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Link: Diane Ravitch on Public Education, via Salon

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On Salon:

Diane Ravitch: School privatization is a hoax, “reformers” aim to destroy public schools

[sws_blockquote_endquote align=”” cite=”Diane Ravitch” quotestyle=”style01″] When present-day critics refer to what they assume was a better past, they look back to a time when a large proportion of American youths did not complete high school and only a small minority completed four years of college. In those supposedly halcyon days, the schools in many states were racially segregated, as were most colleges and universities. Children with disabilities did not have a right to a free public education until after the passage of federal legislation in 1975 and were often excluded from public schools. Nor did schools enroll significant numbers of non-English-speaking students in the 1940s and 1950s or even the 1960s. [/sws_blockquote_endquote]

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