Monthly Archives: October 2020

Prospects for COVID-19 Stimulus Package Fade: Will We Have to Wait for A New President and New Congress to Negotiate Relief for States and Their Public Schools?

Originally posted on janresseger:
Negotiations between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, White House negotiator Steve Mnuchin and Senate Republicans for a second coronavirus relief bill have collapsed until at least after the election—maybe until a new Congress convenes in 2021 and,…

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Peter Greene: Secretary DeVos Should Help or Pipe Down

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Peter Greene says that Secretary DeVos should either “help or hush,” which is certainly more civil than, say, help or shut up. DeVos has threatened to cut off funding to schools that don’t…

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Jared Kushner: Trump Knows More than the Doctors!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As the pandemic was surging in mid-April, CNN reports that Jared Kushner told Bob Woodward that Trump had “cut out” the doctors and scientists and taken control; the pandemic would soon end, and…

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As More Students Head Back, Here’s What We Now Know (And Still Don’t) about Schools and COVID Spread (Matt Barnum)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
This article appeared in Chalkbeat, October 22, 2020. Matt Barnum is an education journalist. Two months ago, Ashish Jha, the dean of Brown University’s School of Public Health, was…

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Betsy DeVos Still Doesn’t Get the Connection Between Democracy and Our System of Public Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
A week ago, at one of the nation’s most conservative Christian colleges, Betsy DeVos delivered a vehement attack on the idea of public education. With the election coming up next week, we can hope it was…

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John Thompson: Instead of Funding Public Schools, Oklahoma Bankrolled a For-Profit Virtual Charter

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, historian and retired teacher, writes in the Progressive about the epic failure of a for-profit virtual school in Oklahoma. The Epic virtual charter school was well positioned to benefit from the…

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Does Classroom Use of Computers Cause Gains in Students’ Academic Achievement?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
A decade ago when a surge of interest in placing computers in classrooms was joined to available public and private money, U.S. schools went on a rampage of buying…

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James Hohmann: Obama Takes on Trump

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
James Hohmann of t reviewed former President Barack Obama’s speech in Philadelphia in support of Biden. Obama lashed back at Trump’s specious claims and lies. The former president stood on a makeshift stage…

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Good News, Teachers: Cloth Masks Do Protect the Wearer

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
COVID-19 has shaken classroom teaching to its core. It’s like carrying a platter of full water glasses while walking down the aisle of a lurching bus, and doing so daily. Expect varying…

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Now is Not the Time to Reopen Steel Valley Schools

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
On Friday, Johns Hopkins University reported the highest number of cases of COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That’s 83,757 new cases and 943 new deaths. Now is not the time to reopen schools. This comes after…

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