Daily Archives: March 6, 2017

Mercedes Schneider on the State Blaine Amendments That Block Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider offers a history lesson on the Blaine amendments found in most state constitutions, which require that public money go only to public schools. Some states–like Indiana–have found creative ways to interpret…

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Peter Greene: Corporate Reformers Launch Three New Websites

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Are you missing Arne Duncan and John King? There are some nostalgia websites created just for you. Just in case you don’t have enough to do, Peter Greene tells us about three new…

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Lousiana Voucher School Program Graded D by the State

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Students who wanted to sign up for the Louisiana Voucher Program had to make their decision by February 24. But that was before the state released the grades for the participating schools. Overall,…

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Game, Set, and Match—Texas SBOE Member Looks at the Numbers Comparing Charter and Traditional Schools

State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff, a Republican from Mount Pleasant, has taken a look at the performance data of Texas charter schools and traditional public schools operated by independent school districts, and his findings give cold comfort to … Continue reading

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Quit Doing These 8 Things for Your Teen This Year if You Want to Raise an Adult

The following was written by another author. She addresses some of the most important factors in helping our students/children grow up to be successful adults. #7 really hit home for me as an educator. By Amy Carney  Don’t judge me … Continue reading

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The three REAL reasons for Finland’s high PISA scores.

Originally posted on Filling My Map:
I bet all of you are tired of my rose-colored posts on the seemingly perfect Finnish Education system.   I just imagine you saying at home “Ok, we get it. Finland has a utopic education…

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Most Expensive Test Prep Rally in History?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Eva Moskowitz has rented the Rockefeller Center Radio City Music Hall for her charter chain’s annual test-prep rally. The charter network’s dance team will perform, school officials will present awards to students for…

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Teacher: What Mike Pence Did to Schools and Teachers in Indiana

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A retired teacher shared the story of Mike a Pence’s role in transforming the schools of Indiana: Our former governor, Mike Pence, absolutely loves vouchers.Under his “leadership” Indiana became a national leader in…

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Trump and DeVos Push ALEC Privatization Scheme as Studies Document Voucher Failures 

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
The push comes as new studies are documenting the harmful effects of vouchers. Source: Trump and DeVos Push ALEC Privatization Scheme as Studies Document Voucher Failures | PR Watch…

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Martin Carnoy: Vouchers Will Not Help the Neediest Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Martin Carnoy is a professor at Stanford University who has studied education systems around the world. Carnoy wrote a report for the Economic Policy Institute about the efficacy of vouchers, or their lack…

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