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Laura Chapman: Ohio Believes That Education=Preparation for the Workforce

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? In this comment, posted not long ago, reader Laura H. Chapman describes the Ohio view of education as workforce preparation. The pioneers of education had nobler goals. Above all, they considered the…

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DeVos Funnels $116 Million to Open 20 Charter Schools in El Paso, Which Will Devastate Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? Should Amy O’Rourke, Beto’s wife, send a thank-you note to Betsy DeVos? Betsy DeVos has awarded a huge grant of $116,755,848 to the IDEA charter chain to open 20 new schools in…

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Congress Should Defund the Charter Schools Program and Invest the Money in Title I and IDEA

Originally posted on janresseger:
The Network for Public Education published its scathing report on the federal Charter Schools Program three weeks ago, but as time passes, I continue to reflect on its conclusions. The report, Asleep at the Wheel: How…

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Schools That Hinder Opt Outs Are Participating in Their Own Demise

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
You can’t be a public school and still ignore the will of the people. ? That’s the problem at too many districts across the country where narrow-minded administrators are waging an all out war on parents…

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Low Salaries, High Rents, Poor Teaching Conditions Create Widespread Shortage of Qualified Teachers

Originally posted on janresseger:
You’d have to be pretty out of touch to have missed that teachers, who have been striking all year from West Virginia to Kentucky to Oklahoma to California, have been showing us their pay is inadequate…

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Kansas: Students, Parents Rebel Against Mark Zuckerberg’s Summit Learning

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Today, the New York Times posted a story about a rebellion in Kansas against Mark Zuckerberg’s Summit Learning platform.  They said NO to Facebook’s “personalized learning,” which replaces teachers with Chromebooks. Good…

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Phoenix: BASIS Charter School Teacher Humiliates Black Student

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? A teacher at a BASIS charter school shamed a black student by teaching a lesson about the civil rights movement by inviting the class to isolate him. BASIS is known for its…

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Ohio: LeBron James’ School Demonstrates that Money and Kindness Matter

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? LeBron James’ new public school in Akron, Ohio, but it’s already showing remarkable progress by the only metric the public understands: test scores. Readers of this blog understand the deficiencies of standardized…

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MetWest Internships (Part 6)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
As in all Big Picture schools, MetWest has structured the academic year to have students search for and enter into two-day a week unpaid internships during school hours. Called…

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Louisiana’s Apex Collegiate Charter School to Close; Website Still Encourages Enrollment

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On April 10, 2019, Apex Collegiate Academy charter school CEO Eric Lewis told parents that the school would close at the end of the 2018-19 school year. Located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Apex Collegiate is one…

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