Daily Archives: April 2, 2018

Arne Duncan: American Schools Are the Worst–No, the Best–Ever

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? For his entire seven years as Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan repeated the mantra that American public schools were the worst ever. They were falling behind the global competition, they needed radical…

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“In the Spirit of Holy Week”: Veneer Is Not Enough.

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Heads Up: It’s political! One of the downsides of Twitter is its immediacy. If one is not careful, one can toss off a tweet that comes back to haunt in full force.…

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Wave of Wildcat Teachers’ Strikes in Kentucky and Oklahoma

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Wave of Teachers’ Strikes: Kentucky and Oklahoma — Interviews Available [On Twitter] MIKE ELK, cell: (412) 613-8423, mike.elk@gmail.com, @MikeElk   Currently in Oklahoma, Elk is the senior labor reporter at Payday Report and…

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Laura Chapman: Who Cares About Arts Education?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Laura Chapman wrote the following comment. Her last line reminded me of studies conducted over a century ago by bean counters who were efficiency experts in education. They decided they could decipher the…

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A Movie That is Not Far From Happening

An associate at work told me about an interesting movie that was produced by YouTube Red. The movie is “The Thinning“. The setting is in Austin, Texas in the future. The world has exceeded its capacity and methods had to … Continue reading

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Detroit: Unexplained Firings at Charter School Rattle Teachers, Students

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Old Redford Academy high school, a charter school in Detroit, suddenly fired several staff members, some of whom were “veterans” (i.e., more than one year of experience), without explanation. The orders came from…

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The Failure of Mayoral Control in D.C. (and Everywhere Else)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Peter McPherson writes here about the failure of mayoral control in the District of Columbia. He recites the promises made by its proponents, and the turmoil and scandal and absence of accountability…

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Florida: Legislators’ Wives Are Opening Charter Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Florida is a state that apparently does not prohibit nepotism or conflicts of interest when it comes to charter schools. The League of Women Voters in Florida studied charters and documented financial…

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Kentucky: Teachers Walk Out in Response to Legislators’ Attack on Pensions

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Teachers in many districts in Kentucky closed down public schools in response to the Republican attack on their pensions.  Schools in eight Kentucky school districts were closed Friday as teachers across the state protested…

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Wisconsin: Is Scott Walker Afraid of the Blue Wave?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Scott Walker is a puppet of the Koch brothers and has laid waste to education in what was once a great state for K-12 and higher education. Vouchers, charters, budget cuts, attacks…

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