Daily Archives: April 16, 2018

New Mexico: What I Said in Santa Fe

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? I was invited to speak in Santa Fe about the state of education by the Lannan Foundation. Jesse Hagopian, the great teacher activist and test critic from Garfield High School in Seattle,…

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This is What an Activist Does: Leonie Haimson Fights for Reduced Class Size

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Leonie Haimson is a model of an activist who drives city and officials crazy, as well as the billionaires who think they can drive policy with their money. She has two passions:…

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#WhyIRefuse: A Brief History of the Contemporary Testing and Opt Out Movements

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Deborah Abramson Brooks, a parent activist and lawyer in Port Washington, New York, wrote this excellent overview of the testing movement and the backlash to it. She originally wrote it in 2014, but…

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BATS: What Is DFER? Why Does It Matter?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson of the BadAss Teachers Association wrote this analysis of the organization called Democrats for Education Reform, known as DFER. It was organized in 2005 by a small…

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Puerto Rico: President of the Teachers Association Denounces Privatization of Island’s Public Schools

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Mensaje Aida Díaz, president of the Teachers Association of Puerto Rico (AFT), spoke on television and denounced the privatization of the Island’s public schools. ? Good afternoon and thank you for allowing me…

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Colorado: Teachers Plan to Walk Out, Descend on Legislature to Demand Higher Pay, Better Funding

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? The Denver Post reports that some teachers in Colorado plan to assemble at the State Capitol today to air their grievances, namely, low salaries, which have contributed to teacher shortages. Inspired by…

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With Education Such a Low Priority in America, It’s No Wonder The Holocaust is Fading From Memory

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? The Holocaust has never been more relevant than it is today. ? Racism and prejudice are on the rise. Hate crimes are becoming more common. Anti-immigrant sentiment is becoming more widespread. ? And anti-Semitic incidents…

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What Cuomo Said about Public Schools and Teachers in His Last Campaign

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Lest we forget. This is the real Andrew Cuomo.  I said when he ran for his second term in 2014 that he sounded like Scott Walker. Vowing to break “one of the only…

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“Experience Rich, Theory Poor:” The Plight of Practitioners?

Originally posted on Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice:
I heard the phrase “experience rich, theory poor” on a podcast interview between New Yorker editor David Remnick and writer Malcolm Gladwell. The phrase immediately triggered memories of my…

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Republican-Controlled KY Legislature Overrides Gov Veto, Supports KY Public Ed

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
Friday the 13th can be a happy day. Case in point: It’s so nice to read that a Republican-controlled legislature overrode its Republican governor, who chose to veto a tax hike that…

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