Comments July 13-Aug. 10, 2019

Build and Support Issues

John Morrow: The purpose of public schools is to grow American citizens. https://www.forbes.com/sites/johnmerrow/2019/07/18/the-purpose-of-school-to-help-grow-american-citizens/#4b27fdef5ba6

The importance of a common curriculum. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/colin-kaepernick-and-death-common-school?utm_source=X+National+Education+Gadfly+Weekly&utm_campaign=9aaf19f03b-20160918_LateLateBell9_16_2016_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef00e8f50e-9aaf19f03b-71635837&mc_cid=9aaf19f03b&mc_eid=ebbe04a807  

Successful school improvement through capacity building. http://ncee.org/2019/07/a-successful-reform/

https://learningforward.org/publications/recent-research-and-reports/the-path-to-instructional-excellence-and-equitable-outcomes

http://www.ncsl.org/research/education/no-time-to-lose-how-to-build-a-world-class-education-system-state-by-state.aspx

Andrea Gabor: What comes after the heavy reliance on testing. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/31/andrea-gabor-what-to-do-when-the-testing-madness-ends/

Schools strive to serve immigrant children. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/07/12/20392/

Teacher driven professional development. https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/next_gen_learning/2019/07/the_modern_classrooms_project_a_teacher-driven_pd_model_that_works.html

 The Financial Calamity that is the Teaching Profession, Atlantic Magazine https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2019/07/aft-and-low-paid-teachers-are-suing-betsy-devos/594103/

Treat teachers like doctors and lawyers to alleviate the teacher shortage. https://www.epi.org/publication/teacher-shortage-professional-development-and-learning-communities/?utm_source=Economic+Policy+Institute&utm_campaign=3f8f43e721-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_02_22_11_12_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e7c5826c50-3f8f43e721-55876685&mc_cid=3f8f43e721&mc_eid=c2e5bac0f3 and http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/guest-post-please-treat-teachers-like.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Poll shows more than half of our public school teachers have considered quitting because of low pay and lack of respect. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/poll-shows-widespread-frustration-among-teachers-over-pay-and-respect/2019/08/05/b39004be-b701-11e9-bad6-609f75bfd97f_story.html?wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1

Larry Cuban: A Gift that Never Stops Giving; Being a Teacher https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/a-gift-that-never-stops-giving-being-a-teacher/

Atlanta schools need continuous improvement not disruptive change. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/22/ed-johnson-atlanta-schools-need-improvement-not-change/

Larry Cuban: https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/06/how-do-teachers-teach-then-and-now/

Bargaining for the common good in education. https://smlr.rutgers.edu/sites/default/files/ciwo_bcg-memo.pdf 

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/10/beware-of-right-wing-groups-promoting-union-busting-shell-called-free-to-teach/

Charter, Voucher, and Privatization Travails

Peter Greene: How school choice undermines democratic processes. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/07/how-school-choice-undermines-democratic.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Peter Greene: Why charter schools must waste money. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/07/why-charter-schools-must-waste-money.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

A review of a new book about competition and choice. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/08/04/book-review-a-contest-without-winners-how-students-experience-competitive-school-choice/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/15/bill-phillis-who-is-protecting-imam-gulen/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/03/alabama-education-association-sues-gulen-school-alleges-fraud/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/17/jake-jacobs-democratic-candidates-speak-double-talk-about-charters/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/08/alert-koch-brothers-are-paying-operatives-to-sow-discord-in-naacp/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/25/the-price-of-test-scores-at-success-academy/

Diane Ravitch rebuts Robert Pondiscio’s defense of harsh, no excuses schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/27/robert-pondiscio-why-poor-children-of-color-need-no-excuses-charterschools/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/07/31/many-ways-one-powerful-nonprofit-organization-its-leader-help-charter-schools/?can_id=fd55cb7b7ce430955ebd269cae3a9917&can_id=cea050dcef20333abf235c3ba9bc6d51&email_referrer=email_590010&email_referrer=email_590010&email_subject=the-charter-school-money-grab-where-the-candidates-stand-and-more&email_subject=the-charter-school-real-estate-grab-where-the-candidates-stand-and-more&link_id=1&link_id=2&source=email-the-charter-school-money-grab-where-the-candidates-stand-and-more-2

Utah https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/21/utah-charter-friendly-legislator-makes-millions-from-helping-charters/

California https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/02/will-huntsberry-a-nonprofit-charter-chain-in-california-reaps-huge-windfalls-from-its-entwined-business-deals/

Michigan https://www.eclectablog.com/2019/08/when-do-not-for-profit-and-for-profit-mean-the-same-thing-welcome-to-michigans-dystopian-charter-schools.html

Florida Unmasking a major charter school scandal. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/02/carol-burris-unmasking-a-major-charter-scam-in-florida/  

 Pennsylvania https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/23/pennsylvania-the-states-largest-charter-school-low-performing-but-profitable/

Arizona https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/02/arizona-charter-founder-is-sued-for-using-school-funds-for-gym-fees-trip-to-hawaii-other-personal-expenses/

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/23/tennessee-how-dark-money-devos-and-governor-lee-conspired-to-pass-a-voucher-bill-and-questions-about-crime-and-punishment/

Indiana and Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/24/bill-phillis-oklahoma-and-indiana-join-the-states-that-were-defrauded-by-online-charter-operators/

Oklahoma investigators find a $10 million virtual charter school scam. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/18/oklahoma-legislator-questions-why-state-is-giving-millions-to-virtual-charter-school/ and https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/07/20/oklahomas-epic-virtual-charter-school-too-much-money-too-fast-and-more/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/09/john-thompson-oklahomas-epic-charter-fraud/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/08/oklahoma-officials-cant-track-ghost-students-in-online-charter-school-scandal/

Florida.  Local superintendent defies push for privatization. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/07/fl-trees-and-taj-mahal.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Kentucky https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/24/can-kentucky-steer-clear-of-charter-scams-and-frauds/

Georgia K-12 virtual schools, fined tens of millions of dollars for fraud in California,  wants to open a huge virtual school in Georgia. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/24/georgia-k12-inc-proposes-another-virtual-charter-school-for-8000-students/ Diane Ravitch: The Virtual Charter schools of for-profit K12 Inc. have been noted for high attrition, low test scores, low graduation rates, and high profits.

Newark, New Jersey https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/25/jersey-jazzman-how-creaming-works-in-the-charter-schools-of-newark/

Camden, New Jersey https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2019/07/whats-really-happening-in-camdens.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

California https://tultican.com/2019/07/18/reforming-californias-dysfunctional-charter-school-law/

Los Angeles https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/18/los-angeles-board-member-shares-secret-information-with-charter-lobbyists-first/

Los Angeles https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/18/fbi-raids-home-of-charter-school-leader-and-seizes-records-of-failed-school/

Los Angeles https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/19/michael-kohlhaas-charter-school-pays-consultant-850-for-every-student-he-signs-up/

San Diego https://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/a-classic-conflict-of-interest-entangled-business-deals-at-charter-school-chain-learn4life/

 Puerto Rico https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/19/did-betsy-devoss-school-choice-zealotry-enable-the-corruption-scandal-in-puerto-rico/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/23/randi-weingarten-corruption-and-mismanagement-in-puerto-rico/ and https://www.truthdig.com/articles/a-movement-against-charter-schools-helped-oust-puerto-ricos-governor/

New Orleans https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/20/new-orleans-one-of-citys-oldest-charter-organizations-closes-down-amid-multiple-scandals/

New Orleans https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/07/27/the-new-orleans-charter-fiasco-train-add-another-car/

New Orleans https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/08/07/new-orleans-kennedy-high-school-grading-fiasco-and-perforated-accountability/

Washington, DC. Lack of transparency in DC charter schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/25/valerie-jablow-shhh-charter-schools-in-d-c-keep-their-industry-secrets-no-transparency-for-them/

Detroit https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/30/detroit-top-students-at-charter-school-face-punishment-for-critical-graduation-speeches/

New Bedford,  Mass.https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/18/new-bedford-mass-a-bad-deal-that-puts-a-charter-school-first/

“Reform” problems

The failure of market driven reforms by Tom Ultican https://tultican.com/2019/07/27/five-decades-of-marketworld-education-reform/

Gary Rubinstein finds that contrary to suggestions student work being assigned is appropriate. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/07/30/the-missed-opportunity-myth/

Betsy DeVos sued for loan forgiveness mismanagement https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/07/15/20415/

State takeover the wrong remedy for Providence public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/22/domingo-morel-state-takeover-is-the-wrong-answer-for-providence-schools/

Texas: Don’t take over Houston’s public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/06/texas-dont-take-over-houstons-public-schools/

America’s New School Lunch Policy: Punishing Hungry Students for Their Parents’ Poverty

Technology

Peter Greene: What can we learn from the epic failure of an experimental high-tech wunderschool. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/what-can-we-learn-from-experimental.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/19/fbi-warns-of-cyberattacks-on-technology-based-schools-the-downside-of-digital-learning/

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