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NAEP 2021 Has Been Canceled. State Tests Should Also Be Canceled.

Diane Ravitch's blog

The accountability hawks have decided that NAEP testing must be canceled this spring because of the pandemic, but the burdensome, useless, meaningless annual testing of every single student from grades 3-8 should not be disrupted. Betsy DeVos proposed canceling NAEP, and the director of the National Center for Education Statistics complied. There will be no NAEP 2021.

This is backwards.

If we want to understand the impact of the coronavirus on American students, NAEP testing should go forward. NAEP—the National Assessment of Educational Progress—has been administered to scientific samples of American students since the late 1960s. Since 1992, it has provided state-by-state comparisons. It disaggregates scores by race, gender, income, English language status, disability status, and other criteria. It measures achievement gaps among whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Asians. It supplies the same valuable information for a score of urban district that volunteer to be tested. No stakes are attached to…

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Dave Pell: The Insane Clown Posse

Diane Ravitch's blog

I promised myself I would not post anything about Orange 45 unless absolutely necessary. Then I read this. Dave Pell asks a crucial question:

Is a coup still a coup even if that coup is totally coup coup? Yes, Trumpist efforts to overturn the election have been laughable, lawless, and ludicrous, and have officially put theLameinto this Lame Duck session. Rudy Giulianiliterally melting down during a conspiracy theory filled presserattended by his son who hours latertested positivefor coronavirus certainly had elements of dark (running) humor. Was it hair dye dripping down the side of his face? Was it mascara? My guess is that it was snake oil. Whatever it was, it’s rare that you can spring a leak from both temples and have it be the least embarrassing part of a public appearance. The assertions were so absurd that we felt nostalgic for Rudy’s better…

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Federal Judge Permanently Bars DeVos from Diverting CARES Funds to Private Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

While Trump appointees are doing their best to impose their policies before January 20, a federal judge in California told Betsy DeVos in no equivocal terms by a federal judge that she cannot divert CARES money to private schools. The nation’s nearly 100,000 public schools received $13.2 billion in CARES funding, which they were required to share with charter schools and to private schools with low-income students. However, charter schools, religious schools, and private schools also qualified for billions more from the CARES Payroll Protection Program, which excluded public schools. DeVos initially tried to wedge private schools into the public schools’ $13.2 billion fund, even if the private schools had no low-income students. But three federal judges rejected her efforts. Now she is permanently enjoined.

LANSING, Mich — A judge has formally closed the case on U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ efforts to rewrite a section of the Coronavirus Aid…

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John Merrow: Trump’s 73 Million Voters: Can We Talk?

Diane Ravitch's blog

John Merrow looks at the deeply partisan divide in our country and thinks about ways that we can communicate with each other.

Three Big Questions:  1) How many of the nearly 73 million Americans who voted for President Donald J. Trump can be persuaded to support President Joe Biden? 2) How can we connect with them?  3) Can we fix our schools so they don’t keep turning out angry and disaffected graduates who eagerly support demagogues?

I suspect that the racists, the white nationalists, the misogynists, and other close-minded bigots who voted for Trump aren’t persuadable, nor are greedy, selfish voters who care only about their finances. 

But, as I see it, that leaves many millions of Trump voters who might be open to change. Let’s not scorn or mock them but rather try to understand their position.

To change the minds of adults who voted for Trump, we…

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Tom Ultican: EdTech Spending in North Carolina is Running Wild

Diane Ravitch's blog

Thomas Ultican took a close look at spending on education technology in North Carolina and was shocked by what he learned.

He begins:

A North Carolina cabal of school superintendents, politicians, consultants and technology companies has gone wild over the past seven years. In Chapel Hill, Education Elements obtained an illegitimate $767,000 contract. Chapel Hill-Carborro City Hills Schools (CHCCS) Assistant Superintendent of Business and Finance, Jennifer Bennett, supposedly ignored school board policy and agreed to the contract in secret. It seems that when the state and local schools are spending on education technology, policies and law are being ignored.

After the Education Elements negotiations, Bennett sent a message to their Managing Partner, Jason Bedford, saying, “Need to get you guys to modify the [contract] if you can since if we include the whole potential payment value, then we have to take this to the Board since over our $90K threshold ….” This…

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It’s Not Just The Mask

Nan's Notebook

Consider the following scenarios that were recently printed in our local newspaper related to the spread of COVID-19:

  1. Going to work when sick.
  2. Not wearing face masks or not wearing them correctly.
  3. Traveling to COVID-19 hot spots and bringing back the virus.
  4. Sending children to school sick.
  5. Attending large holiday parties where unmasked people engage in close contact activities like dancing, singing, and sharing food.
  6. Gathering for in-person birthday parties with guests from other households.
  7. Attending large prayer group sessions without following social distancing and masking guidelines.
  8. Visiting grocery stores or other areas without practicing social distancing and wearing masks.
  9. Joining poker games where people sit too close to each other.
  10. Huddling too close together at bars to watch football games.

THINK PEOPLE!
These are clear examples of how this virus continues to spread.

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Recently, we considered ordering a to-go dinner from a local restaurant, but decided against it…

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Steven Singer: Five Reasons to Be Cautiously Optimistic about Biden

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Steven Singer was an avid supporter of Bernie Sanders. Now, post election, he is feeling cautiously optimistic about the prospect of a Biden presidency. He explains why here. I’m posting his first reason. Open the link to read the other four.

Singer writes:

President-elect Joe Biden.

Go ahead and say that aloud once.

“President-elect Joe Biden.”

How does it feel?

If you’re like me, it feels pretty good.

And to be honest I never expected that it would.

Sure, I voted for Joe. I gave money to the campaign. I volunteered.

But Biden was far from my first choice. In fact, looking over the field of Democrats seeking the party’s nomination, he might have been my last pick.

I was a Bernie Sanders guy and probably will be until the day I die.

But damn if it doesn’t feel good to say “President-elect Joe Biden!”

Before today, 

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President-Elect Joe Biden!

YES!!!!!!!!!!! Biden-Harris !!!!!

Diane Ravitch's blog

Joe Biden passed the 270-vote in the electoral college!

He won Pennsylvania, with leads in Arizona and Nevada.

It is a very good day for America and the world!

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/07/politics/joe-biden-wins-us-presidential-election/index.html

Our long national nightmare is over!

Trump must go. Pack his bags. Clear out and take I ask, Don Jr., Eric, and Stephen Miller with him.

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The Democrats Need a New Eugene McCarthy

1960s: Days of Rage


“The awakening Democratic presidential primary, with 14 declared candidates and at least nine possible more, amounts to a stark choice over the party’s future: left or center, identity-issue minded or pluralist, radical or incrementalist. In fact, we haven’t seen Left battle lines so dramatically etched for more than half a century, since 1967 and 1968, under the dual weights of a disastrous foreign war and a rising new generation determined for change. The hero of that Democratic primary, who pushed Lyndon Johnson out of the race, ignited the energy of America’s young, and set up the new fault lines along which the future of the party got fought, was Eugene McCarthy, Democratic-farmer-labor senator from Minnesota. For many of us who were part of the McCarthy campaign, it’s a new Gene McCarthy—not in form, but in values—that we want today. For those who didn’t live it, it’s hard to imagine the…

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