Monthly Archives: April 2017

Bill Quigley: Outraged Students and Parents in New Orleans Blast Charter School System

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bill Quigley, associate director of the Center for Constitutional Rights and a law professor at Loyola University at New Orleans, reports on a hearing held by the NAACP where students and parents in…

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Did KIPP game the U.S. News And World Report rankings?

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Each year, U.S. News And World Report generates a report of the ‘best’ high schools in the country.  This year, the charter world has been celebrating because out of the top 100 schools,…

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What DeVos Said About Evaluation of D.C. Voucher Program

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A federal evaluation of the D.C. voucher program came up with negative results. Students in elementary schools who participated saw their scores drop, a finding similar to recent studies in Louisiana, Indiana, and…

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DeVos’s American Federation for Children Runs TV Ads in Arizona, Thanking Governor for Voucher Expansion

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
When Betsy DeVos piously explains that she is wild for “great public schools,” please remember that she has spent most of her life advocating for alternatives to public schools. Can anyone recall her…

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Politico: New Study Shows Negative Effects of Vouchers in D.C. Program

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Voucher advocates have protected D.C.’s voucher program, known as “Opportunity Scholarships,” since it was created in 2004 despite lack of strong evidence for its benefits. Evaluations have found little or no improvement in…

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South Carolina: James Kirylo’s Children Will Not Take the Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
James Kirylo, university professor and expert on the works of Paulo Freire, wrote the following letter: James D. & Anette A. Kirylo P.O. Box 8698 Columbia, SC 29202 985.956.0563 / jkirylo@yahoo.com April 25,…

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Nancy E. Bailey: Time to Stop Calling Under-Resourced Schools “Dropout Factories”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy E. Bailey writes here about the corporate reformers’ love for the term “Dropout Factories” to refer to public schools, especially those in impoverished communities. She says the term is used to disparage…

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A Chronology of Ohio’s Recent Charter School Scandals

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Progress Ohio has compiled a list of recent charter school scandals, covering only the past four years. Someone should take on the job of making the list comprehensive. But this is long enough.…

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Good News! Tennessee Fails to Pass Voucher Law for Seventh Straight Year!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Advocates for vouchers in Tennessee failed again to pass voucher legislation, despite an intensive campaign, and narrowing the legislation only to Memphis. The big stumbling block was how to hold voucher students and…

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Trump Can’t Limit Federal Role in Public Schools AND Push School Vouchers

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Donald Trump is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Again. This time he’s signing an executive order demanding the Department of Education study how the federal government oversteps its legal authority with regard to…

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