Monthly Archives: January 2016

BREAKING: Detroit Federation of Teachers Files Suit Against DPS and Emergency Manager

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Detroit Federation of Teachers, the AFT, parents, and students filed a lawsuit against Detroit Public Schools and state-appointed Emergency Manager Darnell Earley. ? Earley was the Emergency Manager in Flint, when the decision…

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Andrew Cuomo and the Difference a Year Makes

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo began 2015 with a hard charge against public schools and public school teachers in particular.  Having called public education a “monopoly”  he wanted to “bust” during his reelection…

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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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