Daily Archives: May 17, 2016

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Will Hold a Hearing on Funding Inequities, Poverty, and Racial Isolation on May 20: Attend or Listen in

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I received this notice today. I responded and asked if the Commission might investigate how school choice via vouchers and charters was affecting racial resegregation. The growing resegregation of America’s schools should be…

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater: Time and Childhood

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A poem by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater. I previously posted a video with a song she wrote. ? ? Time ? ? They have no time for show and tell. They have no time…

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Colorado: Student Stands Up to Abusive School Board Leaders

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Grace Davis is a sophomore at Ponderosa High School in Parker, Colorado. She was upset that so many teachers left every year, and she decided to hold a student protest to call attention…

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Facing a Budget Crisis, the Pennsylvania Legislature Makes It Easier to Fire Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer hangs a dunce cap on Pennsylvania’s legislature. Facing a budget crisis, they voted to eliminate seniority and cynically called their bill “The Protecting Excellent Teachers Act.” He writes: “If you live…

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Student Poverty Isn’t an Excuse: It is an Obstacle to Learning

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Not so long ago, “reformers” belittled anyone who called attention to poverty and said they were making excuses for bad teachers. All children could reach the highest heights on academic measures, they insisted,…

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The Long Arm of the PARCC?

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
Dr. Celia Oyler is a professor of education at Teachers College.  Recently, a teacher contacted her with an intelligent and cogent critique of the recent PARCC examination, including a few selections of content…

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It’s Official: Gov. Edwards Signs Into Law the Bill Dissolving State-run RSD

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On May 12, 2016, Louisiana Senate Bill 432 became Act 91 when Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards signed the legislation into law. Act 91 returns the state-run Recovery School District (RSD) to…

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