Monthly Archives: March 2018

The Financial Payoff of Prison Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Donald Cohen of “In the Public Interest” reports that operators of private detention facilities are delighted with the Trump crackdown on immigrants . It is generating huge revenues and profits! Last fall, Chief Executive…

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Would Democrats Really Do Better Than Betsy DeVos on Education?

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Everybody hates Betsy DeVos. ? ? As Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, she’s ignorant, unqualified and insincere. ? ? But would the Democrats really do much better if they had control of the Executive Branch?…

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Florida Offering Big $$$$ Inducements and Freedom from State Laws to Woo Corporate Charter Chains

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The Florida Legislature is firmly controlled by advocates for privatization, some with direct conflicts of interest because of their ties to charter chains. Last year, it passed the “Schools of Hope” law,…

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Arthur Camins: Why Should You Care About the Common Good?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Arthur Camins reflects here about the importance of the common good. He writes about a society in which we care about one another, as opposed to a me-first individualism that currently commands…

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Linda Lyon: In Arizona, It is Public Schools Vs. Governor Ducey

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Linda Lyon, president of the Arizona School Boards Association, describes the legal battle to preserve dedicated funding for the state’s schools.  She writes, following a judge’s decision to overturn Prop. 123: ”I’m…

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Nicholas Tampio: Sorry to Say, the Common Core is Not Dead Yet

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Nicholas Tampio wrote a book about Common Core and its threat to democracy. It is the zombie of education. In this article, which was distributed nationally by AP, he warns that Common…

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Wisconsin: State Eager to Deregulate and Demoralize Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Tim Slekar, dean of the college of education at Edgewood College in Wisconsin, writes here about the state’s determination to destroy the teaching profession by deregulating it. This is an ALEC goal.…

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New School Safety Commission has no experience in promoting safety, lots of experience in protecting privilege and criminalizing communities of color

Originally posted on Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy:
Last week, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced that a new School Safety Commission has been formed. The announcement from DeVos also stated, “The Commission has been charged with quickly providing…

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Oklahoma: Will Teachers Walk Out on April 2?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Even the threat of a statewide walkout has its effects. Politico reports: ? OKLAHOMA LAWMAKERS SCRAMBLE TO STOP TEACHERS’ STRIKE: A plan to hike teacher pay moving through the state Legislature won’t stop…

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Indiana: Vouchers Drain Money from Every Public School in the State

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Phil Downs, superintendent of the Southwest Allen County schools in Indiana, explains here how the cumulative effect of vouchers reduces spending in every public school in the state.  There are about 1,040,000 students…

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