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AP Class Crisis     (click on link to left for all articles in this category in reverse chronological order – most recent or important articles listed below)

  1. It’s AP ex(sc)am time again!
  2. Important advice for students and parents regarding Advanced Placement (AP) classes.
  3. A Hole in the Aragon Math Curriculum
  4. very unfortunate local test practice that I think is hurting students.
  5. How to Interest Kids in Science, Engineering, and Math.
  6. Confirmation from UC Berkeley on problems with AP classes

Teacher Salaries     (click on link to left for all articles in this category in reverse chronological order – most recent or important articles listed below)

  1. SMFCSD Budget and Measure Y Postmortem
  2. Large Turnover on SMFCSD Board in Face of Looming Cutbacks!!
  3. Financial Troubles in the SMFCSD

College Admissions  (click on link to left for all articles in this category in reverse chronological order – most recent or important articles listed below)

  1. How to get in to Harvard
  2. SAT Test Prep Recommendations

Education News     (click on link to left for all articles in this category in reverse chronological order – most recent or important articles listed below)

  1. Yet Another Case of Education Privatization Leading to Fraud
  2. A Critical Read for all of those Interested in Education
  3. “Strange Contagion” by Lee Daniel Kravetz
  4. Uncredentialed teachers in charter schools?
  5. Charter School Experience in Nashville, TN.
  6. Legislative Attempt to Roll Back Charter Schools in California
  7. More on the aftermath of the LAUSD election
  8. LA School Board now has a majority in favor of charter schools
  9. The Danger of Universal pre-K??
  10. Is Google peddling intellectual crack???

Measure Y     (click on link to left for all articles in this category in reverse chronological order – most recent or important articles listed below)

  1. No Last Minute Miracle for Measure Y
  2. Measure Y revenues will NOT be replaced by the state if the measure fails to pass!
  3. San Mateo / Foster City Mail-in Ballot Coming for Measure Y

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A Critical Read for all of those Interested in Education

I am reposting the following from Diane Ravitch’s blog.  With a major debate going on in the US over public versus charter schools given the new Secretary of Education, the PBS documentary and this critique are important contributions on opposing sides of the debate.  The documentary is very entertaining, but many will find it misleading; the points made by Ravitch and Burris in the article below are far more compelling, but not a slick, well-financed sales job, and so will unfortunately be less noticed.  Please take the time to read it in its entirety!

You might also be interested in the documentary “Backpack Full of Cash” that she mentions at https://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/18/do-you-want-to-host-a-community-screening-of-backpack-full-of-cash/.

Diane Ravitch was a former Assistant Secretary of Education under George W. Bush, initially involved in promoting the No Child Left Behind initiative.  She did a 180 turnabout when she saw the effects of the program and the impact of standardized testing.  She is a professor of education history at New York University and author of several books on the American education system such as The Death and Life of the Great American School System and The Reign of Error.

—  David Kristofferson

Between April and June of this year, PBS distributed a three-hour documentary called “Schools Inc.” to its member stations. I was invited to comment on the program by WNET, the PBS station in New York City. It was a 10-minute interview, and not nearly enough time to respond to all the issues covered in a […]

via Diane Ravitch and Carol Burris: A Critical Review of the PBS Special “Schools, Inc.” — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Charter School Experience in Nashville, TN.

I have been taking a break from blogging for the past month, but wanted to share this article on the experience of a school board member with charter schools in Nashville, Tennessee:

http://dianeravitch.net/2017/07/11/a-nashville-school-board-member-warns-kentucky-and-mississippi-about-the-charter-scams/