Daily Archives: May 2, 2016

Activists Pressure Public Pension Funds to Divest from Hedge Fund Investments

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York magazine reports that activists are succeeding in persuading public pension funds to drop out of hedge fund investments. The pension fund trustees have included that these investments are a bad risk.…

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Disruption, Disenfranchisement and Drama in District 4

Originally posted on Kaplan for Kids:
? This is a saga about Disruption (school closings and openings, extraordinarily high teacher and principal turnover, destruction of neighborhood schools), Disenfranchisement (two board resignations in four years, two representatives chosen by the Board…

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EduShyster Interviews a Scholar of No-Excuses Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
EduShyster interviews Joanne Golann, a doctoral student and researcher in sociology at Princeton who spent 15 months in a no-excuses charter school, studying its culture. After participating daily in the life of the…

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Boston: Can Parents and Students Save the Public Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our reader Christine Langhoff writes about the current crisis in public education in Boston: To use the common idiom, Boston is “woke”! Parents, teachers and allies of public education protested on a frigid…

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Peter Greene on McKinsey Plan to Close Public Schools in Boston

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Listen up, friends! Your own school district might hire McKinsey or Boston Consulting Group, and you need to know that they have a template for “right-sizing” the district. The template has nothing to do…

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KIPP gets to hide almost all important data from the public

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Originally posted on GFBrandenburg's Blog:
The KIPP chain of charter schools has been criticized for a number of things, including high attrition rates among both teachers and students, high salaries for its CEOs, and large expenditures on advertising. They…

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Is this quote in Emdin’s book actually true? Maybe.

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Iowa Teachers: What Do You Think of the “Iowa Core” Literacy Standards

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Iowa adopted the Common Core standards but renamed them the “Iowa Core.” They read just like the Common Core standards. ? Teachers in K-3 are concerned about the developmental appropriateness of the literacy standards…

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Boston: McKinsey Recommends Closing 40% of Public Schools to Save Money

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Boston Globe reports that Boston gave McKinsey $660,000 to audit the schools. McKinsey proposed that the city could save millions by closing 40% of its public schools. ? ? “A controversial city-ordered…

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Pastafarians Are Becoming a Force (or a Farce) in American Society

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, in the midst of the discussion of the Tennessee legislation allowing mental health professionals to refuse to serve any patient if the patient was offensive to them on religious…

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