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Public School Funding: In Too Many States, It’s All about Subtracting and More Subtracting

Originally posted on janresseger:
Let’s review the importance of school finance. It you think this topic is too arcane to think about, consider who has been teaching us about the importance of school funding for two years now, and you’ll…

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Teresa Hanafin: McConnell’s “See No Evil” Impeachment Rules

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Teresa Hanafin writes in the Boston Globe’s Fast Forward: ? You have to hand it to Mitch McConnell:He is quite open about his devotional obeisance to Trump. Just look at the TPP he…

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Valerie Strauss: A Q & A with Me about SLAYING GOLIATH

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Valerie Strauss, veteran education writer at the Washington Post, interviewed me about my new book SLAYING GOLIATH.  Her questions get to the heart of the book. I hope you will read the exchange.

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The Future of Public Education Hinges on This Supreme Court Case

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Tomorrow, the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in a crucial case called Espinoza v. Montana. The goal of the Espinoza plaintiffs is to strike down state laws that prohibit public funding…

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Two Master Bloggers–Peter Greene and Steven Singer–Deconstruct the “National Parents Union”

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Two of the best education bloggers in the nation weighed in on the nature and purpose of the new “National Parents Union,” which proudly announced that it would give parents’ “voice” in opposition…

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Ohio’s Budget Bill Multiplies School Vouchers, Leaves Local School Districts in Crisis

Originally posted on janresseger:
On Tuesday afternoon, I went to a meeting of my monthly book discussion group—all of us retired and over 70.  But as we sat down with our coffee and before we discussed the book we had…

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AstroTurf Alert: National Parents Union is Thinly Veiled Union Busting Backed by Billionaire Cash

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? How do you do something disgusting without hurting your image? ? ? If you’re the Walton Family, you hide behind a mask. ? ? That’s what their latest AstroTurf front group is – the so-called…

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Charter Schools: All the Ways They Are Not In the Public Interest

Originally posted on janresseger:
Donald Cohen is the executive director of In the Public Interest. In a powerful statement about his organization’s mission for 2020, Cohen proclaims: “So much is under attack: public education, water, transit, public parks, public health,…

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Educational Redlining: GreatSchools Ratings Drive Housing Segregation

Originally posted on janresseger:
Back in 2015, Heights Community Congress (HCC) in Cleveland Heights, Ohio raised serious concerns (here and here) about the impact of online GreatSchools ratings of public schools. The GreatSchools ratings were, in 2015, being used in…

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DeVos Ignores Judge’s Order: Will She Be Punished?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
During the Obama administration, Congress passed legislation to protect students who had been defrauded by for-profit colleges. In most cases, the “colleges” made claims about their success in placing their graduates in jobs.…

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