Daily Archives: September 4, 2018

Andy Hargreaves: It’s Time to Scrap Mandatory Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andy Hargreaves recently retired as a professor at Boston College. In this article, which appeared in the Toronto Star as part of a debate, he advises Canada to abandon mandatory testing. Canada tests…

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Arizona Supreme Court Blocks Ballot Initiative to Fund Public Education

Originally posted on janresseger:
Paying taxes for the common good.  What a novel idea these days—and something blocked last week by the Arizona Supreme Court.  Failing to connect the taxes we pay with what the money buys, many of us…

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Schools as Conservative Institutions

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Over the years, I have written often about the contradictory obligations that U.S. public schools face. Since the origins of tax-supported schooling in the 19th century and its surging…

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Texas: Houston Parent Says Her Child’s School is Exceptional, but State Calls It “Failing”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sarah Becker, a parent in the Houston Independent School District, is thrilled with her child’s public school. It has exceeded her expectations. Yet the state claims it is failing. How can this be?…

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DeVos Reveals Which Students’ Rights She Will Protect: Accused Rapists

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
We cannot be surprised that Betsy DeVos has expressed her intent to protect the rights of accused rapists. The woman she put in charge of the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights, Candace…

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Linda McNeil: Labor Day, Get Politically Active and Hug a Teacher

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Linda McNeil is a professor at Rice University and an eloquent spokesperson for children and teachers. She has done important research about the negative effects of high stakes testing. Her thoughts for this…

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Peter Greene: The Education Writers Association and the Bias Problem

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene examines in this post why education journalism is biased towards the reformy narrative. Why do education writers call pundits in think tanks instead of teachers? Then he analyzes a guide to…

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Ohio & Florida: Charter Scam Rips Off Taxpayers in Both States

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education has a Twitter handle called #anotherdayanothercharterscandal, and it is hard to keep up with them. It used to be one or two a week, Carol Burris told me,…

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Oklahoma: Teachers Just Purged Their Enemies Out of the Legislature

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Eric Levitz wrote a great article in New York magazine about the electoral victories of educators and parents in Oklahoma. They kicked the bums out! Open the article for lots of great links.…

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Newark: Charter School Kicks Out Students for Dress Code Violations

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Marion P. Thomas Charter High School kicked out students for minor dress code violations. Strangely, the story about the expulsions appeared in an Atlanta newspaper, not a New Jersey one. The students…

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