Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is a historian of education at New York University. Her most recent book is Reign of Error: The Hoax of the Privatization Movement and the Danger to America's Public Schools.  Her previous books and articles about American education include: The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, Left Back: A Century of Battles Over School Reform, (Simon & Schuster, 2000); The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn (Knopf, 2003); The English Reader: What Every Literate Person Needs to Know (Oxford, 2006), which she edited with her son Michael Ravitch. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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Sign reads: Protect public education. Views
Monday, November 18, 2019
Yes, Something Stinks about the State Takeover of the Houston Independent School District
A trio of activists on behalf of public schools wrote a blistering critique of the pending state takeover of the Houston Independent School District , based on the failure of ONE high school that has an unusually high proportion of students who are poor and have disabilities. Zeph Capo is president...
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Legislators are easy to buy in a poor state. The Waltons own quite a few. (Photo: OUR Walmart) Views
Thursday, September 05, 2019
The Walton Family Plot to Privatize the Public Schools of Arkansas
The headquarters of the Walton/Walmart billionaires is in Bentonville, Arkansas, so it is not surprising that the Walton Family Foundation and the members of the family (net worth: $100 billion) have decided to privatize the public schools of Arkansas. Arkansas is a poor state. It doesn’t have an...
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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo Views
Saturday, August 24, 2019
Providence Plans to Defund Its Public Schools to Expand “No Excuses” Charter
The evidence is clear that privately managed charters can get higher test scores by culling, exclusion, and attrition. It’s equally clear that charters drain resources from the public schools that enroll most students. Most public officials seem to understand that it costs more to run parallel...
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Betsy DeVos at CPAC in 2017 Views
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Florida: The Graveyard of American Public Education
Florida has the worst education policies of any state in the nation, and it is about to get even more destructive, more ignorant, more backward. Read this alarming article and remember that Betsy DeVos points to Florida as a model . A model, yes. A model of how religious extremists, rightwing...
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Does she have a guilty conscience about removing protection from transgender students, indebted college students, and sexual assault victims? (Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr/cc) Views
Monday, November 19, 2018
Cost to Protect Betsy DeVos: $20 Million
Why is Betsy DeVos afraid? In her first year in office, some protestors in Washington, D.C., objected to her visit at a public school. Since then, she has had a special detachment of U.S. Marshalls giving her round-the-clock protection. Other cabinet secretaries have encountered protestors. None of...
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Sunday, March 11, 2018
On Charter Schools, Is Mayor De Blasio Turning into Mayor Bloomberg
When Bill de Blasio ran for Mayor the first time, he sought my help. We met and spoke candidly. He told me he would strongly support traditional public schools. He said he would oppose the expansion of private charters into public school space. He promised to stop closing schools because of their...
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Demonstrators hold signs outside the Dept. of Education on Feb. 9, 2017. (Photo: majunznk/flickr/cc) Views
Monday, September 25, 2017
Harvard Shames Itself by Staging a Koch-Sponsored Betsy Lovefest–No Dissenting Voices Allowed
The Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University has always been pro-school choice, pro-charters, pro-vouchers. But now the PEPG–headed by the General of the School Choice Movement Paul Petersen–has outdone itself. It is staging a two-day celebration of Betsy DeVos and the Trump...
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Given that she was appointed by a man who has boasted of sexually assaulting women without their consent–just “grabbing them by” their genitals–her indifference to victims of sexual assault is not surprising. Views
Friday, September 08, 2017
DeVos Will Roll Back Obama-Era Protections for Victims of Campus Sexual Assault
In a speech at George Mason University, one of the few universities where she can speak without student protests, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced a retreat from the guidelines protecting victims of sexual assault on campus. She devoted equal time in her speech to the rights of the...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017
DeVos’s New Cause: The Rights of Those Accused of Raping Women on Campus
DeVos’ world gets stranger by the day. After hearing from rape victims, DeVos and her top civil rights official have decided to champion the rights of those accused of raping the women. The New York Time s calls this “a new look” at the issue of campus rape. Indeed. The letters have come in to her...
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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Indianapolis: What the Public Schools Learned from the Charter Schools
Indiana has been taken over by the forces of corporate school reform, under a succession of Republican governors devoted to school choice: Mitch Daniels, Mike Pence, now Eric Holcomb. The public schools got a brief respite when educator Glenda Ritz was elected State Commissioner in 2012, but Pence...
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