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Andrea Gabor: Betsy DeVos’s Voucher Obsession Could Boomerang on Republicans

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Veteran journalist Andrea Gabor explains that Betsy DeVos got the Trump administration to commit fully behind her voucher obsession, rolling some 29 or 30 programs into a block grant, including the toxic federal…

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Don’t Extend Kids’ School Day; Shorten Parents’ Work Week

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? It’s rough being the parent of an American school student. ? You often leave for work before your kids have even made it to school yet – and you get home long after they’ve returned.…

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After Years of Failed Initiatives, Gates Foundation Keeps on Trying to Fix the Schools

Originally posted on janresseger:
You might imagine that Bill and Melinda Gates, with all their money, a large staff, and access to research would have developed a more nuanced and helpful strategy for school reform.  But you’d be wrong.  In…

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Montana: School Choice Doesn’t Make Sense Here

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Sarah Vowell is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times where this article appeared. Proponents of vouchers often claim that the state prohibitions on public funding of religious schools were birthed…

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Wisconsin: School Choice is Causing Ruinous Damage to Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Two Wisconsin legislators published an opinion piece about the harm that school choice is doing to the state’s public schools. Jon Erpenbach and Sondy Pope object to the way that vouchers have taken…

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Florida: Charter Drain Causing School Closures in Broward County

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
About 30 public schools in Broward County may close due to loss of students to charter schools. The original purpose of charter schools was to collaborate with public schools, not to destroy them.…

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Amplifying Profits Selling Harmful Pedagogy

Originally posted on tultican:
By Thomas Ultican 2/19/2020 Amplify education Inc. has a two decade history of trying to profit by selling education technology. The bottom line is even if their pedagogy was good – which it is not –…

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School Reforms That Are Persistent and Admired But Marginal (Part 4)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Every school reform is a solution to a problem. How a problem is identified (e.g., unilaterally, multilaterally) and who does the framing of it (e.g., policymakers, practitioners, parents), of…

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School Reforms That Are Persistent And Admired But Marginal (Part 3)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Who am I quoting here? Hint: Quotes come from person born in the 19th century. If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a…

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School Reforms That Are Persistent and Admired But Marginal (Part 2)

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
After Minnesota authorized charter schools in 1991, a group of veteran teachers founded City Academy in St. Paul. It became the first publicly funded charter school in 1992. A…

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