Daily Archives: February 19, 2016

The Scandal in John Kasich’s Backyard

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Readers of this blog have been informed of the misuse of taxpayer monies to pay off campaign contributors in Ohio, if they were canny enough to invest in charter schools. The general public…

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Colorado: Michael Johnston’s Terrible Teacher Evaluation Bill Wins a New Lease on Life

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In 2010, I was in Denver the day that the Legislature was debating S. 10-191, a bill sponsored by young Senator Michael Johnston. It was a bill to base 50% of teachers’ evaluation…

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Exemplary Program for Homeless Students May Fall Victim to Low Test Scores

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Do you want a definition of educational insanity? It is not just the old chestnut about doing the same thing over and over again, after seeing that it fails every time. It is…

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The Confusion of Texas Teacher Retirement and Social Security

Many years ago in an attempt to close a loophole in Social Security Benefits a law was passed. Before the law was passed members of TRS (Teacher Retirement System of Texas) were allowed to work one day in a district … Continue reading

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Katie Osgood: The Dangers of TFA Indoctrination

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Katie Osgood teaches in Chicago. She has a wonderful blog, where she regularly posts common sense based on her experience and wisdom. ? In this post, she says that Teach for America is…

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Reformers’ React to Eva’s Latest PR Problem

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The video of a teacher at Success Academy humiliating a first-grade student for failing to write the correct answer went viral. Scores of blogs around the world posted the video. ? How did…

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Nevada Supreme Court Will Review Voucher Program

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Education Law Center reports that the Nevada Supreme Court will review a lower court decision that enjoined the state’s new voucher program. Nevada’s legislators enacted the most sweeping voucher program in the…

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Cartoons on Parenting

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Some cartoons about parenting that I found amusing. Enjoy. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

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Jeff Bryant: The Lesson of the Walk-Ins: Americans Are NOT Giving Up on Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Earlier this week, I posted an interview with Peter Cunningham of Education Post, who said that more and more Americans are abandoning public schools for privately managed charters (which may hire uncertified teachers…

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Politico: Colleges That Drop ACT and SAT See Increased Applications, Especially from Minorities

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico reported this morning that the 30 colleges and universities that dropped the SAT and ACT this year have seen an increase in applications, especially among minority and low-income students. There are now…

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