Daily Archives: January 22, 2016

The Absurdity of Common Core in Special Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Imagine teaching “To Kill a Mockingbird” to children who can’t read. Teachers of special education are expected to teach the Common Core to their students regardless of their ability or readiness. This comes…

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Washington State: Whose Children Matter Most?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Washington state has a school problem. The legislature confronts two court decisions that it doesn’t  like. ? First, the highest state court ordered the legislature to fund the schools fairly. For every day…

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Gates Gives $2 Million to EdWeek

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There are many fine journalists at Education Week. I count on EdWeek to be the K-12 paper of record. That is why it is distressing to learn that the Gates Foundation gave Edweek…

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Jeb Bush Cronies Harass School Board Members

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a shocking development. Associates of Jeb Bush have filed public records requests about elected local school board members. Behind this tactic is a growing anti-charter sentiment. Floridians have become aware of…

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EXCLUSIVE: How Does ESSA Affect Opt Outs? Part 4

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the fourth in a series of exchanges about the Every Student Succeeds Act. I asked the questions, and David P. Cleary, Senator Lamar Alexander’s chief of staff, responded. What does the…

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Mike Klonsky on Rauner’s Plan to Control Chicago and CPS

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We have learned in recent years that “reform” goes hand-in-hand with the suspension or muzzling of democracy. Mike Klonsky explains what’s behind Governor Bruce Rauner’s plan to take over Chicago and the Chicago…

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Whatever Happened To KIPP?

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
The KIPP network, founded by two 1992 TFA alumni, was once considered the ‘gold star’ of charter chains.  For a while their growth seemed inevitable, almost exponential.  They were all over the press,…

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New Project in Technology Integration in Schools and Classrooms (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In Part 1, I laid out my reasons for shifting my focus from disappointments and failures in uses of new technologies to best cases of such use in districts,…

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