Comments June 17th-July 12, 2019

Build and Support Issues

How to get your kid to read more. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/46501/how-to-help-students-develop-a-love-of-reading  

Atlantic: The importance of content for reading comprehension and the problem with heavy emphasis on skill instruction after children learn foundation skills. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/08/the-radical-case-for-teaching-kids-stuff/592765/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=atlantic-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20190709&silverid-ref=MzIxODYxNzA4MTE0S0 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/12/bob-shepherd-assessing-e-d-hirsch-jr-and-cultural-literacy/

One third of the available jobs require an AA degree but not a four year college degree. https://www.ppic.org/blog/video-career-pathways-and-economic-mobility-at-californias-community-colleges/?utm_source=ppic&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=blog_subscriber  

How 32 school districts are reimaging CTE education. http://research.crpe.org/reports/rethinking-cte/leading-programs/

10 California districts struggle and find some success in shift to common core math. https://edsource.org/2019/10-california-districts-struggle-and-find-some-success-as-they-shift-to-common-core-math/615109

Teachers work longer In the US according an International teacher survey https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/06/19/teachers-around-the-world-say-theyre-satisfied.html?cmp=eml-enl-tu-news2&M=58863824&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

Jan Resseger: Despite Cruel Conditions at the Border and Threatened ICE Raids, Educators Across U.S. Strive to Serve Immigrant Children https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/20392/  

Fordham on civics education. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/cultivating-patriotism-first-job-civics-education?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=4b1fbd9731-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_03_03_43&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-4b1fbd9731-71867561&mc_cid=4b1fbd9731&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/chicago-new-early-warning-indicator-elementary-schools?utm_source=X+National+Education+Gadfly+Weekly&utm_campaign=930710bb99-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_07_10_04_44&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef00e8f50e-930710bb99-71635837&mc_cid=930710bb99&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Cutting Public Education

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/17/valerie-jablow-d-c-chancellor-ferebee-is-cutting-the-budgets-of-public-schools-while-shifting-funds-to-new-charter-schools/

Charter School, Privatization, and Voucher Issues

Jeff Bryant: Why won’t the charter school industry reform itself? https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/07/10/why-wont-charter-school-industry-acknowledge-its-documented-failures

How non-profit charters actually make a profit or benefit for-profit companies. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/11/mercedes-schneider-how-non-profit-charters-make-a-profit/; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/22/ohio-for-profit-charters-get-rich-running-non-profit-charters-taxpayers-and-students-get-stiffed/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/07/carol-burris-dont-let-democratic-candidates-get-away-with-im-against-for-profit-charters/

Carol Burris: Federal charter school program is a slush fund. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/25/carol-burris-federal-charter-school-program-is-a-slush-fund/

Jan Resseger: Politicians Are Discovering They Can No Longer Ignore Charter School Outrages. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/28/20299/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/09/noliwe-rooks-speaks-about-school-privatization-and-racial-inequity/

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/06/09/the-harsh-discipline-of-no-excuses-charter-schools.html?r=1625209195 Is a strict no-excuse policy necessary or counter-productive?

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/20/civil-rights-leader-jitu-brown-speaks-out-against-privatization-by-charters-and-vouchers/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/08/mitchell-robinson-tax-credits-are-a-zombie-idea/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/12/los-angeles-the-absurdity-of-co-location/

California. $50 million scam:  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/18/how-online-charter-operators-scammed-more-than-50-million-from-taxpayers-and-schools-in-california/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/21/mercedes-schneider-on-the-biggest-charter-heist-in-history-more-than-50-million-and-still-counting/; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/10/tom-ultican-how-charter-operators-scammed-50-million-or-more-from-california/  Why California charters have so little oversight. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/24/edsource-why-california-charter-schools-have-little-or-no-oversight/; and Andrea Gabor on the backlash in California against charter schools. https://www.ineteconomics.org/perspectives/blog/charter-schools-unleashed-educational-hunger-games-in-california-now-its-fighting-back;

https://capitalandmain.com/when-charter-schools-fail-parents-are-left-scrambling-0709;

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/06/west-contra-costa-public-schools-lose-27-9-million-annually-to-charter-schools/

Florida. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/19/in-floridas-tangled-mess-of-school-privatization-students-rights-are-trampled-tax-dollars-wasted/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/21/national-education-policy-center-florida-claims-about-charter-schools-are-meaningless/

New York City. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/06/new-york-times-charters-in-nyc-trying-to-reform-themselves-as-backlash-grows/

Indiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/21/karen-francisco-indianas-school-choice-frauds/

Washington state. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/03/washington-state-bold-experiment-with-charters-is-flunking/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/21/bill-phillis-stop-online-theft-of-public-funds/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/22/ohio-more-charter-scandals-running-on-steam/

New Orleans. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/06/22/new-orleans-charter-school-fradulently-tried-to-graduate-49-of-its-class-of-2019/ ; https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/06/27/consequence-of-nola-high-school-grade-fix-all-new-orleans-hs-student-records-to-be-audited/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/03/pennsylvanias-expensive-ineffective-cyber-charters/

Nevada. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/09/angie-sullivan-the-great-charter-scam-in-nevada/

Oklahoma. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/02/oklahoma-teachers-accuse-for-profit-charter-chain-of-fraud/

Newark, New Jersey. https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2019/06/the-facts-about-newarks-schools-update.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

Kansas. https://ncspe.tc.columbia.edu/working-papers/WP237.pdf?utm_source=WP+237-2&utm_campaign=Charter+Schools+and+Race+in+Kansas+City&utm_medium=email

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/30/great-britain-school-privatization-run-amok/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/29/peter-greene-devos-puts-profits-over-students-are-you-surprised/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/28/shawgi-tell-david-osborne-neoliberal-privatizer/; neo-liberalism undermines the common good by promoting vouchers and charter schools. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/07/03/20315/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/20/the-nation-the-charter-industrys-dishonest-attack-on-bernie-sanders/

“Reform” Foibles

Skepticism grows about test-based school accountability and privatization. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/24/20239/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/25/chester-e-finn-jr-the-persistent-failure-of-big-shiny-ideas-to-reinvent-schools/

Jan Resseger: Florida’s failed education reforms. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/29/jan-resseger-floridas-education-disaster/

Five reasons school takeovers fail. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/06/five-reasons-school-takeovers-fail.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 and see https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/28/bill-phillis-state-takeovers-cause-chaos-not-improvement/  

Why standardized tests aren’t working for teachers. https://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2019/06/19/why-standardized-tests-arent-working-for-teachers.html?r=1701257789

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/18/teacher-stop-ranking-schools-it-is-a-fraud/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/28/missouri-u-s-news-overlooked-one-of-the-nations-best-high-schools/

Technology

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/06/leonie-haimson-what-you-need-to-know-about-czis-summit-learning-and-student-privacy/

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