Daily Archives: February 2, 2018

G.F. Brandenburg: Is Michelle Rhee a Liar or Is She Stupid?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? G.F. Brandenburg has followed Michelle Rhee’s meteoric rise and fall. He was first to blow the whistle on her specious claim that she raised test scores to miraculous heights as a brand-new…

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Valerie Strauss: The Collapse of the D.C. “Miracle” Should Not Surprise Anyone

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss wisely reviews the scathing report of the falsified graduation rates and wonders whether the reformers will pay attention to the crash of their favorite district. Other observers, like G.F. Brandenburg, have…

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D.C.: “Model” School District Mired in Graduation Rate Scandal, Raising Questions about All Claims of Progress

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There is a new scandal in the District of Columbia that has shaken true believers in Rhee-style reform to their core. An independent investigation of the high school graduation rate determined that 1/3…

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Fryer and Dobbie: Texas Charter Schools Have No Effect on Test Scores and a Negative Effect on Earnings

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a favorite of mine. Roland Fryer is an economist at Harvard whose work has been heavily subsidized by Eli Broad and Bill Gates. He is a great believer in incentives and…

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Kentucky: A Fabulous Strategy to Replace Legislators Hostile to Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? I have always said that the three groups best equipped to fight corporate reform were students, parents, and retired educators. Given the amazing success of Pastors for Texas Children in blocking vouchers,…

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The New York Times Editorial Board Aligns with DeVos and Koch Brothers on Education Policy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The New York Times is a  great newspaper. It is the most influential newspaper in the world. It has great reporters and opinion writers. But, sadly, the New York Times has one…

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Nationwide Charter School Expansion Slowing Down

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Charter schools used to be seen as the hot new concept in education. ? But that fad seems to have jumped the shark. ? For two decades since the first charter school law was passed…

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USDOE’s New Idea: Student Loan Debit Cards

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On January 19, 2018, the US Department of Education (USDOE) issued this pre-solicitation notice of a pilot program involving issuing student loan balances via debit card: This is a PRE-SOLICITATION NOTICE to announce the anticipated release…

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