Daily Archives: January 6, 2016

Testing Resistance and Reform News from Across the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is FairTest’s weekly report: ? Happy 2016 ! Across the U.S., the grassroots testing reform movement is gearing up to win more victories in the coming year. Look for larger, broader opt-out…

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#NPE16NC Early Bird Conference Registration Now Open

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
NPE 2016 Early Bird REGISTRATION FOR NPE 2016 CONFERENCE IS NOW OPEN Register now and take advantage of our ‘early bird’ reduced rates for NPE’s 3rd Annual National Conference, And Justice for All:…

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Why Will Some States Use SAT or ACT for Accountability?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a bizarre and troubling turn of events. Several states have decided to use the SAT or ACT to meet federal accountability requirements for students. But neither examination has been validated for this…

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Detroit and the Death of Democracy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
http://www.freep.com/story/opinion/contributors/2015/10/31/detroit-schools-plan-shows-lack-faith-democracy/74878932/

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Nebraska: Say NO to Charters, Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nebraska is a remarkable state. It is one of the few states in the nation that has not authorized charter schools. All of its publicly funded schools are public schools. Yet now there…

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My Daughter is Not a Widget

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
“I’m not sure public schools understand that we’re their customer—that we, the business community, are your customer. What they don’t understand is they are producing a product at the end of that high school graduation. Now…

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A Horrible Year for Educators in Kansas

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Richard Schrock is a professor of science at ?Emporia State University in Kansas, where he prepares science teachers. His blogs are archived at http://www.educationfrontlines.net. As he explains below, Kansas has a reactionary…

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How One Whistle-Blower Saved NYC Schools $727 Million

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leonie Haimson tells the story here about her discovery that the New York City Department of Education was about to award a multi-million dollar contract to a tech company that had been previously…

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Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards Appoints Three BESE Members

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On January 05, 2016, Louisiana Governor-elect John Bel Edwards announced his three appointees to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE).   Doris Voitier One is St. Bernard Parish Superintendent Doris Voitier, who graduated in 1971…

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A Few Messages to Exxon’s Rex Tillerson

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As many educators and parents have noted, Exxon’s CEO Rex Tillerson is a fervent advocate of the Common Core standards. He thinks our schools are turning out “defective products,” something that Exxon would…

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