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CURMUDGUCATION: SAT: New Frontiers In Pointlessness

Originally posted on Mister Journalism: "Reading, Sharing, Discussing, Learning":
Monday, January 14, 2019 SAT: New Frontiers In Pointlessness David Coleman, he who single-handedly built the architecture of Common Core ELA in the image of his own (untrained) biases…

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Denis Smith: Thank You, Donald Trump, for Showing Us What a Lousy Model “Business” Is for Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Denis Smith writes here about a difficult assignment he set himself. What was one good thing about Donald Trump? And then he found it! Donald Trump has exploded the myth that schools should…

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LA Teachers Strike is About Charter Schools and High Stakes Testing

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? On Monday more than 30,000 teachers at 900 schools in Los Angeles, California, will be on strike. ? And unlike the wave of teachers strikes last year in red states like West Virginia, this time…

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Carol Burris: Texas Has Some Really Bad Ideas about How to Fix School Funding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
In 2011, the Texas government cut $5.4 billion from the budget for public schools; thousands of teachers were laid off. (If you open the links, you will see that the NPR report says…

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The Grand Scam: The Economy’s Turned Around But Where Is the Praise for Schools?*

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Why is it that now with a bustling economy, rising productivity, and shrinking unemployment American public schools are not receiving credit for the turnaround? In light of scathing criticism…

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New Jersey Court Rules Against PARCC for Testing High School Proficiency

Originally posted on deutsch29:
The New Jersey Department of Education (DOE) has run awry of its own proficiency testing statutes in trying to use PARCC tests for that purpose. Such is the determination of the Superior Court of New Jersey,…

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Locating Info on Newly-Formed (Ed Reform) Nonprofits

Originally posted on deutsch29:
One of the marks of market-based ed reform is the issue of mushrooming nonprofits. Want an instant platform for advancing school choice? Non-career, instant teachers? Test-driven classrooms? Drumming up grass-roots-styled support for an outside, billionaire-funded, corporate…

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Steven Schneider: Why Are Public School Students Disappearing from Movies and TV?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Stephen Singer has made a surprising observation: Public school students are being erased from TV, Movies, and Other Media. Why? You will find his answer here.

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Whatever Happened To ‘The Waiting For Superman’ Kids?

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
The PR of education reform focuses on the feel-good, beating the odds, stories about heroic teachers and and rock-star superintendents who never give up on their students. There are the 106 original graduates…

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The Serious Implications of the New Report of the Federal Commission on School Safety

Originally posted on janresseger:
On December 18, buried in the pre-holiday news was the release of a report from Betsy DeVos’s Federal Commission on School Safety.  This blog reported last week on its most troubling recommendation—the one that was immediately…

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