Monthly Archives: February 2016

John Warner: Save Us from Saviors

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The previous post by Paul Thomas quote a post by John Warner. I read it and wondered, wow! Why didn’t I know this guy before? ? Warner writes a devastating critique of “educational…

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Paul Thomas: Bad Journalism and the “Hero Teacher”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paul Thomas has written a series of posts about how poorly the media covers education. In this post, he lacerates the New York Times for its interview with Ed Boland, who wrote a…

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Ed Boland Responds to Critics

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ed Boland, whose interview in the New York Times set off a flurry of negative responses, commented on the blog: ? “With all due respect, Diane Ravitch, I did everything you suggested: I…

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Mercedes Schneider: Why Jeb Bush’s Presidential Campaign Fizzled

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider is a close Jeb! watcher. She recognized that he was the godfather of many of today’s most damaging corporate reforms. He linked arms with Michelle Rhee to push for vouchers in…

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William Doyle: What Makes Finnish Schools So Successful?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
William Doyle recently returned from a Fulbright year in Finland, and he spent his year studying education. His own child attended a Finnish school. ? He wrote about some of the lessons he…

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Gene Glass: The Shame of Arizona’s Elitist Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene Glass, renowned researcher of education, lives in Arizona, where charter schools are proliferating without accountability or transparency. They are certainly not serving the children with the greatest needs, which was the original…

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Idaho: Boise Superintendent Stands Up to the Privatizing Albertson Foundation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Dr. Don Coberly, the superintendent of the Boise, Idaho, school district, wrote a blunt letter to the district’s staff telling them not to believe the smears disseminated by the rich and powerful Albertson Foundation.…

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Karen Wolfe on the Joe the Plumber of 2016

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Karen Wolfe, blogger and public school parent in Los Angeles, watched a CNN town hall discussion last week and saw a gentleman ask a question about K-12 education. Since none of the candidates…

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Ten Years Post-Katrina, the New Orleans Community Forms BENOLA

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On February 26, 2016, Jennifer Berkshire released this 20-minute audio interview with long-time school choice advocate, Howard Fuller. I have written about Fuller in my ed reform who’s-who, A Chronicle of Echoes, for his involvement in founding the corporate reform…

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Is Politics–Not School Improvement–Behind Brockton’s New Charter?

Originally posted on Andrea Gabor:
Who doesn’t love a charter school? From Newark to New Orleans, and Washington D.C. to Atlanta, charter schools are seen as the magic bullet not just for curing much of what ails public education, but…

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