Tag: Diane Ravitch

Three books critical of education choice, as well as book review, miss the mark

Can public education survive against so-called “free market fundamentalists, religious zealots, and others” who hate the idea of public education and want to replace it with “privately managed charter schools, vouchers, tuition tax credits, online learning, home schooling, and for-profit schooling”? Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York[Read More…]

redefinEd executive editor talks education choice on Arizona public radio

For as long as there have been public schools, there has been school choice. That was the message Matt Ladner delivered to education choice critics in an interview on KJZZ, a Phoenix-based public radio station. The station aired interviews this week reflecting both sides of the education choice issue, which[Read More…]

Florida schools roundup: school grades, Common Core, Trayvon Martin & more

School grades. The Board of Education’s decision “reeks,” writes Beth Kassab. Sherman Dorn’s take (which includes a pitch for grading private schools with large numbers of voucher students). “Politically manipulated scam,” says Bob Schaeffer at FairTest. Diane Ravitch’s blog. School districts. Hillsborough, its superintendent MaryEllen Elia and its highly publicized teacher evaluation[Read More…]

Florida roundup: Alberto Carvalho, school lotteries & more charter school report

Charter schools. Education Week writes up the state report that compares the test scores of Florida charter schools and district schools. Diane Ravitch sees a stunt. The Bay school board postpones a decision on whether to deny a charter school’s renewal due to financial concerns, reports the Panama City News Herald. A[Read More…]

Florida roundup: charter schools, tax credit scholarships and a question about parent trigger

Charter schools. Brooksville’s first charter school, one with a STEM focus, will open this fall, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Competition from charter schools is forcing the Palm Beach County school district to think harder about its needs and priorities, reports the Palm Beach Post. Charters are also sparking debate among Palm Beach[Read More…]