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Ravitch: Killing Public Education in North Carolina

Education historian Diane Ravitch weighs in on her blog this week about the latest educational reform efforts proposed in North Carolina, and she doesn’t hold back.

‘The Legislature in North Carolina is determined to wipe public education out in that once-progressive state.Diane Ravitch

Read this parent newsletter. It is sad. It is outrageous.

North Carolina is near the bottom of the national barrel in funding its public schools. Teacher salaries are near the bottom nationally. Legislators want charter schools, tax credits, vouchers for special education, vouchers for all.

Why the passion to eliminate the engine of social mobility and economic progress? Why the mad dash back to the past? This won’t be good for education or excellence or equity.

Will Secretary Duncan or President Obama hurry to North Carolina and urge the legislators to stop their assault on public education? The time is now. There is a fierce urgency to now.’

Ravitch issued similar warnings when she spoke at NC Policy Watch’s Crucial Conversation in March.

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N&O’s Ned Barnett on Diane Ravitch

In case you missed last week’s NC Policy Watch luncheon with Diane Ravitch, you can still watch it by clicking here. You can also read Ned Barnett’s column in this morning’s edition of Raleigh’s News & Observer in which the veteran journalist summarizes the hard truths Ravitch spelled out as she dismantled the “reform” plans of North Carolina’s Senate leader Phil Berger. Read more

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Crucial Conversation with Diane Ravitch streaming live.

Can’t make it to our Crucial Conversation with Diane Ravitch in person?

No worries!

We’re livestreaming it at http://www.ncpolicywatch.com/streaming-video

Or watch it here:

Streaming video begins Thursday, 3/21/2013 at noon.

This event will also be recorded and posted on our website afterwards, in case there are any difficulties with connectivity.

For those of you joining us in person, see you soon!

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Ravitch on Berger’s SB 361: ‘Sad for the children. Sad for the teachers.’

Diane Ravitch, who will be speaking at Thursday’s NC Policy Watch luncheon, is weighing in on Senate Leader Phil Berger’s Excellent Public Schools Act of 2013.

Ravitch writes on her blog:

‘No more career teachers in North Carolina. That’s the goal of legislation introduced by Phil Berger, the President Pro Tem of the State Senate in North Carolina.

The experienced, high-performing teachersRavitch and Berger would get a four-year contract.

Others would get shorter contracts.

No tenure for any teachers.

Lots of performance pay built in.

Bonuses would be tied to new teacher evaluation programs now under development.

Apparently, Senator Berger has no idea that merit pay has never worked anywhere.

Nor does he know that there is no successful teacher evaluation program anywhere, despite the hundreds of millions expended on creating one.

His goal seems to be to make North Carolina teachers teach to the test at every possible moment of the school day.

North Carolina was once a progressive state.

No more.

Teacher salaries in North Carolina now rank 46th in the nation.

School spending has fallen to 48th.

This is sad. Sad for the children. Sad for the teachers.’