Daily Archives: April 5, 2018

GAO Reports That Black Students Receive Disproportionate Discipline

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? ? This was posted by Politico Morning Education. I don’t know which outrages me more: 1) the administration’s efforts to link the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to the Obama…

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John Thompson: A First-Hand Report from the Front Lines in Oklahoma

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, teacher and historian in Oklahoma, just sent this update on the wildcat walkout: Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin told CBS News that the state’s teachers who walked out in protest against a…

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Defending the Early Years: The Assault on Early Childhood Education

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The group called Defending the Early Years has released a report on very troubling trends in Massachusetts. The report shows that academic pressure has invaded kindergartens and that children have lost the…

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Georgia: Chair of Senate Education Committee Resigns to Protest Extra $$$ for Charters

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? State Senator Lindsey Tippins resigned as chair of Georgia’s Senate Education Committee to protest a bill giving more money to charter schools than to public schools.   “House Bill 787 passed the…

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Bob Wise: Building the Digital Future in the Classroom (Beware!)

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Bob Wise is a former Governor of West Virginia and currently president of the Gates-funded Alliance for Excellent Education. He co-authored a report in 2010 with Jeb Bush called Digital Learning NOW,…

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Robin Hood in Reverse: State Tax Deductions Steal from Public Schools, Reward Rich Parents with 529 Accounts

Originally posted on janresseger:
When Congress passed a major tax reform bill in December, it created the possibility of using 529 college savings plans for private K-12 education—a new way to save for private school tuition at public expense—especially when…

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Kentucky: Legislators Break “No New Taxes” Pledge But Give Tax Cuts to Rich

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? This editorial in a Kentucky newspaper thanks teachers for breaking a legislative deadlock. There will be new taxes. There will be money for pensions. But watching the Republican Legislature jump through hoops…

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