Daily Archives: March 2, 2016

Peter Greene: National PTA Sells Out to Testing Industry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene read an article written by a spokesperson for the National PTA and reacted with a combination of dismay and disdain. ? The article, written by Shannon Sevier, vice-president for advocacy for…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

North Carolina Parents: We Don’t Want an “Achievement School District”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
PublicSchoolsFirst in North Carolina–a parent-led organization– has produced a short video urging the public and the legislature to reject an “achievement school district” modeled on the ones in New Orleans, Tennessee, and Michigan.…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Idaho: Hero Superintendents Say No to the Albertson Foundation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I added Boise superintendent Don Coberly to the blog’s honor roll because of his forthright opposition to a campaign intended to discredit public education. It turns out that the…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Why It Matters That Hillary Clinton Championed Welfare Reform

Below is an article outlining the changes in the Welfare System over the last 20 years.  It is a must read. Hot on the campaign trail in South Carolina last week, Bernie Sanders attacked Hillary Clinton for her role in … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

New York Principal to National PTA: Yes, We Will Opt Out

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After a representative of the National PTA wrote an article critical of parents who opt out and praising the value of data-driven decision making, Tim Farley responded. Tim is a principal in New…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

England: Why Teachers Are Abandoning the Profession

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The schools in England are experiencing a “brain drain,” not unlike schools in the United States, and the reasons are not all that different. It is not just the pay, although low pay compared…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Pennsylvania: Opt Outs Expected to Grow, Thanks to a Documentary

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
After a showing of Shannon Puckett’s powerful documentary “Defies Measurement,” the opt out movement in Pennsylvania got a large boost. Shannon, an experienced teacher, made the film with the help of Kickstarter, and has made…

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

The Lost or Forgotten Covenant

I came across my copy of Pat Riley’s Book “The Winner Within-A Life Plan for Team Players” the other day. In Chapter 3 he discusses the “Core Covenant”. A Covenant is an agreement that binds people together. He goes on … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

What Presidential Candidates Tweeted in the 19th Century

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is funny. What would presidential candidates have tweeted about their opponents in the nineteenth century, if Twitter existed?

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment