Daily Archives: December 20, 2015

Louisiana’s Standards Review: Common Core Writers and Eureka Math Developers Invited

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The Common Core in Louisiana is supposedly under review based on legislation passed in the 2015 session. However, the alleged review is Common-Core-centered and is transpiring at warp speed. Practically speaking, the resulting changes will only be…

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Why I Reject Lesser-of-Two-Evils-ism

Originally posted on 34justice:
If Hillary Clinton ends up winning the Democratic nomination for president, some Bernie Sanders supporters will vote for her anyway.  I can respect that decision.  While the differences between Democrats and Republicans are often overstated –…

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Math, History, and Science: Political Battlegrounds in Schools

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The previous post offers a re-framing of the math wars that have marked the past century of teaching math. Historians and critics have pointed to the culprits of “curriculum…

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“Stand For Children Louisiana” is an Evil and Malicious Corporate Front Group for Evil People and Organizations

Originally posted on Crazy Crawfish:
I did not realize just how corrupt and connected the organization known as “Stand For Children Louisiana” was until I looked into some of their finances and their background.  I decided to do this after being…

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Kindergarten as the New First Grade

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Due to the Common Core and testing pressures, children in kindergarten are now expected to learn to read. Kindergarten, writes Erika Christakis in The Atlantic, has changed, and not for the better. “One…

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New York Parents to Cuomo: Restore Our Funding!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Cuomo has called himself the “students’ lobbyist,” but if so, he is not doing a good job. He has cut school budgets with a tax cap and other mechanisms. Apparently, his idea…

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Tennessee: Memphis School Board Calls for Moratorium for Achievement School District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Shelby County school board encompasses the schools of Memphis and the schools of Shelby County. A number of its schools were plunked into the Achievement School District, where they were given to…

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Indiana: Testing Company Mis-Scores Thousands of Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A computer glitch did it. Thousands of students in Indiana received the wrong scores on the state tests. ? Company officials downplayed the problem,  but education officials said the integrity of the tests…

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Andrea Gabor: A Tour of a Success Academy Charter School in the Bronx

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andrea Gabor signed up to tour a Success Academy charter school in the Bronx. She was accepted, but shortly before the big day, her invitation was rescinded. When she inquired why, she was…

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New Jersey Dems Want Social Impact Bonds to Reduce Special Education, Reward Investors

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New Jersey Democrat Theresa Ruiz, chair of the Senate Education Committee, has a truly terrible idea. She wants to introduce “social impact bonds” that would pay off investors to reduce special education referrals.…

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