Daily Archives: October 3, 2016

Florida League of Women Voters Documents Charter Scams

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pat and Sue Legg of the Florida League of Women Voters have performed q public service by detailing how for-profit charter companies rip off taxpayers and cheat children. You can be sure Jeb…

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Kevin Kumashiro: Who Is Funding the Attacks on Public Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kevin Kumashiro is a professor of Asian-American Studies and a scholar of American education. You must read his book “Bad Teacher,” in which he dissects the corporate reform movement. This important article–“When Billionaires…

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The Most Segregating District Lines in the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Supreme Court ruled in 1974 (Bradley v. Milliken) that a court could not order desegregation across district lines. The case referred to Detroit, which was highly segregated. That put an end to…

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Scholars Review the Funding of the Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This post is a scholarly analysis of the funding of Common Core: Who put up the money, who benefitted. The paper (which can be downloaded here) was written by three scholars at Pennsylvania…

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Mercedes Schneider: Will PARCC Survive?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider read the 128-page report on the future of the federally funded testing consortium called PARCC. It was launched, along with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, by Arne Duncan, who gave the…

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Trump and the Magic of OPM (Other People’s Money)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Timothy O’Brien wrote a book about the life of Donald Trump, and he came to understand Trump’s financial success. It was all premised on leveraging Other People’s Money. People like you and me…

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When Was the Last Time Donald Trump Paid Federal Taxes?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The New York Times published a shocking story about Donald Trump’s legal evasion of federal taxes. Someone leaked portions of Trump’s tax returns to the Times. The paper checked with his accountant who…

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World Economic Forum Names Finland’s Public Schools the Best in the World

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The World Economic Forum is based in Davos, Switzerland. Ten years ago, I had the pleasure of attending. The forum was filled with heads of state and potentates, politicians, business magnates, even Brad…

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Mitchell Robinson: The Charter Debate Is Over

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, a professor of Music at Michigan State, has travelled the world and discovered that others do not share our obsession with charters and standardized testing. The so-called reform movement has blithely…

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NPE Action Fund Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education Action Fund was divided during the presidential primaries and made no endorsement. It is divided no more. In a contest between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, our choice…

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