Daily Archives: January 7, 2016

Indiana: Governor Agrees to Pause A-F Grades for Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Mike Pence agreed to pause the A-F school grading program because of major problems with the testing program on which the grades are based. Superintendent Glenda Ritz had advocated such a pause…

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The Atlantic: The Usual Suspects Express Their Hopes and Fears for Education in 2016

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
You might find this interesting. People from different points on the political spectrum speak out on what’s ahead in education in 2016. I don’t think any working teachers or principals–the real experts–were invited…

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Tampa Bay Times: Charter Schools Rip Off Taxpayers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Tampa Bay Times published an editorial expressing their disgust with the wheeling and dealing of charter school operators. This suggests an awakening. Enough is enough. Thanks to Jeb Bush, Florida is one…

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VAM Insanity in Michigan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, who teaches music at Michigan State University, writes here about the madness of assessing teachers by “value-added” or growth measures, especially when they don’t teach the tested subjects. ? State officials…

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How “Hard” Should School Be?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
While I was unplugged, the New York Times published an article by Motoko Rich about whether schools had lowered their standards for high school graduation. Some “experts” complained that students were getting a…

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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Final Version: 391 Pages

Originally posted on deutsch29:
I have been writing a digest of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which is the latest reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA). For my first three posts of the series,…

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Report: Rahm Knew: City of Chicago Lawyers Buried the Damning Video

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A report in the Daily Beast says that the City of Chicago lawyers advised Rahm Emanuel to pay off the family, enter into a confidentiality agreement, and keep the video of the killing…

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Bernie Sanders: I Oppose Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At a meeting in New Hampshire, Bernie Sanders said the following: ? “I’m not in favor of privately run charter schools. If we are going to have a strong democracy and be competitive…

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Breaking News: Arizona Governor Appoints Libertarian to Supreme Court

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey appointed Clint Bolick of the Goldwater Institute to the Arizona Supreme Court. Ducey bypassed many experienced jurists by choosing Bolick. ? Bolick has litigated many cases to fight government…

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