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Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election Nov 4? (Please Vote Ted in Austin)

Is a Billionaire or Millionaire looking to buy your election? In a sudden burst of altruism, billionaires like Michael Bloomberg have donated lots o’ cash to the school board race, via the Minneapolis *Progressive* Education Fund. Now it does seem a little odd for little old Minneapolis to be getting so much attention from very […]

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Teachers Matter: The Letter Defending Educators @Time Wouldn’t Print #TIMEapologize #TIMEfail

To: Nancy Gibbs, Time Editor From: Thomas L. Good, Professor Emeritus College of Education University of Arizona 1936 E Fifth Street Tucson, AZ  85719 520-884-4298 TEACHERS MATTER The November 3 issue of Time magazine includes a sensational cover, an editorial statement and a feature story that systematically question the value of American teachers who often […]

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Linda Darling-Hammond Storified: Enough is Known for Action!

Today in DC, Linda Darling-Hammond discussed what is known about school reform for a group of teachers convened by the NEA Foundation. She argued research, best practice, and leadership is converging perhaps as never before on a set of policy and practice levers to ensure that equity and excellence can be achieved systemically. Teachers and […]

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EdWeek Series Beyond Rhetoric: @TeachForAmerica You are my Obsession

You can’t even escape @TeachForAmerica marketing at the airport. I was traveling back from the University of Michigan football game this past weekend, and the photo above is of the security bin that welcomed me at the Detroit airport courtesy of @Zappos. Mark @Zappos down as another company that I will need to personally boycott. […]

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@TeachForAmerica Airlines: Fly Us! We Build Plane in Air

“I fly a lot,” he says. “Let’s say you go to the airport and you have a choice of three different pilots. One has trained for 30 hours online, the second has five weeks in the summer, and the third has studied, become certified and has spent a year as an intern. Which airplane would […]

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Join us for Public Education Nation Event in NYC on October 11, 2014

The Network for Public Education will hold a historic event in one month’s time. You may choose to attend in person at the Brooklyn New School in New York or view it via Livestreaming. A live-stream of the event will be available on Saturday, Oct. 11, starting at Noon Eastern time, 9 am Pacific time […]

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UPDATED: Aliens Laud Affirmative Action In Texas Social Studies Curriculum (Really)

I am not lying to you. Yes, Texas textbook designers have found a new way to deride social progress by using aliens as their muse. But first, the peer reviewed academic material. In 2012, the post “Illusion of Inclusion,” Article about Race and Standards in Harvard Educational Review introduced a peer reviewed textual analysis of the Texas […]

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Back-to-School? Classrooms by Walmart?: Feel Guilty About Shopping at Walmart

Honestly, I felt guilty on the rare occasion that I shopped at Walmart. Yes I have shopped at Walmart. I didn’t want to, but sometimes at midnight I had no other choice when I needed emergency water for my Discus aquarium and spaghetti sauce. Walmart politics are of course objectionable to me, but they litter the […]

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Just like the Crayons in our logo, NPE recently became more colorful

I am honored to serve on the Network for Public Education Board of Directors. The Network for Public Education is an advocacy group whose goal is to fight to protect, preserve and strengthen our public school system, an essential institution in a democratic society. Our mission is to protect, preserve, promote, and strengthen public schools […]

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Help!, Vote for Post: Who Should be Responded to First!?

It’s coming in from all directions this week. So I need your help to decide who should be responded to first on Cloaking Inequity. Here are the candidates: There is an attack today from RedefinED on vouchers insinuating that I am a union shill and lack peer-review in my work. The pro-choice and charter folks are trumpeting that KIPP […]

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Arne Duncan Hails Vergara Decision

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Here is Arne Duncan’s statement on the Vergara decision that tenure and seniority are unconstitutional. Not a word about the real causes of unequal opportunity: poverty and segregation.. Who would have believed that a Democratic administration would stand by silently as collective bargaining rights are rolled back (Wisconsin)…

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We will miss you Maya Angelou

I don’t know how much longer I’ll be around. I’ll probably be writing when the Lord says, ‘Maya, Maya Angelou, it’s time.’ It is with a sad heart that I learn today of the passing of Maya Angelou. Here are a few select Maya Angelou quotes: My task for today… I’ve learned that people will […]

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Shocker: Texas Lifts Enrollment Caps on K12

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
K12, the online charter corporation founded by the Milken brothers, has received a series of terrible evaluations. The NCAA recently denied a score of K12 “schools” credit because of the poor quality of instruction. A CREDO study in Pennsylvania concluded that virtual charters performed wose than public schools…

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Uncovering Lies and Damn Lies in Arne Duncan’s Graduation Rates

Has your state experienced a meteoric rise in its graduation rate since Arne Duncan’s new graduation standards went into effect? Do you think it too good to be true? Nobody likes to be lied to. The latest Arne Duncan sleight of hand is the reporting and trumpeting of graduation rates. The Washington Post related: Calling it […]

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What Ideology hath San Antonio Imported from Arizona Charter Chains?

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
Amanda Potterton of Arizona State University presented this paper at the recent annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Now that these charter chains are going national, it is a good time to review them. Potterton writes: Last November, I wrote a commentary published in Teachers College…

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Table for 3: The Story Behind Dinner with Linda Darling-Hammond and Diane Ravitch

This past Wednesday I hatched an idea. Why not invite Linda Darling-Hammond and Diane Ravitch to dinner, two of my mentors, and the most notable and influential voices in education? Let me first start with the academic part of today’s blog post. Reddick and Vasquez Heilig (2012) discussed mentoring in the peer-reviewed paper Constellations a Promising […]

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The Ongoing Debate on Public and Private School Effectiveness: Vouchers, Representative Samples, Fundamentalism and Wal-Mart

Originally posted on @ THE CHALK FACE:
To no one’s surprise, the market-oriented EducationNext, “a journal of opinion and research,” does not like the findings outlined in the recent book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools, which I wrote with Prof. Sarah Theule Lubienski. After all, the two large, nationally representative datasets…

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Fighting for Public Education with the Activist Hippies, the Original Hipsters

Austin is well-know for its hipsters that wander the streets during our SXSW music festival. But, did you know that “Hippies” were the original “Hipsters”? From Wikipedia: The hippie (or hippy) subculture was originally a youth movement that arose in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. The word […]

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