Monthly Archives: August 2018

Philadelphia: The New Teacher Project, TFA, Bain Capital, and the Leeching of $$$ From Urban Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Greg Windle, a journalist at The Notebook, has drawn together the many strands of the tangled web of Reformer groups in Philadelphia, as seen through the lens of a contract awarded to The…

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New Jersey: How Chris Christie Allowed Charter Entrepreneurs to Rip Off Taxpayers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bob Braun, the veteran investigative reporter who has covered New Jersey politics for many years, describes an astonishing ripoff of taxpayers.

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Adequate and Equitable School Funding: Are These Goals Unreachable in America?

Originally posted on janresseger:
As we begin another school year, here is a review of an unexciting but essential subject: the basics of school finance. While many of our legislatures don’t seem to be dealing with this subject much these…

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Arizona: Court Kicks Education Funding Measure Off November Ballot

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Supporters of education had hoped to get a referendum on the ballot to raise taxes on high earners to generate a guaranteed revenue stream of funding for the schools. But the Arizona Supreme…

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Election 2018: Time for Democrats to Support Public Schools if They Want to Win

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, professor at Michigan State University, writes that Democrats must fully support public schools if they want to galvanize their base in November. “If Democrats want to be successful in November they…

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Teachers Work to Maintain Momentum from Education Spring, Keep Schools’ Needs in Front of Voters

Originally posted on janresseger:
Earlier this week, Phi Delta Kappa released its annual poll of the public attitudes toward public schools. PDK’s new poll indicates that last spring’s walkouts by school teachers in six states—West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, North Carolina,…

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Public School is Not For Profit. It is For Children.

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Betsy DeVos doesn’t get it. ? But neither did Arne Duncan. ? Whether right or left or somewhere in between, the person sitting at cabinet level tasked with advising the President on education matters invariably…

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Little Rock: Please Do Not Steal Our Public Schools and Our Democracy!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Reverend Anika Whitfield wrote an open letter to Arkansas’s State Commisioner of Education, its Governor, and the City Superintendent, complaining about the state takeover of the Little Rock School District. This has long…

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DeVos Neglects to Help Public Schools Serve Neediest Students while She Pushes to Arm Teachers

Originally posted on janresseger:
Last week while Betsy DeVos stoked an uproar about possibly letting school districts use federal funding for guns to arm teachers, the Senate quietly passed its version of an appropriations bill for the Department of Education…

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A Witness to the Desegregation—and Resegregation—of America’s Schools (Kristina Rizga)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Kristina Rizga is a writer based in San Francisco. She is the author of Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers…

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