Daily Archives: February 24, 2016

Rescue Yourself

I was listening to sports radio the other day when one of the show hosts made a very profound statement: “You must be an active participant in your own rescue”. It immediately struck  a cord with me. Play The Right … Continue reading

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Amrein-Beardsley: Houston’s VAM is a Sham

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley and her graduate students analyzed the results of Houstin ISD’s hefty investment in value-added measurement of teachers. Houston spends a cool $500,000 a year to implement VAM. ? Is is it…

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Connecticut: Gov. Malloy Appoints Charter Operator to State Board of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Dannell Malloy can’t do enough for the charter industry. He forgives their malfeasance, he gives them more money than the public schools that educate the vast majority of the state’s children, he…

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Tennessee: Why the Voucher Bill Failed to Go to a Vote

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This excellent article in the Nashville Post explains why the proposal for vouchers didn’t go anywhere. ? Republicans control both houses of the legislature, and the voucher proposal passed easily in the state…

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George Joseph: The “Got to Go” List Goes International

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Success Academy’s public relations firm (Mercury LLC) must be working overtime to try to outrun the stories about the charter chain’s tactics. While critics have alleged for years that the chain produces high…

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Long Island School Board Opposes John King’s Confirmation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Patchogue-Medford school district on Long Island in New York adopted a resolution in opposition to the confirmation of John King as U.S. Secretary of Education. “February 22, 2016 The Board of Education…

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Drum Roll, Please: The Annual Bunkum Award for Shoddy Research

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Drumroll, please! ? The National Education Policy Center announces that the Bunkum award for the shoddiest research of 2015 goes to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Take a bow! ? ?…

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Detroit: Legislature Abandons 47,000 Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The schools of Detroit have been under state control for most of this century. The state has failed miserably to improve education or even to maintain the schools in decent physical condition. No…

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From the Classroom: Teachers Integrating Technology (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Just as an expert restaurant chef makes use of all of the techniques–from frying, to baking to poaching to molecular cooking with liquid nitrogen– [and] tools–from paring knives to…

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