Monthly Archives: February 2021

My Complete, Unedited Review of Doug Harris’ Book, Charter School City

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
In January 2020, Commonweal Magazine asked me to review Doug Harris’ book about New Orleans charter schools, Charter School City. I completed my review in February 2020, but with the pandemic, my…

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My Review of Jack Schneider and Jennifer Berkshire, “A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
I reviewed A Wolf at the Schoolhouse Door in The New Republic. It is an important book that pulls together all the threads of the privatization movement and shows that their agenda is…

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Mercedes Schneider on the Biden Testing Plan

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mercedes Schneider comments here on the Biden administration’s unexpected and ridiculous decision to insist on another round of standardized tests in the middle of the pandemic. She begins: On February 22, 2021, acting…

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In “NY Times” Piece, Eve Ewing Ignores Economic Catastrophe for Public Schools of Charter School Expansion

Originally posted on janresseger:
I am a great fan of Eve Ewing’s book, Ghosts in the Schoolyard.  I have read the book twice, visited in Chicago some of the sites she describes, given the book to friends as a gift…

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Standardized Testing During the Pandemic is Corporate Welfare Not Student Equity

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
We’ve got to be able to tell how badly the pandemic is affecting student learning. So let’s give standardized tests. That’s the rationale behind the Biden administration’s mandate that schools across the country still struggling just…

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Pastors for Texas Children to the Texas Legislature: “Make Suitable Provision!”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
One of our greatest allies for public schools in the nation is the remarkable Pastors for Texas Children. They are active every day in Texas, urging the public to support and fund their…

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LOUISIANA TEACHERS, SCHOOL STAFF NOW ELIGIBLE FOR COVID VACCINATION

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On February 18, 2021, Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, announced that as of Monday, February 22, 2021, teachers and all other K12 school staff, daycare workers, and others have the green light…

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Blaming Teachers Unions for Problems Reopening Schools Is Wrong: Reopening Must Be Done Safely

Originally posted on janresseger:
Right now, after nearly a year since life shut down for COVID-19, things feel like a chaotic mess. Children in lots of places are not in school but are instead learning remotely at home.  Unemployment is…

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Cartoons about Teaching during Covid-19

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Cartoonists, no doubt working from home during the pandemic, have continued to dip their pens in ink (and clicked through their software) to capture life in and out of…

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You’re Going to Miss Us When We’re Gone – What School May Look Like Once All the Teachers Quit

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
The alarm buzzed at 4:30 am. Time to get up. DeShaun and his little brother Marco got out of bed and threw on their clothes. Mom was in the other room hastily getting her work bag…

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