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It’s Time to Call the FLDOE and the Bush Foundation on Their Latest Charter School Study

I have no idea why Foundation for Excellence in Education (FEE) writer Mike Thomas is whining about the lack of media coverage on the latest FLDOE study which found that Florida’s charter schools are outperforming public schools in just about every … Continue reading

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Bush Foundation Ignores It’s Own Nazi Baiter in Zeal to Criticize Diane Ravitch

UPDATE: After some comments, including key public education advocate Dr. Paul, Mike Thomas admitted he error and changed his post to reflect that the comments did not belong to Ravitch. (2/21/13 600 AM CST) Like most ed reformers, Foundation for Excellence in … Continue reading

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How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model

Jeff Solochek of Gradebook calls attention to those reading scores everyone’s been bragging about for the last month. Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black lawmakers. That’s pretty … Continue reading

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National Association of Secondary Schools Principals Endorses Resolution on High Stakes Testing

The nation’s leading association of high school principals joined the growing movement to end the way the nation’s policy-makers are imposing crippling high-stakes tests regimes on the nation’s schools. Diane Ravitch spoke to the group before a nearly unanimous vote … Continue reading

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Why Rick Scott Can’t Heed the Gaineville Sun’s Call to Seek Plan B on Education

In the aftermath of the Alachua school board adopting a resolution against high-stakes tests, the editors of the Gainesville Sun say its time for Rick Scott to lead the state away from its current hyper testing mandates. What should be … Continue reading

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How Democrats Are Abandoning the Most Vulnerable in Our Public Schools

One wonders what late Senator Ted Kennedy would make of the current school reform movement. The senate icon, who is widely seen as the father and champion of special education in the nation’s public schools, died in 2009 before folks like Michelle … Continue reading

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CATO Education Policy Wonk Calls Parent Trigger “Inherently Divisive”

Neal McCluskey is the associate director of CATO’s Center for Education Freedom. Like most advocates of education reform he never misses an opportunity to mock Diane Ravitch, but McCluskey’s opposition to parent trigger speaks directly to the divisiveness  such efforts are already … Continue reading

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Its Time for the Media Mouthpieces of Democrats for Education Reform to Come Out of the Closet

In her blog space at Education Week, Democrats for Education Reform board member Sara Mead, took the opportunity to respond to a Dana Goldstein  piece critical of charter-public co-location schools. It was the second such response from a Democrat for Education … Continue reading

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Michelle Rhee Creates a Strawman Teacher and Retreats on Poverty

You don’t often see Diane Ravitch and Michelle Rhee on the same stage, but we did Thursday in Marth’s Vineyard. This Washington Post story provides a few quotes from the two – just enough to frame their points of view. … Continue reading

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The Rick Scott-Michelle Rhee-Charter USA Pep Rally Debacle

It was clear from the start the decision from Charter USA to bus in 2000 teachers and administrators to a Michelle Rhee-Rick Scott rally  on Thursday was a bad idea. With media coverage and outrage by public school officials on record … Continue reading

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