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Texas: SPEDx Whistleblower Laurie Kash Was Right, and She’s Been Paying for It Ever Since.

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
In August 2017, Laurie Kash was hired by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as its director of special education. Her immediate supervisor was Justin Porter, who was then the executive director of…

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Biden’s Proposed American Families Plan Would Revolutionize Life for Poor Children

Originally posted on janresseger:
When public policy has been entirely inadequate and misguided for decades, it is difficult to grasp the full implications of the beginning steps for reform. Such is the case with President Joe Biden’s proposal last week…

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The Testing Game, Louisiana-style

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Let’s say that I am at the end of my freshman year of high school in Louisiana. I must take two Louisiana Educational Assessment Program (LEAP) exams: English I and Algebra I.…

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Authentic Education Reform Based on Diversity Research

Originally posted on tultican:
By Thomas Ultican 5/7/2021 “Dedicated with admiration and respect to public school teachers who opt-out of commercial standardized tests.” These are the words of dedication for Garn Press’s new book in their “Woman Scholars Series,” Diversity…

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Will Staff Returning from Obama/Duncan Years Compromise Biden’s Public Education Promises?

Originally posted on janresseger:
At the end of his first hundred days, President Joe Biden deserves credit for taking important steps to help public schools serving children living in communities where family poverty is concentrated. First, the President promised during…

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Texas: Stand Together Against the Voracious Charter Industry

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
PTC is joining with many parent groups and school boards to fight this direct assault on local control and democracy. Pastors for Texas Children is a staunch ally of public schools and of…

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Once Upon a Time in the Hub City

With about 6 weeks remaining in the 1988-1989, the school year, spring sports had mostly concluded and football offseason was in full swing. There were these two young coaches, both in their first year at the school. Coach One is … Continue reading

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Axioms… (at 40)

Originally posted on Meta-Annoy-Ya:
So I turned 40 a few weeks back and decided to make a list of axioms that I’ve picked up, stolen, or discovered in these few decades of being here. Some of these I could of…

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Standardized Testing During a Pandemic is Stupid. And Cruel.

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
When the Biden administration announced that schools across the nation would have to give standardized tests during the global Coronavirus pandemic this year, America’s teachers let out a collective sigh of disgust. If it had to…

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Diane Ravitch Offers Pithy Prescription to Help Secretary of Education Cardona Remedy Education Policy

Originally posted on janresseger:
By 2010, there were a lot of people who had grown very concerned about the No Child Left Behind Act and the use of annual high-stakes testing to identify so-called “failing” schools. It was a federal…

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