Comments Sept. 12th-Oct. 16th, 2019

Build and Support Issues

Jennifer O’Day and Marshall Smith’s excellent new book, Opportunity for All: A Framework for Quality and Equality in Education Harvard Educational Press (2019)

Why America needs to invest in public education from Forbes magazine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/teddintersmith/2019/09/11/why-america-needs-an-education-imperative/#6cf8ab0f7bd8

Embracing Public Schools as the Very Definition of the Common Good https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/09/13/20939/

What does educational opportunity mean? https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/04/21312/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/06/bill-phillis-new-study-shows-that-students-learn-no-less-in-poor-urban-schools/

Cincinnati  Community schools make spectacular progress. https://futureforlearning.org/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/30/andrea-gabor-the-demand-for-a-new-kind-of-civics/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/07/andrea-gabor-to-succeed-in-business-major-in-the-liberal-arts/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/16/mark-weber-the-condition-of-teachers-in-new-jersey/

Louisa Moats on dyslexia. https://www.voyagersopris.com/blog/edview360/2018/10/04/its-dyslexia 

What’s the difference between an organized phonics approach and balanced literacy. https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/phonics-vs-balanced-literacy-a-classroom-comparison.html?cmp=eml-enl-tu-news1&M=58953216&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

The importance of content knowledge to reading comprehension. https://www.edutopia.org/article/research-zeroes-barrier-reading-plus-tips-teachers

Stanford’s Sean Riordan: Schools alone can’t overcome racial achievement gaps caused by concentrated poverty. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/09/25/21139/

Wisconsin. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/27/milwaukee-school-board-votes-to-restore-music-education-in-every-public-school/  

Charter, Voucher, and Privatization Foibles

Carol Burris. Federal report finds no difference in performance between charters and public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/28/carol-burris-federal-analysis-finds-no-difference-in-performance-between-charter-schools-and-public-schools/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/15/jan-resseger-why-democrats-should-fight-for-public-schools-and-oppose-charter-schools/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/14/maurice-cunningham-the-waltons-create-a-national-parents-union/

Are charter schools public schools? Shawgi Tell says no.   https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/14/shawgi-tell-are-charter-schools-public-schools/

Jeff Bryant on the disaster of private companies working an insider game for lucrative contracts. https://www.salon.com/2019/09/20/school-leadership-disaster-private-companies-work-an-insider-game-to-reap-lucrative-contracts_partner/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/01/michael-kohlhaas-the-california-charter-school-associations-secret-reprehensible-goals/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/13/los-altos-california-fights-elite-charter-school/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/04/california-a-charter-chain-so-awful-that-the-charter-lobby-expelled-it/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/15/indiana-west-lafayette-public-schools-sues-the-state-for-taking-their-property-and-giving-it-to-charter-industry-for-1/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/17/devos-and-her-aides-will-promote-vouchers-and-charters-across-the-country/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/14/tom-ultican-will-inspire-charters-be-the-next-big-scandal/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/24/terri-michal-the-charter-land-grab-in-birmingham/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/03/alabama-montgomerys-first-charter-school-descends-into-chaos-after-six-weeks/

Arkansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/02/max-brantley-the-little-rock-school-crisis-and-parents-fight-to-stop-walton-funded-takeover/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/11/arkansas-state-board-votes-to-restore-local-control-to-little-rock-but-read-the-fine-print/ ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/11/tim-jackson-why-little-rock-parents-cannot-trust-arkansas-governor-or-state-board/

Arkansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/11/rev-dr-anika-whitfield-on-arkansas-decision-to-crush-little-rock-teachers-union/

Arkansas/ https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/10/arkansas-inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-school-choice-movement-part-1/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/11/arkansas-inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-school-choice-movement-part-2/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/12/arkansas-inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-school-choice-movement-part-3/ ; https://myrenegadelife.com/2019/10/10/inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-arkansas-school-choice-movement-part-4-cutting-off-the-head-of-the-snake/ ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/15/arkansas-inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-school-choice-movement-part-5/

Chicago. Rahm’s and Arne’s Legacies Continue to Damage Chicago Public Schools, Especially in Black Neighborhoods  https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/02/21278/

Louisiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/13/mercedes-schneider-louisiana-state-board-of-education-bought-and-paid-for/

Los Angeles. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/07/los-angeles-michael-kohlhaas-explains-how-charter-lobby-neutralized-the-lausd-inspector-general/

Los Angeles. Can charter and public schools share space without fights? LAUSD’s $5.5-million solution:https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2019-10-02/charter-schools-campus-sharing-grants

Michigan. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/02/michigan-for-profit-charter-operator-pulls-a-fast-one-on-parents/

Nevada. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/19/nevada-vouchers-and-the-definition-of-insanity/

Nevada, Several Charter Schools in Trouble: https://kdwn.com/2019/10/07/several-charter-schools-in-trouble/

New Orleans. Tom Ultican: https://tultican.com/2019/10/02/new-orleans-education-is-inefficient-expensive-and-sad/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/16/mercedes-schneider-on-the-new-orleans-effort-to-end-its-teacher-shortage/

New Orleans. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/06/new-orleans-a-charter-school-finds-out-that-making-bold-promises-is-not-enough/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/16/bill-phillis-charters-in-ohio-are-failing-state-wasted-11-billion/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/17/stephen-dyer-charter-schools-in-ohio-get-failing-grades-from-state/

Ohio. State punches Youngstown schools with legislative assault on local control. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/14/21443/

Ohio. Innovation Ohio Report: Ohio Budget Eases Oversight of Charter Schools and Provides Windfall for Ohio School Vouchers  https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/09/30/21235/   

Ohio. Jan Resseger: State Takeover Fails in Youngstown, Ohio, So State Kills Elected Local Board

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/16/bill-phillis-never-thought-this-would-happen-in-america/

Pennsylvania. Republican speaker of the house berates public schools and their teachers but praises charters. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/22/pennsylvania-speaker-of-the-house-berates-public-schools-and-their-teachers-praises-charters/

Tennessee. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/20/amy-frogge-how-edupreneurs-took-nashville-for-a-ride/ but see https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/27/nashville-school-board-rejects-rocketship-charter/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/23/texas-special-rules-special-treatment-for-charter-honchos/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/15/texas-charter-schools-dont-believe-the-boasting-and-hype/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/21/texas-the-hoax-and-lies-perpetrated-by-the-charter-industry/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/02/william-j-gumbert-red-flags-and-charter-schools-in-texas/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/27/steve-miller-texas-charter-schools-are-transparent-except-when-they-are-not/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/07/dallas-charter-school-ceo-convicted-of-taking-kickbacks-on-contract/

Utah. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/15/utah-two-new-charter-schools-may-close-by-end-of-year/

Washington. Lavish Lobbying Ensures that Washington, D.C. Charter Schools Remain Unregulated

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/03/d-c-kipps-sweet-deal-in-the-district-of-columbia-to-scoop-up-closed-public-schools/

Wisconsin. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/17/wisconsin-parents-outraged-that-devos-is-selling-vouchers-to-them/

Technology

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/23/techno-optimism-meets-schools-schools-win-part-1/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/techno-optimists-meet-school-school-wins-part-2/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/12/mineola-n-y-a-third-grade-classroom-where-students-spend-75-of-the-day-on-their-ipads/

The Perils of “Reform”

New book on the failure of educational reform. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/17/the-perfect-storm-disasterof-education-reform/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/09/have-you-heard-the-koch-plan-to-eliminate-public-education/

Tim Seklar on the exodus of teachers from their chosen profession. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/07/21341/

Teacher identifies 10 “reforms” that have damaged NC’s public schools: http://pulse.ncpolicywatch.org/2019/10/08/teacher-identifies-10-reforms-that-have-damaged-ncs-public-schools/

Five Signs Your Reform Has Become Another Education Fad: http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rick_hess_straight_up/2019/10/five_signs_your_reform_has_become_another_education_fad.html 

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/04/jan-resseger-new-study-shows-that-schools-dont-fix-poverty/

Resseger: New Reports Confirm Persistent Child Poverty While Policymakers Blame Educators and Fail to Address Core Problem https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/09/20/21049/ and Ohio Senate blames teachers and schools in socio-economic areas while underfunding those schools. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/09/18/20995/  

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/25/north-carolina-school-grades-measure-income-not-school-quality/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/05/kentucky-new-school-rating-system-is-likely-to-identify-schools-with-high-poverty-enrollments/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/21/how-a-minnesota-foundation-wasted-45-million-on-a-failed-plan-to-reform-teacher-education/

ALEC’s faulty “report card”. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/09/alec-issues-report-card-but-still-fails.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/30/john-thompson-can-online-learning-survive-the-profiteers-and-frauds/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/10/texas-commissioner-threatens-to-dismiss-elected-board-because-one-high-school-has-low-scores/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/19/audrey-watters-the-iron-rule-of-silicon-valley-thou-shalt-not-criticize-a-start-up/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/19/rhode-island-governor-raimondo-wants-to-recruit-more-tfa-teachers/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/12/so-what-the-importance-of-knowing-about-success-and-failure-in-american-schools-part-1/  and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/09/14/so-what-the-importance-of-knowing-about-success-and-failure-in-american-schools-part-2/  

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/10/north-carolina-a-sad-bedtime-story-about-a-failed-state-takeover/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/15/note-to-rhode-island-officials-expanding-achievement-first-charters-will-not-help-providence-public-schools/

Even though ESEA dropped the requirement for test driven teacher evaluation because of major flaws, 34 states still require them. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/11/21409/

Value added problems in Florida. http://vamboozled.com/time-to-organize-in-florida/  and http://vamboozled.com/more-on-the-vam-abuse-in-florida/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/30/red-queen-in-l-a-no-we-do-not-need-a-yelp-for-schools/  

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/20/tom-ultican-relay-graduate-school-of-education-is-a-marketworld-fraud/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/09/20/new-york-times-the-disappearing-schools-of-puerto-rico/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/14/peter-greene-are-corporate-reformers-taking-new-york-city-for-a-ride/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/04/new-york-city-joins-forces-with-corporate-reformers/ ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/09/leonie-haimson-deblasios-hypocritical-embrace-of-corporate-reform/

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