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Here are the top ten articles for the School Reform Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. New Florida Law Elevates Uninformed Opinion
Parents who object to current scientific and cultural views have a right to their opinions. They do not have the right to interfere in the education of children not their own.
2. Goodbye NCLB, Hello ESSA
NCLB has left a lasting pall over public education. The new ESSA revision could point the way to something better, but it could also prove to be a disaster.
3. Affirmative Action and Reverse Discrimination
The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Departmentís civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants.
4. The Evolution of Johnson's 1965 Education Act
The original ESEA was intended to compensate for the obstacles to learning created by poverty. Since 1965, ESEA has been modified, renamed, and extended to include such issues as civil rights.
5. Betsy DeVos's Dream Budget
Betsy DeVos wants to cut the federal education budget by $9 billion.
6. Twenty Steps to Better Schools
Any meaningful reform will require overhauling the way teachers are prepared to teach and how the schools are organized.
7. Firing Teachers Won't Improve U.S. Education
Judging by responses to a recent NPR report on a lawsuit to make it easier to fire California teachers, many members of the public seem to see public school teachers as a species of self-sacrificing missionaries dedicated to acting as surrogate parents to every child who enters their classroom.
8. Betsy Devos, Perfect for the Job
Because it is the declared intention of the current administration to eliminate the federal Department of Education, their choice of Secretary is an excellent one.
9. Public Education Is Not for the Wealthy
The present entrepreneurial attitude fueling public school reform loses sight entirely of what and whom the public schools are for.
10. The Constitution and Public School Policy
An irony of the current turbulence in public education is taking us back to the beginnings of the Republic, when only the people with means could educate their children.
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