Sunday, March 31, 2013

Diane in the Evening 3-31-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

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Kevin Huffman Refuses to Meet Nashville School Board

Kevin Huffman, Tennessee’s State Commissioner of Education, taught for two years as a member of Teach for America. Then he was the TFA “communications director.” That is, the PR guy.
Somehow he got picked to be head of education in a whole despite his minimal experience and his lack of any 

More Details on Tennessee Scrooge Plan

Here’s more about the Tennessee proposal to cut the welfare benefits of families if their children don’t make progress on state tests.
155,000 families will be affected if the bill passes.
Is this value-added right-to-eat?
The main sponsor of the bill has no children.
I knew it was Ebenezer Scrooge.

Jindal Competes With Tennessee for Scrooge Award

Governor Bobby Jindal is one our most notable reformers.
He wants to reform Louisiana’s tax code by abolishing income taxes and corporate taxes and replace them with an increase in the sales tax. This will shift the burden of taxation to poor and middle-income people. How clever to shelter the income of the rich.
But wait, there is more.
Jindal and his faithful liege John White wan

Email the “Health” Committee of the Tennessee Legislature

Here are the names and contact number for the committee in the Tennessee legislature that will decide whether to cut the welfare benefits of families whose children get low test scores.
Please contact them, in the name of decency.

Tennessee Wins Scrooge Award for Meanest Law Ever

Just when you think that things couldn’t get any worse, some legislator comes up with the meanest, cruelest, dumbest idea yet.
Tennessee is considering legislation to cut the welfare benefits to families if their children get low test scores.
Some exceptions are carved out, but the basic idea is that the kids need a carrot and stick approach. Or more likely, a whip. The kids need to be

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Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] How Vouchers “Worked” in Cleveland by dianerav A reader in Cleveland comments on today’s post about vouchers in Cleveland. He is responding to a comment by another reader, who defended vouchers: “I’m from Cleveland. The vouchers worked! They raised the cost of per-pupil expenditures in our public schools and resulted in cuts to funding for arts and enrichment programs, making public schools a less desirable “choice.” See Freakenomics for their take on vouchers. T... more »

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