Daily Archives: February 5, 2016

New York Testing Gets a Bit Weird

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
I cannot imagine that it is easy being New York Stated Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia.  Brought to Albany in May of last year, she came to a post where her predecessor, Dr.…

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Newark Teachers Union to Charters: Tell the Truth!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Abeigon, president of the Newark Teachers Union, wrote an article calling on the corporate charter chains to come clean about their finances and their practice of skimming the easiest-to-educate students, and to…

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Confronting “Bad Journalism” in an Era of “Bad Teachers”

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Amber Kim to TFA: Critics are not “Haters”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This weekend, Teach for America is celebrating its 25th anniversary. As befits an organization with hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and assets,TFA is throwing itself a grand party at the vast…

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Walton Foundation Admits that Online Charters Are a Failure

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Walton Family Foundation has been a key player in the movement to privatize public education. It recently pledged to pump $200 millions year into new charter schools to compete with public schools…

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Gene Nichol: North Carolina is ALEC’s “Faithful Servant”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene Nichol is Boyd Tinsley Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina. He writes here of the desperate situation that his state is in. ? A few key statements summarize the article:…

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Bertis Downs: This is the Speech That Will Elect Bernie or Hillary

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bertis Downs is a parent and public education activist who lives in Athens, Georgia. His daughters attended the public schools in Athens. Bertis is a board member of the Network for Public Education…

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Musings about Technology in Work and Life

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The history of technology has shown again and again that its primary purpose has been (and is) increasing productivity, that is, doing more with less (see here, here, and here).…

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Please Help to Circulate the NPE Report to School Leaders and Legislators

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education spent nearly two years developing the 50-state report card on “Valuing Education.”  ? NPE issued a “request for proposals,” and the winning team of researchers was headed by…

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Watch Congressional Hearing on ED Chief Information Officer

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Earlier I posted a story about the four-hour grilling of the US Department of Education’s Chief Information Officer, Danny Harris. ? According to the Washington Post, Mr. Harris had two outside businesses. And…

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