Daily Archives: May 17, 2018

Breaking News! Trump Administration Abandons Bill to Turn Imact Aid into Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education Action Fund worked closely with other advocacy groups to Block a proposal to convert Impact Aid for public schools into vouchers. The Trump administration just announced that it…

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Peter Greene on Bill Bennett’s Screed Against Teachers’ Strikes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene says that Bill Bennett’s blast against teachers’ strikes boils down to this: Teachers, Know Your Place! https://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2018/05/bill-benett-teachers-know-your-place.html Bennett and his co-author complained that teachers were hurting the children, and worse, using…

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Why For-Profit Higher Education is a Rip-Off and a Sham

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The U.S. Education Department’s accreditation advisory committee will discuss the conversion of for-profit colleges to non-profit status at a meeting from May 22-24. The chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality…

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Reclaiming the Value of Diversity: A Conversation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Today is the 64th anniversary of the Brown v. Board decision of 1954. In many ways, that decision had a profound impact on American life. As an American who grew up in a…

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A Parent Writes an Open Letter to Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg invited the public to offer their ideas, and Bertis Downs took them up on their offer. Bertis is a parent of students in the public schools of Athens,…

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DeVos: State Bans on Funding Religious Schools Should Go to “Ash Heaps of History”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Betsy DeVos is opposed to separation of church and state. She thinks that state bans that prohibit the funding of religious schools should be ended. In a speech yesterday in New York City…

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Khan Lab School (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The old classroom model simply doesn’t fit our changing needs….It’s a fundamentally passive way of learning, while the world requires more and more active processing of information. Salman Khan,…

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North Carolina: Thousands of Teachers Crowd the Streets Around the Capitol in Raleigh

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
North Carolina joined the wave of teacher protests against underfunding. Read about their protest hereand here (great photo)and here (where teachers cornered the legislator who called them “thugs”). In the last link from…

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Tennessee: Here is News for Governor Haslam

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tennessee has had three straight years of computer breakdowns and other problems with its testing vendor, Questar. (Questar is also the test provider for New York State, perhaps others.) The state is so…

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