Monthly Archives: February 2019

The Year of the Public School: 2019!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? This is  a message from theNetwork for Public Education. 2019 will be the year of the public school, with your help and support. ? “From West Virginia to California teachers are boldly standing up…

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Whatever Happened to Media Literacy in Schools?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Far more policy talk than classroom action is the short answer. The long answer is below in the questions I ask. Where and When Did the Idea Originate? Having…

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Teach for America Supplements Lost Money for Oakland TFAers on Strike

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
One of the complications of ed reform is that its enlistees might just try to assert themselves, even in the face of being told (subtly or otherwise) that their ed reform org…

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TFA Celebrates New Research That Suggests That Corps Members Are Ineffective Teachers

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Over the years there have been various studies comparing the ‘effectiveness’ of TFA teachers to non-TFA teachers.  Though these studies are based on the results from standardized tests that may or may not…

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Tom Ultican: Elites in Dallas Impose Massive Disruption on Public Schools, with Charters Schools and TFA

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tom Ultican tells a sad story about the takeover of the Dallas school board by the Dallas Chamber of Commerce and other wealthy elites, who don’t send their children to the public schools.…

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Appreciating Teachers: Responding to Donald Trump Jr.

Originally posted on janresseger:
Recently at the President’s rally in El Paso for his border wall, his son, Donald Trump, Jr., warmed up the crowd with a speech in which he gratuitously attacked teachers: “Bring it to your schools… You…

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Good News, Arizona Teachers: No DNA Database for You

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
When I began seeing ads for the likes of “23 and Me,” I thought, “Here we go. Massive DNA data collection. Where to next on this DNA data train?” Well. I can’t…

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The Real Reason Betsy DeVos Tried to Fire Her Own Department’s Inspector General

Originally posted on janresseger:
Betsy DeVos is back in the news.  She recently tried to fire the U.S. Department of Education’s Acting Inspector General, Sandra Bruce, and replace her with Phil Rosenfelt, who has been serving as the Department of…

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West Virginia Teachers Strike, Again

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Roughly one year ago, from February 23 to March 09, 2018, West Virginia teachers went on strike. On February 19, 2019, they did so again, in response to legislation that would create…

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West Virginia House Kills Education Bill After Teachers Strike to Block School Privatization

Originally posted on janresseger:
Yesterday, Tuesday, West Virginia’s teachers walked out to protest an omnibus education bill moving through the state legislature. The bill, known as Senate Bill 451, included another pay raise for teachers, but the Republican dominated West…

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