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CONFIRMED! The Failure of the Tennessee Achievement School District at a Cost of $100 Million;by Diane Ravitch

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 "Now we know. The Tennessee Achievement School District was as complete and total failure. $100 million down the drain, which came from Race to the Top funding with the goal of taking schools that were in the bottom 5% and, within five years, raise them into the top 25%. 7 years later --the 2018 results were decisive and devastating. The same money might have been used to reduce class sizes. Instead, it was used to induce charter operators to come to Tennessee and work their magic. It failed. Would someone tell Bill Gates, John Arnold, Reed Hastings, Eli Broad, Michael Bloomberg, and the other billionaires who are still spreading the phony claim of charter miracles?Spread the word to states like Nevada, Georgia, and North Carolina, which created their own “achievement school districts” based on the Tennessee model."

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