DON’T Watch This Video! Secrets of Charter Success

Diane Ravitch's blog

This is a hilarious explanation of how charter schools succeed. If you might be offended, don’t watch.

If you want to see a hotly debated issue presented in graphic form, then take a peek. Only 2 minutes.

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Flowers with a Garland of Fruit and Flowers — Juan de Espinosa

Before the Launch -DiEM in the making

Yanis Varoufakis

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 21.55.11.pngFew days, indeed hours, before DiEM’s 9th February Berlin launch, is slowly getting off the ground. For the time being, it offers readers the opportunity to join the movement and to read the Manifesto in English – and soon in many more languages. (For convenience, and for now, click here for the English version and here for the Greek.)

DiEM LOGO2 White BackgroundAlso, readers can have a sneak preview of the themes and participants of the debates that will precede the evening launch by clicking here

And do not forget that the Main Event, at 20.30 Central European Time, will be live streamed here (

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Connecticut Governor Malloy Increases Funding for Charters, Cuts Funding for Public Schools

Diane Ravitch's blog

Connecticut Governor Dannell Malloy is faithful to his state’s hedge fund managers, who supported his campaigns. But he is not faithful to the children, parents, and educators of his state.

Malloy is offering a nice increase for charter schools, but budget cuts for the public schools that educate the vast majority of students. Perhaps Malloy forgot that the charter sector was rocked by scandal less than two years ago.

Malloy broke his promise to legislators and the public.

“Charter schools have escaped Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s budget knife and are slated for a $9.3 million boost in his newly proposed state budget.

“But the Democratic governor also wants a $52.9 million cut in funding for special education, after-school programs, reading tutors and other services in low-performing public schools across the state.

“Malloy also wants to rescind an $11.5 million funding increase in the Education Cost Sharing grants for next school year…

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Perseus Rescuing Andromeda (detail) — Piero di Cosimo

Redacted Tonight (TPP Signed, Nestle Admits Slavery, Bernie Momentum & More) [Video]

Perseus Rescuing Andromeda (detail) — Piero di Cosimo


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