The Triibe: Reviewing Paul Vallas‘ Abysmal Record as a School Superintendent
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by dianeravitch
11M ago
The election for mayor in Chicago will be held on April 4. The final will be a runoff between Paul Vallas and Brandon Johnson. Vallas’s supporters point to his long career as a superintendent in various school districts (although he is not and was never an educator). Brandon Johnston was elected as a County Commissioner and worked for the Chicago Teachers Union as a community organizer. The Chicago/based website The Triibe reviewed Vallas’s record as superintendent in several school districts.e The consistent themes of his time in office were privatization, charter schools, and specifically, m ..read more
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Today is the 10th Anniversary of the Sandy Hook Massacre
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Ten years ago, a deranged young man blasted his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He killed 20 first-grade children and six staff members, including the principal, who tried to stop him at the school’s door. The nation was stunned. President Obama wept. There was a widespread sense that this heinous act would lead to decisive action by Congress. It didn’t. The gun violence against children continues. Why? The Republican Party has sworn allegiance to an extreme interpretation of the Second Amendment in which every person has the unfettered right to own and carry ..read more
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Connecticut: The Biggest Charter Scandal Of All Time
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Back in 2014, a prominent charter school leader in Connecticut resigned after it was revealed that he had been convicted of felonies many years earlier, and that he did not have a doctorate, although he claimed he did. Michael Sharpe resigned as CEO of Jumoke Academy, which ran charter schools in Connecticut and planned to expand to Louisiana. Sharpe was part of a management organization called Family Urban Schools of Excellence or FUSE, created in 2012. The state had given millions of dollars to Jumoke to take over low-performing schools and turn them around. The controversy over Sharpe was e ..read more
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Connecticut Jury Orders Alex Jones to Pay Nearly $1 Billion to People He Slandered
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Alex Jones and his companies Infowars and Free Speech Systems were ordered by a jury in Connecticut to pay nearly $1 billion to some of the parents of victims murdered at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as well as an FBI agent. Jones falsely claimed that the massacre of children, teachers, and the principal at the school was faked and that the victims were “crisis actors.” He said repeatedly that the purpose of the hoax was to create political pressure for gun control. Parents and relatives of those who were murdered were harassed and received death threats. The money ..read more
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Jury Fines Alex Jones $45 Million in Punitive Damages for Lying about Sandy Hook Massacre
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
There will never be justice for the families who lost loved ones at the Sandy Hook (Ct) massacre. But Alex Jones will pay for his lies, his claims that the massacre of children and educators was a hoax staged by “crisis actors” to build support for gun control. A jury in Texas awarded one set of parents $45 in punitive damages in addition to $4 million in compensatory damages for the pain and anguished he inflicted on the survivors. This is the first trial. There are more to come. Others will have to explain why Jones shamelessly exploited the suffering of Sandy Hook families. If it was greed ..read more
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Who Is Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro?
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Have you lost faith in our elected officials? Let me introduce you to my personal hero. Rosa DeLauro. I have met with her several times, and she was always attentive and thoughtful. I love her values, and I love her too. It’s a very small tribute to this great woman, but I take this opportunity to add her to the blog’s honor roll for standing up forcefully to the bullying of the charter lobby. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro is one of the most powerful members of Congress. She is a Democrat from Connecticut. She is an outstanding liberal who fights for children and working people. Please read her b ..read more
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Ban Guns, Not Books
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
After the massacre of children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in December 2014, there seemed to be an unstoppable public demand for federal gun control legislation. After the massacre of high school students and teachers at Marjory Stoneman Davis High School in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, the demand for gun control seemed unstoppable, led by students from the school. Nothing happened. Now American students and teachers learn to protect themselves in “active shooter” drills. The opponents of gun control count on potential victims to protect themselves, ins ..read more
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Remember Sandy Hook.
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Nine years ago, a deranged gunman blasted his way into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. He murdered 20 children and six educators, including the principal, Dawn Hochsprung. The children were all 6- and 7-year-olds. Teachers shielded their children as best they could, and some died while protecting the children. Many thought this slaughter of babies and educators would compel Congress to enact meaningful gun control. It didn’t. It even inspired a ruthless radio host to claim that the massacre never happened. Many grieving parents received death threats, due to the radio hos ..read more
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Sandy Hook Parents Win Defamation Suit Against Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Sandy Hook parents won a defamation lawsuit against rightwing media figure Alex Jones. Their children were murdered on December 14, 2012, in a massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. A total of 20 children between the ages of six and seven were killed, along with six staff members, including the principal. For years, Alex Jones has asserted that the massacre was staged and that the film footage showed child actors. His repeated slanders were deeply hurtful to the families who lost children and adult relations. The parents of two first-graders slain in the Sandy Hook m ..read more
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Ann Cronin: Miguel Cardona, What Is Your Vision for American Education?
Diane Ravitch's Blog » Connecticut
by dianeravitch
11M ago
Ann P. Cronin is a former Connecticut Distinguished English Teacher of the Year, a school district administrator, and creator of award-winning programs for the teaching of English in middle schools and high schools. At her blog, she asks about Miguel Cardona’s vision for the future. She writes: When I ask Connecticut teachers about Miguel Cardona, those who know him or have worked with him say that he is really nice guy who knows what the challenges in our classrooms are, knows how to help teachers to improve their teaching, and respects public schools. All good. The majority of Connecticut te ..read more
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