Daily Archives: May 13, 2016

Daniel Katz on the Meaning of Sheri Lederman’s Victory in Court Against VAM

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Daniel Katz of Seton Hall University explores the meaning of Sheri Lederman’s victory in court over New York State’s teacher evaluation system, the one promoted by former Commissioner John King (now Secretary of Education).…

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Round 3: My Debate with Whitney Tilson about Education Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the third segment of the debate between me and Whitney Tilson about education reform. Tilson is a key figure in the reform movement–which I usually call the corporate reform movement because…

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Equity Center: Texas Supreme Court Issues Ruling in Texas Taxpayer & Student Fairness Coalition Litigation

Below is the sad results of the Texas Supreme Court case on the funding of Texas Schools.  When one of the first couple lines that I read says that the decision was by a  “Republican” Supreme Court, then it makes me believe that … Continue reading

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Sahlberg and Hasak: Big Data Didn’t Work: It’s Time for Small Data

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pasi Sahlberg and Jonathan Hasak wrote a post about the failure of Big Data to introduce effective reforms into education. Big Data are the kind of massive globs of information that cannot be…

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Anthony Cody: Outsourcing Teacher Hiring: A Bad Idea But Profitable

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Anthony Cody heard recently from a teacher who applied for a job in a new district. The teacher was told that he must take a standardized test that was designed to predict whether…

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Yohuru Williams: What It Means to Fight for the Civil Rights of Children Today

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a 2-minute video of Professor Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fairfield University in Connecticut. In the video, he refutes the ridiculous claim that children in…

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U.S. Department of Education Claims It Does Not Keep Records of Charters That Close or Never Open with Its Funding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The anti-privatization website “In the Public Interest” reports on an interesting development: ? The Department of Education issued a press release boasting of its commitment to transparency and noting that the agency had…

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PARCC CEO to Prof Who Posts “Live” Test Items: Reveal Your Informant

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Email from PARCC CEO Laura Slover, sent to me and others by Prof. Celia Oyler, who writes at celiaoyler.wordpress.com and who published a post referencing three “live” PARCC test items for grade 4:…

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SB 432 and the Dissolving of Louisiana’s Recovery School District (RSD)

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On May 11, 2016, SB 432 passed the Louisiana legislature and is headed to Governor John Bel Edwards’ desk for his signature. SB 432 effectively dissolves Louisiana’s state-run Recovery School District (RSD)…

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Randi and Sheri on Sheri’s Victory in New York

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sheri Lederman’s victory over New York’s “arbitrary and capricious” evaluation system was national news. Contrary to speculation in the media, teachers’ unions did not do the research for the Ledermans. He was referred…

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