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What Advice Did Our Founders and First Presidents Offer On Preserving Our Democracy?

What Advice Did Our Founders and First Presidents Offer On Preserving Our Democracy? by Bill Honig

In today’s political arena many of the basic tenets of our democracy are being challenged   and there is evidence that too many young people (and adults) are not attaching to democratic ideas and responsibilities.  It is fitting on President’s day that Americans should revisit the ideas, warnings, and advice of our first leaders. They understood that governance resting on popular consent was a huge gamble since no previous efforts at creating a successful democracy had survived. The effort would be difficult and would require continued vigilance by each generation of citizens and political representatives to last.

Our early leaders were very specific about what was necessary for our great democratic experience to endure and tried to inoculate the country against three main dangers:  Majority rule degenerating into anarchy from irreconcilable conflicts, growing inequality re-instating oligarchy and corruption, and the democracy succumbing to tyranny from fear-based and dishonest demagoguery.

Building on the colonists experience in self-governing churches and local government they proposed a constitution based on representative government and majority rule which built a structure for the separation of powers, federalism, periodic elections to hold government accountable, and protections for individuals and the democratic system enshrined in our Bill of Rights.  That was their first line of defense against our democracy failing.

But Madison, Jefferson, Adams, Hamilton and Franklin also knew that the structure of government was necessary but not sufficient. They and those that followed made several other crucial suggestions. Citizens needed to be well-versed in democratic ideals and experience, willing to participate, exercise self-discipline and be law-abiding, and develop the habits of tolerance and democratic deliberation. Representatives needed to respect our institutions and be accountable for their actions and veracity.

James Kloppenberg in his masterful recent book, Toward Democracy chronicles the development of democratic ideas and beliefs culminating in the creation and subsequent development of our country. He found three main themes and three supportive ideas which are helpful in understanding how best to fight for and protect our democratic ideals.

First, representative government deriving from “the people” and how that could work was evidenced in our Constitution. The founders were aware of the danger of quick but misguided action and created mechanisms to increase deliberation and spread power such as an independent judiciary both at the national and state level. They also were cognizant of the tension between majority rule and the rights of minorities and individuals and attempted to balance those interests. They also knew that some protections against government were crucial for individuals and for the system to work such as a free press to hold those in government accountable and root out corruption, mendacity, and self-dealing, free speech for the free exchange of ideas, free expression of religion and a proscription of the government establishing one religion, due process, a fair and equal administration of our laws, and that everyone, even the president, should be subject to our laws. They thought that citizens and representatives must understand and value the legitimacy of these structures.

Second, increasing liberty or autonomy of individuals was a key purpose of our democracy. Free individual choices and spheres of action and protection from overbearing government or repressive majorities was part of it. But they were also aware of the dangers of untrammeled self-interest, ignoring the common good, and a lack of the individual self-discipline needed for a free democracy to survive.

Third, equality or respecting the humanity and brotherhood of all citizens, in practice limited at first, but setting the stage for the struggle for legal, political, social, and economic equality for all (liberty and justice for all from our Pledge of Allegiance). The history of the 228 years since our constitution was adopted has been the slow struggle in fits and starts and backsliding to broaden the definition of “We, the People”

The founders also believed that three other habits and beliefs were crucial for a democracy to survive.

First, a commitment to democratic deliberation. Most of our founders were well aware of the religious wars in Europe and oppressive countries which only tolerated one set of beliefs. In a successful democracy truth and policies should arise from discussion which necessitated respect for opponents, listening, and supporting decisions resulting from democratic deliberations.

Second, pluralism and tolerance of diverse groups—religious, racial, ethnic, national origin, class, and regional. The United States is attempting something unique in human history. A large country composed of diverse interests and groups comprised of the world’s populations who find enough common purpose to sustain a democracy. This goal requires a higher stage of ethical behavior than in more homogeneous countries. It is human nature to identify with our respective groups and become hostile to others and our country has gone through decades of racial, religious, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, and class prejudice, hostility, and legal discrimination even in the face of our democratic ideals. Keeping group ties while being tolerant and respectful of others is a difficult but crucial task for our country. This mission is undermined by leaders who appeal to group hatred which dishonors a basic principle of our heritage.

Our founders and first presidents confronted the dilemma of slavery knowing that slavery violated the democratic principles of representative government, liberty, and equality on which our country was created. It wasn’t until Lincoln and the Civil war finally determined that the continued existence of slavery sullied the ethical component to democracy and established that the idea that majority rules could mean a majority could oppress one group of humans (Stephen Douglas’s position in the Lincoln/Douglas debates) was morally unacceptable. It took another 100 years for equality and fair political and legal treatment to be established in reality by the Civil Rights movement—a position we are still struggling with. Similar efforts were made for other repressed groups such as women, ethnic and religious minorities, and gays and the working class.

Finally, Kloppenberg, enshrines the founders belief in idea of reciprocity as an essential ingredient of successful democracies. Our founders understood the importance to a democracy of the religious belief that all individuals were equal before God, the central Christian doctrine of love, (Love your neighbor as yourself) and the ubiquitous belief in the Golden Rule. In a democracy citizens must accept the underlying humanity, legitimacy, and significance of all even while disagreeing on specific policies. The founders thought that in successful democracies majorities didn’t try to crush their opponents but saw the importance of continued debate with them to reach better solutions.

Our country almost disintegrated in the harsh political atmosphere of the 1790’s. After flirting with wholesale demonization and false accusations of the opposition both Jefferson and Adams and their followers relented and the “era of good feelings” occurred with the election of Jefferson. Years later, Lincoln in his first Inaugural Address asked the South to discuss not fight and appealed to the “better angels of our nature” and when the war appeared won in his Second Inaugural was not vindictive to Southerners as many in the North wished but advocated reconciliation. (with malice towards none, with charity for all)

Our founders also strongly believed that an educated citizenry was essential to the success of a democracy to counteract the belief that the lack of education and perspective made people susceptible to demagogic appeals and unable to fully participate in democratic deliberations. Most importantly, each new generation needed to be well-versed and attached to democratic ideas, democratic history, democratic habits, and a willingness to participate in self-government and engage in ethical self-discipline. An educated citizenry was viewed as a key bulwark for democracy.

Our early leaders eventually proposed free public education as a necessary component to allow our democracy to succeed. This idea that the government not solely parents should provide a common education and that all citizens should pay for the education of children not their own was unsuccessfully resisted by many in the 19th century as public education became widespread.  Those advocating for the importance of a “common schools” won the debate. (Some people today want to re-litigate the issue decrying “government schools”, supporting large cuts for public schools, and advocating privatizing of public education.)

Benjamin Franklin when asked by a women after the Constitutional Convention what kind of government they decided on “a republic or a monarchy” he quickly replied “A republic if you can keep it.” Lincoln in his immortal Gettysburg address alluded to the fragile nature of our democracy and that our devotion to a continued effort to perfect our ideals of freedom and equality was necessary so that “government of the people, by the people, and for the people shall not perish from the earth”. That fight goes on.

Bill Honig was Superintendent of Public Instruction in California from 1983-1993. He is currently Vice-Chair of the California Instructional Quality Commission which develops K-12 content frameworks and reviews instructional materials for the California State Board of Education. That board recently adopted a History/Social Science framework which incorporates many of the ideas in this article.

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Comments March 25-April 26th, 2020

Build and Support

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/as-schools-tackle-coronavirus-pause.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Reading https://www.corelearn.com/infographic-science-of-reading/

http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2020/04/john-steinbeck-ray-bradbury-and-power.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RussOnReading+%28Russ+on+Reading%29

Why teach literature. http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/why-teach-literature-whole-collection.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29  

History https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/05/joy-hakim-online-lessons-by-a-storyteller/

Science https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/31/vicki-cobb-why-trust-science/ and https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/25/vicki-cobb-why-does-science-matter/

Charter, Voucher, and Privatization Issues

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/charter-schools-we-are-businesses.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Are Charter Schools Public or Private? Trying to Have It Both Ways When Federal Emergency Money? https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/04/10/24083/

Betsy DeVos Derides Our System of Public Schools but Today’s School Closures Show Why the System Matters https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/03/25/23827/

Arkansas https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/28/little-rock-parents-and-activists-fight-against-sham-of-restoring-local-control/

Florida http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/floridas-troubled-cyber-school-launches.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

New Jersey https://jerseyjazzman.blogspot.com/2020/04/can-nj-afford-to-continue-subsidizing.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FCqnJA+%28Jersey+Jazzman%29

Ohio https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/27/stephen-dyer-ohio-legislature-continues-to-be-obsessed-by-vouchers/ and Ohio legislature allows voucher expansion in schools which already have vouchers. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/03/27/23854/

Tennessee https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/07/tennessee-parents-and-civil-rights-groups-sue-to-block-vouchers/

Texas https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/25/texas-public-schools-outperform-charter-schools-2/

Texas https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/25/texas-charter-schools-grow-rapidly-despite-inferior-performance-compared-to-public-schools/

Utah https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/03/utah-governor-vetoes-voucher-proposal/

Reform Foibles

So-called reformers have argued that “fixing the schools” will “fix society.” Schneider shows that this is backwards https://dianeravitch.net/2020/04/17/jack-schneider-pandemic-lays-bare-the-gaping-inequities-in-our-society/

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/recovery-commission-targets-gutting-of.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

Even Though Schools Are Closed, Advocates Must Keep on Pushing to End Dangerous School “Deformer” Policies https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/04/01/23931/

Coronavirus School Closures Will Force Us to Examine Failure of Standards-Based School Accountability https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/04/08/24035/

http://curmudgucation.blogspot.com/2020/04/demonstrating-why-business-ideas-dont.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+blogspot%2FORjvzd+%28CURMUDGUCATION%29

The stubborn myth of learning styles. https://www.educationnext.org/stubborn-myth-learning-styles-state-teacher-license-prep-materials-debunked-theory/  

Technology

https://www.edweek.org/ew/section/multimedia/the-k-12-educators-guide-to-safe-and-effective-videoconferencing.html?cmp=eml-enl-tl-news1&M=59454827&U=56558&UUID=963b3ee1b30e99b18f611b1fbc9d893e

Pandemic exposes the limitations of on-line learning. https://janresseger.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/24012/

Pondiscio: Distance learning is not the new normal. https://fordhaminstitute.org/national/commentary/no-not-new-normal?utm_source=Fordham+Institute+Newsletters+%26+Announcements&utm_campaign=473d67c332-20200415+-+Education+Gadfly+Weekly+A%2FB&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5fa2df08a3-473d67c332-71867561&mc_cid=473d67c332&mc_eid=ebbe04a807

Students and teachers discuss on-line learning. https://webinar.mathspace.co/us/registration?id=4091800

https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2020/03/23/the-biggest-obstacles-to-moving-americas-public-schools-online/#594beb9f10e4

Problems with online learning https://dianeravitch.net/2020/03/30/jan-resseger-is-smarter-than-me-this-post-proves-it/

http://russonreading.blogspot.com/2020/04/book-review-practical-guide-to-digital.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RussOnReading+%28Russ+on+Reading%29

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 

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