Friday, February 24, 2017

Please Help Educate Betsy DeVos! | Diane Ravitch's blog

Please Help Educate Betsy DeVos! | Diane Ravitch's blog:

Please Help Educate Betsy DeVos!

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos repeats the hackneyed and erroneous claims that American public schools are failing.
She says the Obama ideas (testing, charters, and accountability) have failed, so she wants to impose her own ideas, which sound no diffferent from the failed ideas of the status quo.
American schools could use some support, not another four years of carping and disruption.
I explained in my book “Reign of Error” that the “Failing Schools” narrative is a hoax.
As of 2013, test scores on the federal tests called NAEP were the highest in 40 years of testing. For whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians.
The graduation rate was the highest in history, for all groups.
The dropout rate was the lowest ever recorded.
Scores on NAEP went flat from 2013-2015, possibly because of Common Core or because the test-and-punish approach had gone about as far as it could go. The flatline showed the failure of the NCLB-RTTT policies, not the schools.
We have the greatest economy in the world and the most productive workforce. Our public schools built our economy. Stop bashing our public schools, our teachers, and our students!
Please tweet @betsydevos and urge her to read “Reign of Error” or send her a copy.
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Kevin Carey: Researchers “Surprised” by “Dismal Results” from Vouchers
Kevin Carey is the director of education research at the New America Foundation in D.C., a think tank funded by tech magnates. He writes in the New York Times that researchers are reacting with surprise at the “dismal results” from vouchers. I am not sure why this is news, because vouchers have been tried out since 1990 in Milwaukee and elsewhere and have been subject to numerous evaluations, alm
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The Education Law Center lists the most fiscally distressed districts in the nation. You will note that one of them is Shelby County, Tennessee, where the Gates Foundation and Stand for Children expended a great deal of effort to introduce charters and district consolidation as a mini-bandaid to the district’s financial problems. The Gates Foundation paid to bring in the Boston Consulting Group t


Westfield/Springfield/Agawam/Holyoke, Massachusetts: Do You Want a Gulen Turkish Charter to Compete with Your Public Schools?
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DeVos Family Fight Over Transgender Students?
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Mercedes Schneider: When Tenure Is Abolished, Teachers Leave
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Lindsay Wagner: North Carolina Is Already a DeVos World in Education
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Mike Klonsky: Why Florida Will be the Model For Betsy DeVos: She Owns It
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Hello, Betsy DeVos! Watch This Video!
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Professor Helen Ladd is one of the nation’s most distinguished economists of education; she holds a chair at Duke University. In this article , she reviews the federal program No Child Left Behind. The first conclusion one could draw was 
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