Monthly Archives: February 2014

Watch the Network for Public Education Conference Livestreamed

Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog:
The Network for Public Education national conference will meet in Austin, Texas, on Saturday and Sunday, March 1 and 2. You can join us by livestream. The direct link to the site hosting the livestream is here: http://www.schoolhouselive.org/ The conference hashtag is #npeconference. Nearly 400 activist parents, educators, legislators, and other supporters of…

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Why are TFA and “reformers” perhaps the least interested in reform?

Why are TFA and, more generally, “reformers” perhaps the least interested in reform? Why do they get defensive when faced with critiques based on empiricism (data and research) and efficacy (is their reform working)? See for example Jonathan Alter get defensive when I discuss charter school data and research on the Melissa Harris-Perry show. He went Jerry Springer. Is it

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To Whom does Teach For America Give Power and Influence?

A new peer-reviewed article in the Journal of Education Policy reveals the relationships between Teach For America (TFA) and federal charter school “reform” to interrogate how policy decisions are shaped by networks of elite individuals, organizations, and private corporations. Mapping the Terrain: Teach For America, Charter School Reform, and Corporate Sponsorship provides evidence that TFA is a central and important

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#ResistTFA Tops Twitter Trend in United States

#resistTFA Tops Twitter Trend. From DianeRavitch.net: The student-led movement to defend the teaching profession is off to a fast start: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Contacts: Stephanie Rivera Rutgers University 1.732.485.0508 srrivera92@gmail.com Hannah Nguyen University of Southern California 1.408.644.9717 hbnguyen@usc.edu #ResistTFA (Resist Teach For America) Hashtag Tops Twitter Trend List February 18 – Chicago, IL – The hashtag, #ResistTFA (Resist Teach

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Help! I need your advice. Should I apply to Teach For America?

Teach For America (TFA) is soooo magnum sexy right now. For example, one of the “charities” that was sponsored during the past weekend’s NBA All-Star festivities was TFA. TFA was placed on a pedestal with the Wounded Warrior Project, UNICEF and the American Heart Association. A colleague of mine texted during the game, “Since when did Teach For America become

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Have you heard?: Jeff Santos & Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig on Revolution Radio Network

Take a listen to our live radio conversation from Tuesday 2/11/14 about vouchers, charters, testing and accountability. For part 1 of the conversation click here and for part 2 click here. The conversation goes for about 15 minutes. Thanks to the NEA for tweeting about the conversation. A few tweets: .@ProfessorJVH "In Chile, guess who losers were in #voucher pgms? Students

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