Daily Archives: February 1, 2016

Campbell Brown Takes Charge of Editorial Content at LA School Report

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The LA School Report has long been a partisan supporter of charters, Deasy, Broad, and all other parts of the privatization agenda. Under a new editor, the LA School Report became a neutral…

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Will Virginia Eviscerate Local Control of Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Virginia General Assembly is voting today on an ALEC-inspired bill to give the state board of education the power to go over the local boards of education and place charter schools in…

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Long Island Superintendent: Ignore the Threats, Students Do NOT Have to Take the State Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael Hynes, superintendent in Patchogue, New York, has been outspoken against the current wave of test-driven reform in New York State. ? He posted the following comment: ? ? What is Best for…

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Peter Greene: University President Wants to “Drown Some Bunnies”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reports a sad story about a small university in Maryland. The president, recruited from the financial sector, was given a goal: raise retention rates. He realized that the best tactic was…

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The Failure of Private Management in Gary, Indiana

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Under Indiana’s former Secretary of Education Tony Bennett, the state determined to crack down on low-performing schools. Five schools were handed over to private management. The result was a disaster. Four schools made…

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Kindergarten is the New First Grade

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kindergarten has been transformed by the test pressures of No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and now Common Core, which wants 5-year-olds to be college-ready. Instead of a children’s garden, kindergarten…

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La. House Ed. Chair, Nancy Landry, Publicly Demeaned Teachers in 2012

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On January 28, 2016, the Louisiana House Education Committee chose chose Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette) as its chair.   Nancy Landry Louisiana teachers remember Landry from 2012– March 14, 2012– and the House Education Committee hearings on the Jindal “overhaul” of…

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My Criteria for a Model School by Mark Naison

Originally posted on Poetic Justice:
1. Children are loved and walk around the school with smiles on their faces. 2. Teachers are respected and stay in their jobs for a long time. 3. Parents are welcome in the school and…

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Two Former New Orleans Charter Principals Exploited SPED Students for Money, Among Other Issues

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE) does not systematically and regularly audit its state-run schools. No entity does. In fact, the only way for an audit to happen is via whistleblowing– for some irregularity to be…

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How Change Actually Happens

Originally posted on 34justice:
Debbie Spielberg has worked on legislation and policy at the national and local levels, including serving as Legislative Director for Congressman John Lewis (D-Atlanta).  She currently is a legislative aide for Montgomery County Councilmember Marc Elrich…

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