Daily Archives: January 8, 2019

Florida Education Association Responds to Governor DeSantis on Quality Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This just came in from the Florida Education Association. Ten percent of Florida’s 3 million students attend charter schools. Five percent attend voucher schools, most of which are religious. Eighty-five percent attend public…

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Mitchell Robinson Consoles Fordham Institute on Loss of Scott Walker

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mitchell Robinson, a professor of music education at Michigan State, was bemused by the reaction of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute’s to Scott Walker’s election defeat. He begins: “I have to say that…

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John Thompson: Oklahoma and the Same Tired Privatization Agenda, Part 3

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the third in a series about education politics in Oklahoma by John Thompson, historian and retired teacher. The Oklahoman no longer dominates Oklahoma politics as it did for generations, but it…

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How Many Decisions Do Teachers Make Every Day?

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Teaching is an exhausting job. ? If you’re a parent, you know how tiring it is with just one or two kids. ? Imagine having a room full of them — Twenty to thirty children,…

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John Thompson: The News from Oklahoma, Part 1

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is the first of a three-part series. Last spring, Oklahoma experiences a mass teacher walkout to protest underfunding of public schools. John Thompson, historian and retired teacher, writes: Oklahoma made national headlines…

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Ohio: Kasich Appoints Four Businesspeople to State Board of Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Ohio Governor John Kasich once again demonstrates his cluelessness about and hostility towards educators by apoointing four businesspeople to the state board of education. Apparently, there is not a single person in the…

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Vaping in the Classroom

Originally posted on deutsch29:
One of the challenges of being a public high school teacher is developing a constant awareness of what is transpiring in my classroom. Even when I conference individually with my student, my eyes and ears are…

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Houston: Governor Wants to Take Over Houston Public Schools, Although No State Takeover Has Ever Succeeded

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Governor Greg Abbott, not known for his educational credentials, tweeted insults at the school board of the Houston Independent School District. The privatization buzzards are circling. The governor wants to take over the…

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Tony Evers, Inaugurated as Wisconsin Governor, Faces a Divided State But Has Backing from Strong Public Education Network

Originally posted on janresseger:
In his fine book on the political ramifications of the 2010 Red-wave state elections, The One Percent Solution, Gordon Lafer describes state politics marked by big money and the impact of the Tea Party: “In January…

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