Daily Archives: December 15, 2015

Texas: Governor Appoints Businessman as State Commissioner, Texans React with Concern

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pastors for Texas Children is an outstanding group of clergy who strongly support public education. ? Their executive director, Reverend Charles Foster Johnson issued a statement remarking on Governor Greg Abbott’s appointment of…

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John Thompson: A Closer Look at the “Success” in D.C. That Wasn’t

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson knows that reformers point to the District of Columbia as one of their examples of success. After all, the district has been controlled by Teach for America alumnae Michelle Rhee and…

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The Shadow Chancellor of the D.C. Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Some people think that Kaya Henderson is the Chancellor of the D.C. public schools. Think again. The real chancellor is a very wealthy woman named Katherine Bradley. She is married to a media…

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With Recess In Decline, Some Schools Are Bucking The Trend

Recess. Turns out it’s so much more than just monkey bars and freeze tag. In American public schools, though, recess has been on the decline – edged out to make more room in the day for testing and academics. There’s … Continue reading

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North Carolina: The End of Public Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lindsay Wagner describes the devastation of public education in North Carolina, once the most progressive state in the south. No more. ? Since the Republican sweep of the Legislature in 2010 and the…

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Things Are Not Going So Well for the Privatizers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It is true that they have a lot of money–Gates, Broad, Walton, Dell, Wasserman, Arnold, Helmsley, and about two dozen other foundations. Maybe more. And they have the U.S. Department of Education. But…

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California Teachers Planning to Visit K12.Inc Shareholders Meeting in DC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The latest report from the Stanford-based CREDO research group found that online charters deliver a poor education. Students in online charters lose 42 days of reading in a year, and 180 days of…

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Will Cuomo Support a Democrat for State Senate?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This seems like a strange question, but it is real. The political buzz around New York is the question of whether the Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo will support a Democrat running for election…

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Advice For My Students: DON’T “Teach for America”

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
As Fall semester slides into exams, most of my senior students turn their attention to full time student teaching.  They also begin to think very seriously about how to enter the job market…

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