Daily Archives: May 6, 2016

Peter Greene on President Obama’s Two Proclamations This Week

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This week was for some years Teacher Appreciation Week. Now, thanks to President Obama, it is also Charter Appreciation Week. I earlier reported that the latter replaced the former. I was wrong. ?…

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Marla Kilfoyle: How to Show Appreciation for Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marla Kilfoyle, executive director of the BadAss Teachers Association, wrote the following explanation of how to show genuine appreciation for teachers: ? ? “Want to Appreciate Teachers This Week? Stand Up to Those…

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Michigan Drops Common Core, May Adopt Discarded Massachusetts Standards

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is ironic. Michigan wants to drop the Common Core standards and substitute the Massachusetts standards that were dropped by Massachusetts to make way for the Common Core standards! ? A bill is…

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Jamie Gass: How Common Core Killed the Great Literature Standards of Massachusetts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jamie Gass excoriates the Common Core standards for de-emphasizing classic literature and replacing it with informational text. The decision by state officials in Massachusetts to drop its outstanding English language arts standards–which were…

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Nancy Flanagan: A Tale of Two Cities, Poor Public Schools vs. Corrupt Charter School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy Flanagan, a veteran educator, now retired, writes about the contrast between the bankrupt Detroit public schools and a scandal-tainted charter school four hours north in Traverse City, called Grand Traverse Academy in…

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Jeannie Kaplan: How “Reform” Ruined District 4 in Denver

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan served two terms as an elected member of the Denver school board. Denver is a reform hotspot. It has been under the firm control of reformers for the past decade. Kaplan…

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Teachers at Cleveland Charter School Vote to Unionize

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The AFT announced that a charter school in Cleveland chose to join the union, despite the efforts of the charter operator to dissuade them. This is a tricky situation. On one hand, charter…

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Texas: “Moms Against Drunk Testing” Call for Moratorium on State Standardized Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Texans Advocating for Meaningful State Assessments (TAMSA) is known in Texas as Moms Against Drunk Testing. In the past, they successfully lobbied the Legislature to drops plan to require students to pass 15…

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Detroit: What Happens if Teachers Are Not Paid?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tom Pedroni of Wayne State University in Detroit sent this photo: ? ? ?

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Proof: Reformers Never Fail, Even Though Their Policies Do

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We have observed frequently that reformers almost always have a soft landing in a cushy job, even when their previous endeavor was a dud. ? Thus Chris Barbic led the Achievement School District…

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