Daily Archives: April 19, 2018

Kentucky: Jefferson County School Board Fights to Prevent State Takeover

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Kentucky education is in deep trouble due to the machinations and scheming of its newly elected Governor Matt Bevin. Bevin pushed through a charter bill but the Republican dominated legislature didn’t fund it.…

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Does Puerto Rico Need “No Excuses” Charter Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The link in this post will take you to a discussion that took place in Puerto Rico about the introduction of “no excuses” charter schools. The government has announced that it is closing…

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National Education Policy Center: What Is the Evidence for the Success of No-Excuses Charter Schools?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Two researchers review a report recommending the widespread adoption of “no-excuses” methods and find the evidence inconclusive.  A. Chris Torres of Michigan State University and Joann W. Golann of Vanderbilt University review…

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Rick Hess: The Pendulum Is Swinging Against the Bush-Obama “Reform” Era

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? Although I often disagree with Rick Hess, I think he is the most insightful of the reformers and the nicest as well. He has a code of civility, and he never descends…

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State School District Ratings and Report Cards: Educational Redlining and Steering?

Originally posted on janresseger:
In his recent book, The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein shows how explicit government policies following WWII—Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loans, low-interest Veterans Administration home mortgages, government sanctioned insurance-writing policies, and others—have caused the racial segregation…

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CO’s Jefferson County Schools to Cancel Classes on April 26, 2018, “Due to Labor Shortages.”

Originally posted on deutsch29: Mercedes Schneider's Blog:
On April 26, 2018, Jefferson County (Colorado) Schools (JeffCo) teachers plan to demonstrate at the state capital in a effort to garner increased funding for their classrooms and their pensions. In anticipation…

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Kiss My Assessment – A High Stakes Testing Poem

Originally posted on gadflyonthewallblog:
? Double, Double, test and trouble; Standards stern so fill in that bubble. ? ? Little Laquan, Empty belly Reading passages by Maichiavelli Does he know what the author thinks Last night did he get forty…

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Pennsylvania: Teacher Threatened with Termination for Making Pancakes During Testing

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? A middle school social studies teacher in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was threatened with disciplinary action, either suspension or even firing, because he made pancakes for his students while they were taking the state…

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John Thompson: The Oklahoma Teachers’ Walkout: What We Learned

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
John Thompson, teacher and historian in Oklahoma, reflects on the recent statewide walkout and the lessons learned. ? The nine-day Oklahoma teacher walkout was the result of two risky, ideological experiments. As the…

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On April 20: A National Day of Action Against Gun Violence in Schools: Design Your Own Activity

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
? A super-large coalition of organizations representing teachers, principals, superintendents,  parents, School Boards, and gun control advocates are participating in a nationwide day of activities on April 20 in support of school safety…

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