Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

Nancy Flanagan: Don’t Punish Schools or Kids if Johnny Can’t Read; Invest in Them

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Nancy Flanagan takes issue with the reformer idea of failing kids who can’t read by the end of third grade. Holding them back will not help them, she writes, and will almost certainly…

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What You Need to Know About the Top Charter Chain in the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The highest ranked charters in the nation, based on graduation rates, test scores, AP courses passed, etc., are the BASIS schools of Arizona. Two articles tell you what you need to know to…

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A Guide to the Corporations Defunding Public Schools and Opposing Striking Teachers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ARTICLE YOU WILL READ TODAY. SHARE IT WITH YOUR FRIENDS, YOUR SCHOOL BOARD, YOUR LOCAL MEDIA, YOUR ELECTEDS. TWEET IT. POST IT ON FACEBOOK. In the states where…

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Betsy DeVos: Just Another Mother Teresa

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Prepared Remarks by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to Ave Maria University’s 2018 Spring Commencement As I prepared to be with you today, I reflected on my own graduation from a small Christian college in…

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Pennsylvania’s Broken Testing Promise – We Don’t Assess Students Less If We Demand Constant Diagnostic Tests

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Downcast faces, dropping eyes, desperate boredom. ? That’s not what I’m used to seeing from my students. ? But today they were all slumped over their iPads in misery taking their Classroom Diagnostics Tools (CDT) test.…

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New York City: How Reformers Killed Music Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Eight years ago, I wrote a book about corporate reform and pointed out that the deliberate killing of large high schools had eliminated specialized and very successful programs for students, including advanced classes…

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