Daily Archives: February 8, 2016

CCSSO Asks Jeb Bush’s “Chiefs for Change” to Help with ESSA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico.com reports that the Council of Chief State School Officers is partnering with Chiefs for Change, the group created by Jeb Bush to promote school choice, digital learning, and high-stakes testing, as well as…

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Hundreds of Plumbers Volunteer to Help Flint

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
At last, someone is doing something to help the people of Flint. 300 union plumbers arrived from all over the state to install filters in the homes of Flint residents. They volunteered their…

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Jonathan Pelto: In Connecticut, Follow the Money

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Dannell Malloy of Connecticut sold his soul to hedge fund managers and corporate reformers. ? Jonathan Pelto reports the tawdry details: ? ? “Call it the new American Way. The billionaires, millionaires and…

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Success Academy Parent: Don’t Be Afraid of Eva

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fatima Geidi is the parent of the boy who was featured on John Merrow’s PBS broadcast about the harsh discipline policies at Success Academy charter schools. She writes here that parents should stop…

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Cami Admits: Reform is Part of the Problem

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Cami Anderson, former leader of Newark schools and reform superstar, made a startling admission at the TFA conference. ““Here is the inconvenient truth: Education, including education reform, is part of the problem,” said…

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Gene Glass: Would Horace Mann Tweet? (Make This Go Viral!)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gene Glass has written one of the most brilliant, most perceptive commentaries on the billionaires’ reform movement that I have ever read. He gives a witty, well-sourced analysis of the familiar corporate reform…

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Looking Anew at How Teachers Teach

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Today, reformers from both ends of the political spectrum push Common Core Standards into classrooms. They champion charters and more parental choice of schools. They want teachers to be…

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Texas: The Charter Waiting List is a Myth

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Brian T. Woods, a district superintendent in Texas, wrote an article exposing the myth of charter schools’ waiting lists. Charters claim they must expand because 100,000 students are on waiting lists. Woods says…

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Mercedes Schneider Transcribes Congressional Hearing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider transcribed key portions of the Congressional hearing into the ethics and performance of the US Department of Education. Reader Chiara asked in a comment why there were no such hearings when…

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Saving CPS from CPS: Real Shared Sacrifice

Power concedes …. During my career as a Chicago Public School principal, I have often been at odds with the Chicago Teachers Union. I have been the target of multiple grievances filed by CTU against me when I have disciplined … Continue reading

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