Monthly Archives: May 2018

Fine Article Takes You Inside the Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout and Inside Red-State, Anti-Tax Politics

Originally posted on janresseger:
Watching teachers walk out this spring has startled America in these discouraging times, but nowhere was it as moving as in Oklahoma. The teachers walked out, and, grateful that teachers had figured out a way to…

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New Federal Study: DC Voucher Students Lose Ground in Math

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A new federal evaluation of the DC voucher program finds that students who used vouchers lost ground in math. https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2018/05/29/dcs-private-school-voucher-program-hurt-low-income-students-math-test-scores-according-to-federal-study/ Watch as school choice advocates change the goal posts. Test scores don’t matter.…

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Texas: The Best Social-Emotional Learning, at No Cost

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Early news reports indicate that the Trump-DeVos Commission on School Safety is leaning towards “social-emotional” learning as the best antidote to gun violence, combined with a heavy emphasis on religious training in religious…

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Ohio: Kasich Blocks Effort to Kill or Revise Stupid A-F School Grades

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Some sensible Ohio legislators recognize that the A-F letter grades for schools (invented by Jeb Bush to accelerate privatization) measures nothing more than the wealth or poverty of the district. They would like…

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Ohio: Andrew Brenner, Listen to the People

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andrew Brenner is chairman of the House Education Committee in Ohio. He has a knack for making provocative and unfair statements. A few years ago, he said that public schools were “socialism.” He…

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Russian-Produced School Shooter Video Game Removed from Online Store

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
There’s so much in the title of this post that is shocking. Russian-based company, Revived Games, developed a school-shooter video game called “Active Shooter,” which, according to Inverse.com, “lets players take on…

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North Carolina: General Assembly Passes Budget to Hurt Public Schools and Enrich Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Remember that thousands of teachers from across North Carolina took a personal day to assemble at the State Capitol on May 16 to protest the underfunding of public education? Maybe you forgot, but…

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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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