Monthly Archives: July 2017

Note to Media in Louisiana: Don’t Mess with Mercedes Schneider

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider teaches high school in Louisiana. She has a doctorate in statistics and research methodology, and she taught in higher education. She is careful with facts and evidence. Recently, she has been…

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Do You Think Every Child Deserves a Qualified Teacher?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The charter school committee of the State University of New York will soon decide whether charter schools will be allowed to hire uncertified teachers. This is a bad idea because teachers must be…

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The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative: Do You Trust Them?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Martin Levine writes in the Nonprofit Quarterly about the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, expressing his concerns about transparency and democratic values. The concern has been that in structuring such a large commitment as an LLC…

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Nancy Bailey: Bill Gates Wonders What the Purpose of Life Might Be

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy Bailey read a post written by Bill Gates (or his writer). It seems he read a book that led him to write a post called “The Purpose Problem: What If People Run…

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Scientific American: Vouchers Don’t Produce Better Results So Why is the Trump Administration Pushing Them?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Veteran journalist Peg Tyre reviews the research on vouchers in Scientific American and finds little reason for the Trump administration to add federal support to a national voucher program. Despite any sound evidence,…

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Texas: State Senate Passes Voucher Bill, Again

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
For the umpteenth time, the Texas state senate passed a voucher bill for students with disabilities. It is heading now for the House. Up until now, the House (also Republican controlled) has turned…

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Texas: Two Sisters Testify Against Dan Patrick’s Voucher Legislation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is a rightwing zealot. He has two obsessions that keep him awake at night. He wants vouchers. And, he wants to keep transgender people out of the bathroom of…

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Steven Singer: The Rank Hypocrisy of the Destroy-Public-Education Campaign for Defending Segregation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steve Singer calls out the Destroy-Public-Education campaign for their attacks on Randi Weingarten. It’s not because he is a fan of Randi’s, but because he doesn’t like hypocrisy. Charter schools are more segregated…

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NAACP Demands Reform of Charters!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The NAACP today released a strong report demanding the reform and regulation the charter school industry. The NAACP report calls for a flat prohibition of for- profit charters and for-profit charter management companies.…

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Trump Gives Sam Brownback a Way to Escape Kansas Before the Posse Arrives

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback made a mess of Kansas with his application of big tax cuts and trickle-down economics. His strategy failed, and he needed an escape route. Trump rescued him by making…

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