Monthly Archives: May 2019

Jennifer Berkshire: When Cory Booker Helped DeVos’s Voucher Referendum in Michigan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
This is a stunner. Jennifer Berkshire writes in The New Republic that Cory Booker flew to Michigan in 2000 to help promote vouchers, at the request of Betsy and Dick DeVos. They put…

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Teach for America and Sister Program, Ensina!: How Recruit Thinking Changes from Before to After

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Rolf Straubhaar is an assistant professor of ed leadership and school improvement at Texas State University. He is also a Teach for America (TFA) alum. Rolf Straubhaar Straubhaar’s research agenda includes alternative…

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Congressional Leaders Take DeVos to Task and Demand Answers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A group of leaders in Congress wrote to Betsy DeVos to complain about her Department’s failure to demand accountability from the Charter Schools that win federal funding. She has $440 million to hand…

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Texas: GOOD NEWS! Texas House Rejects Bill to Ban Lobbying for Public Schools, But Allow It for Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Charles Foster Johnson, leader of Pastors for Texas Children, describes an effort to censor and silence those who advocate on behalf of public schools: Texas Senate Bill 29 was roundly defeated late yesterday…

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West Virginia’s Teachers Continue #RedforEd Pushback Against Charter Schools and ESA Vouchers

Originally posted on janresseger:
Just over a year ago, in late February 2018, school teachers across West Virginia launched the first of a nationwide wave of walkouts and strikes that became #RedforEd.  Teachers in every one of West Virginia’s 55…

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Bernie Sanders’ Bold Plan for Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Senator Bernie Sanders has produced an excellent plan for education . Thus far, he is the only candidate to address K-12. His first principle is crucial: Every human being has the fundamental…

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Pearson’s Plans for 2025: Make Sure You Are Seated When You Read This

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pearson has plans for the future. Its plans involve students, education, and profits. Pearson, of course, is the British mega-publishing corporation that has an all-encompassing vision of monetizing every aspect of education. Two…

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Chalkbeat Reporter Tried to Attend Board Meetings at Charter Schools, But…

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Koby Levin, reporter for Chalkbeat, tried to attend meetings of the board of 10 charter schools in Detroit. It was challenging, to say the least. When parents have an issue with their…

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The Hype of “Transforming” Teaching and Learning

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Three years ago, I published this post. I didn’t expect anything much to happen with the over-use of the word “transform” and nothing did. The word continues to be…

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School Segregation in America 65 Years after “Brown v. Board of Education”

Originally posted on janresseger:
Today, May 17, 2019 is the 65th birthday of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. Marking the anniversary is the publication of a new report from the Civil Rights Project at…

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