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Brookline, Mass., Meets Corporate Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Katherine Stewart and Matthew Stewart, parents in the renowned Brookline school district in Massachusetts, are concerned about their school board’s ties to Bill Gates and  other corporate reformers. Katherine Stewart is the author…

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Myra Blackmon: Test Abuse in Georgia

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Myra Blackmon is a columnist for he Athens Banner-Herald, where this column appeared. ? ? She writes: It happened last year. They said problems were corrected. It happened again this year. ? Once…

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Jeannie Kaplan: Don’t Fall for the Hoax about Reform “Success” in Denver!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan was twice elected to the Denver Board of Education and is well qualified to review the claims made about that city’s schools. Due to an infusion of reformer cash from across…

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Gary Rubinstein Reveals TFA’s Latest PR Stunt

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Gary Rubinstein, a critical friend of Teach for America, noticed something strange on Twitter: he saw tweets from Educatuon Week that boasted of TFA successes. Seemed strange. After a bit of digging, he…

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Brookings Study: Voucher Students in Louisiana and Indiana Perform Worse than Peers in Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mark Dynarski of the Brookings Institution has published a research review in which he concluded that public schools definitely have the advantage over private schools that receive vouchers. This is especially good news…

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Mike Klonsky: The Debacle of School Reform in Chicago

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The next time you hear boastful claims about “reform,” think Chicago. ? Poor Chicago! Arne Duncan launched his version of reform there in 2001, with Gates funding. School closings, test scores above all,…

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Elizabeth Warren Rips into Donald Trump

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Elizabeth Warren has emerged as the fiercest critic of Donald Trump, totally unafraid of his derision, his sarcasm, and his Twitter attacks. ? In a speech to the Center for Popular Democracy, Warren…

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Peter Greene on the Smallest Data of All

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene reliably reads all the studies, think tank reports, foundation proclamations, and other stuff that pours forth from the Think About Education Industry. ? In this post, he is thinking about something…

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Mercedes Schneider: Who Owns the PARCC Copyrights?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Over the past couple of weeks, there have been many articles about PARCC deleting blogs and tweets. In every case, PARCC complains that the offending blogger and Tweeter has infringed on its copyright.…

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