Monthly Archives: January 2016

New York: Opt Out Advocates Apply for State Board of Regents

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
When you are locked in a tough battle, be pro-active. New York opt out advocates are encouraging allies to apply for two open positions on the Board of Regents. One of the co-founders…

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David Berliner Transcribed: Why Standardized Test Scores Should Not Be Used to Rate Teachers or Teacher Education Programs

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few weeks ago, I posted a video of David Berliner’s speech in Australia, in which he explained why teachers and teachers’ education programs should not be evaluated by standardized test scores. This,…

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The Obama Administration’s Love Affair with Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article reviews the Obama administration’s bottomless love for charter schools. Hedge fund managers love charters. The Koch brothers love charters. Reed Hastings loves charters. Governor Scott Walker loves charters. So does Rick…

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Connecticut: Why the Middle Class is Angry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jonathan Pelto is a veteran political analyst in Connecticut and a former legislator. He is concerned about the rise of Donald Trump, and he understands that Trump taps into middle-class and working-class anger.…

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District Administration Poll: Significant Resistance to Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
District Administration magazine, which is written for district administrators, contains a startling poll conducted by the magazine. ? When asked whether they expect the opt out movement to grow in their state, 60%…

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John Thompson: Where Are the Scholars in This Age of Disruption?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historians and teachers, assesses a discussion about the role of scholars in the current era of tumult in education. He writes: Education Week published essays by four scholars, Jeffrey Henig, Jay…

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The Perils of Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Make no mistake: The purpose of privatization is to make a profit. The promise of privatization is efficiency. But in its pursuit of both profits and efficiency, privatization creates perverse incentives. It encourages…

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Laura Chapman on Gates’ Plans for Teacher Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reader Laura Chapman, retired consultant in arts education, often writes powerful comments. Here is her description of the Gates Foundation’s plans for teacher education. ? ? Gates is not the only funder of…

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An Exchange with the Charlotte Observer About the ASD

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I wrote a post about the determination of North Carolina’s Tea-Party dominated legislature to allow charters, including for-profit ones, to take over low-scoring schools, a proposal modeled on Tennessee’s…

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Feds Give More $$ to L.A. Charters than to Higher-Performing Magnets

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The U.S. Education Department, which was once a defender and supporter of public education, has now become a major investor in privately managed charters. ? The lobbyist for the board of the Los Angeles…

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