Daily Archives: May 25, 2016

Texas: School Board Candidate Who Called Obama a “Gay Prostitute” Defeated

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mary Lou Bruner was defeated in her race for state school board in Texas. ? She gained about five minutes of fame after saying that President Obama may have been a “gay prostitute”…

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Rachel Rich: Everything You Need to Know about the /%#£€%+ Test

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rachel Rich is a retired English teacher who has taken a deep interest in standardized testing. She wrote the following review of one of the two federally subsidized tests. Normally, I would tell…

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Texas: Lawyer for Turkish Government Files Lawsuit Against Gulen Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Amsterdam, who was hired by the Turkish government to investigate the US charter school chain of imam Fethullah Gulen, filed a lawsuit against the Harmony schools in Texas. The lawsuit calls on…

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Peter Greene: What Did the Gates Foundation Learn?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene read the annual report from the CEO of the Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellman, and asked himself what the foundation had learned from its multi-zillion dollar investment in changing the nation’s education…

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Anthony Cody: Time for Some Humility at the Gates Foundation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Anthony Cody here reviews the annual report of the CEO of the Gates Foundation, Sue Desmond-Hellman, and finds it wanting, specifically its lack of humility and its absence of reflection. ? Of course,…

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Chicago: Parents Stage a Billion-Dollar Bake Sale for the Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Guess who really puts children first? Their parents! ? MEDIA ALERT: Wednesday, May 25th, 9:00 a.m. ? Billion Dollar Bake Sale/Rally Demands Budget Solution; Sustainable Revenue for CPS ? WHAT: Hundreds of CPS…

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Good News! Oklahoma Eliminates VAM!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Oklahoma legislature passed a law eliminating student test scores as part of teacher evaluation. Hawaii did the same last week. Bit by bit, the most ill-advised, costly, and demoralizing part of Race…

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Jeb Bush Resumes His Fight Against Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Foundation for Excellence in Education announced the return of its founder, ready to fight for privatization, high-stakes testing, and the end of the teaching profession. ? ? FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 24,…

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North Carolina:Stand Up Against ALEC-Inspired “Achievement School District”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The parent-led Public Schools First NC calls on the public to speak out against legislation to create an “achievement school district,” modeled on Tennessee’s failed ASD. The goal of the law is to…

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“Telegenic” Is Not a Sexist Term

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On a number of occasions, education historian Diane Ravitch has referred to former CNN anchor and corporate reform advocate Campbell Brown as “telegenic” or “pretty.” Apparently Brown hates this, and she views…

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