Monthly Archives: October 2017

Arizona: Is This the Worst Charter Scandal Ever?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jim Hall of Arizonans for Charter School Accountability has a mission. He insists that charter schools should be accountable to taxpayers for the public money they receive. In Arizona, the charter laws are…

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David Safier: Koch Brothers Push Libertarian Doctrine into Arizona High Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David Safier writes in the Tucson Weekly about well-funded efforts by the billionaire Koch Brothers to promote their anti-government, free-market libertarian views into local high schools. “The course was created by the University…

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John Rogers: Teaching and Learning in the Age of Trump

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Rogers of the University of California in Los Angeles has written a powerful analysis of Trump’s effect on teaching and learning. You will not be surprised to learn that the vulgarity and…

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Lily Eskelsen Garcia: DeVos Knows Nothing About Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lily Eskelsen Garcia forced herself to sit down and listen to Betsy DeVos’ speech at Harvard, where she thought she would be in a choice-friendly environment, surrounded by allies at the Program on…

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Orlando Sentinel: Betsy DeVos’s Dream Is Really a Nightmare

Originally posted on janresseger:
Betsy DeVos, our U.S. Secretary of Education, has bragged about Florida’s tuition tax credit voucher program as the model  for the kind of national program she’d like to see. An in-depth, three-part investigation by reporters for…

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Education Law Center Wins Court Ruling on School Funding in New York

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
New York has had a long running court battle over equitable funding. The plaintiffs seeking additional funding have won in court, but the legislature and the Governor have ignored the rulings and owe…

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This Is Your Brain on Art!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As this article explains, there is a new kind of neuroscience that examines how the experience of art affects your brain. https://apple.news/ApKmwwmY7TRiq_MqhOMSkdw It’s all good. “There is something about being in a group…

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No Degree of Separation Between DeVos, Cunningham, Duncan, and Jeb

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Education Post announced a competition for videos celebrating the glories of school choice. There will be prizes of $15,000 each to the lucky winners. Education Post is funded by Eli Broad, the Walton…

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Martin Levine in NonProfit Quarterly: Did the Gates Foundation Learn Any Lessons from Its Serial Failures?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Martin Levine keeps an eye on education philanthropy on behalf of the online journal Nonprofit Quarterly. In this post, he recapitulates the speculation about the latest Gates’ initiative. At least one observer thinks…

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Phil Cullen: New Zealand Leads the World!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Phil Cullen of Australia is a zealous critic of his nation’s national testing and accountability regime. He wrote about this important news from New Zealand, whose new government has decided to abandon the…

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