Daily Archives: December 11, 2015

A Little School Humor

Child: Dad, I got 100% in school today! Parent: Really? Child: Yes. Parent: Great! Which subject? Child: Science and History!, 50% in each = 100%!

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Los Angeles: The Statement of Charges Against Rafe Esquith

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the statement of charges against celebrated teacher Rafe Esquith. ? There is a lot here that is shocking. ? But I can’t help but wonder about the claims of actions attributed…

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Steven Singer: Putting the Arts Back in Language Arts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer’s post is part of the series that Anthony Cody is running on his blog about the importance of the arts in education. ? He writes: ? Sometimes in public school you’ve…

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Youngstown, Ohio: Charters Perform Worse than Low-Performing Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stephen Dyer, a policy analyst for Innovation Ohio, wonders why Governor Kasich wants to replace the low-performing public schools of Youngstown, Ohio, with charter schools, since the existing charter schools in that city…

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Indiana Vouchers: A Lose-Lose for Taxpayers, Except the Richest

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Indiana “School Matters” is great for the rich but a bad deal for other Indianans.? “Indiana’s School Scholarship Tax Credit program is “almost too good to be true,” the head of the state’s…

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Why Literature Matters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In response to an earlier post about the decline in teaching fiction since 2011, and to the limits on fiction set in the Common Core standards (not more than 30% of instructional time…

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A Guide to Social Impact Bonds

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
“In the Public Interest” is an organization dedicated to warning the public about the dangers of privatizing public services. ? It has written a guidebook to explain to citizens what Social Impact Bonds…

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What Are Social Impact Bonds and Why They Are a Very Bad Idea

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rick Cohen, the editor of the Nonprofit Quarterly, wrote this article about social impact bonds in 2014. Rick died suddenly a few weeks ago, and it was a great loss. He was a fighter…

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Ohio: Charters Are a “Parasitic Industry”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Phillis, a retired Deputy Commissioner of Ohio, leads the Ohio Equity and Adequacy Coalition. He fears for the future of public education because of the capture of the State Legislature by the…

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The Original ESEA: Only 32 Pages

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the latest revision of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) into law. This latest ESEA version, called the Every Student Succeeds Act of…

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