Author Archives: BillHonig

Comments Feb. 17th- Mar. 24th, 2020

Build and Support Issues

Yuval Levin; the Purpose of Education https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/back-basics-conservative-education-reform?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=cd1ea4b992-20200304+-+Education+Gadfly+Weekly+A%2FB&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-cd1ea4b992-71867561&mc_cid=cd1ea4b992&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

The importance of mentors. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/02/how-to-improve-quality-of-teaching-with.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/local-opinions/as-long-as-montgomery-county-fails-to-teach-children-to-read-it-will-have-gaps/2020/03/12/13fd5c7e-6315-11ea-845d-e35b0234b136_story.html?utm_campaign=wp_opinions&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter&wpisrc=nl_opinions

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/03/why-teach-literature-stuff-1-what-is-it.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://www.corelearn.com/curriculum-implementation-showcase/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/02/29/a-teacher-on-classroom-praise-steven-singer/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/03/24/the-classroom-the-basic-dilemma-that-teachers-face-and-manage/

News literacy instruction. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/20/education/learning/news-literacy-2016-election.html

Delayed payments hurt rural schools https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/03/02/23505/

The complexity of performance tasks. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-complexity-of-performance-tasks.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Charter, Voucher, and Privatization Problems

Jan Resseger: Public Schools Are a “Pillar of our Democracy.” Trump and DeVos Declare Them “Antiquated and Oppressive.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/magazine/2020/03/18/charter-schools-testing-were-supposed-save-american-education-now-theyve-run-out-political-steam-what-went-wrong/?arc404=true

Resseger Schools Alone Cannot Save Children from Economic Inequality. Public Policy Must Assist Families in Deep Poverty

Jeff Bryant https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/03/why-the-coronavirus-pandemic-could-weaken-the-school-privatization-agenda.html

Vouchers: A Dangerous Choice https://ed100.org/blog/vouchers

Jeff Bryant https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2020/03/why-the-coronavirus-pandemic-could-weaken-the-school-privatization-agenda.html

Jeff Bryant: https://www.truthdig.com/articles/could-corporations-control-whats-taught-in-our-public-schools/

Call for Federal charter transparency law. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/03/free-market-winners-and-losers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Baltimore https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/11/gary-rubinstein-debunks-tfa-claims-of-turnaround-schools-in-baltimore/

California https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/12/california-appeals-court-rules-that-non-profit-charter-schools-are-not-exempt-from-taxation/

Dallas https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/26/thomas-ultican-who-is-behind-the-corporate-reform-agenda-in-dallas/

Detroit https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/22/detroit-why-are-school-closures-concentrated-in-black-and-brown-communities/

Florida https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/24/florida-investigation-shows-that-charters-close-almost-as-fast-as-they-open/

Florida https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/19/florida-charter-drain-causing-school-closures-in-broward-county/

Florida https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/12/florida-house-rejects-bill-to-ban-lgbt-discrimination-in-voucher-schools/

Florida https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/12/florida-house-rejects-bill-to-ban-lgbt-discrimination-in-voucher-schools/

Indiana https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/23/indiana-how-much-charter-graft-willtaxpayers-tolerate/

Mississippi https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/22/mississippi-the-shame-of-a-nation/

New Jersey https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/24/in-the-public-interest-why-we-must-protect-the-public-sector/

New Jersey https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/05/keith-e-benson-what-reformers-are-really-doing-in-camden-and-other-urban-districts/

New York https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/21/riverhead-n-y-good-public-schools-starved-by-cuomo-tax-cao-and-charter/

New York city. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/24/new-york-times-the-failure-of-michael-bloombergs-choice-program-in-new-york-city/  

North Carolina https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/19/stuart-egan-teachers-in-north-carolina-raised-all-the-right-issues-when-they-protested-last-year/

Ohio https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/09/bill-phillis-ohio-has-diverted-14-7-billion-to-charters-and-vouchers/

Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/18/oklahoma-gulen-style-online-charter-school-obtains-names-and-addresses-of-students-for-recreuitment/

Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/02/john-thompson-public-schools-in-oklahoma-city-andtulsa-are-sinking-because-of-disruption-policies/

Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/11/oklahoma-epic-charter-graduates-zip-through-classes-but-are-not-college-ready/

Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/11/oklahoma-when-public-money-goes-to-a-charter-school-does-the-money-belong-to-the-public/

New Hampshire https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/17/new-hampshire-seeks-to-pilot-online-pre-schooling-and-tries-again-for-charters/

Philadelphia https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/06/philadelphia-citys-second-largest-charter-school-is-in-turmoil/

Rhode Island https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/29/randi-providence-takeover-demonizes-teachers-as-rhee-and-klein-did/

Rhode Island https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/08/rhode-island-will-close-one-of-its-oldest-charter-schools/  

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/01/tennessee-parents-and-advocates-will-hold-press-briefing-against-vouchers/

Texas https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2020/02/22/txs-kauffman-leadership-academy-to-close-with-one-weeks-notice-to-parents/

Texas https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/07/jennifer-berkshire-trumps-voucher-plan-is-backfiring-in-texas/

Wisconsin https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/19/wisconsin-school-choice-is-causing-ruinous-damage-to-public-schools/

Reviews of Slaying Goliath https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/22/g-f-brandenburg-reviews-slaying-goliath/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/01/mike-rose-reviews-slaying-goliath/; https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/09/wendy-lecker-civil-rights-lawyer-reviews-slaying-goliath/; https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/13/teacher-responds-to-review-of-slaying-goliath-in-the-new-york-times/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/20/doug-little-lessons-for-canada-in-slaying-goliath/ ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/20/doug-little-lessons-for-canada-in-slaying-goliath/   

Reform Foibles

No Child Behind Failed, But Kevin Carey’s New Article https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/03/20/23749/

School Privatizers and Education Disrupters Keep Reinventing Themselves

https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2020/03/09/tfa-celebrates-five-baltimore-turnaround-schools-one-is-still-ranked-in-the-bottom-1/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/02/19/school-reforms-that-are-persistent-and-admired-but-marginal-part-4/ (parts 1,2, and 3 are in last months comments.); https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/03/19/chasing-success-and-confronting-failure-in-american-schools/

Resseger Billionaire Power?; two decades of educational policy are a cautionary tale. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/02/24/23425/

Technology

https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/10/audrey-watters-will-the-ed-tech-industry-take-advantage-of-the-coronavirus-crisis/ and http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-ed-tech-vultures-circle.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Comments Jan. 14th-Feb. 16th, 2020

Build and Support Efforts

Learning Policy Institute. Strategies and practices to advance deeper learning. https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/deeper-learning-networks-video?utm_source=LPI+Master+List&utm_campaign=54473df4e4-LPIMC_NetworksVideos2_20200212&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7e60dfa1d8-54473df4e4-42289731

Teacher pay takes a dive vis a vis other college grads. https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/1/25/1914120/-Saturday-night-owls-Teacher-pay-relative-to-that-of-other-college-graduates-has-collapsed 

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/endless-rocky-path-reading-science?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=0584e8bf81-&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-0584e8bf81-71867561&mc_cid=0584e8bf81&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/01/22/preservice-teachers-are-getting-mixed-messages-on.html?cmp=eml-enl-cm-news1&M=59032733&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/feb20/vol77/num05/toc.aspx?utm_source=marketing&utm_medium=email&utm_term=literacy&utm_content=EL&utm_campaign=EL-February2020NewIssue-020720

The idiocy of third grade reading retention. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/mi-whitmer-stands-up-for-reading-sense.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Third grade tests predict 10th grade achievement. http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/inside-school-research/2020/02/Academic_mobility_low.html   

Resseger. Why we should talk about opportunity gaps not achievement gaps. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/27/22950/

Fordham; Rigorous grading standards raise achievement. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/research/great-expectations-impact-rigorous-grading-practices-student-achievement?mc_cid=8b584be7eb&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Critique of the NyTimes 1619 project. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/1619-project-new-york-times-wilentz/605152/

Vouchers, Charters, and Privatization Issues

A school superintendent who gets the problem of school choice. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/oh-superintendent-who-gets-problem-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

School choice plus student based budgeting destroys public schools in poor neighborhoods. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/29/23001/

Jan Resseger Public School Funding: In too many states it’s all about subtracting and more subtracting. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/22/22887/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/06/alabama-woodland-prep-charter-school-flounders-flops/

Arizona. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/27/craig-harris-online-charters-have-a-record-of-poor-outcomes-fraud-and-profit/

Arizona. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/16/arizona-charter-school-principal-pleads-guilty-to-fraud/

Arkansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/27/little-rock-wear-black-on-1-28-for-the-death-of-democratic-control/

Boston. https://www.educationnext.org/inclusion-action-expectations-for-all-excel-academy-boston/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/21/california-defunct-for-profit-college-sues-former-students-for-repayment-of-debt/  

Detroit. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/15/detroit-a-cautionary-tale-of-a-promising-charter-school-that-was-doomed-to-fail/

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/18/florida-state-auditors-say-5-5-million-disappeared-at-two-charter-schools/

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/05/andre-agassi-scores-60-5-million-selling-charter-real-estate-in-florida/

Florida. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/fl-another-voucher-problem-and-not-one.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/03/florida-2-big-banks-abandon-floridas-voucher-program-due-to-anti-lgbt-policies/  

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/08/orlando-sentinel-should-publicly-funded-voucher-schools-be-allowed-to-discriminate/

Indiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/15/indiana-two-virtual-charter-schools-steal-more-than-68-million-from-state/

Indiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/15/steve-hinnefeld-the-stench-of-virtual-charter-schools/

Indianapolis. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/04/indianapolis-the-resistance-is-fighting-the-well-funded-disruptors/

Indianapolis. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/06/tom-ultican-harvards-school-privatization-machine-and-the-indianapolis-takeover/

Indianapolis. https://cloakinginequity.com/2020/02/11/the-total-neoliberal-misrepresentation-of-the-recent-history-of-indianapolis-k12-education/

Kentucky. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/29/kentucky-rightwing-extremists-want-to-defund-our-public-schools/

New Jersey. https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2020/02/sorry-nj-charter-schools-you-cant-have.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

New Orleans. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2020/01/24/new-orleans-high-school-records-are-finally-audited-there-are-holes/  

Oakland. https://blackagendareport.com/privatizing-oakland-schools

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/27/bill-phillis-remember-ecot-and-1-billion-of-lost-school-revenue/

Ohio. Jan Resseger: Ohio budget bill multiplies school vouchers, leaves local school districts in crisis. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/17/22783/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/02/why-does-ohio-award-bonuses-to-failing-charter-schools/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/02/peter-greene-on-ohios-mad-love-for-vouchers/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/31/stephen-dyer-ohios-voucher-crisis-in-4-charte/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/19/ohio-how-to-fix-the-states-disastrous-voucher-program/ ,Resseger, Voucher talks break down over four issues. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/02/03/23074/ and House passes voucher fix. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/02/07/23163/  

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/28/ohio-gop-grovels-at-feet-of-fordham-and-alec/

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/oh-free-private-school-at-public-expense.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/22/ohio-legislator-says-state-has-duty-to-fund-religious-schools/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/31/bill-phillis-ohio-charter-owners-lose-appeal-for-bonuses/

Oklahoma. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/24/oklahoma-how-to-disrupt-and-demoralize-a-school-distruct/

Oklahoma. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/mi-whitmer-stands-up-for-reading-sense.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Oklahoma. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/16/oklahoma-epic-virtual-charter-school-penalized-530000-for-excessive-administrative-costs/

Pennsylvania. Governor Wolf plans to save $280 million by charter school reform. https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2020/02/05/gov-wolf-proposes-saving-280-million-a-year-in-pa-with-charter-school-reform/  

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/23/bethlehem-pennsylvania-a-superintendent-talks-candidly-about-charter-schools-and-race/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/27/pennsylvania-superintendents-form-coalition-to-fight-privatization/

Pennsylvania. A halfway takedown of cyber-charters. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/pa-another-bill-to-take-down-sort-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Tennessee. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2020/02/13/tn-supt-penny-schwinn-bypasses-legislature-with-no-bid-voucher-contract/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/26/tom-ultican-explains-corporate-education-reform-and-the-assault-on-dallas-public-schools/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/03/dallas-charter-operator-sentenced-to-7-years-then-claims-bonus/

Washington, DC. https://educationdc.net/2020/02/03/reasons-why-dcps-should-support-not-close-washington-met/

Wisconsin and Ohio. In the two states with some of the oldest voucher programs School choice week is filled with contention. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/31/23043/

Wisconsin. http://www.hngnews.com/sun_prairie_star/opinion/article_5ba86a51-2503-5cc2-9a0a-5e5abfaf6549.html

Wyoming. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/02/used-pitches-privatization-to-wyoming.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

“Reform” Travails

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/02/10/does-studying-student-data-really-raise-test.html?cmp=eml-enl-cm-news1-rm&M=59041821&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

https://www.salon.com/2020/02/11/how-corporations-are-forcing-their-way-into-americas-public-schools_partner/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/01/18/we-are-all-reformers-part-4/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/01/21/we-are-all-reformers-part-5/ 

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/02/11/school-reforms-that-are-persistent-and-admired-but-marginal-part-1/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/02/14/school-reforms-that-are-persistent-and-admired-but-marginal-part-2/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/02/16/school-reforms-that-are-persistent-and-admired-but-marginal-part-3/

Reviews of Diane Ravitch’s new book Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools

https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/the-life-and-death-of-the-terrible-education-reform-movement/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/19/gary-rubinstein-on-the-life-and-death-of-the-terrible-education-reform-movement/  

https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/14/john-thompson-reviews-slaying-goliath-part-1/ and  https://dianeravitch.net/2020/02/14/john-thompson-reviews-slaying-goliath-part-2/

Technology

Comments Dec. 8th, 2019-Jan. 16th, 2020

Build and Support Issues

Public education forum challenges candidates to support full funding for public schools. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/12/16/22453/

Civics. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/colleges-must-train-students-for-jobs–and-also-as-citizens/2019/12/29/b8724756-204e-11ea-a153-dce4b94e4249_story.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/01/12/us/texas-vs-california-history-textbooks.html?action=click&auth=login-email&login=email&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage%3A

The miseducation of American boys. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2020/01/the-miseducation-of-the-american-boy/603046/

Financial Times English account of how to help working class boys falling behind in school https://www.ft.com/content/3b2509f2-fda2-11e8-aebf-99e208d3e521

 Pam Burdman: Alternative high school math pathways. https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-we-can-make-math-less-traumatic-by-ensuring-every-student-is-on-the-right-pathway/?utm_source=Just+Equations&utm_campaign=c7e07e95d6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_01_03_08_59_COPY_02&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_472770b236-c7e07e95d6-294112997&mc_cid=c7e07e95d6&mc_eid=93b18d36f0

Will the science of reading instruction catch on in teacher prep? https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/12/04/most-ed-professors-favor-balanced-literacy.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1&M=58997710&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/reading-between-lines-what-states-can-do-about-americas-literacy-challenge?mc_cid=45af6ea488&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/can-rich-content-improve-education.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-foundation-of-real-writing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/digging-dirt-quality-curriculum?mc_cid=230f13568f&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/research/supplemental-curriculum-bazaar?mc_cid=e262123924&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/fordham-teachers-are-downloading-junk.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/how-districts-can-mitigate-harm-popular-low-quality-online-curriculum-resources?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=0577801f73-20160918_LateLateBell9_16_2016_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-0577801f73-71867561&mc_cid=0577801f73&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

https://www.educationnext.org/stay-course-on-national-standards-forum-decade-on-has-common-core-failed/?mc_cid=230f13568f&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Teacher morale is dropping. Remedies. https://districtadministration.com/why-teacher-morale-appears-to-be-dropping/

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/16/florida-are-violent-kids-protected-by-law/

North Carolina. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/11/north-carolina-leandro-report-sets-a-new-direction-for-the-states-schools-will-the-politicians-listen/

Virginia. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/va-ideas-about-how-to-recruit-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Stop blaming schools for chronic absenteeism. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/13/wendy-lecker-stop-blaming-schools-for-chronic-absenteeism/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/01/10/we-are-all-school-reformers-part-1/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/01/13/we-are-all-reformers-part-2/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2020/01/16/we-are-all-reformers-part-3/

Charters, Vouchers, and Privatization

Jeff Bryant: https://www.salon.com/2019/12/12/why-the-federal-governments-billion-dollar-charter-school-program-is-a-bigger-disaster-than-we-thought_partner/

Reviews of Diane Ravitch’s new book Slaying Goliath: The Passionate Resistance to Privatization and the Fight to Save America’s Public Schools https://tultican.com/2020/01/01/we-are-the-resistance-and-we-are-winning-2/ and https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/08/22594/

Charter Schools: Why they are not in the public interest. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/22732/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/12/09/report-federal-government-wasted-millions-dollars-charter-schools-that-never-opened/

Full list of the 2500 closed charter schools.https://www.prwatch.org/news/2015/09/12936/cmd-publishes-full-list-2500-closed-charter-schools?emci=620d6768-601c-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&emdi=836e9aa7-611c-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&ceid=7442779

https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/12/20/why-is-accountability-too-much-to-ask-of-charter-schools/https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/11/charter-chains-try-to-lift-college-graduation-rates-by-sending-dropouts-to-online-college/

 The Misleading Rhetoric of School “Choice” Advocates: Wealth and “Choice” https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2020/01/the-misleading-rhetoric-of-school.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

How non-profit charter schools make a profit. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/14/michael-kohlhass-how-nonprofit-charter-schools-make-a-profit/

https://www.thenation.com/article/education-school-choice-democrats/

https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/11/waltons-and-broad-fund-a-grassroots-parents-group/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/15/maurice-cunningham-why-the-waltons-fund-the-national-parents-union/

https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2020/01/05/reform-funded-research-winning-kipp-lottery-does-not-significantly-increase-chance-of-persisting-in-college/ and https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/more-reform-funded-research-kipp-graduates-persist-in-college-at-the-same-rate-as-their-mothers/

Vouchers: Should states be subsidizing private education at a steep cost to public schools? https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/01/06/22629/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/13/larry-lee-the-colossal-charter-mess-in-alabama/

Alabama. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/13/alabama-tfa-alum-plans-to-open-a-federally-funded-charter-in-an-impoverished-rural-county-with-only-two-public-schools/

Arkansas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/24/a-plea-to-arkansas-officials-to-keep-hands-off-little-rock-public-schools/

Arizona. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/12/curtis-cardine-on-the-fiscal-crisis-in-arizonas-charter-school-industry/

Arizona. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/27/education-law-center-the-failure-of-vouchers-in-texas-and-of-voucher-expansion-in-arizona/

Arizona. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/14/arizona-goldwater-institute-sues-to-invalidate-regulation-of-voucher-money/

Atlanta. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/18/ed-johnson-will-the-citizens-of-atlanta-allow-their-public-schools-to-be-transformed-into-a-business/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/07/california-lawmaker-proposes-regulations-for-home-school-charter-industry/

California https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/16/how-czis-summit-schools-excluded-its-own-students-from-an-open-meeting/

California. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/11/wisconsin-taxpayers-angry-about-supporting-two-school-systems/   

Chicago. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/11/chicago-no-new-charter-schools-apply-to-open-this-year-backlash/

Florida. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/10/sue-legg-the-dark-ide-of-chool-choice-in-florida/

Houston. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/20/houston-founder-of-houston-charter-chain-indicted-and-arrested/

Houston. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/21/texas-state-takeover-of-houston-schools-is-an-outrage/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/02/houston-the-betrayal-of-the-public-schools-as-state-attacks-democracy/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/13/domingo-morel-the-state-takeover-of-houston-schools-is-about-race-and-power-not-school-improvement/

Indiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/05/indiana-state-graduation-rate-is-87-but-for-charters-it-is-40/

Indiana. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/17/shocker-indiana-refuses-to-give-three-indianapolis-schools-to-for-profit-charter-chain/

Los Angeles. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/05/los-angeles-charters-are-proliferating-where-they-arent-needed/  

Los Angeles. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/12/michael-kohlhaas-charter-leader-in-los-angeles-harasses-teacher-protesting-co-location-and-unqualified-staff-at-charter/

Massachusetts. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/12/28/massachusetts-nonprofit-building-excellent-schools-receives-57m-from-arkansas-waltons/

Miami. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/19/miami-a-school-choice-dream-or-nightmare/

Nevada. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/22/angie-sullivan-the-charter-industry-in-nevada-is-asleep-at-the-wheel-gone-off-the-road-crashed-into-a-ditch/

New Hampshire. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/13/breaking-news-new-hampshire-tables-offer-of-25-million-from-devos-to-double-charter-schools/

New Jersey. https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2020/01/hoboken-nj-charter-schools-update-for.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29 and https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2020/01/correcting-facts-about-nj-charter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

New Jersey. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/09/newark-superintendent-wants-to-close-four-charters-and-limit-new-ones/

North Carolina. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/01/nc-whitewashing-charter-report.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

North Carolina. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/07/north-carolina-a-cash-cow-for-investors-a-headache-for-taxpayers/ 

North Carolina, Charlotte. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/06/charlotte-n-c-charter-school-abruptly-closes-mid-year/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/09/ohio-expands-its-failed-voucher-program-and-most-school-districts-will-lose-funding/ and https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/12/11/22324/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/21/peter-greene-ohio-plunges-districts-into-the-voucher-disaster/  

Ohio. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2020/01/03/ohios-aggressive-school-vouchers-set-to-cripple-even-high-scoring-public-schools/

Ohio. Voucher program in trouble. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/oh-voucher-crisis-looming.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/11/ohio-expert-educators-call-on-governor-to-repeal-state-takeover-bill/

Ohio. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/16/akron-former-leader-of-digital-academy-accused-of-diverting-167000-to-a-shell-company/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/11/pennsylvania-republican-legislators-target-states-neediest-districts-for-failed-takeover-strategy/

Pennsylvania. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/democrats-are-moving-on-from-charter-schools-who-will-they-leave-behind/2019/12/13/325f0272-1d05-11ea-b4c1-fd0d91b60d9e_story.html

Pittsburg. https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/12/23/charter-schools-harrisburg-mayor-peduto-created-pittsburgh-public-schools-budget-deficit/

Rhode Island. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/15/tom-ultican-the-takeover-of-providence-public-schools/

Tennessee. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2020/01/15/the-tennessee-asd-booted-or-re-booted/

Texas. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/27/education-law-center-the-failure-of-vouchers-in-texas-and-of-voucher-expansion-in-arizona/

Tulsa. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/04/john-thompson-why-is-tulsa-in-crisis/

Utah. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/15/utah-charter-enrollment-declines-for-first-time-in-a-decade/

Wisconsin. https://dianeravitch.net/2020/01/11/wisconsin-taxpayers-angry-about-supporting-two-school-systems/  

“Reform Foibles”

New Mexico. Final disposition of the successful lawsuit against value added teacher evaluation. http://vamboozled.com/new-mexico-lawsuit-final-update/

Technology

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/614893/classroom-technology-holding-students-back-edtech-kids-education/

The 100 worst ed tech disasters of the decade. http://hackeducation.com/2019/12/31/what-a-shitshow

https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2020/01/10/robots-will-never-replace-teachers-they-can-only-displace-us/

https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2020/01/08/teachers-the-robots-are-coming-but-thats.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1&M=59021424&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

Comments Oct. 17th-Dec. 8th, 2019

Build and Support

Stop ignoring the innovations that occur in public schools. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/11/27/stop-ignoring-the-innovation-that-happens-in.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1-rm&M=58992512&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

Getting reading right report. https://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/getting-reading-right/index.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1&M=58995349&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

There is a right way to teach reading and Mississippi knows it. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/05/opinion/mississippi-schools-naep.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage   

Too many early reading teachers are using the debunked cueing system and guessing strategies to the detriment of reading performance. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/12/04/data-how-reading-is-really-being-taught.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1-rm&M=58994577&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e and http://e-news.edweek.org/ct/98293588:7Ln9R0umN:m:1:3139580984:BBD4F440C91BEC50B516A79AEF1C40DF:r:56558  

https://www.educationnext.org/put-whole-language-on-trial-case-against-reading-instruction-illiteracy/

https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/54452/why-deeply-diving-into-content-could-be-the-key-to-reading-comprehension?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=20191027MindShiftNewsletterSubscribers&mc_key=00Qi000001WzO2NEAV

Pondiscio: A plea to conservatives to pay attention to the importance of broad content knowledge and the goal of citizenship https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/classroom-content-conservative-conundrum?mc_cid=cafba688d5&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Pondiscio: Curricular efforts https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/curriculum-advocates-prepare-long-hard-struggle?mc_cid=1972e93aed&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Schmoker on making reading instruction more efficient. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/11/20/how-to-make-reading-instruction-much-much.html?r=599652308&cmp=eml-enl-cco-news2-rm&M=58989597&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e&mkey=D3494795-8EEA-48E1-B02B-97496ABA726A

Robert Pondiscio: “Are You In?”, the importance of civic engagement. https://www.educationnext.org/metric-that-matters-most-ask-kids-are-you-in/

Stanford on-line civic reasoning website. https://cor.stanford.edu/

An inside look at Singapore schools. http://ncee.org/2019/10/building-the-nation-builders/

What teachers need. https://www.weareteachers.com/what-teachers-need/?utm_source=WAT_MDR&utm_medium=Enews&utm_campaign=WAT_Enews103119

The problem of teacher demoralization. https://www.edsurge.com/news/2019-11-19-many-frustrated-teachers-say-it-s-not-burnout-it-s-demoralization?utm_source=EdSurgeEdsChoice&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=12-03-2019&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiT0dSbFltVTROR1JtWmpZdyIsInQiOiJrZFFYd2lmVFJvOHRwcWZLKzFJdDg2WWVLeG5DUFpjdUZyMzVOajVQRGpyM2EyRWpLN2duR0dlRlVzeUQ1b09JYzNQN0FlN1RCZ29qYjZoRkpKcDFOaFwvaWdvanNVN2Z0VW5uXC9WWklYSFZIRTdCV2VaVjBuekRCbG9iXC9yeHFnMCJ9

One-stop shopping for teachers by Ken Burns https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/11/19/indisensable-ken-burns-has-new-initiative-one-stop-online-teachers/

A union teacher pens an opinion piece in the Wall Street Journal. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/17/glenn-sacks-in-the-wall-street-journal-teachers-unions-have-the-cure-for-what-ails-americas-schools/  

Jan Resseger: Building the case for public education. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/11/18/22024/

A large study concludes inquiry methods in math beat traditional strategies. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/10/09/students-learn-more-from-inquiry-based-teaching-international.html?r=328926239

Teachers nationwide strike for better education. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/22141/

Massachusetts adds billions for equity in public schools. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/12/06/22296/

Chicago teachers strike for better student conditions. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/21502/

Chicago teachers win improved student support. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/06/chicago-the-teachers-strike-brings-a-sea-change-in-education-policy/

End of course exams show positive results. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/research/end-course-exams-and-student-outcomes?mc_cid=f96883c18f&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Petrilli: Fewer Children Left Behind https://fordhaminstitute.org/sites/default/files/publication/pdfs/20191015-fewer-children-left-behind.pdf?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=76ddf18adc-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_201900730-discipline-reform_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-76ddf18adc-71867561&mc_cid=76ddf18adc&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Charters, Vouchers, and Privatization Issues

https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/12/05/to-embrace-charter-schools-is-embrace-betsy-devos-donald-trump-says-black-scholar-who-once-led-charters/

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/campaign-k-12/2019/11/charter-school-research-silver-bullet-apocalypse.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news2-rm&M=58992512&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/david-osborne-tells-big-charter-lie.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/why-market-forces-will-not-provide.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Charters want public school transportation dollars. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/12/buddy-can-you-spare-ride-to-charter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29  

https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/10/19/charter-schools-cherry-pick-students-call-it-choice-part-1-the-i-didnt-do-it-excuse/ ; https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/10/26/charter-schools-cherry-pick-students-call-it-choice-part-2-the-everyones-doing-it-excuse/

Larry Cuban’s review of Pondiscio’s recent book “How the Other Half Learns”. https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/11/27/how-the-other-half-learns-a-review-part-1/ ; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/11/30/how-the-other-half-learns-a-review-part-2/ ; and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/12/03/how-the-other-half-learns-a-review-part-3/

Peter Greene: Federally supported vouchers are a major cause of discrimination. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/10/vouchers-and-federally-supported.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Alabama https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/05/alabama-fired-principal-of-charter-school-sues-board-for-excluding-students-with-disabilities-nepotism-and-cronyism/

Arizona https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/26/arizona-charter-founder-paid-his-companies-46-8-million-in-taxpayer-money-in-one-year/

Arkansas https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/17/cathy-frye-inside-the-shadowy-world-of-the-arkansas-school-choice-movement-part-6/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/23/cathy-frye-tells-all-about-the-shadowy-world-of-school-choice-in-arkansas-part-7/

Arkansas https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/17/lilsis-maps-the-walton-billionaires-who-are-crushing-the-teachers-parents-and-public-schools-of-little-rock/  

Arkansas https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/19/max-brantley-the-waltons-vicious-assault-on-arkansas-public-schools-and-its-teachers-union/

Boston https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/02/boston-falling-enrollment-forces-charter-chain-to-retrench/

Cleveland School closures threaten to destroy neighborhoods in Cleveland. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/21909/

Dallas https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/25/dallas-chamber-of-commerce-leads-campaign-to-destroy-public-schools/

Denver https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/08/tom-ultican-the-denver-miracle-voters-eliminate-billionaire-backed-corporate-reformers/  ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/08/jeannie-kaplan-denver-voters-give-reform-an-f/

Florida http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/fl-how-state-supports-discrimination-by.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Florida (Michigan, DC, and Mississippi) https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/08/g-f-brandenburg-invites-you-to-spot-the-miracles-in-florida-michigan-d-c-and-mississippi/

Florida http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/fl-even-state-thinks-florida-virtual.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29  

Houston https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/07/outrage-state-plans-to-take-control-of-houston-district-due-to-1-failing-school/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/07/houston-shame-on-the-texas-education-agency-for-attacking-local-democratic-control-of-public-schools/ ; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/07/houston-the-double-standard-that-favors-charters/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/18/yes-something-stinks-about-the-state-takeover-of-the-houston-independent-school-district/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/20/houston-hft-files-lawsuit-to-block-state-takeover/

Indiana https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/03/indiana-karen-francisco-on-shady-charter-real-estate-deals/

Kentucky https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/17/peter-greene-beware-kentucky-here-come-the-charter-hucksters/

Kentucky https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/22/kentucky-dont-be-fooled-charters-and-vouchers-harm-children/

Kentucky https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/05/kentucky-state-board-of-education-meets-omits-request-to-fund-charter-schools/

Kentucky https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/05/kentucky-districts-required-to-take-charter-school-training-with-no-charter-schools-in-sight/

Little Rock https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/05/thomas-ultican-wealthy-white-elites-are-attacking-the-little-rock-school-district/

Louisiana https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/1-3m-wasnt-enough-still-more-walton-money-appears-in-la-s-october-2019-elections/

Louisiana https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/11/03/john-whites-2019-la-naep-and-act-failure/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/04/gary-rubinstein-the-reformers-desperate-effort-to-find-hope-in-the-naep-scores/

Louisiana https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/01/mike-deshotels-on-john-whites-record-as-louisianas-state-superintendent-and-education-reformer/  and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/04/mercedes-schneider-the-failure-of-reform-in-louisiana/

Michigan/Detroit https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/19/michigan-state-takeover-of-detroit-schools-was-a-costly-mistake/

New Hampshire https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/03/new-hampshire-legislature-puts-46-million-federal-charter-school-grant-on-hold/

New York City Robert Pondiscio: Success Academy is better and worse than you think. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/pondiscio-success-academy-is-better-and.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

New Orleans https://harpers.org/archive/2019/11/the-k-12-takeover-charter-schools-new-orleans/?emci=391a9478-05ff-e911-828b-2818784d6d68&emdi=cf8d21eb-09ff-e911-828b-2818784d6d68&ceid=7442779; and Jan Resseger’s review of Gabor’s article. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/11/04/21745/ 

New Orleans https://thelensnola.org/2019/11/04/nola-public-schools-sends-warning-letters-to-three-schools-over-special-education-concerns/

New York City https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/21/class-size-matters-the-cost-to-new-york-city-of-paying-rent-for-charter-school-facilities/

New York City https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/11/11/success-academy-class-of-2020-sheds-239-scholars-along-the-way/

North Carolina https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/18/betsy-devos-floods-north-carolina-with-charter-cash/

Oakland https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/12/jane-nylund-oakland-is-in-the-sights-of-the-destroy-public-education-crowd-who-control-the-board/

Ohio https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/10/bill-phillis-an-experiment-in-ohio-that-will-probably-never-be-repeated/

Ohio. Resseger: Wealth and Power Undermine Equity and Democracy Across Ohio’s Public School Districts https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/25/21617/

Ohio. Resseger  Voucher expansion creates a new kind of school funding inequity. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/21811/

Ohio https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/21/bill-phillis-it-is-wrong-for-ohio-to-require-public-schools-to-pay-for-transportation-costs-of-charters-and-vouchers/

Oklahoma https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/06/john-thompson-the-new-wave-of-misnaepery-heading-towards-oklahoma-and-other-states/

Pennsylvania https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/11/15/vulture-voucher-bill-latest-in-mike-turzais-quest-to-please-betsy-devos-in-pa/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/15/pennsylvania-gop-speaker-pushes-devos-plan-for-vouchers/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/21/breaking-news-pennsylvania-voucher-bill-blocked-for-now/

Pennsylvania https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/19/pennsylvania-low-performing-charter-school-demands-charter-takeover-of-elementary-schools-in-entire-school-district/

Pennsylvania http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/pa-charter-drains-public-schools-now.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Pennsylvania https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/06/pennsylvania-why-did-this-charter-school-ceo-pay-himself-11-million-without-board-approval/

Pennsylvania https://dianeravitch.net/2019/12/08/peter-greene-who-ripped-off-the-public-schools-in-the-chester-upland-district-in-pennsylvania/

Pennsylvania https://gadflyonthewallblog.com/2019/12/06/demand-reform-to-pennsylvanias-charter-school-law-before-its-too-late/

 Philadelphia https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/21/philadelphia-school-choice-has-harmed-not-helped-the-citys-public-schools/

Philadelphia https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/24/philadelphia-charter-school-excludes-student-because-she-is-adhd/

Rhode Island https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/29/rhode-island-a-frightening-tour-of-an-achievement-first-charter-school/

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/18/tennessee-dont-copy-alabamas-mistakes/

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/25/tennessee-achievement-school-district-continues-to-show-very-low-test-scores/

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/22/great-hearts-charter-schools-target-middle-class-and-affluent-students/

Texas https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/14/texas-a-power-grab-to-squeeze-the-public-out-of-public-education/  

Washington state. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/23/washington-state-another-charter-school-closes-due-to-dwindling-enrollment/

Washington, DC https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/11/valerie-jablow-d-c-ripped-off-by-charter-real-estate-deals/

Washington, DC https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/11/d-c-charter-enrollment-declines-for-first-time/

Wisconsin https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/15/north-carolina-a-mother-sends-her-children-to-a-charter-school-but-is-shocked-when-she-finds-out-about-the-real-estate-deal/

“Reform” foibles

The failed policy of third grade retention. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/31/nancy-bailey-the-haunted-third-grade-classroom-that-traps-children/ and http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/11/tn-doubling-down-on-bad-reading-policy.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

The tragedy of “portfolio districts”. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/11/26/jan-resseger-the-tragedy-of-portfolio-districts/

High attrition rates in Washington, DC. The highest rated teachers are most likely to leave. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/10/23/valerie-jablow-teacher-attrition-in-d-c-reaches-crisis-level/

Review of Jeff Bryant’s article on the ongoing impact of the School Leadership pipeline created by Eli Broad’s Superintendents’ Academy. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/10/21/21533/

Unequal Access and Denial of Opportunity: the Collateral Damage of Portfolio School Reform

Technology

Larry Cuban: https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/10/18/the-puzzle-of-similar-teaching-in-universities-and-schools-the-case-of-technology-use/

https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/10/28/design-tech-high-school-part-1/ ; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/10/30/teaching-at-d-tech-high-school-english-part-2/ ; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/11/05/teaching-at-d-tech-high-school-chemistry-part-3/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/11/07/teaching-at-d-tech-high-school-government-part-4/  

The connection between ed tech and “reform”. https://thebaffler.com/salvos/fables-of-school-reform-watters?emci=a5b0ebb9-1715-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&emdi=c3e6b449-1c15-ea11-828b-2818784d6d68&ceid=7442779

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/

Comments 8/11/19-9/9/19

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/  

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/

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/

Comments May 14th-June 17th, 2019

“Build and Support” Issues

Learning Policy Institutes’ report on 156 districts achieving at higher levels. California’s Positive Outliers; Districts beating the odds. Experienced teachers made the difference. https://edsource.org/2019/experienced-teachers-key-in-california-districts-that-beat-the-odds/612611  and https://learningpolicyinstitute.org/product/positive-outliers-districts-beating-odds-report?utm_source=LPI+Master+List&utm_campaign=b8a094c94a-LPIMC_PositiveOutliersQuant_20190516&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_7e60dfa1d8-b8a094c94a-42289731

Seven new schools join the list of previously 45 schools identified as high-achieving opportunity schools. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/20/here-are-schools-opportunity-that-show-us-way-forward/?utm_term=.25795df658b3

Pew reports: Public school funding is still below 2008 levels in most states. https://twitter.com/PewStates/status/1136976108333744129; and https://www.pewtrusts.org/research-and-analysis/issue-briefs/2019/06/lost-decade-casts-a-post-recession-shadow-on-state-finances?utm_campaign=finance_economy&utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_content=k12

Rethinking the American High School. Review of Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s recent  book. https://harvardmagazine.com/2019/05/high-school-rigor-reform 

Four lessons for administrators on curriculum and instruction efforts. https://learningforward.org/2019/05/what-makes-curriculum-work-4-lessons-for-administrators/ 

An article on the importance of improving instruction and curriculum. https://curriculummatters.org/2019/05/28/curriculum-is-misunderstood-lets-overcome-that-in-service-of-equity/?utm_source=SW+News+Announcements&utm_campaign=bcdd0db6d2-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_06_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b4b5ef9bcd-bcdd0db6d2-153474185

Top PISA official: Liberal arts and humanities may be crucial for 21st century educational performance. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/05/oecd-pisa-leader-arts-education-may-be-more-important-for-the-21st-century-than-test-scores/

NCEE: Report on the best way to structure early childhood education. http://ncee.org/earlyadvantage/

Leander School District in Texas is one of the most successful districts in the nation and has implemented Deming’s work on continuous improvement. It needs a new superintendent who will stay the course.  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/15/andrea-gabor-will-one-of-the-nations-most-innovative-districts-survive-a-change-in-leadership/

17 things teachers want you to know about their jobs. https://www.weareteachers.com/truth-about-teaching/?utm_source=WAT_MDR&utm_medium=Enews&utm_campaign=WAT_Enews051619 

Empowerment and Trust are Keys to Employee Engagement https://go.achievers.com/the-keys-to-employee-engagement_Registration.html?UTM_Campaign=EATR&UTM_Content=EATR_Landing_Page&UTM_Medium=email&UTM_Source=Smart-Brief-Workforce&UTM_Term=Empowerment_Report  

Blind spots in teacher development report. https://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/teacher-professional-development/index.html?cmp=eml-eb-sr-pd19-05152019&M=58831902&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

Want to alleviate the teacher shortage. Improve working conditions and engagement. https://epi.us4.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ec2361f981a14ee1d45cccaa9&id=b13a10c894&e=c2e5bac0f3 

An eye-opening breakdown of actual time worked by a teacher. https://www.weareteachers.com/teacher-overtime/   

Interesting paper on the pros and cons of school autonomy. http://ncspe.tc.columbia.edu/working-papers/WP236.pdf?utm_source=WP+236&utm_campaign=School+Autonomy+and+Its+Impact&utm_medium=email

Larry Cuban: What ever happened to the Core Knowledge program? https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/whatever-happened-to-the-core-knowledge-program/

Emily Hanford’s article “Hard Words; Why aren’t our kids being taught to read?” won a prestigious award from the Education Writer’s Association. https://www.apmreports.org/story/2018/09/10/hard-words-why-american-kids-arent-being-taught-to-read?utm_source=SW+News+Announcements&utm_campaign=9e7f7955bb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_05_16&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b4b5ef9bcd-9e7f7955bb-153474185

Robert Pondiscio: Don’t dismiss the 30 million word gap quite so fast. https://www.educationnext.org/dont-dismiss-30-million-word-gap-quite-fast/

Jan Resseger: School segregation 65 years after “Brown v. Board of Education https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/05/17/19876/

Why Teachers Need Their Freedom (Ashley Lamb-Sinclair) and the effectiveness of Stanley Pogrow’s Teaching  Content Outrageously https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/06/02/why-teachers-need-their-freedom-ashley-lamb-sinclair/

Pastors for Texas post significant wins for public education. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/17/news-from-the-pastors-for-texas-children/

Charter, Voucher, and Privatization Travails

Jeff Bryant: Why charter school proponents have lost many Democratic supporters. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/why-charter-school-proponents-have-lost-many-of-the-democrats-who-once-supported-them.html

Charters were supposed to save public education. Why are Americans turning against them? https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/posteverything/wp/2019/05/30/feature/charter-schools/?utm_term=.c9668af37cbe&wpisrc=nl_rainbow&wpmm=1 

The Feds poured millions into failing charter schools in Louisiana. Over half of the federally supported charter schools in Louisiana folded or never opened wasting $24 million. Jeff Bryant recounts this sad tale. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/05/19/federal-government-has-poured-millions-failing-charter-schools-louisiana?fbclid=IwAR00eJIXMTXjaXZr2fJAlNcuekziUuf8Yr6-jLdoaDAMq-YWbzIDHq7h4ys

Jan Resseger: Charter Schools at a Turning Point: How to Rein in an Out of Control Education Sector. Time to reign in the carter sector. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/05/20079/

The Untold History of Charter Schools https://democracyjournal.org/arguments/the-untold-history-of-charter-schools/

Another expose of charter school failure. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/28/shawgi-tell-the-untold-history-of-charter-school-failure/

Shawgi Tell: New CREDO evaluation of Pennsylvania charter reports mediocre results. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/11/shawgi-tell-credo-study-of-pennsylvania-charters-reports-mediocre-results/

Time to rein in charters. https://edsource.org/2019/unchecked-decades-long-experiment-with-charter-schools-yields-unintended-consequences/612997

California’s charter school task force recommendations. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/07/california-hot-off-the-presses-charter-school-task-force-report/ and https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/06/14/one-state-sets-out-to-rethink-charter-oversight/ and https://capitalandmain.com/task-force-report-curb-runaway-charter-school-expansion-0613 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/16/los-angeles-times-what-tony-thurmonds-charter-school-task-force-recommended/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/16/tom-ultican-on-the-privatizers-efforts-to-sabotage-reform-of-the-charter-law-in-california/

Research on benefit of virtual school is lacking or extremely negative. https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/virtual-schools-annual-2019

No excuse schools. Parents actually want strong academics AND respect for their children https://haveyouheardblog.com/different-strokes-for-different-folks/

Another study showing charter schools encroach on district funding for traditional public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/24/in-the-public-interest-the-real-cost-of-chartersbudget-cuts-for-public-schools/  and also see;

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/31/pennsylvania-finance-experts-warn-that-charter-costs-may-bankrupt-500-school-districts/ and http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/06/magical-money-and-school-choice.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

San Diego charter chain scandal. https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/story/2019-05-28/eleven-people-connected-to-online-charter-schools-are-indicted; and

A spectacular $50 million charter scam in San Diego by Peter Greene. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/06/a-spectacular-charter-scam.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/06/california-about-that-50-million-charter-school-heist/

NAACP response to a pro-charter article in the Wall Street Journal. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/25/derrick-johnson-president-of-the-naacp-responds-to-the-wall-street-journal-about-charters/

Diane Ravitch articles on charters and vouchers:

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/26/bill-phillis/ Public schools will survive the privatization movement.

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/26/michigan-president-of-state-board-explains-why-it-declined-to-spend-47-million-for-new-charters/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/06/closing-delaware-charter-that-won-10-million-xq-award/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/15/oakland-charter-supporters-wonder-why-no-one-loves-them-anymore-and-blame-the-unions/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/15/great-news-nebraska-says-no-to-vouchers-again/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/16/nea-state-report-card-on-charter-school-laws-not-good/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/19/californiagov-newsom-tightens-enrollment-rules-for-charter-schools-no-exceptions/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/20/arizona-legislators-plan-to-use-public-to-pay-tuition-at-out-of-state-private-schools/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/25/pennsylvania-those-disgraceful-failing-cybercharters/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/24/matt-barnum-summit-learning-misleads-about-percent-of-schools-that-quit-every-year/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/24/samuel-abrams-on-the-coming-charter-expansion-in-puerto-rico/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/22/rob-levine-how-charters-kill-public-schools-the-example-of-minneapolis/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/22/jennifer-berkshire-when-cory-booker-helped-devoss-voucher-referendum-in-michigan/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/22/journey-for-justice-had-a-busy-day/ Advocacy group adopts a policy against charter expansion.

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/23/jan-resseger-teachers-in-west-virginia-forego-a-pay-raise-to-block-charters-and-vouchers/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/01/pennsylvania-charter-lobby-pushes-to-remove-all-quality-controls-and-allow-unlimited-expansion/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/23/jersey-jazzman-offers-advice-to-the-media-about-covering-charter-schools/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/09/how-andre-agassi-and-his-partner-are-profiting-in-the-charter-sector/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/04/chicago-teachers-union-wins-some-victories-in-legislature/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/11/pennsylvania-inaction-on-cyber-charters-is-not-an-option/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/14/california-summit-charter-schools-fire-three-teachers-who-were-union-organizers/

https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/14/colorado-state-turns-over-school-district-to-private-management-corporation/

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/

Jan Resseger: Charter schools undermine the public good in Louisiana, Michigan and Pennsylvania. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/05/22/19968/

West Virginia teachers continue their battle against charter schools and vouchers. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/05/21/19953/

Peter Greene on New Hampshire’s proposals to privatize and outsource public education. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/06/nh-outsourcing-and-privatizing-public.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Credit ratings for charters in nine states. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/05/24/2018-charter-school-credit-ratings-for-nine-states-with-a-focus-on-california-and-michigan/

Jeff Bryant: Charter schools support a major dividing issue among democratic candidates. https://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/06/10/charter-schools-are-major-dividing-line-2020-democratic-candidates-education-fights

Failures of “Reform”

Jeanine Kaplan, “Education Reform” was a hoax from the start. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/15/jeannie-kaplan-education-reform-was-a-hoax-from-the-start/

Improving our schools alone won’t fix America by billionaire Nick Hanauer previous major supporter of charter schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/11/a-billionaire-declares-better-public-schools-wont-fix-america/

John Thompson reviews Diane Ravitch’s new book,  The Wit and Wisdom of Diane Ravitch in a review entitled “How could reformers get it so wrong?” http://www.livingindialogue.com/ravitch/ and http://www.livingindialogue.com/countering-reform-nonsense-common-sense/

The failure of a highly touted Florida reform plan by Sue Legg https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/14/sue-m-legg-the-failure-of-jeb-bushs-a-plan-in-florida/

Louisiana VAM deficiencies. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/05/23/louisianas-vam-quantitative-bungling-on-display/

JerseyJazzman: Stop using flawed student growth measures in New Jersey. https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2019/06/njs-student-growth-measures-sgps-still.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

Florida teacher quits after oppressive testing culture.  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/06/04/florida-a-teacher-quits-beaten-down-by-the-states-toxic-testing-culture/

States using A-F letter grades do no better than those states without that “reform”. http://vamboozled.com/states-math-and-reading-performance-after-the-implementation-of-school-a-f-letter-grade-policies/

Peter Greene: Teach for America’s other big problem—two years in the classroom doesn’t qualify your for leadership and policy positions. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/06/teach-for-americas-other-big-problem.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Gary Rubenstein on inflated payments for “Teach for America” recruits in Ohio. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/whats-round-on-the-end-and-high-in-the-middle-ohios-20k-finders-fee-for-each-tfa-corps-member/ and Kansas ($30,000) https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/toto-i-have-a-feeling-were-not-in-the-state-that-paid-tfa-a-finders-fee-of-90k-per-recruit-anymore/

Gary Rubenstein: After 29 years of evidence TFA still doesn’t prepare new corps members for success. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/06/06/after-29-years-evidence-that-tfa-still-doesnt-set-new-corps-members-up-for-success/

Jan Resseger: Shady exit of CEO of Ohio’s takeover district in Youngstown shows the perils of that approach. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/05/15/19927/

Peter Greene: Can personalized learning deliver? http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/05/can-personalized-learning-deliver.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Peter Greene: who is behind the effort to woo teachers away from their unions. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/28/peter-greene-who-is-behind-the-effort-to-woo-teachers-away-from-their-unions/

Chris Edley and Pam Burdman: Don’t use SAT for accountability. https://edsource.org/2019/dont-use-the-sat-or-act-to-undermine-education-accountability/612942 

Comments April 18th-May 13th,2019

Build and Support Issues

Hundreds of public with low-income minority students beat the odds in Los Angeles county. https://reports.innovateschools.org/top-la-public-schools/

An excellent education book by Andrea Gabor. Part 2.https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/18/john-thompson-what-andrea-gabor-teaches-us-part-2/

Good communities produce good schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/21/steve-nelson-excellent-communities-produce-excellent-schools/

North Carolina’s former governor Jim Hunt speaks in favor of public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/02/north-carolina-former-governor-jim-hunt-speaks-in-praise-of-public-schools/

Parents of dyslexic children win battle to make reading instruction consistent with best practice. https://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/curriculum/2019/05/Parents_of_children_with_dyslexia_wage_reading_battle.html

Wait list of 155,000 students for popular selective public high schools in NY City is much larger than the wait lists for charter schools.. https://insideschools.org/news-&-views/top-20-selective-manhattan-high-schools-are-among-the-most-popular; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/22/popular-new-york-city-public-schools-have-a-wait-list-of-155000-students/

Fordham: You might be surprised at which states prioritize teacher salaries. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/you-might-be-surprised-which-states-prioritize-higher-teacher-salaries?utm_source=National+Education+Gadfly+Weekly&utm_campaign=cc20b00c95-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2019_04_24_01_50&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_ef00e8f50e-cc20b00c95-71635837&mc_cid=cc20b00c95&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Teachers’ wage penalty with other college grads reaches a record high of 21% according to a report from the Economic Policy Institute. https://www.epi.org/publication/the-teacher-weekly-wage-penalty-hit-21-4-percent-in-2018-a-record-high-trends-in-the-teacher-wage-and-compensation-penalties-through-2018/ and https://edsource.org/2019/wage-gap-between-teachers-and-other-college-graduates-exacerbates-teacher-shortages/611728

Ohio democrats pass resolution supporting public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/01/ohio-democratic-party-passes-resolution-opposing-school-privatization-supporting-public-scgools/ and in Florida https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/25/pastors-for-florida-children-organizes-to-support-public-schools/

Learning Policy Institute’s article on the national teacher shortage and what to do about it. https://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/article/view/3696/2228

NPR: Re-imagining how to teach geography. https://www.npr.org/2019/05/03/719103958/classes-take-trips-around-the-world-through-this-game?utm_source=npr_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=20190512&utm_campaign=ed&utm_term=nprnews

High quality materials and embedded educator support. https://learningforward.org/2019/04/commit-to-high-quality-materials-and-embedded-educator-support/

Charters, Vouchers, and Privatization

Less than 50% of charter school high school students graduate. https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2019/04/18/many-online-charter-schools-fail-to-graduate.html?cmp=eml-enl-eu-news1&M=58809252&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e  

Jeff Bryant: Why charter school proponents have lost many Democratic supporters. https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2019/05/why-charter-school-proponents-have-lost-many-of-the-democrats-who-once-supported-them.html

No excuse schools: Parents actually want strong academics AND respect for their children. https://haveyouheardblog.com/different-strokes-for-different-folks/

Betsy DeVos travails: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/04/17/an-open-letter-betsy-devos-two-leading-public-education-advocates/?utm_term=.66cf02fd748d and Jeff Bryant https://www.salon.com/2019/04/23/things-didnt-go-well-when-betsy-devos-was-confronted-with-her-departments-charter-school-fraud_partner/ and Peter Greene: Why DeVos doesn’t care about charter closings. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/04/why-devos-doesnt-care-about-charter.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/22/devos-funnels-116-million-to-open-20-charter-schools-in-el-paso-which-will-devastate-public-schools/ and Federal charter school program wasted $36 million on schools in Ohio that never opened or soon closed. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/04/23/19629/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/29/betsy-devos-gave-this-charter-chain-225-million-it-doesnt-pass-the-smell-test/  and http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/04/ky-devos-bevin-loving-vouchers-hating.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 and, https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/07/betsy-devos-there-is-no-such-thing-public-money-other-revealing-things-she-just-said-or-wouldnt-say/?utm_term=.0fdeee2463af and, finally, DeVos loves charters but speaks against more funding for public schools. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/02/new-york-city-betsy-devos-praises-charters-condemns-spending-more-on-public-schools/

Democrats in the House seek to cut charter school funding saying the DOE is not a responsible steward of federal spending. https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2019/05/07/house-democrats-seek-cut-federal-charter-school-funding-saying-education-department-isnt-responsible-steward-taxpayer-dollars/?utm_term=.e857295c8f4b

Jan Resseger: Congress should shut down the charter school program and invest the money in Title 1 and IDEA. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/04/16/19550/ and Lack of Oversight of Federal Charter Schools Program Cheats Taxpayers, Students, Families, and Local Public Schools  https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/19671/

Peter Greene: Who killed charter schools?  http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/05/jeanne-allens-charter-murder-mystery.html

Tom Ultican: Sketchy charter on-line chain goes national. https://tultican.com/2019/05/04/sketchy-epic-cyber-charter-has-gone-national/

Indiana: https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/24/indiana-schools-chief-blasts-republican-plan-to-eliminate-local-control-of-schools/

Jim Scheurich, a professor at Indiana University, argues that the purpose of the Indianapolis charter proposals is to destroy communities. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/20/indianapolis-the-purpose-of-school-choice-is-to-destroy-communities-which-endangers-us-all/

Florida. NEP’s report on 20 years of reform failure in Florida https://npeaction.org/twenty-years-later-the-jeb-bush-a-plan-fails-floridas-students/?link_id=1&can_id=cea050dcef20333abf235c3ba9bc6d51&source=email-the-destruction-of-public-education-in-florida-our-2020-conference-and-more&email_referrer=email_540941&email_subject=the-dangers-to-public-education-in-florida-our-2020-conference-and-more; Peter Greene: Florida is the worst state in the nation for public education. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/05/florida-really-is-worst.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29; Carol Burris: Florida charters are a swamp of waste, fraud, and profiteering. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/05/carol-burris-florida-charters-are-a-swamp-of-waste-fraud-and-profiteering/ ; Tampa Bay Times critique of new Florida legislation calling it a death sentence for public schools. http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/editorials-the-death-sentence-for-floridas-public-schools-20190430/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/04/tampa-bay-times-legislature-imposes-death-sentence-on-florida-public-schools/; conflicts of interest of an influential Florida legislator concerning charters go neglected. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/fred-grimm/article60512891.html; the Southern Poverty Law Center statement on the harm caused by vouchers in the state https://www.splcenter.org/news/2019/03/06/splc-statement-florida-senate-bill-would-fund-private-school-vouchers-public-school-money; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/27/florida-education-association-to-legislature-stop-robbing-public-schools-to-benefit-charter-schools/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/01/florida-house-passes-another-voucher-program/ ;  and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/06/gainesville-sun-slams-florida-voucher-plan-to-steal-money-from-public-schools-for-religious-schools/

Ohio: https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/05/ohio-repeal-hb-70-the-disastrous-state-takeover-bill/

Tennessee passes dreaded voucher bill. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/03/tennessee-voucher-plan-passes-a-win-for-devos-and-trump/  Mercedes Schneider https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/04/26/tn-voucher-legislation-bill-details-and-public-reaction/; and https://chalkbeat.org/posts/tn/2019/04/15/tennessee-governors-voucher-proposal-is-step-backwards-says-civil-rights-education-coalition/  and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/10/tennessee-billions-for-testing-but-nothing-to-alleviate-student-poverty/

Oklahoma. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/01/oklahoma-for-profit-online-charter-chain-gobbles-up-rural-districts/

California. Carl Cohn: California must reform its charter law. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/05/carl-cohn-california-must-reform-its-charter-law/ ; California School Board’s recommendations on charter reform. https://www.csba.org/-/media/CSBA/Files/GovernanceResources/Reports/201809CharterSchoolTFReport.ashx Only one out of three charter schools outperforms the public schools in the district in which the charter is located; and another charter closes before the school year ends stranding students; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/02/breaking-news-california-charter-school-will-close-its-doors-tomorrow-not-waiting-for-end-of-school-year/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/03/california-parents-fight-to-save-their-school-from-charter-invasion/

Alabama: https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/05/valerie-strauss-on-the-strange-case-of-the-charter-school-that-plans-to-open-in-rural-alabama/;  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/08/larry-lee-what-happened-in-alabama-when-regular-people-stood-up-for-their-communityschools/  and https://www.al.com/news/2019/05/rules-those-are-for-public-schools-not-charters.html

Oregon. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/10/oregon-while-teachers-strike-corporate-reformers-kill-bills-to-stop-testing-pre-k-2-and-to-expand-opt-out/

Pennsylvania. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/10/pennsylvania-alert-phony-voucher-reform-bills-in-legislature/  

North Carolina. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/13/north-carolina-voucher-program-is-unaccountable-nontransparent/

Oakland. https://edsource.org/2019/oakland-unified-offers-critical-view-of-charter-schools-to-state-task-force/611795 and  https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/26/oakland-a-must-read-lexicon-of-charter-frauds/  

Milwaukee. Jeff Bryant: https://www.salon.com/2019/04/29/progressives-take-a-bold-stance-at-an-epicenter-of-the-charter-school-movement-for-public-education_partner/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/08/jeff-bryant-how-progressives-are-fighting-the-plot-to-gut-public-education/

Chicago. Teacher strikes at three charter schools. https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/05/02/three-chicago-charter-schools-on-strike-three/

Louisiana voucher program shows disappointing results. https://k-12daily.org/curriculum-instruction/state-voucher-program-produces-disappointing-results and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/26/matt-barnum-new-research-shows-vouchers-do-lasting-damage-to-student-achievement-in-math/

New Orleans. Mercedes Schneider, https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/05/08/louisianas-voucher-program-featured-on-new-orleans-public-radio-for-the-failure-it-is/

Big bucks charter advocacy. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/30/california-charter-lobby-spent-at-least-91-million-to-buy-political-influence/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/22/waltons-fund-national-parents-union-to-advocate-for-privatization/

The charter chain Democracy Prep has a lot to learn from public schools. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/04/charter-lessons-from-democracy-prep.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29 and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/29/peter-greene-democracy-prep-has-a-lot-to-learn-from-public-schools/

Gary Rubenstein spills the beans on Success Academy https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/06/gary-rubinstein-episode-5-spills-the-beans-about-the-success-of-success-academy/; https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/06/gary-rubenstein-episode-4-and-the-infamous-got-to-go-list/  ; and https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/06/gary-rubinstein-episode-6-on-success-academy-its-political-campaign-to-get-free-space-and-its-teaching-strategy-of-rip-and-redo/

Technology and proficiency based learning pros and cons

Teachers blow the whistle on ed-tech. https://www.edweek.org/ew/collections/technology-counts-2019/index.html?cmp=eml-eb-sr-tc19-04242019&M=58812908&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

NYTimes: Kansas students rebel against Summit Learning web-based learning program. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/21/technology/silicon-valley-kansas-schools.html

Hechinger report: Disastrous rollout of proficiency based learning in Maine. https://mailchi.mp/hechingerreport.org/inside-maines-disastrous-rollout-of-proficiency-based-learning?e=4701278295

Knewton, a big name in ed tech, bits the dust. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/05/knewton-big-name-in-ed-tech-bites-dust.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Misplaced reforms

Personalized learning—the promise and the reality. https://nepc.colorado.edu/publication/personalized-learning; and

Peter Greene’s hard-hitting attack on personalized learning in Forbes magazine. https://www.forbes.com/sites/petergreene/2019/05/02/report-can-personalized-learning-actually-deliver/#f4dd5942020c

Diane Ravitch: education reform is dead but zombie ideas persist. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/12/peter-greene-van-schoales-education-reform-is-dead-but-zombie-ideas-persist/

Larry Cuban: https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/04/25/making-schools-business-like-the-longest-school-reform-in-u-s-history-part-1/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/04/27/making-schools-business-like-google-in-classrooms-part-2/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/04/30/making-schools-business-like-the-case-of-summit-charters-part-3/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/05/11/we-need-many-grammars-of-schooling-part-4/   

Teach For America kicked out of Houston. https://cloakinginequity.com/2019/05/09/breaking-news-tfa-kicked-out-of-houston/

Texas pays Teach for America $5.5 million a year for 400 recruits. Only 85% show up for a second year. https://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com/2019/05/11/texas-pays-tfa-5-5-million-a-year-for-400-recruits/ and also, https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/11/houston-why-the-hisd-did-not-renew-tfas-contract/ and https://deutsch29.wordpress.com/2019/05/12/texas-taxpayers-pay-teach-for-america-22m-from-2018-2021-none-of-which-is-for-tfa-teacher-salaries/

Larry Cuban: https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/05/03/challenging-the-grammar-of-instruction-part-1/ and https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/05/06/challenging-the-grammar-of-schooling-part-2/; https://larrycuban.wordpress.com/2019/05/11/we-need-many-grammars-of-schooling-part-4/

Warning: Atlanta’s portfolio plan is not a model. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/28/warning-to-charleston-county-s-c-atlanta-is-not-a-model/

Peter Greene: In Ohio, the ongoing fight to end school-takeovers. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2019/04/oh-ongoing-fight-to-end-school-takeovers.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Diane Ravitch: A book on the inside story of the Atlanta cheating scandal. https://dianeravitch.net/2019/04/30/the-inside-story-of-the-atlanta-cheating-scandal-a-book-you-should-read/

Michigan, don’t scrap the arts requirement! https://dianeravitch.net/2019/05/11/michigan-dont-scrap-the-arts-requirement-for-high-school-graduation/

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