Daily Archives: April 24, 2018

“Evil Unions,” School Choice, and Strikes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
toñ hhc We always knew that Campbell Brown’s anti-union, anti-teacher news site (The 74) would find a way to blame the growing wave of teachers’ strikes on those”evil unions.” Peter Greene finds the…

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Yes, Betsy: Spending Does Matter

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Imagine billionaire Betsy DeVos telling the nation that spending doesn’t make a difference in terms of education outcomes. But she did and she is wrong, as Chalkbeat explained. For starters, correlation is…

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Chicago’s Noble Network: Teachers Call “No-Excuses” Discipline “Dehumanizing”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Teachers who worked at Chicago’s leading charter chain spoke out to NPR and described their discomfort with the strict disciplinary code. Some called it “dehumanizing.”  “The trend toward school choice has educators…

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House Farm Bill Will Make Families Work 20 Hours a Week to Qualify for Food Stamps and Reduce Access to School Lunch

Originally posted on janresseger:
With voting along strict party lines, the U.S. House Agriculture Committee passed a 2018 Farm Bill out of committee last Wednesday, a bill which would add punitive work requirements curtailing families’ participation in the Supplemental Nutritional…

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Betsy DeVos Watch: Adding another anti-civil rights lawyer to the Dept. of Education

Originally posted on Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy:
Last Wednesday, Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced the confirmation of Carlos G. Muñiz as the Education Department’s General Counsel. In a statement that DeVos released, she said:  “We are pleased…

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It’s NOT Education Reform – It’s School Sabotage

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? “Language is a weapon of politicians, but language is a weapon in much of human affairs.” -Noam Chomsky    “Words are things. You must be careful, careful about calling people out of their names, using…

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Texas: Disgusting State Pressure by Texas Education Agency on Schools Serving Black and Brown Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jullian Vasquez Heilig got the right terminology: The Texas Education Agency has pulled a “gangster move” on black and brown children in Houston public schools. TEA has warned the Houston Independent School Board…

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