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Ethan Siegel: How to Break Public Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Astrophysicist and author Ethan Siegel writes in Forbes magazine about the way that federal policies have disrespected and demoralized passionate teachers. No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top, and the Every Student…

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Is YES Prep Failing Its Black Students?

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
YES Prep is a charter school network in Houston with very close ties to Teach For America.  It was founded in 1995 by Chris Barbic, a 1992 TFA corps member.  Many of the…

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New Orleans: Researchers Find That Charter Schools Dropped Pre-K Because of Cost

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Education Research Alliance for New Orleans issued a report about Pre-Kindergarten in the nearly all-charter district. It found that the growth of charter schools had a negative effect on pre-kindergarten because of…

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Delaware: Charter Leader Sentenced to Federal Prison for Embezzlement

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The former leader of Family Foundations Academy was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for embezzlement. He confessed that he was suffering from “‘a severe level of sexual addiction and shopping addiction.’”…

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Kansas City: The Stealth Plan by Walton to Turn Kansas City into a Portfolio District

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
As this article by Matt Barnum in Chalkbeat shows, Kansas City did not want to hand its public schools over to the corporate reform movement, and it kicked out the privatizers a few…

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The “Portfolio Model” of Schools: The Trojan Horse of Privatization

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Matt Barnum of Chalkbeat here describes the spread of the gospel of the “portfolio model” of schooling.In his article, Barnum shows how Indianapolis has fallen hook, line, and sinker for privatization of its…

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Did U.S. Performance on PISA Decline Because of Common Core?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Every time that international test scores are released, there is a predictable clamor to “do something.” President Obama said that our ranking on an international test was “a Sputnik moment” and reason to…

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Jeannie Kaplan: Denver and the Election That Was Lost Unnecessarily

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Jeannie Kaplan tells the story of the recent election in Denver and explains what might have been if the friends of public education had stuck together. Parent and community activists backed a slate…

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Andrea Gabor: Why We Should Be “Terrified” of Eva’s Success Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Andrea Gabor is the Michael Bloomberg Professor of business journalism at Baruch College of the City University of New York. She is also a deeply knowledgeable scholar of corporate education reform. She debunked…

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Michael Johnston Tells Mile High Tale In Campaign Video

Originally posted on Gary Rubinstein's Blog:
Michael Johnston is one of the highest profile ed reform heroes in the country.  As a state senator in Colorado his teacher evaluation bill SB-191 mandated that 50% of a teacher’s evaluation would…

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