Daily Archives: September 2, 2016

Pearson Gets Bad Press for Its “Unaligned” Common Core ELA Materials

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Where there is Common Core, there will be publishers marketing “Common Core aligned” materials. And, as one might expect, there will be organizations ready to grade the alignment of those marketed, Common-Core-aligned…

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Joshua Liebner: 100 Reasons I Never Liked John Deasy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joshua Liebner wrote an open letter to celebrated author Ta-Nahisi Coates, with the expectation that Mr. Coates would never see the letter. Liebner, an NBCT teacher in Los Angeles for 20 years, wrote…

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FairTest: The Movement to Reduce High-Stakes Testing Grows Stronger

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
FairTest posts a weekly review of news about resistance to high-stakes testing and efforts to improve testing. “Less Testing, No High-Stakes, Better Assessments” — that’s the core message parents, educators and community leaders…

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Tom Ultican: A Wonderful Book That Shows the Madness of Corporate Reform

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tom Ultican teaches in San Diego. He recently read Ciedie Aech’s new book about teaching in Hyper-Reformy Denver and highly recommends it. Denver is a trifecta of reformers. Non-educator Michael Bennett was tapped…

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Massachusetts: If Your Child Has Special Needs, Do Not Send Him or Her to a Charter School

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The NEA recounts the story told by Amanda Ciede, a mother of a child with special-needs in Malden, Massachusetts. She signed up her five-year-old son for a charter school. His experience was a…

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Billionaire Foundation Secretly Funds Surveillance System for Baltimore

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The John and Laura Arnold Foundation secretly funded a wide-area surveillance system for Baltimore, according to news reports. See here and here and here. Last week, the NPQ nonprofit newswire covered the story…

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You Bet My Classroom is a “Safe Space”

Originally posted on Daniel Katz, Ph.D.:
This week I have the pleasure of meeting the Class of 2020 who just began their 4 year journeys to become teachers.  They join us at a very particular time in our national…

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“Truthful Hyperbole”

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
*My history teacher is so old, she lived through the Civil War. *My dog is so ugly, he saw himself in a mirror and ran away. *My teacher is…

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