Daily Archives: November 1, 2017

Contact Your Senators and Member of Congress! Protect Student Privacy!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
November 1, 2017 Contact: Rachael Stickland, rachael@studentprivacymatters.org, 303-204-1272 The Parent Coalition for Student Privacy opposes the College Transparency Act and overturning the federal ban on a student unit record system The Parent Coalition…

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First Prize for Adult Halloween Costume of 2017 Goes to Michael Petrilli

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Michael Petrilli is president of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute. I argue with him about almost everything related to education. I have known Mike for many years, since the days when I…

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DeVos Dresses As Ms. Frizzle, Science Teacher, and Twitter Lights Up

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Betsy DeVos appeared at the White House Halloween Party as the beloved fictional science teacher Ms. Frizzle, and the rest of the Cabinet came as themselves, which was frightening enough. Twitter users were…

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Los Angeles and Elsewhere: Your Chance to See Backpack Full of Cash

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is the current schedule for screenings of Backpack Full of Cash. It is showing in Los Angeles next week. This is your chance to see the controversial film about the rightwing corporate…

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Michigan: Leaders of Failing Charter Sector Will Meet to Celebrate Themselves as “Innovators”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The charter industry in Michigan might be the worst in the nation, although it has stiff competition from the charter industry in Nevada, Ohio, and California. About 80% of charters in Michigan operate…

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Indiana: The Worst School In America?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I think so. It is located in Mike Pence’s Indiana. It operates for profit. It has a high school graduation rate of less than 10%. It recruits and markets heavily to lure students.…

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My Students Are Addicted to Screens

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Michael sat at his desk with ear buds inserted, an iPad balanced in front of his eyes and an old fashioned paper book open on his desk. His head was bopping and weaving. His eyes were…

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Texas: Is Joe Strauss the Last Moderate Republican in Texas?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Joe Dtrauss, Speaker of the House in Texas, recently announced that he was stepping down. This heartened the radical right wingers in the legislature because Strauss had repeatedly blocked vouchers and almost singlehandedly…

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SomeDAM Poet: Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven, Betsy DeVos, and Common Core

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Due to my technological deficiencies, I have lost some of the visual notes in the original. If you want to see the original, as written by the poet, look through the comments on…

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