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Red Queen in L.A.: Your Voice Matters, So Does Your Avoidance

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Los Angeles blogger Red Queen in LA writes here about the negative consequences of avoidance. She writes: ““…I’m not the angry racist they see in that photo… .” “But if not you…

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Bill Phillis: Charter Schools Are Bought and Sold; Not Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Bill Phillis, founder of the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy and former deputy commissioner of education in Ohio, laments the commercializations that charter schools have introduced into K-12 schooling, while claiming to…

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Texas: Special Session Ended, No Vouchers!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The governor of Texas called a special session of the legislature, with two goals: 1. To enact a voucher program, despite recent studies agreeing that state voucher programs have negative results. 2. To…

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A Mother in Douglas County, CO: The Damage Done by “Reformers” to Our Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The following comment was posted on the blog in response to this post about the coming school board elections in Douglas County, Colorado. There, in the most affluent county in the state, corporate…

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Chris Hedges and Diane Ravitch Discuss Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
What fun to meet and talk with Chris Hedges! Chris lives in a New Jersey town where a charter school was opened without the consent of the residents. Their taxes support a school…

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Pasi Sahlberg: Finnish Teachers Are NOT the “Best and Brightest”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Pasi Sahlberg tries in this article to dispel the myth that Finnish teachers are specifically “the best and brightest.” He notes that misguided education leaders have tried to devise ways to attract the…

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Michigan: Governor Rick Snyder Accepts No Responsibility for His Failed School Reforms

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A reader sent a letter signed by Governor Rick Snyder and the State Superintendent Brian Whiston lamenting the poor performance of Michigan’s schools on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Please note that…

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Denis Smith: How Charter Schools Expose Republican Hypocrisy

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith explains how the charter industry has exposed Republican hypocrisy in his state of Ohio. As readers will be quick to point out, charters have also exposed the hypocrisy of Democrats who…

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In Michigan, Few Want to Become Teachers: Thanks, Betsy DeVos, Rick Snyder, and Arne Duncan!

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Alternet published an article about the dire condition of teachers and teaching in Michigan. Nancy Derringer describes the growing crisis over the future of the profession in a state that treats teachers like…

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Florida Looks to Hide Minority Students with Accountability Waiver

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? What do you do with minority students? ? The state of Florida is looking to hide them under the rug. ? The state is seeking a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education for certain…

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