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A Proposal to Improve the NCAA Transfer Portal

Based on the huge number of athletes that have entered the transfer portal, there is a definite problem. It is like the wild, wild, west without any rules. So here are some proposed rules to improve the process. There may … Continue reading

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Christian Dominionists Ally with Republicans to Control Everything — Diane Ravitch’s blog

This is a startling article about a strange alliance between a theocratic cult and Trump’s friends Michael Flynn and Roger Stone. Jennifer Cohn, an expert on election integrity, digs deep into the world of Christian Dominionism and explores its philosophy. … Continue reading

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Public Citizen: Is Trump Above the Law? — Diane Ravitch’s blog

You know the story: Trump brought thousands of government documents to his home at Mar-A-Lago, his resort in Florida, where security is very lax. That trove of documents included many that were Top Secret or otherwise classified. He appealed to … Continue reading

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New Articles Affirm the Public Purpose of Public Education — janresseger

The school year has begun all across the country. My husband and I just returned from driving to and around Montana, where in small towns and tiny rural communities we observed children walking to school, waiting for the school bus, … Continue reading

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Stephen Dyer: 2 of 3 Students in Ohio Voucher Schools Never Attended a Public School — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Stephen Dyer, former Ohio legislator, keeps tabs on the cost and quality of school choice. The cost is higher than anyone anticipated, and the quality is far below public schools. In this post, he describes how surprised he was to … Continue reading

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Teachers Learning from Students — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Individuals writing about what they learned from former teachers is common. It is uncommon, however, for teachers to write about what they learned from former students. I do not mean those many instances when tech-savvy students helped teachers solve hardware … Continue reading

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Ohio: Charter Connected to Hillsdale Plans to Open in Rural Area — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Parents in Athens County, Ohio, are concerned that a planned new charter school will drain funding away from their local public schools. The proposed classical academy is relying on conservative Christian Hillsdale College to deliver its curriculum and set it … Continue reading

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Indianapolis: Low-Performing Charter School Reopens with a New Name — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Chalkbeat Indiana reports on the innovative way that a failing charter school fixed its problems: It changed its name! Ignite Achievement Academy is now the Genius School! There! Single-digit proficiency rates. Plummeting attendance. A work environment described in a former … Continue reading

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Whatever Happened to Learning Centers? — Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

Beginning in the late 1960s and extending through most of the next decade, an innovation swept across American elementary schools called “learning centers.” The idea was for teachers to give students far more choice than they would ordinarily have in … Continue reading

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Peter Greene: Why Can’t the “Reform Industry” Clean Up Their Failures? — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Peter Greene writes here about Michael Petrilli’s reflections on the evolution of the “reform” movement. Now that the “reform” movement has merged with Christian nationalists, book banners, Proud Boys, neo-fascists, and other vicious haters of democracy, public schools, and academic … Continue reading

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