Monthly Archives: July 2017

New Orleans: Students Punished for Being Poor

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Astana Bigard, parent activist in New Orleans, reports that poor children are regularly suspended and expelled from charter schools because they can’t afford to pay for a uniform. “When a New Orleans charter…

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School Choice: Grounded in Racism, Reinvented by the Radical Right

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rick Hess makes a valiant but unsuccessful effort to provide a new origin story to the idea of school choice, attributing it to Thomas Paine and John Stuart Mill. That’s quite a stretch,…

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Billionaire Elon Musk Knows What Schools Need to Do–and They Are Already Doing It

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Elon Musk, tech billionaire, says he has the solution for schools: teach children to ask why. Engage them in constructing things to learn how they work. http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/20/elon-musk-this-question-can-help-fix-the-u-s-education-system.html?utm_source=TopSheet&utm_campaign=5d4d14b0ca-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d40b014331-5d4d14b0ca-176133581 Is this news? No. Wherever schools…

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Jack Covey Analyzes Betsy DeVos’s Speech to ALEC

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jack Covey (pseudonym) teaches in Los Angeles and frequently comments on this blog: x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x…

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Betsy DeVos Tells Senators She Will “Return” Office for Civil Rights to a “Neutral” Role

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A group of Democratic Senators wrote a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to express their concern that she was abandoning civil rights enforcement. DeVos wrote back to say that she was…

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Texas: Special Session of Legislature Opens Tomorrow, to Restart Voucher Debate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Greg Abbott has called a special session of the Texas legislature, beginning tomorrow, which will consider a school finance reform bill and vouchers, among other things. The public schools of Texas are…

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Why Are These People Allowed to Tell Schools What to Do?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico discusses the state plans to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act and raises the question: Why are these uninformed, distant, unqualified people allowed to tell schools what to do? Betsy DeVos and…

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Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris: A Critical Review of the PBS Special “Schools, Inc.”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Between April and June of this year, PBS distributed a three-hour documentary called “Schools Inc.” to its member stations. I was invited to comment on the program by WNET, the PBS station in…

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Jim Hightower: The Plutocrats’ Scheme to Eliminate Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jim Hightower pulls no punches as he eviscerates the Koch brothers, Betsy DeVos, and other plutocrats who want to privatize public education. He writes in Salon: “While the Koch brothers have stayed out…

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Steven Singer: Learn about Education by Reading Teacher-Written Blogs, Not Corporate Media

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Singer says that anyone in search of understanding education today should turn to teacher-written blogs, not the corporate media. The teachers know what they are talking about. The corporate media, with a…

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