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Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Charters

Monday, September 23, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.

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Chancellor Tisch Defends Tests

Thursday, August 15, 2013

On Thursday's The Brian Lehrer Show, New York Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch acknowledged this is a "very stressful time" for schools because of the shift to higher learning standards known as the Common Core, and the tests that come with them. She cautioned New Yorkers not to be discouraged by this year's low test scores because the state is "in a moment of transition."

 

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Ravitch v. Rhee Fills Summer Lull

Friday, August 10, 2012

Reformists of different stripes staked out their territory on the air and online this week. And SchoolBook updated its data to reflect the latest scores, school numbers and survey results. Check out your school page.

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Petition Drive Challenges Standardized Testing

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Critics of high stakes standardized tests have started an Internet campaign to petition for an overhaul of mandated testing.

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City Revokes Testing Word Ban

Monday, April 02, 2012

Why should pressure groups who won battles a generation ago in other states and regions determine what appears on the tests of New York City?

New York City Department of Education officials said late Monday that they were pulling back on a clause in contracts for testing companies that list 50 words and topics that they should avoid in creating new tests.

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A Middle-School Student Overlooked by the High School Draft

Monday, April 02, 2012

The New York City public school system has about 1.1 million students -- a number so large that it is easy to forget that it is made up of individuals. In his On Education column in The New York Times this Monday morning, Michael Winerip reminds us of the many young lives in the city's hands, and puts the focus on one of them.

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Commenters in a Silly Tizzy Over Testing Topic Ban

Thursday, March 29, 2012

With all that there is to be outraged about when it comes to public education and the fate of American children, the Internet is having a silly fit about a clause in a request for proposals sent out by the New York City Department of Education, listing 50 topics it wants the companies that make student tests to avoid.

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Ravitch Says New Evaluation System Is 'Madness'

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The public schools may be closed all week for February Break, but critics and other writers are busy examining the new teacher evaluation agreement that was reached last week. Among the critics: Diane Ravitch and The Daily News columnist, Juan Gonzalez.

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City Publishes New Elementary School Directory

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Helpful news out of the city's Education Department: It has released a directory of all elementary school programs in the public schools, just in time to help parents who are registering their 5-year-olds for kindergarten.

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Diane Ravitch Has Questions for the Cuomo Commission

Friday, January 06, 2012

Diane Ravitch, a professor of education and frequent critic of the school reform movement, says New York state's school system is in trouble. She poses seven questions for a commission that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo says he will form to look into student achievement and school accountability.

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In Afterword, Ravitch Brings Things Up to Date

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

In the afterward of the paperback version of her book, "The Death and Life of the Great American School System," Diane Ravitch continues her crusade against the school reform movement, reacting to the events, people and ideas of the last year and a half. Read some excerpts.

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‘Class Warfare’ Ignites Class Debate

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Criticism and debate have followed the publication of Steven Brill's “Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools," arguably the back-to-school book of the year.

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Can a New Schools Chancellor Fix Education Reform's Image Problem?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Breaking from the stridency of Rhee or the discomfort of Black, Walcott will test whether better relationships will lead to better politics as he takes on the charge of continuing Bloomberg’s education redesign.

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