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Senate tax bill offers school choice — to rich families who already have it

One of the final amendments to the Senate tax bill was the Student Opportunity Amendment introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas. Along with a similar provision in the House tax bill, the Student Opportunity Amendment could become the first … Continue reading

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Huffington Post Analyzed Every Voucher School in America and Concluded They Are Free to Teach Lies and Hate

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Rebecca Klein, education editor of Huffington Post, reports here on a HuffPost analysis of the nation’s voucher-supported private and religious schools. Many of these voucher schools teach creationism, sexism, racism, and homophobia. They…

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Eva Moskowitz: Impressive Venom?

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The January/February 2018 issue of The Atlantic is set to include this article on Eva Moskowitz and her Success Academies charter schools. The article, entitled, “The Charter-School Crusader,” written by Chalkbeat co-founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief Elizabeth…

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Chicago: Inspector General of Schools Says CEO “Repeatedly Lied” and Should Be Fired

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Inspector General of the Chicago Public Schools concluded an investigation of Forrest Claypool, chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Schools, and recommended that Claypool had “repeatedly lied” to cover up ethical…

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The Worst Tax Bill in American History: Written for Kleptocrats

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution and Norman Orenstein of the American Enterprise Institute wrote about the tax bills passed by the Republican Party in the House and Senate, soon to be reconciled…

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Success Academies: Can No-Excuses Charter Schools Be Called Progressive?

Originally posted on janresseger:
An important piece by Rebecca Mead in this week’s New Yorker takes us into Eva Moskowitz’s very controversial Success Academy charter schools in New York City. Mead explains the point of her piece: “For all the…

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Leonie Haimson Visits a Summit Charter School, Funded the the Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
A few days ago, I posted an article by Kristina Rizga about Summit charter schools and their online lessons. On the whole, it seemed to me, the article was admiring. Leonie Haimson has…

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The Horror: Here Comes Baby PISA, Testing 5-Year-Olds

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The testing monster is coming for our children. Helge Wasmuth of Mercy College in New York writes here about the full-steam-ahead plan for international testing of five-year-Old children. As he reports, the planning…

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Texas Latest Political Absurdity By Lt. Dan

The following was sent to a Superintendent friend of mine in Southeast Texas (Northeast of Houston). My friend on his personal Facebook page, independent of his job has posted several times in support of Scott Milder, a Texas Republican running … Continue reading

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Anti-Racism Isn’t About Making White People Feel Better

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Racism is pretty strong stuff. ? It’s a debilitating disease that every white American (even me) suffers from to some degree. ? There is no cure. ? But it can be treated. ? That treatment?…

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