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

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 … Continue reading

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EPI: Unions Are Popular Again — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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 … Continue reading

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With the Death of Queen Elizabeth II, the US Should End Its Biggest Colonial Enterprise – Charter Schools — gadflyonthewallblog

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 – … Continue reading

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Tom Ultican: Destroying Public Schools in Stockton, California — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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. … Continue reading

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Fun Reading: Federal Judge Throws Out Trump’s Lawsuit Against Hillary Clinton — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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 … Continue reading

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Charter Schools Collected $1 Billion in PPP Loans That Were Forgiven — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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 … Continue reading

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The Durability of Teacher Lecturing and Questioning: Historical Inertia or Creative Adaptation? — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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 … Continue reading

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John Thompson: How the Republican Party Lost Its Soul — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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: … Continue reading

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Oklahoma Ousts Teacher Who Provided Online Access to Banned Books — Diane Ravitch’s blog

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 … Continue reading

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

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 … Continue reading

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