Daily Archives: March 4, 2016

La. House Ed Chair Nancy Landry Wants to Pay Teachers Less

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
  Nancy Landry Rep. Nancy Landry (R-Lafayette) is the 2016 chair of Louisiana’s House Education Committee. In 2012, Landry was responsible for the motion to require teachers who attended House education hearings…

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Andy Goldstein: This Is How Our School District Works Every Day

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andy Goldstein is a teacher and parent in Palm Beach County, Florida. ? He writes: ? “The bus debacle as a description of how our school operates on an everyday basis.” ? ?…

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Parents, Teachers, Students, Communities Unite and Fight: A Speech to Boston’s Teachers and Communities

Originally posted on Kaplan for Kids:
On Saturday, February 27, 2016 I was asked to tell the story of Denver and “education reform” in Denver Public Schools to the Boston Teachers Union.  Here is what I said. ? My name…

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Jeannie Kaplan: The Failure of Reform in Denver

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan served two terms as an elected member of the Denver school board. As a strong supporter of public schools, she has been critical of the “reforms” in her city. Denver has…

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A Debate about Testing Grit: My View

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I was invited by the New York Times to write a 300-word article on the subject of testing joy and grit. I wrote this. The headline says, “Teach Resilience, Don’t Test It,” but…

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Florida: School Employees Do Not Give Up Their First Amendment Rights

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Wendi Lowrey, a speech pathologist in Orange County, was transferred out of her school (where her own child is a student) and reassigned because of her comments on social media. She wrote about…

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Teacher: Why Am I Testing This Child?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader comments: ? “In all seriousness, the level of absurdity is reached when a profoundly disabled student is required to be tested and the testing looks something like this… a teacher pulls…

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The Unintended Consequences of School Choice

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Harvard Magazine published an interesting article with fresh thinking about school choice. No blue-sky claims, like the Friedman Foundation. No fear-mingering. Some thoughtful comments about unintended consequences. ? “A recent paper models a choice…

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Donald Cohen: Charter Schools Are Not Accountable to Anyone

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Donald Cohen writes a website called “In the Public Interest,” where he reports on privatization of the public sector: hospitals, schools, prisons, etc. ? In this article, he demonstrates that charter schools are…

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Donald Trump Scares Me

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I watched the GOP presidential debate last night and found it very depressing. The main event was the effort by Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz to pierce Trump’s armor and rattle him. The…

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