Daily Archives: December 18, 2015

A Debate: Joanne Barkan vs. The New Yorker: Should Billionaires Control Public Policy?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joanne Barkan has written powerful articles in Dissent about the power wielded by billionaires to control and direct public education. (See here.) ? Now she has written an article in The Guardian about…

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Anthony Mize: “I Am Elizabeth Vergara’s Teacher: This Is My Story”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Anthony Mize was the eighth-grade teacher of Elizabeth Vergara, the lead plaintiff in the case that seeks to eliminate teacher tenure, “Vergara v. California.” Funded by a Silicon Valley zillionaire named David Welch…

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Illinois: Gulen Schools Under Investigation for Fraud of Millions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Chicago Sun-Times reports that federal investigators are probing the finances of politically-connected Gulen schools in Illinois. “A clout-heavy charter-school firm that operates four taxpayer-funded schools in Chicago is suspected of defrauding the…

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On La. Governor-elect John Bel Edwards’ K12 Transition and Then Some

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On November 25, 2015, Louisiana’s Governor-elect John Bel Edwards launched his transition campaign, entitled, Onward Louisiana. As of December 17, 2015, Edwards has publicized seven transition committees: economic development, fiscal matters, public safety, transportation, children and…

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How ESSA Changes What States Do

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Every Student Succeeds Act shifts much–though not all–of the responsibity for testing and accountability to the states. States have more flexibility, if they choose to exercise it. Many states, lacking imagination or…

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