Monthly Archives: December 2017

National Grange Calls on Congress to Reduce High-Stakes Standardized Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The National Grange, which represents rural communities across America, released this resolution. The Grange moves deliberately and thoughtfully before it takes a position. Its resolutions are initiated locally, then reviewed at the state…

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Texas: Low Graduation Rates for Charter Schools, Far Lower than District Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Texas charter schools have a graduation rate overall of 62%, nearly 30 percentage points lower than the state’s public school. Results like this help to explain why public support for charters is dropping…

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John Merrow Compares Eva Moskowitz to Mussolini: The Trains Run on Time

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Merrow overheard a conversation in which someone compared Eva Moskowitz to Benito Mussolini. He made the trains run on time—the saying of his defenders—and she gets results: high test scores. Merrow used…

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Huffington Post: These Schools Collect Millions of Public Dollars Yet Discriminate Against LGBT Students and Staff

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Huffington Post has been reviewing the thousands of religious and private schools that receive public funding through voucher programs and has discovered some ugly practices. Some of them teach hatred. Some refuse…

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Virginia: 3-Judge Panel Throws Out 1-Vote Victory, Declares a Tie

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A three-Judge appellate court in Virginia tossed out Shelly Simonds’ one-vote victory over a 17-year Republican incumbent. It invalidated one ballot, where the voter checked both names. That left the vote a tie.…

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Sara Stevenson Reviews Daniel Koretz’s “The Testing Charade”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sara Stevenson, a middle school librarian in Austin (and a hero of this blog for her tireless advocacy) Reviews Daniel Koretz’s “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better” in the Austin Statesman-American.…

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Good News! Vouchers Dead Again in Tennessee , Despite DeVos Visit

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is great news! Parents in Tennessee stopped the voucher bill again, as one of its key sponsors announced that he would not introduce the bill in the coming session due to parent…

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How the GOP Tax Plan Will Cut State Revenues and Defund Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
If you aren’t angry yet about the Trump Tax scam, you should be. This article in the New York Times clearly lays out how it will produce tax savings for private school families…

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ProPublica: Have Alternative Schools Become Dumping Grounds for Difficult Students?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In an article by veteran journalist Heather Vogell, ProPublica asks hard questions about alternative schools. The word “alternative” implies a choice. But in an era when the freedom to pick your school is…

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My Review of Daniel Koretz’s “The Testing Charade: Pretending to Make Schools Better”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I reviewed Daniel Koretz’s book, “The Testing Charade” in the current issue of The New Republic. The review is behind a paywall, but you can get a free 30-day pass or a one-year…

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