Daily Archives: January 21, 2016

Tennessee: Legislators Propose Closing “Achievement School District”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of the celebrated feats of the corporate reform movement is Tennessee’s Achievement School District. It was launched by then-State Commissioner Kevin Huffman as the way to increase the performance of the state’s…

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Miron: Charter Schools’ Administrative Costs More than Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Recently there was a back-and-forth among readers about whether charter schools or public schools pay more in administrative costs. One of our readers who supports charters insisted they were more efficient and spent…

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Emails: Michigan Officials Knew about Poisoned Water and Scoffed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Néw York Times reviewed 274 pages of emails released by Governor Snyder’s office about the Flint water crisis. Confronted with multiple claims that something was wrong with the water, the Snyder administration…

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Emails: Michigan Officials Knew about Poisoned Water and Scoffed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Néw York Times reviewed 274 pages of emails released by Governor Snyder’s office about the Flint water crisis. Confronted with multiple claims that something was wrong with the water, the Snyder administration…

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Mercedes Schneider: Pearson Cuts 4,000 Jobs and Boots CEO

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider posts that Pearson is downsizing by 4,000 jobs worldwide. In addition, it is shedding its CEO and CFO. She attributes Pearson’s bad economic news to its bet on Common Core. A…

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Nancy Flanagan: Hear the Voices of Detroit’s Teachers: Heroes of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy Flanagan is a veteran NBCT teacher in Michigan, now retired an blogging. She shared the following posts about what is happening in Detroit. Let me add that in my view the public…

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EXCLUSIVE: What Does ESSA Say About Bottom 5% of Schools: Part 3

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the third in a series of exchanges with the staff of Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. David P. Cleary, chief of staff, responded to my questions. What about the bottom 5%…

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Chris Christie Calls Mandatory Recess Bill “Stupid”

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie took time out of his busy schedule as a failing Presidential candidate this week to veto a bill that would have mandated 20 minutes of recess for all…

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Michigan Governor Snyder–Who Poisoned Flint–Says Detroit Teachers are Harming Children 

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Ogozolek, a teacher in upstate New York, watched a news show and hit the ceiling. He wrote: “CBS reporter Scott Pelley put Governor Rick Snyder on the hot seat yesterday, asking him…

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Read the Full Complaint by Parents Against Success Academy Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Leonie Haimson has posted the full text of the parents’ complaint against Success Academy charters. You can read it here. A number of readers have asked why charter schools should be allowed to…

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