Monthly Archives: September 2018

Will New California Law Banning For-Profit Charter Schools Make a Difference?

Originally posted on janresseger:
Many of the states passed charter school enabling legislation back in the 1990s, before there was any understanding of how these privately operated schools—naively imagined as innocent incubators for innovation—might take advantage of public goodwill and…

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The Six Biggest Problems with Data-Driven Instruction

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? ? “On the dangers of being data-driven: Imagine driving from A to B ignoring the road, the weather, the traffic around you… only staring at the gauges on the dashboard.”  – Educator Dan McConnell ?…

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FL Teacher Fired for Giving Zeros When Students Did Not Turn in the Work

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On September 25, 2018, WFTV reported that eighth-grade social studies teacher, Diane Tirado, says she was fired for refusing to assign 50 percent credit to students who did not hand in assignments.…

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Brad Miller: The Legal Case Against Funding Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Brad Miller is a lawyer in North Carolina who served in the State Legislature. This article appeared in “Verdicts,” a publication of legal analysis. Miller writes: The Trump administration’s “school choice” plan is…

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Texas: IDEA Charter Chain Plans to Saturate El Paso Region with 20 New Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The IDEA charter chain has plans to open 20 new charter schools in a part of Texas that doesn’t need them. We have plenty of evidence that charters do not outperform traditional district…

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John Thompson: Elizabeth Warren in Oklahoma

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and teacher (ret.) in Oklahoma, recently attended a rally where Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren spoke. He reports: Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren returned home to Oklahoma City and inspired a standing-room…

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Open letter to Texas voters

Originally posted on The Mind of Hammy:
Dear Texas Voters, As the 2018 midterm elections draws closer, we have many choices to make at the voting box. Local offices matter. State offices matter. But nowhere is the choice more stark…

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After Seven Years, The Failure Of Tennessee’s ASD Is Finally Made Official

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Seven years ago, as part of Tennessee’s Race To The Top plan, they launched The Achievement School District (ASD).  With a price tag of over $100 million, their mission was to take schools…

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Who is Behind the Leaders in Education PAC?

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
In preparing for my presentation on “dark money” in purchasing elections for promoting ed reform (i.e., charters, vouchers), a presentation for the Fifth Annual Network for Public Education (NPE) conference in Indianapolis,…

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Arizona: What a Joke! Gov. Ducey Wants to Reform Charter Law!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Arizona has a Charter Law that ignores nepotism, conflict of interest, Profiteering, frauds, scams, etc. Now Governor Doug Ducey is in a tight race with educator David Garcia, and Ducey wants to “reform”…

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