Monthly Archives: December 2015

“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 She was accepted, but shortly before the big day, her invitation was rescinded.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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Bob Braun: “Yes, I Support Teachers and Their Unions, and I Oppose Charters, and I Don’t Get Paid to Do It”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bob Braun covered education for the Star-Ledger in New Jersey for fifty years. He retired from reporting, and now he writes one of the best blogs in the nation. ? And this is…

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Chicago Librarian Gets Her Job Back: But Who Did It?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mike Klonsky reports that Sara Sayigh, the librarian for the DuSable building has been rehired. The Chicago school superintendent Forrest Claypool said “an anonymous donor” had funded the position. Mike suspects that student…

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Reformer Group Hails Online Teacher Education at NYU

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is embarrassing. I am on the faculty at the NYU Steinhardt School of Education as a Reseach Professor. But I did not know that the university would be preparing teachers online. However,…

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