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What is Retort? A new side project of mine where I’m serving up replica brief reactions, additions, refutations, corrections, etc., on education reform-related news. Below are the latest posts on the site, which you can visit here.

  • We Don’t Need Journalistic Disclaimers, Just Honest Reporting
    Wednedsday, Phi Delta Kappan, the online “professional journal for educators”, published a hand-wringing piece asking an important if misguided question: How do increasingly unionized newsrooms complicate reporting? Titled “Covering Education in a Unionized Newsroom,” authorial reins are handed over to Rachel Cohen, a freelance writer who recently came on Retort’s ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2020-02-21By Seth Saavedra
  • The Gaslighting of Progressive Charter School Proponents
    Last week, former principal Carol Burris (whose Twitter feed is an unending charter-school-bashing, propaganda-filled rant) blasted out a blatantly misleading meme intended to delude Democratic voters. “BAD POLL ALERT!” No Dem proposed eliminating all fed funds to charters. They triple or quadruple Title I funding to charters & publics. ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2020-02-07By Seth Saavedra
  • The Gaslighting of Progressive Charter School Proponents
    Last week, former principal Carol Burris (whose Twitter feed is an unending charter-school-bashing, propaganda-filled rant) blasted out a blatantly misleading meme intended to delude Democratic voters. “BAD POLL ALERT!” No Dem proposed eliminating all fed funds to charters. They triple or quadruple Title I funding to charters & publics. ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2020-02-07By Seth Saavedra
  • Millionaire Complains About Billionaires
    This is re-posted, with permission, from Project Forever Free. Ned Stanley works on National Communications, National Voices, and Media Relations for @FiftyCAN. Education historian turned anti-reform flamethrower Diane Ravitch is just out with a new book, Slaying Goliath, and the review by Annie Murphy Paul in the New York Times ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2020-01-27By Seth Saavedra
  • Millionaire Complains About Billionaires
    This is re-posted, with permission, from Project Forever Free. Ned Stanley works on National Communications, National Voices, and Media Relations for @FiftyCAN. Education historian turned anti-reform flamethrower Diane Ravitch is just out with a new book, Slaying Goliath, and the review by Annie Murphy Paul in the New York Times ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2020-01-27By Seth Saavedra
  • New NPE Charter School Report Is Deeply Flawed, Willfully Misrepresents Data
    Last week, the Network for Public Education (NPE) again revealed that they are incapable of conducting unbiased and well-executed research. In a follow-up to a report they released earlier this year, the new report, Still Asleep at the Wheel, set out to undermine the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) by ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-16By Nathan Barrett
  • New NPE Charter School Report Is Deeply Flawed, Willfully Misrepresents Data
    Last week, the Network for Public Education (NPE) again revealed that they are incapable of conducting unbiased and well-executed research. In a follow-up to a report they released earlier this year, the new report, Still Asleep at the Wheel, set out to undermine the federal Charter Schools Program (CSP) by ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-16By Nathan Barrett
  • Yes, Warren’s Education Plan Would Do Harm To Many Families
    Elizabeth Warren is the candidate with “a plan for everything,” including public education. There are some good ideas in there—such as ending zero-tolerance discipline policies and $100 billion in “Excellence Grants” for any public school (including charter schools, believe it or not.)  But tucked away at the end is a ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-16By Seth Saavedra
  • Yes, Warren’s Education Plan Would Do Harm To Many Families
    Elizabeth Warren is the candidate with “a plan for everything,” including public education. There are some good ideas in there—such as ending zero-tolerance discipline policies and $100 billion in “Excellence Grants” for any public school (including charter schools, believe it or not.)  But tucked away at the end is a ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-16By Seth Saavedra
  • Why Is NBC Taking Sides In The Public Education Debate?
    Last week, NBC announced it will host a nationally-televised forum for Democratic presidential candidates on December 14th that will focus exclusively on public education issues. NBC’s Public Education Forum 2020, which is being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, will be moderated by MSNBC Live ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-12By Peter Cook
  • Why Is NBC Taking Sides In The Public Education Debate?
    Last week, NBC announced it will host a nationally-televised forum for Democratic presidential candidates on December 14th that will focus exclusively on public education issues. NBC’s Public Education Forum 2020, which is being held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh, will be moderated by MSNBC Live ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-12By Peter Cook
  • Explaining Elizabeth Warren’s Charter School Hypocrisy In Nine Tweets
    On Thursday, the National Education Association released a video of an interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, in which she was asked about her position on charter schools. In her answer, Warren rejected the idea that charter schools are much-needed options ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-06By Peter Cook
  • Explaining Elizabeth Warren’s Charter School Hypocrisy In Nine Tweets
    On Thursday, the National Education Association released a video of an interview with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the leading contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination, in which she was asked about her position on charter schools. In her answer, Warren rejected the idea that charter schools are much-needed options ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-12-06By Peter Cook
  • Why Are Billionaire-Funded Twitter Journalists Attacking Black and Latino Parents?
    You’ve likely seen the powerful social media videos. A collective of pissed off parents from across the country demanding more for their students and communities. Chanting “our children, our choice” the Powerful Parent Network raised money via GoFundMe to attend Elizabeth Warren’s “honoring the voices of Black women” event ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-11-23By Seth Saavedra
  • Why Are Billionaire-Funded Twitter Journalists Attacking Black and Latino Parents?
    You’ve likely seen the powerful social media videos. A collective of pissed off parents from across the country demanding more for their students and communities. Chanting “our children, our choice” the Powerful Parent Network raised money via GoFundMe to attend Elizabeth Warren’s “honoring the voices of Black women” event ... read more
    Source: FeedpressPublished on 2019-11-23By Seth Saavedra

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