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Pineapplegate and Privatizing Public Schools

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Pineapplegate and Privatizing Public SchoolsOn a standardized test this month, New York's 8th graders were asked about a pineapple that challenges a hare to a race. Since the pineapple can't move, forest animals suspect it has a trick up its sleeve and they bet on it to win. But the hare wins — and the animals eat the pineapple. The moral is: pineapples don't have sleeves. That story and the questions kids were asked about it are so obviously stupid that education officials have announced they won't count in official scoring. Others see it as prime evidence of what's wrong with education reform. Are public schools being privatized at increased cost to taxpayers and the quality of education itself?

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Guests:
Diane Ravitch - New York University - @DianeRavitch, Kathleen Porter-Magee - Thomas B. Fordham Institute - @kportermagee, Alex Molnar - National Education Policy Center, Dru Stevenson - South Texas College of Law

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Caitlin Shamberg, Lata Pandya