Daily Archives: April 10, 2017

A Visit to the Offices of SBAC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
From California parent, Joan Davidson, about her visit with teacher Larry Lawrence to the offices of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which received $180 million in federal funding when Arne Duncan was Secretary…

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Alan Singer: How to Fight the DeVos-Trump Miseducation Agenda

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alan Singer writes here about the resistance to the DeVos-Trump miseducation agenda, which has no core idea other than to replace public schools with charters and vouchers. If you see the photograph that…

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The Public Should Pay Only for Public Schools, not Religious Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Robert Natelson, a retired constitutional law professor who is allied with the ultra-conservative Heartland Institute, writes in this opinion article that the Supreme Court may well strike down the state prohibitions on funding…

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Joseph Batory: The Betrayal of Pennsylvania’s Public Schools by the Legislature

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joseph Batory, a retired superintendent in Pennsylvania, has been speaking out loud and clear about the deliberate defunding of public schools in Pennsylvania and other issues. In this post, he describes the betrayal…

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Chicago: Rahm Should Drop His Punitive High School Graduation Demands and Fund the Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Miles Kampf-Lassin writes in The Chicago Reader that Rahm Emanuel’s plan to deny high school diplomas to students who don’t have a definite commitment from a college, the military, or a trade school…

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Joshua Starr: The American Public Opposes Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joshua Starr, a former school superintendent who is now chief executive officer of Phi Delta Kappa, reports that the American public opposes vouchers. They like the idea of “charters,” but most don’t know…

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Ira David Socol: Why “Instructional Tolerance” Matters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ira David Socol wrote a provocative post that ties together how we educate children on a daily basis with how we live in a democracy. At heart, he argues against the adult authority…

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Humor: Alec Baldwin Shows Why People Love Trump

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a good skit. I think we need to teach more critical thinking in the schools.

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Fred LeBrun: Charters Schools Are “a Costly Distraction”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Fred LeBrun writes a column for the Albany Times-Union on politics. He is one of the most insightful journalists in the nation on the subject of education. The New York state budget was…

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