Daily Archives: January 15, 2016

Congratulations, Joyce Foreman, DISD Trustee

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joyce Foreman, vigilant Trustee of the Dallas Independent School District, stood up and said “no” to yet another charter school in her district. She persuaded the City Council member representing her district to…

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Edweek on the Future of Opt Out Movement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article by Andrew Ujifusa in Education Week is a good summary of where the opt out movement stands today. In addition, it describes the Network for Public Education’s 50-state report card, which…

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More Ohio Districts Bill State for Cost of Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ohio school districts have found an innovative way to express their opposition to their loss of funding to pay for charters. Ohio has a large number of failing charters. The district’s are sending…

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The Inequalities Are Still Savage

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Twenty-five years ago, author and activist Jonathan Kozol published what remains one of the most important examinations of educational inequity ever printed, Savage Inequalities.  The book is a direct and searing look at…

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Peter Greene on the Joys of Teaching Five-Year-Olds to Love Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene writes here about a scary article in Catalyst Chicago by a teacher who explains how she taught her five-year-olds to love testing. It should not surprise you to learn that this…

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Florida: Testing and Accountability System is in Disarray

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Florida led the way in creating a system where schools and students are judged by test scores. Florida has seen some test score gains, but it is nowhere near the top of the…

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Harold Meyerson: Why Did the Supreme Court Turn Hostile to Public Sector Unions?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Harold Meyerson, editor of the American Prospect, notes that the Supreme Court ruled unanimously when they last considered public sector unions. In the Abood case in 1977, they ruled that unions could not…

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Joel Klein Joins Health Insurance Start-Up

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joel Klein, former chancellor of the New York City schools, leader of the failed education company Amplify, has taken a job with a health insurance company called Oscar. One less reformer.

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Michael Moore: Arrest Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Just received this email. If you open the link, you will see a photograph of Michael Moore leaning forward with a pair of handcuffs and a sign that says “Arrest Governor Snyder.” By…

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Alabama Teacher of the Year, Ann Marie Corgill: Reflecting and Dreaming

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On October 30, 2015, Alabama Teacher of the Year Ann Marie Corgill suddenly resigned from her teaching position.   Ann Marie Corgill There is a lot to her story. On November 20, 2015, I traveled to Birmingham,…

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