Why States Should Reject Vouchers: They Reduce Opportunity for Most Kids at a High Price for Taxpayers
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by dianeravitch
9h ago
The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities in D.C. issues reports on high-profile issues. This one should be in the hands of every legislator, school board member, and policymaker. It succinctly explains why states should not authorize vouchers. Iris Hinh and Whitney Tucker wrote this report, which was published in June 2023. One conclusion is clear: vouchers inflict damage on public schools, attended by the vast majority of children, while helping affluent families. . Hinh and Tucker write: K-12 school vouchers are typically funded through state revenues and give families a set amount of mon ..read more
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Watch Dr. Marvin Dunn, the Brave Scholar of Black History in Florida
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by dianeravitch
1w ago
At the recent conference of the Network for Public Education, one of the truly outstanding speakers was Dr. Marvin Dunn, professor emeritus at Florida International University. Dr. Dunn has written several books about Black history in Florida, most notably A History of Florida Through Black Eyes. I read that book and realized that Dr. Dunn was the right recipient for NPE’s annual “David Award,” which goes to someone who spoke out and acted on behalf of justice against the powerful, regardless of the personal risks. Dr. Dunn is not only an author but an active preservationist of Black history ..read more
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How the Metropolitan Museum Acquired a Rare Painting with an Enslaved Person
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by dianeravitch
1M ago
This story is fascinating. It’s about the quest to understand the origins of a painting of three white children that originally included a young slave. At some point, the enslaved youth was painted over and eliminated. One determined art collector enlisted the help of art historians to identify the white children and the enslaved youth. The young man was named Bélizaire. The painting was held for decades in storage in a New Orleans art museum. It was just another family painting: three children. If you can open the video, please do (I don’t know if it is behind a pay wall). Once the original p ..read more
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Jan Resseger: Reflecting on the 10th NPE Conference
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by dianeravitch
1M ago
In case you missed the Network for Public Education’s 10th annual conference, Jan Resseger gives you here a brief overview. It was a well-planned conference with great speakers and panels. Every year, we say, “This was the best ever.” We said it again this time. How will we top this next year? The presentations of the keynote speakers were recorded and I will post them. Jan Resseger writes: It was while I was traveling home from last weekend’s Network for Public Education Conference that I realized I had not once heard Miguel Cardona’s name mentioned—even though the meeting was in Washington ..read more
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Donna Ladd: How I Learned About Racism and Became a Journalist
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by dianeravitch
1M ago
Donna Ladd is the editor-in-chief of the Mississippi Free Press, which exemplifies the importance of brave, independent journalism. In this story, she relates her own journey from Mississippi to graduate school in New York City and back to Mississippi, where she leads a crucial news outlet whose staff and board is a model of racial integration. I am honored to be a member of the advisory board of the Mississippi Free Press. She writes: You may know that I grew up in Mississippi, but left the day after I got my political science degree from Mississippi State University, hightailing it north, vo ..read more
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Mississippi: Can a White Democrat Win the Governor’s Race?
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by dianeravitch
1M ago
Mississippi is as red a state as any in the country but a white Democrat has a real chance of winning. His name is Brandon Presley. He’s a second cousin of Elvis, and he grew up dirt poor. He’s a genuine progressive. He has gone out of his way to court Black voters. Presley has a chance of upending politics in the state and perhaps the region. The Daily Yonder reports that Presley must overcome the rural-urban divide: American politics are defined by the rural-urban divide. Democrats own the major cities; Republicans dominate smaller cities and the countryside. Brandon Presley aims to change t ..read more
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Randi Weingarten On “”The War on Woke”
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by dianeravitch
1M ago
The New Republic convened a meeting to discuss Trump, book banning and the culture wars. Randi Weingarten described the attack on schools as a coordinated strategy to destroy public schools and promote vouchers. Edith Olmsted of The New Republic interviewed her. None of this is new to readers of this blog, but the American public needs to hear this message. Again and again. Book Bans Are a Conservative Plot to Destroy Public Schools, Says Randi Weingarten, The teachers union head denounced the “extremist strategy,” which also includes voucher campaigns and manufactured outrage over critical ra ..read more
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Joshua Benton: What You Never Knew about Elon Musk’s Grandfather
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by dianeravitch
2M ago
Joshua Benton wrote about Elon Musk’s grandfather in The Atlantic. Benton spent more time researching him than did Musk’s biographer Walter Isaacson. It’s not a pretty picture but it might provide insight into Musk’s worldview. I hope not. Benton wrote: In Walter Isaacson’s new biography, Elon Musk, a mere page and a half is devoted to introducing Musk’s grandfather, a Canadian chiropractor named Joshua N. Haldeman. Isaacson describes him as a source of Musk’s great affection for danger—“a daredevil adventurer with strongly held opinions” and “quirky conservative populist views” who did rope t ..read more
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New Hampshire: Anti-Woke Law Jeopardizes Holocaust Education
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by dianeravitch
2M ago
The Boston Globe reported that teachers in New Hampshire are torn between two laws: one requires teaching the Holocaust, the other bans teaching “divisive concepts.” The reactionary “Moms for Liberty” has offered a $500 bounty to anyone who turns in a teacher for violating the “divisive concepts” law. The Anti-Defamation League has documented a sharp rise in anti-Semitic incidents in New England; the majority of those incidents occurred in New Hampshire. New Hampshire schools have become battlegrounds in the culture wars over racism and gender identity, and comprehensive education on the Holoc ..read more
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Who Are the Billionaire Wilks Brothers of Cisco, Texas?
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by dianeravitch
2M ago
Dan and Farris Wilks are politically powerful billionaires who live in Cisco, Texas. They both finished high school but went no further. They got into fracking early on and sold their oil and gas business to the government of Singapore for $3.5 billion in 2011. They are passionate evangelical Christians. They fund Christian nationalist groups. They fund anti-gay organizations and anti-abortion groups. They consider climate change a hoax. They are major funders of voucher advocacy. They would like to see every student enrolled in a private Christian school or home-schooled. The brothers are clo ..read more
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