Voices @ Temple Law by Susan L. DeJarnatt Professor of Law Published on October 26, 2016
Diane Ravitch’s Blog By dianeravitch October 27, 2016 //
A few days ago, I posted warnings about the stealth effort to expand charter schools in Pennsylvania, embedded in a bill called HB530. Exposed to daylight and to the righteous wrath of parents and school boards, the bill failed. Good work by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA), teachers, and people who understand the importance of public schools managed to kill HB530, which was a sugarplum for the rapacious charter industry.
National Math and Science Initiative On October 27, 2016 in General, NMSI in the News by Anna Gruber
By Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette October 28, 2016 12:00 AM
International Business Times BY DAVID SIROTA @DAVIDSIROTA AND AVI ASHER-SCHAPIRO AND ANDREW PEREZ (MAPLIGHT) ON10/26/16 AT 10:49 PM
Having served fourteen years in the Wisconsin state legislature before coming to Congress, I had a front-row seat to witness the growth of the nation’s first and largest taxpayer-funded voucher experiment. Our state was an unfortunate leader in the current march toward corporations and wealthy individuals privatizing our public education system. Wisconsin now has more than 32,000 students statewide enrolled in its voucher plan, even though approximately three-quarters of the new students receiving that public money werealready attending private schools. Now they are just doing so on the taxpayer’s dime. States across the country are draining funds from public schools that educate the vast majority of our children and diverting it to a few students in private schools. And while state governments are spending millions of taxpayer dollars on these schools, there is virtually no proof that voucher programs are effectively educating our kids. These schools have far less accountability and lower standards than public schools.
Where The Money Comes From In The Fight Over MA Charter Schools
WBUR By Max Larkin October 27, 2016
BBC by Sean Coughlan Education correspondent 27 October 2016
How do Finnish youngsters spend less time in school, get less homework and still come out with some of the best results in the world?
The question gets to the heart of a lot of parental angst about hard work and too much pressure on children in school. Parents facing all those kitchen table arguments over homework might wonder about its value if the Finns are getting on just fine without burning the midnight oil.
As the OECD think tank says: "One of the most striking facts about Finnish schools is that their students have fewer hours of instruction than students in any other OECD country."
MARCUS GEE ASHEVILLE, N.C. The Globe and Mail Last updated: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016 2:14PM EDT
A year after governor Elbridge Gerry’s radical (and self-serving) redrawing of the Massachusetts political landscape inspired the Boston Gazette cartoonist’s ‘Gerry-Mander,’ this version appeared in the April 2, 1813, edition of the Salem Gazette. Here’s the original page; you can also read the accompanying editorial below. Donald Trump says the election is rigged. His enemies are trying to steal it from him. That’s nonsense, of course. Out-and-out cheating at the ballot box is vanishingly rare in the United States, thanks to a host of safeguards. But he’s right in one sense.
Daily KOS By Stephen Wolf Thursday Oct 27, 2016 · 9:01 AM EDT
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