Daily Archives: November 27, 2017

EdWeek: Not Much Evidence That Vouchers Improve Achievement; Some Persuasive Evidence That They Don’t

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arianna Prothero writes in Education Week of the growing evidence that vouchers do not improve achievement and may actually reduce it. Yet that body of research seems to have no impact on the…

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Florida: Jeb Bush’s Devious Plan to Eliminate State Class Size Reduction Mandate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In 2002,the people of Florida adopted an amendment to the state Constitution that mandated the reduction of class sizes. Beginning in the 2010-11 school year, classes from prekindergarten to grade 3 were capped…

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Jennifer Berkshire: How Education Reform Ate the Democratic Party

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is one of the best pieces I have read about the pernicious effects of “education reform” on the the Democratic Party. I have consistently argued that the Democrats triangulated so far during…

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“Big Money Rules”: My Review of Two Important New Books

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is my review of two very important books: Nancy MacLean’s “Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America” and Gordon Lafer’s “The One Percent Solution: How…

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Wisconsin: What Happened to Teachers After Scott Walker Crushed the Unions?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
David Madland and Alex Rowell of the Center for American Progress reviewed the impact on education of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s infamous Act 10, enacted in 2011, which crushed unions. Some teachers left…

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Public School Teachers Are Absent Too Much, Says Charter School Think Tank

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Have you ever heard of media bias? I don’t think many so-called journalists have. At least their editors haven’t or perhaps they just don’t care. Otherwise, why would self-respecting hard news purveyors publish the results…

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Where Do Ideas of “Success” and “Failure” in Schooling Come From? (Part 1)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
A few weeks ago, I published posts about “Success” and “Failure” in schooling that have a chance of becoming my next project (see here, here, and here). I asked…

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Where Do Ideas of “Success” and “Failure” in Schooling Come From? (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
In Part 1 of this series of posts to answer the above question, I began with individualism as one of three core values that are embedded in the American…

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The Staggering Naivety of Those Criticizing Public Schools as Out-of-Date

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
There is a popular idea going around that public schools need to change because they’re outmoded, obsolete and passé. While public schools certainly could do with a great deal of change to improve, this criticism is…

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Louisiana Moves From 4th Worst To 3rd Worst On AP Performance

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Louisiana is one of the most ‘reform friendly’ states in the country.  They got a Race To The Top grant in 2011, in 2012 they got a TFA alum, John White, as their…

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