Daily Archives: January 19, 2016

Do You Want a Copy of the ESSA Legislation? Here It Is

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The original version of the Every Student Succeeds Act was 1,061 pages. Mercedes Schneider here posts the final version of the act, which is a kinder, gentler 391 pages. Read it if you…

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California: Superintendent Charged with Felony for Charter Scam

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Just when you thought you had heard every possible charter scam, up pops a new twist. ? Steve Van Zandt, the superintendent of a tiny two-school district, was charged with violating conflict-of-interest laws…

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Ethics Expert: LA Times Has a “Massive Conflict of Interest”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Sussman is an expert in the ethics of journalism. He literally wrote the book. A concerned citizen contacted him to ask him about whether it was proper for the Los Angeles Times…

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A Success Academy Teacher Quits and Explains Why

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I received an email from a teacher who resigned her job at Success Academy. She was very unhappy. She wanted to explain why she couldn’t stay. Like everyone who leaves Success Academy, she…

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EXCLUSIVE: Lamar Alexander’s Staff Explains ESSA: PART 1

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David P. Cleary, chief of staff to Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, has prepared a series of answers to questions I posed about the new “Every Student Succeeds Act.” I am very grateful…

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Bernie Sanders-Style Health Care Would Be a Big Win for Low- and Middle-Income Americans

Originally posted on 34justice:
Bernie Sanders just released his new proposal for a single-payer health care system.  As former US Labor Secretary Rob Reich notes, Sanders’ plan would be “a huge advance over what we have now.”  Reich’s summary: It…

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Detroit Public Schools: Beyond a State of Emergency

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Since 1999, the state has been “taking over” Detroit Public Schools. Since 2009, Detroit’s schools have been subject to a stream of emergency managers who move in for just under 18 months, do not answer to voters, and can…

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The Truth About Flint, Water, and Oppression – from LaMar Lemmons

Originally posted on Poetic Justice:
Poetic Justice stands with the people of Flint, Michigan as they fight for the most basic of human rights – the right to water. Poetic Justice also stands with the teachers, parents, and students of…

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Illinois Plans to Cut Special Education Funding in She’ll Game

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Beverley Holden Johns, an expert in special education, warns of a move planned by the Legislature to give money to poor districts by taking away special education funding from other districts. Poor districts…

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Flint Water Crisis: Governor’s Emergency Manager Decision to Switch to Polluted Water Kills 10

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael Moore visited his hometown of Flint and helped to draw the national attention that this sorry situation deserves. As readers of this blog know, Governor Rick Snyder got a law passed allowing…

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