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Ravitch: Parents should be wary of efforts to privatize public education (audio)

Diane Ravitch [1], one of the country’s leading education scholars, visits Duke University [2] Monday evening to discuss education reform.

Ravitch, who served in both George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton’s administrations, joined us on News & Views over the weekend to outline some of the problems with corporate education reform. She explains that while “reformers” will point to charter schools and vouchers as a way of raising test-scores, there’s little evidence these ideas work:

“What the free market does in education is it exacerbates inequality. It increases segregation,” said Ravitch.

To hear a portion of Diane Ravitch’s radio interview with Chris Fitzsimon, click below. To hear the rest of the program  – including our interviews with Public Policy Polling’s Tom Jensen [3] and ESC Deputy Chair David Clegg [4] –  please visit the Radio Interview [5] section of the N.C. Policy Watch website. There you can listen to the entire show online or subscribe to our podcast feed on iTunes:

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