Education Reform

Jan Resseger: Time to Close Down the Federal Charter Schools Program – Education Article

  Jan Resseger is a voice of moral clarity in a time of moral turpitude.she reflected on the NPE report “Asleep At the Wheel,” about the slipshod, failed federal program to pump money into the charter industry and concluded the program should be terminated, with the money transferred to high-needs schools.  She writes: “The Network for Public Education published its scathing report on the federal Charter Schools Program three weeks ago, but as time passes, I continue to reflect on…

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No Collusion? Look at This Graphic in the New York Times – Education Article

  Relying on the Mueller Report, the New York Times counts at least 140 contacts among the Trump campaign, Wikileaks, and Russian nationals.  That’s proof of nothing, right? As reader Bob Shepherd commented, if a Democratic candidate had been so deeply involved with Russian contacts, how would Republicans have reacted? Like this: Like Loading… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by dianeravitch Read Full Article

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Larry Lee: The Rape of Washington County, Alabama – Education Article

  Larry Lee is a native Alabamian who is an expert on rural schools. A few years ago, he wrote an excellent report about the rural schools of the state and how communities help them, take care of them, treasure them. When he learned that the state charter officials granted a charter to a Gulen school in Washington County, he did some checking and this is what he found.  “If you are looking for peace and quiet and not many…

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How Stories, More Than Facts, Shape the Possibilities for Education Reform – Top Performers – Education Article

Many educators think that young people’s understanding of the world is built by enabling them to accumulate a growing pile of important facts.  But communications experts have long known that stories trump facts every time.  Stories are explanations of how the world works.  The most effective stories are those that connect to our emotions.  Once a person embraces such a story, that person tends to embrace facts that fit the story and reject facts that don’t.  This truth explains a…

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The Boston Globe Today on Our Bought Politics – Education Article

I subscribe to the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Denver Post, the Arizona Republic, the Orlando Sentinel, and a few other newspapers. I want to keep journalism alive. One of my favorite features is a daily summary in the Boston Globe called Fast Forward by Teresa Hanifin. This is an excerpt from this morning’s Fast Forward. “Trump heads to Texas today for a couple of fund-raisers. While there, he’ll sign some…

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An Oxymoron: “Diverse” Online Charter Schools – Education Article

  A paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Toronto reported on the extent to which online charter schools have racial diversity. Benjamin Herold wrote about the paper in Education Week.  This struck me as an odd finding, because online instruction by definition is delivered by computer tostudents at home. There is little, if any, face to face contact among students.and since students may be spread across an entire state, the opportunities to interact…

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Arne Duncan’s Take on School Reform: Read It! – Top Performers – Education Article

How can you not like this man and admire him? He comes across on every page as smart, honest, decent, articulate, knowledgeable, humble and deeply caring.  Who could wish for a better advocate for the children many of our schools are failing every day or for a country whose schools are falling further and further behind those in other industrialized countries?  The contrast between this man and the callous, ignorant ideologue who is now the U.S. Secretary of Education could…

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SomeDAMPoet On Arne Duncan’s Education Ideas – Education Article

Our blog poet was recently inspired to write about Arne Duncan’s truly terrible ideas about education. Worst ideas all the way down Duncan’s worst ideaIs resting on anotherAnd what is very clearIs that one had a mother “Duncan’s Views on Testing” (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly) We’re only for the Good tests,And really hate the BadAnd certainly, the Ugly testsWere always just a fad “America ruins on Duncan” “America ruins on Duncan”The motto of reformWhere every school is…

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Does @EducationNext still get it WRONG on Gülen charters? – Education Article

I am glad that Harvard’s EducationNext changed the original language in this piece about the Gulen charter schools and Turkey that incorrectly argued that the NAACP had rescinded its call for a charter school moratorium by stating that it had not been “renewed.” They have now taken that language out of the article online, but they still have not issued a public correction for the misinformation (For more see also: Breaking News: California NAACP calls for investigation of ALL Gülen charters). However,…

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Flying to Los Angeles | Diane Ravitch’s blog – Education Article

By the time you read this, I will be in the air, en route to Los Angeles. Tomorrow I will join the picket line. I’ve planned this trip for a long time, as a reward for finishing my book. It is fortuitous that I will be in LA to stand alongside teachers and cheer them on. I also plan to attend a fundraiser to help Jackie Goldberg as she runs for a seat on the LAUSD board. More later. Like…

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