Monthly Archives: September 2018

Can the Charter Movement Be Saved?

Originally posted on The Merrow Report:
Can we agree that the charter school ‘movement’ is in big trouble?  Scandals emerge daily, or so it seems.   “Are Charter Schools the New Enron?”, one reputable study asks, for example.  Here’s one awful…

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The Best Way to Prepare for School Shootings is to Reduce the Chances They’ll Happen at All

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? I participated in yet another active shooter drill at my school this week. ? “Death to the infidels!” shouted Mr. O’Grady, one of my fellow teachers, as he stormed the classroom with a Nerf blaster…

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While You Were Not Watching, the EPA Science Advisor Will Be Eliminated

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
While most of us were transfixed by the drama surrounding the U.S. Supreme Court, the Trump Administration was busy eliminating the role of science in the federal Environmental Protection Administration. In the Trump…

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Partisan Appointments, Next Round

As I watch this soap opera they call a Senate Confirmation Hearing for Judge Kavanaugh is the similarities to the to the Betsy DeVos hearing from two years ago. There is lots of outcry and reason to be concerned but … Continue reading

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Civil Rights Abuses Persist in Georgia’s State-Run Special Education Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
In the October 1, 2018, New Yorker, Rachel Aviv presents the tragic story of a family whose child is trapped and isolated in a racially segregated and horrifically dysfunctional special education system operated since 1970 by…

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“How about I not take this test and you give me a 50?”: More Grading Scale Discussion

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On September 25, 2018, I posted about Florida teacher, Diane Tirado, losing her job because she refused to follow a “no zeroes” policy and award 50 percent credit on assignments that students chose not to hand…

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Massachusetts: The Waltons Won’t Take “No” for An Answer

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In 2016, the Waltons decided that Massachusetts needed more charter schools. It must have annoyed them that the Bay State is considered the best state in the nation even though it has less…

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The Guardian Reports on the Showdown Between the Koch Brothers and the Parents/Teachers of Arizona

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
There will be many important elections this fall, with the future of our democracy in the balance. One of the most notable elections will take place in Arizona, where parents and teachers–organized as…

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Rick Hess’s Mistake: Failure of Test-and-Punish Is Not Limited to a Few Districts That Have Disappointed

Originally posted on janresseger:
Frederick M. Hess, the director of education policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, has always been a corporate education reform kind of guy. That is why Hess’s honest analysis this week of the ultimate fraud…

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Hey, Texas: Don’t Delete Helen Keller from the Curriculum: She Inspires Everyone!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This story appeared in the Washington Post, by Haben Girma, a disability rights lawyer, author and public speaker. I am Deaf-blind, and I almost missed my first lesson about Helen Keller. In second-grade…

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