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Build and Support Issues

How a Flawed Idea is Teaching Millions of Kids to Be Poor Readers https://www.apmreports.org/story/2019/08/22/whats-wrong-how-schools-teach-reading

Learning Policy Institute: Lessons from the Golden State. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/blog/advancing-equity-excellence-lessons-golden-state?utm_source=LPI+Master+List&utm_campaign=4b69734bcb-LPIMC_CALessons_PositiveOutliers_20190814&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7e60dfa1d8-4b69734bcb-42289731

Learning Policy Institute: Effective Professional Development https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/effective-teacher-professional-development-report

How Not to Blow Continuous Improvement https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/how-not-blow-continuous-school-improvement-moment?utm_source=X+National+Education+Gadfly+Weekly&utm_campaign=3c1e4bd9a1-20160918_LateLateBell9_16_2016_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef00e8f50e-3c1e4bd9a1-71635837&mc_cid=3c1e4bd9a1&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

What Finland is actually doing to improve its acclaimed schools. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/08/30/what-finland-is-really-doing-improve-its-acclaimed-schools/?noredirect=on

Why I Pay School Taxes. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/28/speduktr-why-i-pay-school-taxes/

Six problems with a growth mindset strategy. https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/08/12/six-problems-with-a-growth-mindset-in-education/

Jan Resseger: When traditional educators set education policy and speak for public schools, it makes a difference. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/08/12/20686/

Dyslexia doesn’t mean low intelligence. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cracking-the-code-of-dyslexia/

Free science materials. https://edsource.org/2019/nationwide-project-provides-free-science-materials-to-meet-californias-new-standards/616162

Marc Tucker: Part 2 of the world’s best educational research strategies. http://ncee.org/2019/08/education-research-2/

Gary Rubenstein: How to change math instruction. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2013/10/19/death-of-math/

 US students score low on problem solving compared to other industrial nations. http://ncee.org/2019/08/21st-century-skills-can-us-compete/

Rebuttal to NYTimes 1619 article on slavery. https://reason.com/2019/08/21/the-founders-were-flawed-the-nation-is-imperfect-the-constitution-is-still-a-glorious-liberty-document/  

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/25/bill-phillis-those-who-know-public-schools-best-love-them/

Charter, Voucher, Privatization, and Public School Hostility Travails

Wall Street Journal opinion piece on why charter performance claims of success are an illusion. https://www.wsj.com/articles/charter-schools-success-is-an-illusion-11566859572

Lubienski and Malin: School Vouchers Actually Harm Children https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/03/lubienski-and-malin-school-vouchers-actually-harm-children/

How ALEC seeks to destroy public education; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/31/alec-advocate-for-charters-and-vouchers-and-scourge-of-teachers-unions/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/09/sarah-lahm-why-democrats-should-speak-out-against-nonprofit-charter-schools/

Jeff Bryant: How private vetting firms are ruining superintendent’s searches. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/08/a-national-public-school-leadership-disaster-private-firms-vetting-candidates-for-superintendent.html

Tom Ultican: Broad academy graduates are destroying public education. https://tultican.com/2019/08/29/broads-academy-and-residencies-fuel-the-destroy-public-education-agenda/

What happened to students who began a Kipp school in 2003. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/27/what-happened-to-the-students-who-began-in-kipp-in-2003/

Jan Resseger: https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/it-will-take-years-to-recover-from-whats-been-the-matter-with-kansas-and-lots-of-other-states/

Tultican: The New Teacher Project is out to Destroy Public Education https://tultican.com/2019/08/10/tntp-is-a-part-of-the-destroy-public-education-infrastructure/

John Thompson’s new book on the dangers of privatization of public service. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/28/john-thompson-reviews-an-important-new-book-about-privatization-of-public-services/

Charter cyber schools prey on poor school districts. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/pa-poorer-districts-worst-hit-by-cyber.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 

Steve Singer: Charter Schools are Gobbling Up My School District https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/17/steven-singer-charter-schools-are-gobbling-up-my-school-district/

Shawgi Tell: Charter school lobbyists are on the defensive. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/12/shawgi-tell-charter-lobbyists-are-on-the-defensive/

Arkansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/04/the-walton-plot-to-privatize-the-public-schools-of-arkansas/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/03/alabama-only-had-4-charter-schools-so-betsy-devos-gave-the-state-25-million-to-get-more/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/12/california-inspire-charter-chain-grows-while-floundering/  

California. Another low performing charter scam. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/28/los-angeles-controversial-charter-leader-takes-over-learn4life-centers/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/27/california-schools-tied-to-massive-online-charter-scandal-are-closing/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/21/study-charters-in-california-enroll-fewer-students-with-disabilities-fewer-with-severe-disabilities/

California. The home-school charter business behind the latest scandals. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/ca-homeschool-charter-business-behind.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/29/bombshell-in-california-e-mails-reveal-charter-lobbys-goal-of-complete-privatization-of-all-schools-in-the-state/

Charter School legislative battle ends in a compromise. https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-08-28/california-charter-schools-deal-sacramento

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/13/alabama-welcomes-for-profit-k12-online-school-to-suck-out-of-its-underfunded-public-schools/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/26/larry-lee-what-charter-pushers-dont-understand-about-rural-communities-like-fruitdale/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/14/ohio-gets-another-virtual-charter-school/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/14/bill-phillis-charter-enrollment-in-ohio-drops-sharply/

Ohio. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/08/21/the-huge-implications-for-ohios-public-schools-of-state-budget-provision-that-expand-vouchers/

Kansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/18/jan-resseger-tax-cuts-in-kansas-produce-civic-disaster/

Rhode Island. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/23/providence-plans-to-defund-its-public-schools-to-expand-no-excuses-charter/

Rhode Island. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/22/rhode-island-state-senator-demands-ousting-of-achievement-first-because-of-abusive-behavior-towards-students/

Kentucky. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/16/kentucky-the-states-attacks-on-its-teachers-are-outrageous/

New Hampshire. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/07/betsy-devos-floods-new-hampshire-with-46-million-for-charters/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/21/texas-the-idea-charter-flimflam/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/05/texas-public-schools-outperform-charter-schools/

Pennsylvania. Steven Singer: https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/08/22/gov-wolf-tries-to-stop-charter-schools-gorging-on-public-school-funding/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/17/pennsylvania-governor-wolf-proposes-charter-law-reform-charter-lobby-cries-foul/

Pennsylvania. Peter Greene: Gov. of Pennsylvania says charter schools are private not public schools. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/pa-governor-calls-charters-private.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/22/pennsylvania-bethlehem-superintendent-speaks-out-against-harm-of-privatization/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/06/carol-burris-the-charter-industry-in-pennsylvania-is-rife-with-profiteering-greed-and-corruption/

Pennsylvania: Steve Singer https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/08/18/whos-trading-public-school-funding-for-a-tax-credit/

North Carolina. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/ca-homeschool-charter-business-behind.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Oklahoma. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/20/john-thompson-an-epic-case-of-fraud-in-oklahoma/

Tennessee. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/30/tennessee-davidson-county-school-board-votes-to-close-three-charter-schools/

West Virginia. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/20/west-virginia-charter-advocates-are-perturbed/

Gary, Indiana  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/24/jan-resseger-for-profit-mgt-did-not-turn-around-the-schools-of-gary-indiana/

Louisiana. The failure of vouchers. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/26/louisiana-the-failure-of-vouchers/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/14/mercedes-schneider-on-nola-charter-chaos/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/16/new-orleans-test-scores-stall-below-state-average-teacher-retention-at-crisis-level/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/20/new-orleans-an-amazing-feat-of-spinning-poor-results/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/16/new-orleans-how-a-student-graduated-although-she-could-not-count-or-read/

New Orleans. Twenty-five percent of students are chronically absent. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/19/new-orleans-25-of-students-are-chronically-absent/

New Orleans. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/09/02/nola-2018-19-ap-scores-two-high-schools-carry-the-entire-district/

New York City. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/30/how-deblasio-protects-the-charter-industry-in-nyc/

Tulsa. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/09/tulsa-how-data-and-gates-consultant-persuaded-public-to-close-public-schools-and-cut-their-budget/

San Antonio. Betsy DeVos’s plan to overrun San Antonia with charter schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/17/reader-why-charter-schools-demand-federal-money/

Washington DC. https://tultican.com/2019/09/08/dc-charter-school-performance-almost-matches-public-schools/

Washington DC. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/08/district-of-columbia-rachel-cohen-explains-how-taxpayers-fund-an-army-of-charter-school-lobbyists/

The Failed Promise of School Reform

Wall Street Journal front page article raises questions about heavy reliance on classroom technology. https://www.wsj.com/articles/in-a-school-district-where-technology-rules-grades-fall-parents-ask-why-11567523719 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/08/wall-street-journal-schools-invest-zillions-in-technology-parents-push-back/

What do education reform failures have in common. https://www.educationnext.org/what-do-education-reform-failures-have-common/

Peter Greene: The “burn and churn” model has not worked. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/08/burn-and-churn-mcmodel-is-failing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

GERM: Stopping the worldwide “reform” movement. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/31/germ-warfare-stopping-the-global-education-reform-movement/  

Peter Greene: 3rd grade reading retention doesn’t work. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/09/third-grade-reading-retention-does-not.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Three “reform” high schools funded at $10 million each fail. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/15/three-of-10-xq-schools-have-failed-despite-a-promise-of-10-million-each-to-reinvent-high-school/ and another $10 million dollar “reform” high school fails. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/12/laurene-powell-jobs-another-10-million-xq-school-fails/

Tom Ultican: Teach for America is bad for America. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/19/tom-ultican-tfa-is-bad-for-america/

California. Criticism of Los Angeles School District’s plan to rank schools by a single measure. https://edsource.org/2019/qa-with-michael-kirst-single-rating-for-schools-just-too-simplistic/617064?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=qa-with-michael-kirst-single-rating-for-schools-just-too-simplistic-9-07-19; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/18/los-angeles-lausd-ponders-dumb-plan-to-grade-schools/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/06/los-angeles-astroturf-parent-group-pressures-beutner-to-rate-schools-by-their-test-scores/

MGT Consultants: Profiting from the School Crisis in Gary, Indiana and Taking Over Three Colorado School Districts. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/08/23/20861/

Ohio. State takeover focuses on districts with high levels of poor children of color. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/01/ohio-state-takeovers-target-districts-that-enroll-poor-children-of-color/

Providence. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/05/providence-parents-and-students-demand-a-seat-at-the-table-in-state-takeover-plan/

Fordham: Three lessons from Tennessee’s school turnaround efforts. https://fordhaminstitute.org/ohio/commentary/three-school-turnaround-lessons-learn-tennessee?mc_cid=3f6c0611d5&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Newark eliminates pay for performance. Jersey Jazzman: The merit pay fairy dies in Newark. https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2019/08/the-merit-pay-fairy-dies-in-newark.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/20/newark-wipes-out-performance-pay-for-teachers/

Larry Cuban: several posts on the realities of reforming schools. https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/14/bread-crumbs-and-school-reform/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/17/one-way-or-two-way-traffic-the-policy-to-practice-street/ ; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/31/from-policy-to-practice-reforming-american-schools-and-classroom-lessons/ ; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/04/why-is-incremental-change-in-schooling-typical/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/07/seating-charts-and-the-grammar-of-schooling/  and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/teaching-in-the-age-of-trump-andrea-rinard/

Jan Resseger: Don’t trust superintendents from Chiefs for Change. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/08/15/jan-resseger-do-not-trust-superintendents-from-jeb-bushs-chiefs-for-change/  

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