Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ohio Education Association and Staff Reach Tentative Agreement | Intercepts

Ohio Education Association and Staff Reach Tentative Agreement | Intercepts

Ohio Education Association and Staff Reach Tentative Agreement

After a large rally on Friday that included members, local officers and NEA affiliate staffers from other states, Ohio Education Association management and staff returned to the bargaining table and hammered out an agreement Friday night.

Details of the settlement were not available, but the staff union hopes to hold a ratification vote during the

The Washington Teacher: Nathan Saunders, WTU VP Defends DC Teachers on Fox News

The Washington Teacher: Nathan Saunders, WTU VP Defends DC Teachers on Fox News

Nathan Saunders, WTU VP Defends DC Teachers on Fox News

Nathan Saunders, Candidate for President of the Washington Teachers' Union and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells joined the FOX 5 News on September 10 to discuss the state of DC Public Schools which is the number one issue for voters in the upcoming primary for D.C. mayor.

Schools Matter: A call for accuracy: A response to Time Magazine's "A call for action"

Schools Matter: A call for accuracy: A response to Time Magazine's "A call for action"

Where to turn for more information about C-sections | California Watch

Where to turn for more information about C-sections | California Watch

Where to turn for more information about C-sections

Cesarean sections have proved to be an important option for obstetricians and expectant parents. For a variety of medical reasons, some women are unable to give birth any other way. But a debate continues to rage in the medical community, and among some parent groups, about whether too many of the surgeries are being performed. Expectant parents researching C-sections, or childbirth in general, are likely to find a lot of contradictory information. Partisans of the various ongoing debates dominate the conversation – and are often misinformed. Here’s where to find unbiased advice.

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March of Dimes

The nonprofit’s mission is to improve the health of babies, and it has no perceived ideology about how to best do

Weblogg-ed � Reality Check

Weblogg-ed � Reality Check

Reality Check

It is the thesis of this book that change—constant, accelerating, ubiquitous—is the most striking characteristic of the world we live in and that our educational system has not yet recognized this fact. We maintain, further, that the abilities and attitudes required to deal adequately with change are those of the highest priority and that it is not beyond our ingenuity to design school environments which can help young people to master concepts necessary to survival in a rapidly

Schools Matter: Will Rahm the Raptor Take Arne Back to Chicago with Him? Please.

Schools Matter: Will Rahm the Raptor Take Arne Back to Chicago with Him? Please.

Will Rahm the Raptor Take Arne Back to Chicago with Him? Please.

Here's a clue for clueless Dems who can't seem to understand why progressives have given up on this bunch of Wall Street enablers:

Math Teachers at Play coming Friday… � JD2718

Math Teachers at Play coming Friday… � JD2718

Math Teachers at Play coming Friday…

The 30th edition of Math Teachers at Play will be published, right here, in 6 days. There is still time to submit an article.

MTaP focuses on teaching mathematics…

  • numbers, arithmetic, fractions, algebra, geometry, more advanced
  • the math itself, teaching the content, running the math classroom, puzzles, games, projects…

September’s Best Tweets — Part One | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

September’s Best Tweets — Part One | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day...

This Week In Education: USDE: Duncan Goes International

This Week In Education: USDE: Duncan Goes International

USDE: Duncan Goes International

Our man Arne Duncan is headed out of the country for a media event next week -- all the way to Toronto -- then back on Tuesday for the President's back to school thingamajig and a lackluster set of media events the rest of the week. Where do you think he should go next, or do you think he should stay in country for the duration?

PUBLIC SCHEDULE OF U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN
THE WEEK AHEAD: Monday, Sept. 13 - Sunday, Sept. 19
(All Events are EDT)
Monday, Sept. 13
The Secretary will travel to Toronto, Canada, for two events—a school visit and an international education symposium.
12:30-1:35 p.m.
The Secretary will first visit Weston Collegiate Institute (a high school). Premier Dalton McGuinty and School Principal Deborah Blair will join him. A media avail will follow.
Weston Collegiate Institute, 100 Pine St., Toronto, Cana

Field Rep Workload Increased By CTU? - District 299: Chicago Public Schools Blog

Field Rep Workload Increased By CTU? - District 299: Chicago Public Schools Blog

Field Rep Workload Increased By CTU?

I'm told that CTU is implementing several cost-cutting measures, including increasing the workloads of the field reps from having 40-50 schools each to having 70 schools each. Saving money's always a good idea, but not everyone agrees with the approach. "This is not the time to be increasing the amount of schools that they have. New field reps aren't experienced enough and even the experienced reps have got to be going insane. There are so many problems right now and so many displaced tenured teachers. There are buildings with no delegates to make sure things are going properly...how can the field reps do the job

VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie Schools New Jersey Teachers Unions | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie Schools New Jersey Teachers Unions | The Foundry: Conservative Policy News.

VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie Schools New Jersey Teachers Unions


VIDEO: Gov. Chris Christie Schools New Jersey Teachers Unions


It's Time To Listen To Teachers On Issues Of Education

It's Time To Listen To Teachers On Issues Of Education

It's Time To Listen To Teachers On Issues Of Education

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By John A. Ostenburg
The Outpost Observer

Why is it that the last people listened to regarding problems in public education are the ones who deal with it on the front line day after day?

Chicago's Renaissance 2010 education plan came onto the charts back in 2004. Immediately, classroom teachers pointed out its many flaws. Were they listened to? Of course not. Instead, Mayor Richard M. Daley and now U.S. Secretary of Education -- then Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer -- Arne Duncan pushed ahead with a program that had come not from the educational community, but rather from the business community.

Lest anyone forget, that's the same business community that has demonstrated questionable wisdom in the world of finance, ultimately leading the United States into its current economic crisis.

When teachers voiced their outrage over some of the proposals contained in the Ren 2010 plan, they were accused by both politicians and the media of being concerned only with selfish interests. Newspaper editorials declared that teachers only were protecting their jobs, only were complaining because they wanted to duck accountability. CPS administrators said "bad" teachers were the problem in Chicago, and so they used Ren 2010 as a way to get rid of seasoned teachers, claiming that the

State budget delays affecting local schools - Lodi News-Sentinel: News

State budget delays affecting local schools - Lodi News-Sentinel: News

State budget delays affecting local schools

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Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 6:09 am, Sat Sep 11, 2010.

The Galt elementary school district has taken out a loan to make payroll, while Lodi Unified approved freely moving funds among accounts.

The measures were taken to help with local cash flow issues until the state adopts its annual budget. It was due June 30, the same day school districts were required to file their annual financial plan.

"No state budget passed means more uncertainty in making important decisions affecting our children's education," Galt elementary district superintendent Karen Schauer said.

"The delay causes districts to have more difficulty in working together with unions, communicating clearly with stakeholders, and bottom-line, paying the bills from payroll and vendors on time."

Now that school has started, the problem is that some districts may already have large bills to pay in September, but without state funding, many districts will have to start tapping into

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