Daily Archives: May 16, 2016

Mercedes Schneider Writes an Open Letter to PARCC CEO Laura Slover

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider, high school teacher, blogger, and Ph.D. in research statistics wrote an open letter to Laura Slover, CEO of PARCC, to ask for documentation of Slover’s efforts to suppress critical articles and…

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La. House Ed. Chair Nancy Landry Doesn’t Get to Pay Teachers Less

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
In March 2016, Louisiana House Education chair Nancy Landry sponsored a bill HB 392, “Provides relative to the reduction of teacher salaries under certain circumstances.” At the heart of the bill was the…

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Denis Smith: Ohio’s Voodoo Economics Benefits Charter Schools, Hurts Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith, who previously worked in the Ohio Education Department’s charter school division, writes here about the Byzantine school finance system of the state, which enables charters to be funded at the expense…

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The Power of Our Voice: We Will Not Be Silenced

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Over the past few days, the leadership of the PARCC Common Core consortium moved forcefully to threaten bloggers with legal action who dared to describe the contents of its fourth grade tests. Even…

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The College Remediation Hoax

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Last week, the New York Times published an editorial criticizing the nation’s public schools for the rate of remediation courses taken by college students. It relied on a report prepared by Education Reform…

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Ohio: Reformster Chosen As State Superintendent

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Paola DeMaria, an apologist for Ohio’s floundering, politically powerful, corrupt charter industry, has been named as State Superintendent. He is not an educator and proud of it. ? The Cleveland Plain Dealer says…

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John Thompson: What’s the Matter with Oklahoma?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher, lives and writes in Oklahoma, where he has a first-hand view of the assault on the public sector. ? Most of my professional friends are focused on What’s…

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Who Wants to Be a Global Guru?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I received an email notice informing me that I am the #1 Global Guru on a list compiled by a research organization based in London. I don’t know anything about them. ? The…

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NPR: Fourth-Grade Students Explain Why Their Teacher is One of the Best in the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
NPR has set out on a search for the 50 best teachers in the nation. I searched the story linked here and could not find the criteria being used to identify who was…

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Texas Court Rejects Appeal to Fix State Funding Formula

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nearly two-thirds of the school districts in Texas filed a lawsuit against the state formula for funding public schools. A lower court judge ruled that the state’s funding formula was unconstitutional. Hopes were…

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