Monthly Archives: October 2018

Denis Smith: The Five Most Common Words in Charterdom

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith worked for many years for the Ohio Department of Education. When he retired, he was employed in the office that oversees charter schools. He has written many articles about the scams…

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Teachers Are Testing Us: In State Elections, Will We Reject the Anti-Tax, Pro-Privatization Orthodoxy of the Far Right?

Originally posted on janresseger:
In an extraordinary photo essay, USA Today profiled a day in the life of 15 teachers who work in public schools across the United States.  As we approach election day next week, here is how that…

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Forbes: “How America Is Breaking Public Education”: By Forgetting the Cardinal Rule of Success

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ethan Siegel, a senior contributor to Forbes, understood what was happening to public education well before the wave of teacher strikes in the spring of 2018. America was literally destroying public education with…

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No School Is “Doomed.” Continuous Improvement, Not School Closure, Must Be the Goal

Originally posted on janresseger:
I have read Eliza Shapiro’s reporting in POLITICO for years and I respect her as a reporter, but her story in Friday’s NY Times baffles me: New York Knew Some Schools In Its $773 Million Plan…

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Amy Lueck: How High Schools Shaped the U.S. and Built Communities with Shared Values

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Amy Lueck writes in this article about the role of the high school in shaping American society and building a sense of community, an understanding that these children are OUR children. She begins:…

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Despite US Fixation on Testing, ACT Results Slip; ACT Board Doing Just Fine

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On October 17, 2018, ACT released a report, “Condition of College and Career Readiness 2018.” Beginning with the passage of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) in January 2002, standardized testing has increasingly been the central focus…

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Leonie Haimson Explains Why NYC’s Renewal Schools Program Failed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As Leonie Haimson explains in this post, the New York Times published a front-page article on the failure of Mayor Bill deBlasio’s $773 Million Renewal Schools Program. The Mayor touted it as the…

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William J Gumbert: What Taxpayers in Texas Should Know About Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is an important collection of data about the funding of public schools and charter schools in Texas. Do you think that taxpayers know that they are funding two separate school systems, one…

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What You Need to Know About FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Earlier today, I posted about FUD, but I didn’t link to the article I wrote in Huffington Post in 2014. The article was called “Understanding the Propaganda Campaign Against Public Education.” Here it…

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The Progressive: Will the “Save Our Schools” Movement Determine the Election Results?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ruth Conniff, editor of “The Progressive,” suggests that the Save Our Schools Movement could be the determining factor in the midterm elections. She writes: The “education spring” protests, in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona,…

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