New York: Parents and Teachers Thank Gov. Hochul for Signing Class Size Reduction Law — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Leonie Haimson has been leading the campaign for class size reduction (CSR) for many years. When I first met her in 2010, she convinced me that the research on class size reduction was overwhelming. It also happens to be the most important priority for parents. I am proud to be a board member of Class […]

New York: Parents and Teachers Thank Gov. Hochul for Signing Class Size Reduction Law — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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EPI: Unions Are Popular Again — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Big business has been trying to get rid of unions since the first union was created. Corporations don’t want workers to have collective power. They prefer a workplace where they make all the decisions and don’t have to listen to workers’ voices. The share of unionized workers in the private sector is near an all-time […]

EPI: Unions Are Popular Again — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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With the Death of Queen Elizabeth II, the US Should End Its Biggest Colonial Enterprise – Charter Schools — gadflyonthewallblog

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Like a colonial power, a charter school loots and pillages the local tax base but is not required to be governed by the local taxpayers.

With the Death of Queen Elizabeth II, the US Should End Its Biggest Colonial Enterprise – Charter Schools — gadflyonthewallblog
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Tom Ultican: Destroying Public Schools in Stockton, California — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Regular readers of this blog are familiar with the meticulous research of Tom Ultican. Tom was a teacher of advanced math and science in the schools of San Diego. He is now a chronicler of the Destroy Public Education movement. This is a sad chapter in that story. It is the story of Stockton, California, […]

Tom Ultican: Destroying Public Schools in Stockton, California — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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Fun Reading: Federal Judge Throws Out Trump’s Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Donald Trump may be the most litigious person in the United States. On March 24, 2022, Trump filed a lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and various Democratic Party leaders for engaging in a conspiracy against him in 2016. The federal judge tossed the case out yesterday. Believe me, this is a fun read. The judge is […]

Fun Reading: Federal Judge Throws Out Trump’s Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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Charter Schools Collected $1 Billion in PPP Loans That Were Forgiven — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Since President Biden announced a program to forgive $10,000-20,000 in student loan debt, new attention has been paid to the Trump administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. PPP doled out billions of dollars to businesses of all kinds, many of which didn’t need the money but took it anyway. Free money. Among those that collected significant sums […]

Charter Schools Collected $1 Billion in PPP Loans That Were Forgiven — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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The Durability of Teacher Lecturing and Questioning: Historical Inertia or Creative Adaptation? — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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The lecture is 800 years old (Lecture). Teachers questioning students is millenia-old. Yet these staples of instructional practice in K-12 and higher education, while criticized–often severely by pedagogical reformers–are alive and well in charter schools, regular public schools, and elite universities. Are these ways of teaching simply instances of traditional practices that stick like flypaper because they […]

The Durability of Teacher Lecturing and Questioning: Historical Inertia or Creative Adaptation? — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
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John Thompson: How the Republican Party Lost Its Soul — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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John Thompson, historian and retired teacher in Oklahoma, reviews Dana Milbank’s new book about the crackup of the Republican Party. As I have often said, Milbank is my favorite columnist in the Washington Post. Thompson writes: Dana Milbank’s The Destructionists: The Twenty-Five-Year Crack-Up of the Republican Party is based on his quarter of a century […]

John Thompson: How the Republican Party Lost Its Soul — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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Oklahoma Ousts Teacher Who Provided Online Access to Banned Books — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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The Brooklyn Public Library provided a great public service when it offered free access to books that have been banned by states and school districts, either online or in audio form. Unfortunately, an Oklahoma high school teacher who shared the code to the Brooklyn Public Library’s open access program was promptly punished. Vice reported: Summer […]

Oklahoma Ousts Teacher Who Provided Online Access to Banned Books — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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Texas: Voucher Advocates Form Their Own Pastors’ Group to Undermine Public Schools — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, once known as the Rush Limbaugh of Texas, has organized a group of pastors to push for school vouchers, in opposition to the dynamic Pastors for Texas Children, which has staunchly supported public schools. Our friends, PTC, have helped to build a bipartisan coalition of urban Democrats and rural Republicans […]

Texas: Voucher Advocates Form Their Own Pastors’ Group to Undermine Public Schools — Diane Ravitch’s blog
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