried and Failed to Close the Worst School in Tennessee

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As readers of this blog know, I am not in the Kevin Huffman fan club. Unlike him, I don’t believe in free market solutions to education, nor do I care for the teacher…

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Good Policy Is the Goal. Compromise Should Not Be.

Originally posted on 34justice:
Matt Bruenig just wrote an excellent series of posts dismantling a misguided “Consensus Plan for Reducing Poverty and Restoring the American Dream” from the American Enterprise Institute and the Brookings Institution.  Bruenig’s posts explain why the…

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Turkey Hires U.S. Law Firm to Investigate Gulen Movement and Its Charter Chain

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There will be a press conference today at the National Press Club to announce that the Republic of Turkey has hired an American law firm “to conduct a global investigation” of the organization…

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Unbelievable: Eastern Michigan University Recuses to Close EAA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Educational Achievement Authority, which is responsible for 15 schools in Detroit, is under the jurisdiction of Eastern Michigan University. The board of EMU, 7 of whose 8 members are appointed by Governor…

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Question: Did Rafe Esquith Deserve to be Fired?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader says the emails cited here are “nauseating.” Were they grounds to fire Rafe Esquith, one of the most celebrated teachers in the nation? What do you think?

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ESSA Contains Good News for the Charter Industry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader Chiara points out that the Every Student Succeeds Act contains a big fat plum for the charter industry, which will expand privatization of public education. No wonder Arne Duncan is happy. He…

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