Education Reform

Bernie Sanders Calls for an End to Annual Standardized Testing – Education Article

Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was one of the few members of the U.S. Senate to vote against No Child Left Behind when it was approved by Congress in 2001. Today is the anniversary of the signing of that law. Sanders writes that the federal mandate for annual testing in grades 3-8 has been an expensive failure. In this article in USA Today, Sanders calls for an end to the NCLB mandate, which remained in place through Race to the Top…

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Angie Sullivan: The Charter Industry in Nevada is Asleep at the Wheel, Gone Off the Road, Crashed into a Ditch – Education Article

Angie Sullivan is a teacher in a Title 1 elementary school in Las Vegas. She regularly writes the members of the Nevada legislature to share her outrage about the underfunding of the state’s neediest schools and the state’s waste of money on charter schools, which dominate the state’s list of the lowest performing schools. Here is her latest:   Still Asleep At The Wheel  What happened?   Pile of fraud and graft.   These charter titles got money and did…

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North Carolina: Stuart Egan Warns His Fellow Teachers Not to Be Fooled by Lt. Governor Dan Forest – Education Article

High school teacher Stuart Egan notes that teachers across the state of North Carolina received a letter from Lt. Governor Dan Forest boasting about his education record. Forest is running for governor against Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Egan warns teachers not to be fooled. He writes that this is the real record of Dan Forest, and it should not be forgotten at election time: So why did Forest send this letter? He’s hoping that teachers will forget what this current…

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CORRECTION: An Apology to Pete Buttigieg and the Racially Integrated Public Schools of South Bend, Indiana – Education Article

Several readers of this blog who live in South Bend, Indiana, wrote to say that Fred Klonsky is wrong about Pete Buttigieg and the status of racial integration in the public schools of South Bend. One native of South Bend wrote as follows. Fred Klonsky’s article is simplistic and wildly inaccurate and Mr. Buttigieg’s statement about “school districts” is absolutely correct. First, South Bend Community School Corporation is under a desegregation consent decree, and for many years, almost all of its…

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Chester-Upland Fights Charter Takeover | Diane Ravitch’s blog – Education Article

Staff and parents of students in the remaining public schools of the Chester-Upland district in Pennsylvania, are planning a rally to protest the charter proposal to take over all the elementary students. The district’s big charter, owned by a for-profit corporation that belongs to a wealthy lawyer, has lower scores on state tests than the public schools it wants to close. Chester Community Charter School, owned by wealthy Republican donor Vehan Gureghian, is a low-performing charter. The charter aims to…

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Politico Playbook: Trump’s Grueling Work Schedule This Week – Education Article

Politico Playbook regularly posts the president’s schedule for the coming week. This week leaves him plenty of time to watch FOX News, Tweet, and maybe play a few rounds of golf.   THE PRESIDENT’S WEEK AHEAD: TUESDAY: The president will hold a Cabinet meeting and have lunch with VP Mike Pence. WEDNESDAY: Trump will visit the Apple manufacturing plant in Austin. THURSDAY: Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will present the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal.…

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Nancy Bailey: The Haunted Third Grade Classroom That Traps Children – Education Article

Nancy Bailey writes here about a zombie policy launched by Jeb Bush called third grade retention. Students who can’t pass a third grade reading test are flunked and held back. Nineteen states have adopted this practice despite a large body of research showing that it hurts kids and leads to future failure, even dropping out. Children who are held back feel humiliated. There is one big benefit to this policy, however. Holding back the kids who have not yet mastered…

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New Hampshire: Democrats Block GOP Effort to Gut Local Control – Education Article

  New Hampshire’s Republican Governor, Chris Sununu (his fatherJohn Sununu was Chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush), appointed a father who homeschooled his children to be State Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Frank Edelblut has dedicated his time in office to undermining public schools. His big idea is called “Learn Everywhere,” wgphich would allow the State Board of education to allow graduation credits for anything they wished, whether it was for-profit, or commercial, or lessons with Miss Sally, or…

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Videos: Why, How, Options | Ask a Tech Teacher – Education Article

When I started teaching, videos were used only for a few reasons: to teach historical events, as a prize for something students did well, or for the sub to fill the time while I was out. A lot has changed since then, most importantly, teachers now recognize that students learn in a variety of ways, only one of which is via text. Why use videos It turns out, videos are much more than the distraction from life Hollywood would have…

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Politico: Cost of Protecting Betsy DeVos Will Rise to Almost $8 Million – Education Article

  No previous U.S. Secretary of Education required the protection of U.S. Marshalls. Betsy DeVos is the first to feel so endangered that she requires a special unit for herself. Could it be the Grizzly bears? Her brother Erik Prince owns a mercenary army. Both of them are billionaires. Why doesn’t she ask Erik to pitch in? Politico Morning Education reports: DEVOS SECURITY DETAIL COST MORE THAN $6M LAST YEAR:Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail cost more than $6 million…

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Betsy DeVos: U.S. is on “Verge of Making Education Great Again” – Education Article

All it took to make American education “great again” was two-and-a-half years of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. So saith Betsy DeVos to the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in Michigan.  DeVos vigorously defended charter schools, especially in Detroit, even though most Detroit charters underperform Detroit public schools and are run as profit-making businesses. DeVos opened Saturday’s program at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference by celebrating her mission to spread education freedom across the country. The Michigan native slammed teacher unions…

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Ex-Governor Rick Snyder Will Not Teach at Harvard, as Backlash Grows Against Him – Education Article

  Michigan Ex-Governor Rick Snyder will not teach at Harvard,The outcry over Snyder’s role in the Flint water crisis made his position at Harvard untenable. Former Gov. Rick Snyder has pulled out of a prestigious fellowship at Harvard University after the Ivy League school faced immense criticism for the governor’s track record in the Flint water crisis. Snyder announced midday Wednesday his decision to withdraw from a senior research fellow position at Harvard Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and…

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Congratulations to Two Outstanding Teachers! – Education Article

  Two teachers won recognition for excellence and a $20,000 stipend.  Lynn Shon, who teaches science at M.S. 88 on Seventh Avenue, was given the Muller Award for Professional Influence in Education by the Math for America organization. Gary Rubinstein, a math teacher at Stuyvesant High School also won the award. Gary is well known to every reader of this blog. He is a great teacher, a great blogger, a stickler for accuracy, and is dedicated to public education. I…

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8 Practical Ways to Use AI in Learning – Education Article

Every year, education finds new ways to make learning more inclusive and diversified. The latest change agent is Artificial Intelligence (AI), now being used in classes to focus learning, simplify redundant tasks, and infuse lesson plans.  Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Kamy Anderson has eight practical ways to use AI in learning: Artificial intelligence (AI) is disrupting the education industry. Traditional classrooms may not go extinct anytime soon, but edtech will certainly change the way we learn and think about learning.…

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California Teachers Association on Thurmond’s Charter Task Force Report – Education Article

Contact: Claudia Briggs at 916-325-1550BURLINGAME – The California Charter School Task Force created by Governor Gavin Newsom and led by Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond released its recommendations today, which reiterate the need for accountability and changes to the laws authorizing and operating California’s charter schools. The report recommendations reflect the intent of bills currently being considered by California lawmakers. The majority of the body charged with considering the economic impact of charter schools on neighborhood public schools and…

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My New Book Was Just Announced! – Education Article

I am very excited! My new book was just announced! The title is: SLAYING GOLIATH: The Impassioned Fight to Defeat the Privatization Movement and to Save America’s Public Schools.  It will be published on January 14, 2020, by Knopf, the most prestigious publisher in America. The editor is the brilliant Victoria Wilson, who is also an author, having written the definitive biography of Barbara Stanwyck. In Slaying Goliath, you will read about the heroes of the Resistance, those who stood up to…

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