Daily Archives: January 28, 2016

Indiana Does Not Need Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette published a stinging editorial against the state’s voucher program, which Republican leaders want to expand. ? The newspaper is one of the few strong voices supporting public education in…

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BREAKING NEWS: Civil Rights Lawyers Intervene in Mass. Charter Battle

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights jumped into the battle in Massachusetts over whether to lift the charter school cap. ? ? The Republican governor Charlie Baker wants more charters, as does state…

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California: The Emperor of Charter Schools Faces a Felony Charge

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I earlier reported that Steve Van Zant, superintendent of a small district, had been charged with conflict of interest for helping districts authorize charters in other districts (which is legal under California law),…

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Teacher: Baltimore’s Risky, Expensive Bet on Technology

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Baltimore County Public Schools are embarking on a risky gamble that will put all students online. At present, there is no research base to prove the value of this expensive venture. What…

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Arkansas: $6 Million for TFA, from Republican Governor and Businessmen

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state would put up $3 million to hire inexperienced Teach for America recruits and the Little Rock business community would pledge another $3 million for a total…

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Sandra Stotsky: Massachusetts Excelled Without Annual Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sandra Stotsky was deeply involved in the transformation of public education in Massachusetts from 1999-2003. As senior associate commissioner of education, she oversaw the development and implementation of curriculum frameworks and testing of…

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Parents Across America Urges States to Abolish VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Parents Across America has called on states to take advantage of the Every Student Succeeds Act and abolish VAM. ? PAA has been critical of high-stakes testing. ? PAA also produced a one-page…

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Peter Greene on Jeb! Bush’s Education Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeb Bush hasn’t made much headway in the polls but he is hanging in there, the favorite of the GOP establishment and the best-funded. ? He recently announced his plan for reforming American…

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Mother of Autistic Child on “Got to Go List” Publicly Confronts Eva Moskowitz

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On Friday January 22, 2016, the Center for New York City Law at New York Law School hosted the 131st City Law Breakfast. The event speaker was the highly controversial Success Academies (SA) CEO, Eva Moskowitz. The video for…

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BREAKING: North Carolina May Turn Over Low-Performing Schools to For-Profit Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
NC Policy Watch reports that legislation is advancing that would permit for-profit charter operators to take over the state’s lowest-performing schools, the great majority of them in low-income minority communities. The models for…

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