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An Empire of Death That Made the Sackler Family Billionaires

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Purdue Pharmaceuticals manufactures Oxycontin. Oxycontin is the most widely used opioid. Opioid abuse has caused at least 200,000 deaths. The New York Times reports that an internal Justice Department investigation determined that Purdue…

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John Merrow: Which Side Are You On? Whose Side Are You On?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Merrow has seen the light. Once you begin to doubt the testing regime, nothing ever looks the same again. The usual ed reform conversation begins to sound like “how many angels can…

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For A Change: A Bit of Positive News from U.S. Dept. of Education—on College Loan Debt

Originally posted on janresseger:
The past couple of weeks have brought three pieces of positive news about the U.S. Department of Education’s massive student loan program. I.     Legal Injunction Blocks—for Now—Controversial DeVos Policy Only Partially to Reimburse Students Defrauded…

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Julian Vasquez Heilig: One More Study on Vouchers, and They Still Don’t Work

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Julian Vasquez Heilig reports on the latest study of vouchers in D.C., which showed that students who used vouchers lost ground in math compared to their peers who did not. This time with…

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Marc Tucker: Why Charter Management Organizations Are Not a Model for the Nation

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Marc Tucker recently wrote a post in which he responded to a question from Mike Petrilli of the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute. Mike asked why Marc didn’t look at charter management organizations…

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Valerie Strauss: What DeVos Could Not or Would Not Say at Her Latest Congressional Hearing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Our faithful reader Charles asked me a few days ago why I had written nothing about Betsy DeVos’ appearance before Congress. I confess I have a very difficult time watching her testify because…

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Peter Greene on the Difference Between Public Schools and Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Some state laws describe charter schools as “public charter schools.” ALEC model legislation describes charter schools as “public charter schools.” But calling them so doesn’t make them so. You can call a horse…

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DeVos Seems Unaware of Supreme Court’s Protection of Undocumented Students’ Right to Public Education

Originally posted on janresseger:
The 1982, U.S. Supreme Court decision in Plyler v. Doe established 14th Amendment protection of the right to primary and secondary education for children of undocumented immigrants.  Writing for the majority, Justice William Brennan renounced those…

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Skeptic or Cynic? An Interview

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
Two years ago, I had just begun research on The Flight of a Butterfly or the Path of a Bullet?: Using Technology To Transform Teaching and Learning (2018). Mary…

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NOLA’s Cypress Academy Charter School Rescued by (Wait for It) Local School Board

Originally posted on deutsch29:
On May 22, 2018, I wrote a post entitled, “The Walmart-ization of Charter Schools: Goodbye, Little Fish,” about a small New Orleans charter school, Cypress Academy, that caught its parents completely off guard by announcing during…

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