Monthly Archives: November 2020

Charles Foster Johnson Is Hopeful about Biden Administration and Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our friend and ally, Dr. Charles Foster Johnson, recently gave an interview in which he expressed his optimism about the incoming Biden administration. Dr. Johnson is leader of Pastors for Texas Children, which…

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INCONVENIENT TRUTH: Remote Teaching is Better Than In-Person Instruction During a Pandemic

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Hundreds of teachers have died from Covid-19. More than 1 million children have been diagnosed with the disease. Yet a bipartisan group of seven state Governors said in a joint statement Thursday that in-person schools are…

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John Ogozalek: Lots of Money for Standardized Tests, No Money for COVID Tests

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Ogozalek teaches in rural upstate New York. He wrote to tell me what’s happening during the pandemic: You can’t make this stuff up…. Schools in Western New York are facing shut downs.They’re…

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Derek Black: State Courts Turn Back Voucher Cases

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Derek W. Black is a professor of constitutional law who specializes in civil rights issues at the University of South Carolina. His recent book Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American…

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Rob Schofield: This Land Belongs to You and Me, Not the Privatizers

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rob Schofield of North Carolina Policy Watch lives in a state taken over by the Tea Party, who are intent on selling off whatever they can to private industry. We have fallen victim…

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Johann Neem: Restoring the Promise of Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Johann Neem is a historian of education. He understands the central importance of public education in our democracy. He wrote this thoughtful, important commentary about the task ahead for the Biden presidency: Restoring…

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Ohio Legislative Leader Rams Through Voucher Changes that Hurt Students in Poor, Title I Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
The Ohio Senate is up to its old tricks. Five years ago right at the end of a spring session of the Ohio Legislature, a group of state senators added a long amendment to House Bill…

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Carol Burris: The Secretary of Education We Need–and Those We Don’t

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Carol Burris wrote the following post. Marla Kilfoyle provided assistance. They asked me to add that there are dozens more exceptionally well qualified people who should be considered for this important post: they…

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Federal Judge Permanently Bars DeVos from Diverting CARES Funds to Private Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
While Trump appointees are doing their best to impose their policies before January 20, a federal judge in California told Betsy DeVos in no equivocal terms by a federal judge that she cannot…

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As District Covid Cases Increase, McKeesport Schools Remain Open Temporarily

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
Next week, McKeesport Area School District will go fully remote to keep students safe from an ongoing outbreak of Covid-19 at several district buildings. Two new cases are suspected today at the western Pennsylvania district, says…

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