Daily Archives: January 20, 2016

Today the Blog Passed 25 Million Page Views

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Today the blog passed 25 million page views. This is a testament to you, the readers. You send me links to news stories in your communities. Sometimes the blog has breaking news and…

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Good News from Indianapolis: Mayor Puts the Brakes on Charter Expansion

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In a rare piece of good news from Indiana, the new mayor of Indianapolis made clear that the days of unchecked expansion of charter schools are over. He intends to be advocate for…

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Robert Pondiscio: The Phoniest Statistic in American Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and even President Obama have done a victory dance about the “historic” rise in the graduation rate, but Robert Pondiscio of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute says…

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Nevada: The “Turnaround Process” Is a Huge Lie: It is Not About Children or Education, Just Data

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Angie Sullivan, kindergarten teacher in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada, works in a school that is eligible for “turnaround.” All the teachers were called for interviews. Here is her report on what happened:…

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John Thompson: How Should Educators React to ESSA?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, teacher and historian in Oklahoma, appraises the new law called “Every Student Succeeds Act” (ESSA).? He writes:? Diane, Here’s another submittal if you like it. John As educators rush to understand…

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More on Chicago Bankruptcy Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Republican leaders are exploring a plan for a state takeover of Chicago public schools that would cancel the union contracts. This article in Crain’s Chicago Business Report has greater detail than previous linked…

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More on Chicago Bankruptcy Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Republican leaders are exploring a plan for a state takeover of Chicago public schools that would cancel the union contracts. This article in Crain’s Chicago Business Report has greater detail than previous linked…

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Emily Talmadge Warns that Gates is Infiltrating Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Emily Talmadge, teacher-blogger in Maine, warns that the long tentacles of Bill Gates are infiltrating the Opt Out movement. ? ? Why would America’s leading test autocrat join arms with test opponents? Well,…

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Illinois: Plan for State Takeover of Chicago and CPS

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Bruce Rauner and top Republican legislative leaders are discussing a plan to declare Chicago bankrupt and take control of the city, its finances, and the Chicago public schools. ? This would give…

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EXCLUSIVE: Senator Alexander’s Staff: ESSA and Teacher Evaluation, Part 2

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David P. Cleary, chief of staff to Senator Lamar Alexander, responded to my questions about the Every Student Succeeds Act. This is part 2: The stakes attached to testing: will teachers be evaluated…

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