Monthly Archives: August 2019

Tom Ultican: Beware the Broadies!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tom Ultican, retired teacher of advanced mathematics and physics in California, has written a well-documented critique of the Broad Academy. He describes its origins and purposes. Its primary purpose is to privatize public…

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Bombshell in California: E-Mails Reveal Charter Lobby’s Goal of Complete Privatization of All Schools in the State

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Blogger Michael Kohlhaas received a huge trove of leaked emails from the Green Dot Charter School organization in Los Angeles. He has been releasing them as he reviews them. No one has disputed…

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Glenn Sacks: The Secret of the “Success” of Charter Schools and Magnet Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Glenn Sacks is a teacher in Los Angeles and co-chair of the UTLA at James Monroe High School. The title of the article is “Charter Schools’ Success Is an Illusion.” The following article…

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Speduktr: Why I Pay School Taxes

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? A reader who goes by the sobriquet “speduktr” wrote: ? I have never really understood the choice mantra. My taxes were not tuition for my children, and they certainly are not intended…

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John Thompson Reviews an Important New Book About Privatization of Public Services

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and retired teacher, reviews an important new book. Lawrence Baines’ Privatization of America’s Public Institutions: The Story of the American Sellout combines analyses of assaults on four public sectors, the…

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Carl J. Petersen: Watch Nick Melvoin Give Away Public Facilities to the Charter Industry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carl J.Petersen describes the machinations of Nick Melvoin, a school board member who was put into office by the money of the charter school lobby. As blogger Michael Kohlhaas has demonstrated by publishing…

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Louisiana: The Failure of Vouchers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
When I first started writing this blog in 2012, Louisiana’s then Governor Bobby Jindal was crowing about his new voucher plan. He and his state commissioner John White insisted that vouchers were a…

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Former KIPP CEO Michael Feinberg Is Now President of a Nonprofit That Doesn’t Exist

Originally posted on deutsch29:
As noted in the August 22, 2019, Houston Chronicle, KIPP charter school chain co-founder Michael Feinberg is suing KIPP for defamation related to his 2017 firing related to allegations of sexual misconduct. According to the article, Feinberg’s…

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Blaming Schools for Student Absences is Like Denouncing Doctors for Disease

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? If something is wrong with children, it must be the school’s fault. ? Right? ? If kids can’t read, write and do ‘rithmetic, the teachers must not have taught ’em right. ? It couldn’t have…

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One Way or Two-Way Traffic? The Policy to Practice Street

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
The past half-century has seen record-breaking attempts by policymakers to influence how teachers teach. Record-breaking in the sense that again and again (add one more “again” if you wish)…

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