Monthly Archives: January 2020

Carol Burris: What Michael Bloomberg Really Wants to Do in Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris wrote about Michael Bloomberg’s education ideas several years ago when she was a high school principal on Long Island in New York. You have to love New York City’s mayor. Michael…

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Education Week: Philanthropists Are Losing Interest in K-12 “Reform” Due to Lack of Results

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Christina Samuels of Education Week reports that philanthropists continue to pour a large percentage of their donations into education, but are losing interest in K-12 due to the poor record of their efforts…

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La. BESE’s Process for Selecting Next Superintendent

Originally posted on deutsch29:
Below are excerpts from a January 30, 2020, Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) press release related to the process of selection Louisiana’s next state superintendent: BESE adopts administrative process for selection of new…

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Bob Shepherd Reviews Annie Murphy Paul’s Review of SLAYING GOLIATH in the “New York Times“

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bob Shepherd has worked as an editor, author, assessment developer, curriculum writer, and most recently a classroom teacher in Florida. In this post, he reviews the review of my book SLAYING GOLIATH, which…

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John Thompson: An Open Letter About a New School in Oklahoma City

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, retired teacher and historian in Oklahoma, writes an open letter: ? Open Letter to Enes Kanter Mr. Kanter, Thank you for your continued support of children, especially low-income and immigrant students…

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Did Rosa Parks Really Support Charter Schools?

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? They say history is written by the victors. ? But fortunes change, and sometimes you can even reclaim a figure from the past who the last round of winners had cast in an unlikely role.…

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Thank You Dolly Parton: Someone That has Taken Positive Steps to Improve Their Community

In 1990, the high school dropout rate for Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville Tennessee was at 34% (Research shows that most kids make up their minds in fifth/sixth grade not to graduate). That year, all fifth and sixth graders from … Continue reading

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School Choice Plus Student Based Budgeting: Destroys Public Schools in Poor Neighborhoods

Originally posted on janresseger:
Those who favor school privatization and school choice through the expansion of charter schools and school voucher programs frame their advocacy by privileging individual choosers.  They assume that the mass of individual families’ choices in an…

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Trump Picks DeVos as Surrogate for His Campaign

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Politico Morning Education writes that Trump has chosen billionaire Betsy DeVos as a campaign surrogate, despite the fact that she is the most disliked member of his Cabinet. No doubt he hopes for…

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Carol Burris: The Five Biggest Charter Scandals of 2019

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris reviews here the five biggest charter scandals of 2019.  There were many to choose from. Numero uno, of course, was the giant charter scam in California: 1. A3 Education: Eleven are…

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