Monthly Archives: September 2019

Bob Shepherd: The Decline of Education Publishing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bob Shepherd, polymath, wrote this: When I started to work in educational publishing, many years ago, there were some two hundred or so companies dividing up the textbook market in the United States…

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Why Can’t All of Education Look Like This? (Greg Toppo)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
From time to time, readers say “Enough, Larry,  about the ubiquity and longevity of age-graded schools and their rules and rhythms or the ‘grammar of schooling.’ ” A few…

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Innovation Ohio Report: Ohio Budget Eases Oversight of Charter Schools and Provides Windfall for Ohio School Vouchers

Originally posted on janresseger:
In the 2020-2021 biennial Ohio budget signed into law in July, lawmakers quietly embedded the radical expansion of school privatization. Rewards for charter schools and tuition voucher expansion are written into the budget in a lots…

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Valerie Strauss: Betsy DeVos Expresses Her Contempt for Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Valerie Strauss is not surprised yet disappointed that Betsy DeVos kicked off her “back to school tour” at a religious school in Milwaukee, flaunting her contempt for the vast majority of students…

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Cory Booker’s Long and Profitable Friendship with Betsy DeVos, and Why It Ended

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Cory Booker was recently interviewed by the Washington Post, and he was asked about his past support for vouchers and his friendship with Betsy DeVos.  He insisted that he turned against vouchers…

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Stand for Children: Using Its Oregon Money to Influence Louisiana’s 2019 BESE Election

Originally posted on deutsch29:
I have been watching for out-of-state money influencing Louisiana’s October 2019 state board of ed (BESE) elections. On its 09/10/19 filing, one PAC, Stand for Children LA IEC, reported $420K in contributions; it reported spending $168K…

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Techno-Optimists Meet School: School Wins (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
? Protests then and now—even fictitious student Bart Simpson–have not stopped technological innovations. That is the power of techno-optimism. Change is good. Change means progress. Changes makes life better.…

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SAT Scores Fall, Achievement Gaps Grow Larger

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Remember when David Coleman, architect of Common Core and then president of the College Board, claimed that the adoption of the Common Core would increase equity and raise test scores for all, especially…

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Is the Long Alliance of Betsy DeVos and Cory Booker Really Over?

Originally posted on janresseger:
I am not one for complimenting U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, but you have to give her credit for one virtue: she is not an opportunist.  She remains a dogged school choice fanatic even though for…

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Texas: Special Rules, Special Treatment for Charter Honchos

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Steven Miller of the Texas Monitor reports on the perks for charter executives in Texas. https://texasmonitor.org/charter-schools-fly-below-the-radar-on-spending-and-transparency-rules/ If you are a charter bigwig or spouse, you can fly first class, a privilege not available…

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