Daily Archives: March 21, 2018

DeVos’ School Safety Commission is a Sham: No Students or Educators Included

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Betsy DeVos has been put in charge of a task force to make recommendations on school safety. The only members are Cabinet members. No students, teachers, principals, or Superintendents will be on…

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Arthur Camins: The Only Way to Get Real Change is to Vote for People Who Value Democracy and the Common Good

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arthur Camins reminds us that the best way to reclaim the society we want is to vote for people who care about improving our democracy and the common good. At present, we are…

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Choice Advocates: Test Scores Don’t Really Matter All That Much

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Ever since the School Choice Movement got momentum in the early 1990s, its proponents have claimed that charters and vouchers would “save poor kids from failing schools.” Their metric, of course, was…

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New Study: After Years of Brownback Tax Cuts, Kansas Schools Need Massive Infusion of Money

Originally posted on janresseger:
You may remember that when he was governor of Kansas, Sam Brownback and the legislature conducted what Brownback called a live experiment with trickle-down economics. Massive tax cuts in 2012 and 2013 depleted the coffers of…

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The Lone Voice of Dissent Against Standardized Testing

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Everybody wants to fight the good fight. ? Until the battle begins. ? Then many of us are all too ready to give in to what was intolerable just a moment before. ? To paraphrase…

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LA Dept of Ed Officials React to SPEDx’s Bad Publicity in Texas: An Email Exchange

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On December 15, 2017, the Texas Tribune reported that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) terminated its “controversial no-bid special education contract” with with controversial for-profit, SPEDx (aka Avenir Education Inc.). The article opens as follows: After…

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How Teachers Taught: Patterns of Instruction, 1890-2010

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The last two posts (see here and here) on “direct instruction” and ways of measuring teacher talk vs. student talk got me thinking again about an obvious but often…

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