Daily Archives: February 14, 2018

The Dramatis Personae in the Privatization of Public Schools in North Carolina – or Who is Trying to “Reform” Education Through Deformation

Originally posted on caffeinated rage:
Michelle Rhee’s visit to North Carolina for a “closed-door” meeting (February 7th)) with lawmakers in the current climate of public education in this country and in the state should not sit well with public school…

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New Jersey: Overwhelming Majority of Parents Love Their Public Schools but Say There is Too Much Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Check out this poll. Maybe that’s one reason Chris Christie became the most unpopular governor in the state. He constantly bashed teachers and public schools. As Daniel S. Katz says, good riddance to…

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Florida: Pro-Public School Candidate Wins Election to Florida House!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Margaret Good won a special election to the Florida House yesterday. Supporting public education was one of the major planks in her platform. She flipped a seat in a district Trump won…

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Betsy DeVos: The Secret Weapon of the Resistance

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Betsy DeVos has energized resistance to the privatization movement. She has stripped away the mask of Democratic support for privatization. She supports charters and vouchers. Trump supports charters and vouchers. Charters are…

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Nashville: Rocketship Charter Closes a Few Months After Opening Due to Low Enrollment

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? A Rocketship Charter in Nashville was slated to be part of the state’s failed Achievement School District  but it closed a few months after opening. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/education/2018/02/01/nashville-achievement-school-district-rocketship-nashville-partners-community-prep/1087161001/ The school expected  to enroll 190 students…

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Go Ahead, SCOTUS. Rule Against Unions in Janus Case. You’ll Only Make Us Stronger

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Bwa-hahahaha! ? The corporate owned far right has been trying to destroy labor unions for decades. ? But this time they may have finally overplayed their hand. ? The upcoming Janus v. AFSCME Council 31…

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Have Definitions of “Success” and “Failure” in U.S. Public Schools Changed?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The answer is yes. I begin with a history of how policy elites politically defined “success” in school reform between the late 19th century and mid-20th century. In those…

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DeVos Locks Out Teachers Demanding that Education Department Address Inequity, Protect Civil Rights

Originally posted on janresseger:
Last week Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Secretary of Education, marked her first year in office with a news conference where she announced that her greatest accomplishment has been diminishing the role of her department. For the…

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Faced with Teacher Shortage, Tulsa Creates Its Own TFA Program

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Tulsa has trouble finding and retaining teachers. It may be due to the fact that Oklahoma has low teacher pay, perhaps the lowest in the country. The district is responding to the…

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BREAKING NEWS: Federal Appeals Court Rules Alabama District Can’t Split Because of Racial Motive

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? In a major ruling for school integration, the 11th Circuit Federal Appeals Court ruled that Gardendale can’t spliy away to form its own district because its motives were to resegregation.  “A federal…

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