Monthly Archives: January 2020

Two Master Bloggers–Peter Greene and Steven Singer–Deconstruct the “National Parents Union”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Two of the best education bloggers in the nation weighed in on the nature and purpose of the new “National Parents Union,” which proudly announced that it would give parents’ “voice” in opposition…

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Ohio’s Budget Bill Multiplies School Vouchers, Leaves Local School Districts in Crisis

Originally posted on janresseger:
On Tuesday afternoon, I went to a meeting of my monthly book discussion group—all of us retired and over 70.  But as we sat down with our coffee and before we discussed the book we had…

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AstroTurf Alert: National Parents Union is Thinly Veiled Union Busting Backed by Billionaire Cash

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? How do you do something disgusting without hurting your image? ? ? If you’re the Walton Family, you hide behind a mask. ? ? That’s what their latest AstroTurf front group is – the so-called…

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Charter Schools: All the Ways They Are Not In the Public Interest

Originally posted on janresseger:
Donald Cohen is the executive director of In the Public Interest. In a powerful statement about his organization’s mission for 2020, Cohen proclaims: “So much is under attack: public education, water, transit, public parks, public health,…

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Educational Redlining: GreatSchools Ratings Drive Housing Segregation

Originally posted on janresseger:
Back in 2015, Heights Community Congress (HCC) in Cleveland Heights, Ohio raised serious concerns (here and here) about the impact of online GreatSchools ratings of public schools. The GreatSchools ratings were, in 2015, being used in…

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DeVos Ignores Judge’s Order: Will She Be Punished?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
During the Obama administration, Congress passed legislation to protect students who had been defrauded by for-profit colleges. In most cases, the “colleges” made claims about their success in placing their graduates in jobs.…

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Domingo Morel: The State Takeover of Houston Schools Is about Race and Power, Not School Improvement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Domingo Morel is a professor of political science at Rutgers University who has studied school takeovers across the nation. He is the author of Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy.  In this post,…

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The Two Most Horrifying Stories about Standardized Testing in the Past Decade

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss wrote a column in her Answer Sheet blog at the Washington Post about the two most horrifying stories in the past decade of high-stakes standardized testing. Both occurred in Florida, a…

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La. State Superintendent John White Resigns

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On January 08, 2020, Louisiana state superintendent John White submitted his letter of resignation to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). In it, White states, “I write to advise…

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Daniel Koretz: American Students Are Not Getting Smarter, and Test-Based “Reforms” Are to Blame

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Daniel Koretz is one of the leading authorities on testing in the United States. A professor at Harvard University, he has written two important books about testing–its uses and misuses. The first was…

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