Monthly Archives: March 2016

Parents: Don’t Be Bullied: Opt Out in 2016

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julia Sass Rubin, who lives in New Jersey, points out that the threat of cutting off federal funding is empty. No federal official would stop funding Title I schools, attended by the poorest…

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2016 Election: Where Do the Candidates Stand?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a good article by Steven Rosenfeld about the 2016 election. Rosenfeld focuses on the charter school issue. He understands, as so few national commentators do, that charter schools are an existential…

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Illinois: Don’t Believe It When They Tell You Not to Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A former Chicago Public Schools teacher left a comment and referred to this article, which features one of her students. He is organizing a boycott of PARCC. Illinois offers no “formal” way to…

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Alabama Governor: When Will He Resign?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley allegedly had an affair with his top staffer, but he insists it wasn’t “physical.”? Not many people believe him, and the resignation watch is on.? He is a “family…

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The False Claim that Teachers’ Unions Are Behind the Parents’ Opt Out Movement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The tabloid press in New York City, which has consistently supported corporate reform, such as charters and high-stakes testing, regularly claims in its editorials that the parents’ opt out movement is secretly funded…

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Michelle Gunderson: Why Chicago Teachers Are Striking on April 1

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michelle Gunderson has taught in the Chicago public schools for 29 years; she teaches first grade. ? In this post, she describes why the Chicago Teachers Union decided to strike on April 1.…

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John Thompson: Corporate Reformers Descend on Oklahoma City to Inflict the “Edu-Politics of Destruction”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, thought that corporate reform was happening elsewhere, but not in Oklahoma City. But now they have arrived in full force, with all their failed and demoralizing strategies. It…

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Gawker: Liberal Blogger Started GOP Gun Petition

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The gossip website Gawker reports that a liberal blogger started the petition to allow GOP delegates to carry guns at their Cleveland convention. It was intended as a satire, but the petition gathered…

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The Supreme Court’s Single-sentence Finding on Friedrichs

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On March 29, 2016, the US Supreme Court rendered a decision on the case of Friedrichs vs. California Teachers Association.  Here is the full text of the Court’s judgment: PER CURIAM. The judgment is affirmed by an equally…

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News! Michelle Rhee is Merging StudentsFirst with 50CAN

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The world of rightwing corporate reform is ever-changing. It seems like only yesterday that Michelle Rhee announced her intention to challenge teachers’ unions, destroy tenure, and take away due process from teachers across…

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