Friday, July 18, 2014

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-18-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

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Pick a date that I hit 2 million site visits. Win a custom t-shirt.
I’m about 34,000 hits short of 2 million site visits. Pick the date I hit the 2 mil mark and win a custom t-shirt in the color of your choice. I’ll update the calendar and post it each day.    

EduShyster: The Inside Scoop on Why Massachusetts Did Not Lift the Charter Cap
As we all know, the State Senate in Massachusetts voted against lifting the cap on charter schools. This was a shocker. Here is the inside story, told by Edushyster. You won’t see this anywhere else.

Jeff Bryant: The Media Doesn’t Understand Why Teachers and Parents Are Angry
Jeff Bryant notes that many in the national media were stunned when the NEA called for Secretary Duncan’s resignation. For years, they believed the Secretary’s press releases instead of investigating the festering discontent against his ill-informed policies. Many journalists are oblivious to the protests by teachers–like the one at Garfield High school in Seattle– against the use of student test

Important Primary Election for Georgia State Superintendent On July 22
Georgia has an important run-off for State Superintendent of Education in the Democratic Party on July 22. If you care about the future of public education in Georgia, please vote. Valarie Wilson came in first in the primary, with 32% of the vote. The runner-up, Alisha Thomas Morgan, received 26%. The Network for Public Education has endorsed Valarie Wilson, a strong supporter of public educatio

Great Hearts Charter Schools Coming to Texas in Controversy
Texas State Commissioner Michael Williams overrode the veto of the state board of education to bring Arizona-based Great Hearts Academy to Texas. The state board thought they could veto the commissioner’s choices. But, well, it didn’t work that way, especially after Great Hearts hired Governor Rick Perry’s former chief of staff as its lobbyist. Williams was impressed by Great Hearts’ excellent te
Great Hearts Charter Chain Expands by Having Far Right Political Connections
Great Hearts Charter chain, based in Arizona, was rejected by the Texas state board of education. State Commissioner Michael Williams–not an educator–overturned the state board’s veto. It is not clear that Williams, a Bush family favorite, has this power. But Great Hearts has the right connections. As this story in the Texas Observer explains, “In early June—weeks before Williams reversed the b
North Carolina Plans to Give Out Vouchers Before Court Hearing on Legality
North Carolina won’t wait for a court to rule on vouchers. It will start giving them out next month before the court hearing. “RALEIGH, N.C. — Taxpayer money for private or religious school tuition may start flowing to North Carolina families before a judge rules whether the program is legal. “The state agency in charge of the Opportunity Scholarships late last month advanced to August 15 the dat
Russ Walsh: I Blog; Therefore, I Am
Russ Walsh has been teaching about literacy for 45 years. He started blogging to share his thoughts. But then he discovered that his views about literacy did not exist in isolation. They were part of a great national debate that involved the Common Core, education reform, charters, and other aspects corporate education reform. He read other bloggers and found that he was engaged as a. Teacher,a re

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 7-17-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Courtney Bowie: Vouchers and Privatization Undermine Educational EquityCourtney Bowie is a senior staff attorney with the ACLU Racial Justice Program. In this article, she describes the ACLU’s efforts to stop discrimination against students with disabilities in Wisconsin’s voucher program. Privatization, she says, is promoting segr