Daily Archives: October 12, 2017

FairTest News About Resistance to the Testing Mania That Grips American Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a weekly update from FairTest, the organization that has been fighting the misuse and overuse of standardized testing since the early 1970s. Please help FairTest celebrate “Deb Meier Hero in Education”…

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Buffalo, New York, Requests Three Year Moratorium on Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The elected school board of New York has asked state authorizers to grant a three year moratorium on new charters. “Buffalo is losing resources, losing funding, and seeing its own efforts handicapped. The…

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In 2015, The 74 Media Was Overwhelmingly Funded by Litigious, Union-Busting, Partnership for Ed Justice

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
In June 2015, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) announced the creation of “a non-profit, education-focused news site called The Seventy Four, which [former CNN host Campbell Brown] says refers to the 74 million…

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Yes, I Admire Teachers’ Unions: They Defend Teachers’ Rights and Fight Budget Cuts

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Yesterday Jeanne Allen, a leader in the privatization movement, posted a nasty blast at Matt Damon for daring to narrate the pro-public school film “Backpack Full of Cash,” in which she was interviewed.…

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Audrey Amrein-Beardsley: The Termination of VAM in Houston is Unprecedented, Overdue, and Necessary

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Audrey Amrein-Beardsley writes here to explain the importance of judicial decision to terminate VAM in Houston. Houston tied test scores to very high stakes. In one year alone, 221 teachers were fired based…

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TURN: A New Vision for Public Schools Where the Teaching Profession Makes Decisions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), composed of leaders from both the AFT and the NEA, issued a report representing their vision of what good public schools should do to improve student learning…

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The Acton Institute conference on Education & Freedom: School Privatization, School Choice and the Benefits of Free Market Capitalism

Originally posted on Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy:
Last month, we reported that Betsy DeVos will be the keynote speaker at the Acton Institute’s 27th Annual Dinner. The $175 a plate Acton event will be held at the DeVos…

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Oregon Rep. Suzanne Bonamici on DeVos’ Visit to McMinnville Public High School

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On October 11, 2017, US Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, visited a public high school, McMinnville High School (Oregon) as per her own request. The day prior to her visit, Rep. Suzanne…

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