Daily Archives: February 20, 2017

FIGHT PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thank you, Betsy Deavos, for awakening the parents, teachers, and other concerned citizens about the risk of privatizing our public schools and handing them over to entrepreneurs and religious institutions. We will fight…

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Presidents Day: What Trump Has Done for the Country

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I have received several copies of this statement about Trump’s accomplishments. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress…

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Jitu Brown: How to Build a National Movement to Secure Quality Education for All Children

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Rosenfeld of Alternet interviewed Jitu Brown about the coalition-building he is leading to fight for educational justice. Jitu is national director of the Journey for Justice, which fights for the rights of…

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Betsy DeVos Had an Awfully Difficult First Week on the Job

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Teachers who teach children with multiple disabilities and children who are homeless may think that they have a tough job, but consider what a very hard time Betsy DeVos had in her first…

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The Importance of Asking the Right Policy Question: Technology in Schools

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
About a century ago, electronic technologies entered the classroom. Initially  as the film (1920s), radio (1930s), and instructional television (1960s), these devices derived from the entertainment business. The hype…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig: Are Charters the Answer?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The short answer: No. Julian Vasquez Heilig explains why charters are not the answer to inequity. They deepen inequity. Here is an excerpt: My Confession is that I am a former charter Volunteer…

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Michigan, Under DeVos Influence, Declines Sharply on NAEP

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Detroit Free Press published this article last May about the state’s academic decline since 2003. That covers the DeVos era. http://www.freep.com/story/news/education/2016/05/18/michigan-students-sliding-toward-bottom/84535876/ “In 2003, Michigan ranked 28th in fourth-grade reading. In 2015, the…

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