Daily Archives: February 17, 2016

Laura Chapman: Will Britain Take One of Our Reformers? Why Not Take Them All?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Retired arts educator Laura Chapman posted the following comment: According to The Telegraph (newspaper), Nicky Morgan, the education secretary, is looking at bringing in an expert from overseas to be the next chief…

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Denis Ian: When Do Children Get to Be Children Again?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Is childhood a lost concept? Have we decided to treat five year olds like little adults? Reader Denis Ian reacts to the post about a child’s first day in kindergarten, which was spent…

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Jersey Jazzman: John King, King of Suspensions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jersey Jazzman (aka Mark Weber) has a question that he hopes will be asked at John King’s confirmation hearings. If King is confirmed as Secretary of Education, will he enforce the Department’s strong…

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Reflecting on School Reforms: Scaling Up versus Short, Happy Life or Hanging in

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
For decades, under the influence of efficiency-minded policymakers the “wisdom” of reform has been as follows: To solve serious school problems federal, state, and district policymakers take “good” ideas,…

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California: Millions of Private Student Records Will Be Released to Outside Group

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A group called the “Concerned Parents Association” won the right to obtain millions of personally identifiable student records. The group says it wants to verify that students with special needs are getting the…

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Peter Cunningham Says that the Public is Rejecting Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Cunningham was Arne Duncan’s spokesperson in the first Obama term. He was assistant secretary in charge of communications. I once heard him described as “Arne’s brain.” He now runs a billionaire-funded website…

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BREAKING NEWS: Lawsuit Filed Against Magnolia Charter Chain in California

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A lawsuit has been filed against the Gulen-affiliated Magnolia charter chain in California.? The plaintiffs accuse the chain of significant financial improprieties.? “The complaint calls for a comprehensive investigation by the State Department…

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Suspense Builds Over Eva’s Contract to Provide Pre-K

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Eva Moskowitz is in a fight with the City of New York over the pre-K program that her charters offer to 72 children. She says the city owes her $720,000 but she refuses to…

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