Daily Archives: November 6, 2017

Virginia: Vote for the Candidates Who Support Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
On Tuesday November 7, all eyes will be on Virginia. The gubernatorial race is the first statewide election since the presidential election of 2016. The choice is clear. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam is…

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Peter Greene on the GOP Plan to Create a 529 Account for K-12 Private Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
All sorts of goodies are tucked away in the GOP tax reform proposal for their base. One of them is a tax plan to put money away tax-free to pay for private school…

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Betsy DeVos’s Calendar Confirms Her Lack of Interest in the Public Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
Most of us define K-12 public schools as the civic institutions where, by law and through the democratic process, society can best protect the rights and serve the educational needs of 50 million of our children.…

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Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) Fades Into a White-Moneyed Sunset

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Two issues concerning school choice advocate Kevin Chavous happened in close succession: On October 26, 2017, BusinessWire announced that Chavous– who was already a board member for the for-profit, online education company, K12, Inc.– would now…

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Michigan: Legislators Blame Plummeting Test Scores on State Board, Not Failed DeVos Choice Policies

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is actually a very funny article in The 74, the unofficial voice of the privatization, union-busting movement. The Republicans in the state legislature want to abolish the State Board of Education (which…

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Sad! High-Tech, For-Profit AltSchool is Closing Down Two of Its Schools!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Business Insider reports that the latest new thing, AltSchool, is not making it. Backed by Mark Zuckerberg and tech entrepreneur-Trump acolyte Peter Thiel, started by a former Google executive, AltSchool was lauded lavishly…

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New Federal Report: Climate Change Is Caused by Human Activity and Is a Danger to the Planet

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Despite the Trump administration’s well-known hostility to science, and especially to acknowledging the existence and causes of climate change, it did not block publication of a report prepared by more than a dozen…

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GOP Tax Plan Will Hurt Teachers and Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In Education Week, Allyson Klein and Andrew Ujifusa report that the GOP tax proposal will have negative effects on funding for public schools. “The Republicans’ much-anticipated legislation to change the federal tax system…

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Kevin Chavous: Knight in Shining School Choice Armor to For-Profit K12 Inc.?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On October 26, 2017, BusinessWire announced that Chavous– who was already a board member for the for-profit, online education company, K12, Inc.– would now become the company’s “president of academics, policy, and schools.” K12, Inc., sells…

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Teacher Seniority – the Seat Belts of the Education Profession

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
You wouldn’t travel a long distance in your car without strapping on a seatbelt. So why do you think teachers should spend 30 plus years in the classroom without seniority? Everywhere you look, billionaires are paying…

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