Monthly Archives: August 2017

John Oliver: The Ultimate Takedown of Alex Jones

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Get a cup of coffee and sit down. John Oliver dissects Alex Jones, the rightwing provocateur who makes money saying insane things. Jones is the talk-show host who pushed the outrageous claim that…

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After Hurricane Harvey, Will Houston Public Schools be Charterized?

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
It’s an all too familiar scene in America. A natural disaster devastates a major metropolitan city. And then the forces of profit and privatization use the chaos and uncertainty as cover to steal public services and…

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High School Principal Tells Students They Can’t Wear Leggings Unless You At A Size 0 or 2

http://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/whats-hot/high-school-principal-tells-students-they-cant-wear-leggings-unless-you-are-a-size-0-or-2/ar-AAqF4wd?ocid=sf

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Do students get higher test scores when teachers receive performance pay? 

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
A new study suggests that paying teachers based on student test scores may hurt student performance in some subject areas. The issue: Historically, public school teacher salaries have been…

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Who is Responsible for Student Achievement?

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
   Billy is an average middle school student. ? He sits down and takes a test. ? The grade comes back. ? Who is responsible for that grade? ? This should be the dumbest question you…

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The Strange Story of the Black Man Standing Behind Trump at Phoenix Rally

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I watched the beginning of Trump’s speech in Phoenix last night. Standing behind him was a tall black man holding a sign that read “Blacks for Trump.” I didn’t think much about it,…

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Jersey Jazzman: The Secrets of Success Academy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Most of you who have been reading this blog over the past five years know the secrets of Success Academy’s “success.” Careful selection of students. Exclusion of those unlikely to succeed. Lots of…

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Texas: The Billionaire Who Supports Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Yes, Virginia, there is one billionaire in America who supports public schools, not charter schools. His name is Charles Butt. He became fabulously wealthy through ownership of a large chain of small-town grocery…

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Ohio: Another Virtual Charter School Bilked Taxpayers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Virtual Community School in Ohio won’t open this year. It must First sort out how much it must pay the state for overstating its past enrollment. It owes millions. This is the…

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