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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:06 PM
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Diane Ravitch: The Lesson of Florida
Teachers, parents, and friends of public education understand that the Crist veto is not the end of the battle. The struggle is now engaged, as misinformed legislators seek to impose punitive measures on educators, thinking that such actions will help them win Race to the Top funding.

I tell my audiences that Race to the Top will turn out to be a poison pill for American education. It is based on the same "measure and punish" philosophy as No Child Left Behind.

The one bright aspect to the events in Florida is that teachers and parents there HAVE shown what can happen when people organize and take concerted political action. Despite the powerful, well-funded forces ready to destroy the teaching profession, the teachers and parents of Florida prevailed.

The friends of public education in Florida provided people a powerful lesson: united we stand, divided we fall. The education deformers have behind them the resources of hedge-fund managers and financial titans, but the friends of public education have something even more potent: they have people power.


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zipplewrath Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:14 PM
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1. I'm afraid they've drawn a false conclusion
As much as I agree with much of their position, they got used by Crist as a big FU to the GOP. That bill was dangerously close to being law, and with a new governor, it will. They need to get out in front of "test and punish" and propose something that addresses the same concerns.
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tonysam Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-20-10 12:17 PM
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2. The "concerns" over "teacher quality" and "accountability" are fake.
That's the issue. Demonizing public education is part of the plan to destroy to it.

Most people have no idea who is behind it, and it goes FAR beyond Jeb.
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