Daily Archives: May 29, 2018

Noblesville, Indiana: A Dad Sends His Little Ninja Off to School, Then Hears About Lockdown

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
How does a parent react when he sends his beloved little one to school in small town America, where everyone knows their neighbors, and gets a text message that the schools are in…

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Chicago: The Measurable Result of Closing 50 Schools in One Day in 2013

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julie Vassilatos read the report of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research about the closing of 50 schools in one day in 2013. She knew that there was no academic gain…

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Charles P. Pierce: Betsy DeVos, Profiting Off Students in an Administration of Grifters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Charles P. Pierce, blogger for Esquire, is one of my favorite writers. He has a knack for getting right to the point with pithy phrases and colorful images. In this post, he calls…

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Tom Ultican: Why Charter Schools are NOT Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Over the past 25 years of experience with charter schools, we have learned that they claim to be public when it is time to get the money, but in all other respects, they…

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No, Al Shanker Did Not Invent the Charter School Industry We Have Now

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This article unintentionally explains where charter schools went wrong. When Shanker proposed the idea of charter schools in 1988, he thought of them as “schools within schools,” created by teachers and subject to…

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U. of Chicago Researchers Document Damage to Communities and Students from 2013 School Closures

Originally posted on janresseger:
Ever since Chicago closed 50 schools in May of 2013, we have listened to teachers worrying about the effects on the children who were transferred to so-called welcoming schools. And we have continued to hear laments…

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Nashville: Whistleblowers at Charter School Complain about Financial Practices, Treatment of ELLs and Special Ed Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Whistleblowers at a charter school in Nashville called for financial scrutiny of their school: The Nashville charter school New Vision Academy is under investigation by the school district for financial irregularities and failing…

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Thomas Frank: The Teachers’ Strikes Burst a Lot of Bubbles

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thomas Frank, author, commends the striking teachers in Arizona and elsewhere for dashing the neoliberal dream of demonizing teachers. He writes in “The Guardian”: What I like best about the wave of teachers’…

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When Bill Gates Fails, He Doesn’t Change Course, He Doubles Down

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marin Levine writes in NonProfit Quarterly about Bill Gates’ determination to reshape the nation’s schools. He has gone from failure to failure without changing course. The only time he admitted he was wrong…

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David French: I Fought to Protect Free Speech, I Fought So That Athletes Could “Take a Knee”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
It has often been said that the true test of free speech is whether you protect the speech you disagree with. Popular speech does not need protection. Dissent does. David French is a…

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