Daily Archives: February 13, 2019

The Difficulty of Cleaning Arne Duncan’s Awful Policies Out of the Laws of 50 States

Originally posted on janresseger:
Sometimes I find myself considering how our society arrived in 2019 at what striking schoolteachers this year have been demonstrating is an existential crisis for our system of public education. Partly, of course, Betsy DeVos, our…

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Denver Strike: Teachers Protest Low Pay and “Corporate Reform” Innovations that Didn’t Work

Originally posted on janresseger:
The Denver Classroom Teachers Association went on strike yesterday against the Denver Public Schools over low pay and what has become a failed experiment in merit pay bonuses.  Schoolteachers want the district to scrap its ProComp…

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School Reform in the U.S.: Naivete and Fatalism

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
“If naivete is a danger, so is fatalism.”* The history of school reform has been a back-and-forth journey between hyperactive innocence and passive resignation. I will explain this and…

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Denver: The Ugly Story Behind the Teachers’ Strike

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan served two term on the elected Denver school board. I asked her to explain the issues behind the strike. ? https://kaplanforkids.wordpress.com/2019/02/12/pcops-pensions-and-picketlines/ ? She writes: ? PCOPS, PENSIONS, and PICKETLINES Posted on by…

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Defending the Early Years on Academic Rigor in Kindergarten: NO!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Defending the Early Years Response to Le, Schaack et al. study, “Advanced Content Coverage at Kindergarten: Are There Trade-Offs Between Academic Achievement and Social-Emotional Skills?” ? Advanced academics in kindergarten? Questionable science and…

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Rahm Emanuel’s Non-Apology Apology for Being a School Privatization Cheerleader

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
  ? Rahm Emanuel’s recent op-ed in The Atlantic may be one of the dumbest things I have ever read. ? The title “I Used to Preach the Gospel of Education Reform. Then I Became the…

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Valerie Strauss: The Pushback Against Charters Is Getting Stronger

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Valerie Strauss notes on her blog “The Answer Sheet” that charters are losing their luster. With the ascent of Choice Champion Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, Democrats are losing interest in…

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Fred Klonsky: Denver Teachers Strike Over Low Wages, Merit Pay That Forces Teachers to Compete for Money

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? We will have more commentary on the Denver teacherss’ strike. Here, Fred Klonsky reminds us of the much-ballyhooed, but ultimately failed merit pay called ProComp, that substituted merit pay for adequate salaries. …

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