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    NPE Swings & Misses With Latest Charter School Attack

    Last week, the creators of the Serial podcast launched a five-part audio series in partnership with the New York Times. Nice White Parents explores the 60-plus-year relationship between white families and a Brooklyn public school, I.S. 293. The podcast is must listen material for anyone interested in educational equity. The most recent episode concludes with […] More

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    As Teachers Salaries Rise, So Do Their Benefit Costs

    TeacherPensions.org touches on a subject rarely covered by traditional media: While teacher salaries have risen nearly 20 percent over the last decade (outpacing inflation, barely), their health care costs rose 27.6 percent and retirement costs exploded by 126.4 percent. Dubbed the “Pension Pac-Man” by researcher Chad Aldeman, benefit costs for teachers eat up nearly all […] More

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    Private School Parent Calls For Defunding Of Private Schools

    Even by Hechinger Report standards, this week’s piece by Andre Perry (the site’s lone opinion columnist) is a particularly vile example of Ravitchian misinformation. Titled “Defund the private schools“, Perry makes a meandering, pandering case to eschew vouchers, close charters, and reinvest in school districts which largely assign students based on zip code; in other […] More

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    New Mexico’s Governor Loses Dismissal Of Lawsuit She Promised Not To Appeal

    On the campaign trail in fall 2018, then-candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham proudly declared that she would not appeal New Mexico’s landmark educationlawsuit, Yazzie v. Martinez, which called foul on decades of inequitable distribution of education resources, particularly in Native communities. Lujan Grisham went so far as to demand a promise from sitting Gov. Susanna Martinez […] More

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    Ravitch Trashes Teacher, Feigns Disbelief

    This post originally appeared here. It is increasingly vital that we stand up to the people who lie about and defame our allies and friends. As libel (and slander) increasingly permeate the media ecosystem by those for whom truth takes a back seat to a preferred ideology, it is incumbent upon the rest of us […] More

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    NYTimes Takes Bait From Ravitch’s Network For Public Education

    As Retort covered more than two months ago, the union-backed antics of NPE this spring are focused squarely on defunding charter schools and eschewing teacher accountability. After sending dozens of emails and near nonstop tweeting about a fabricated scandal involving some charter schools accepting Federal PPP funds aimed at buoying companies through COVID-related lock downs, […] More

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    Teachers’ Unions Unironically Call For Reform Of Police

    This post originally appeared on Project Forever Free. This week, in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and subsequent outcry over police brutality, the National Education Association and the American Federation Teachers took the unprecedented step of calling on Congress to take legislative action to significantly reform practices and policies in policing. They […] More

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    Minnesota School Board Excludes Only Non-White Member

    Fellow edu-blogger Akiva, brought my attention to a jarring story out of Mankato Area Public Schools in South-Central Minnesota. The must-read reporting by Becky Z. Dernbach of the Sahan Journal, details how for the past half year the only non-White school board member in the history of the district has been systematically excluded from […] More

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    What About Karens Of The Education World?

    The past week witnessed a rightful uproar about Amy Cooper, the White dog walker who weaponized a false, racist 911 call against Black bird watcher Christian Cooper after he asked her to leash her Cocker Spaniel, in an area of Central Park which specifically dictates dogs be on leash no less. While Amy lost her […] More

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