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College flex plans hit the inbox | EdNewsColorado

College flex plans hit the inbox | EdNewsColorado

College flex plans hit the inbox

State colleges and universities filed tuition flexibility plans with the state Department of Higher Education Friday, the first such requests under a new state law that gives institutions greater control over tuition rates.

As of 5 p.m., the department had received e-mailed plans from the University of Colorado System, Metropolitan State College, Mesa State College and Fort Lewis College. The Colorado School of Mines notified the department it was not applying, according to Dawn Taylor Owens of DHE.

Colorado college campus montage

From left, the campuses of Colorado State University in Fort Collins, the University of Colorado-Boulder and the Auraria Higher Education Center.

A spokesman for the Colorado State University system told Education News Colorado that a plan would be filed.

Faded: Not a moment too late. � occupy california

Faded: Not a moment too late. � occupy california

Faded: Not a moment too late.

The catastrophe of last week’s dance party incidentally suppressed a piece of propaganda that is, at least for critique, worth a read. In the past year, the dance party played as an accompaniment to the wave of occupations that struck California. In particular, the parties were methods of physical outreach to students in order to witness an occupation, or were otherwise a useful distraction from our lives, yet still holding a vague evocative spirit of unrest and resistance. As the dance party last week was attacked by police and ended prematurely, this piece of propaganda was only circulated amongst a few people before the party ended.


A Dispatch from the Dance Party

The dance party begins because we’ve come together to enjoy each others company and to do so collectively—

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: New York City's charter schools

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS: New York City's charter schools

New York City's charter schools


…Traditional public schools bested the city's charter schools on annual report-card grades -- scoring 10 points higher on average on a 100-point scale, new data shows.

The city's more than 1,000 public elementary and middle schools averaged a B on their so-called "progress reports," which assign letter grades to schools based largely on how much students improve on state math and reading tests in a given year.

By comparison, the city's 60 charter schools that received letter grades this year averaged a C+.

"This means that either the strategy Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor [Joel] Klein have touted s

Schools Matter: Rick Ayers on WfS at Democracy Now

Schools Matter: Rick Ayers on WfS at Democracy Now

Rick Ayers on WfS at Democracy Now

From Democracy Now:
Waiting for Superman, a new documentary by filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, has caused a stir in the education world for its sweeping endorsement of the charter school movement and attack on teachers unions. President Obama has endorsed the film, describing it as "heartbreaking" and "powerful," but some teachers have called for a boycott of the film for its portrayal of teachers and

“In Every School: The Consensus Is…” By Nekesha Bell de Castañon (B.E.A. Guest Blogger)

“In Every School:  The Consensus Is…”
By Nekesha Bell de Castañon (Big Education Ape's 1st Guest Blogger)

People demanded answers and wanted to be heard from the teacher at “Back to School Night”. There was no one around to take their complaints. In another instance, they stood outside of the gates on the first day of school to take their children to their classrooms.  They waited outside the fence as if they were prisoners in a caged cell.  Except this time, what our nation has coined, “Ghetto”, was not the case. They were trying to get their children in the cell for their own protection. The school only added to their fiery by keeping them locked up until the school day ended. When did we become a society that treats our children like criminals before they have a chance to become one?  To those who claim to be unaware, it happened centuries ago.  The authoritative excuse and their consensus is that “it is for their own protection”. The stereotypes danced off the chains on the gate as the police officers stood in anticipation.  They were waiting for the first mess up while eating coffee and donuts.  When one of the volunteers asked them about their purpose in being there on the first day of school; they really had not much to say.  They mentioned something about building community relations.  After school, parents were kicked off of campus or turned away. Children were shuffled around as if they were cattle in need of a good spanking in order to get them going in the direction within their fields. The brown or “barrio” children were treated, either extremely the same, or quite different. Language is culture according to the English Language Program. Language is part of a culture; it is not the only meaning of culture. Our Native American children are not being accounted for because of internal disarray, return of federal money, and a sense of direction lost. In any school or school district, discrimination has not ever effectively been talked about and resolved since the Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954. The policies are in place, but every move that is made on behalf of the student is blocked.  The achievement gap is a racially targeted issue that none of the people within the system can be on board about in terms of how to accomplish retention. The gap begins well before junior high/middle school.  It begins now!

The reality of the situation is this: An elementary school that is in need of police reinforcement is not there to build community relations.  It is the process of destroying a young child’s spirit and the spirit of the “hood”. It is to discourage the Asian woman who only speaks her native tongue from coming to the school.  Next to immigration, our schools are terrified of parental involvement unless it is a controlled substance in which robotic players are at bay.  The schools do not want parents to have a voice, especially ethnic ones. They want us to continue to ring that dumbbell. The best research is the one’s that have been experienced.  The best complaints are the one’s that do not make it to the school district’s office; but need to. The best organizers in the community are not the ones who are federally aligned; it is the one who heads their own campaigns.  The best parents-there are none.  It is not a competition. The fight for the continued failures of our education system, “No Child Left Behind”, Title 1, and the lack of ability to have resolution in place for the Achievement Gap; become well rounded plans of disbelief to the parent or community member who is paying close attention. If we do not believe that there will be change, then there will be none. We do not want to address the real issues of the Achievement Gap because we would have to specify which disadvantaged groups need help and are failing within the system.  Multiple committees are not addressing issues at hand, but love to be destructive by adding to the bureaucratic fever of nothing getting done. There is no accountability or responsibility, just a heavy toxin of infected corruptness across the board, locally, statewide, and nationally.

In any state or city who receives Title I funding, they should have a District Advisory Committee in place. One of the resolutions is to get involved and raise these issues. At the same time, do not depend on the education system to resolve matters in the best interest of the children.  It is a business, not education. Every law could be violated; and they would still be protected due to the budget cuts and lack of importance for an education.  There is hope; and the hope is in the fight. The fight should be that all of our children should succeed. We must be able to provide the means of that success to be accomplished. The most important lesson learned is that parents should be the number one advocates for their children!

Written By:

Nekesha Bell de Castañon

“I live the truth! I speak the truth! You can catch me swinging in the haloes away from all of the diablos (devils) that I could never learn to kiss up to.”
Mother of two children
World Citizen

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Bio:  Nekesha Bell de Castañon hailed from Michigan in 2006 to California.  She is an advocate for special needs and developmentally delayed children.  A lifetime Xicana & ethnic poet with five self-published books, past assistant coach for children’s sports, bilingual in Spanish to the best of her ability, storyteller, and grew up in the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, here in America.  She is a lifetime survivor of domestic and sexual violence. She knows the glue it takes to hold it together. Her many cultural bloodlines including growing up in-a then-small town-country called Turlock, California, helped her to become vibrantly colorful and cross cultural due to many different adversities.  She has been a lead organizer in different venues for over 17 years:  Political Strategist, Civil Rights, Equal Opportunity, Women Rights, Affirmative Action, Migrant/ Immigration Rights; currently, Human Rights on a global platform, and Indigenous Rights.  She is spiritual; therefore, most of what she does and who she is comes from within. She is a performing artist, entrepreneur, conference presenter, and mother of two children who attend school in Sacramento City Unified School District. She adamantly advocates for the youth, children, and performs yearly with them.  Nekesha is a graduate student, volunteers weekly to help children with literacy, a member of the local School Site Council, District Advisory Committee, Parent Engagement, and Parent Membership under DAC.  Nekesha helps families in crisis, locally and in other states, by lending a listening ear and resources that will get them results. For the last six years, she has been a voice for men in prison, gangs, and other violence that begins to affect them at a young age.  She believes that by sharing an adult male’s poetry and stories; she is able to voice the victim’s stories and raise awareness.  She lives life to the fullest and currently resides in Sacramento, California.  Nekesha can be contacted at: or you catch her on her radio show at:

Roundtable: Teacher tenure a plus or minus? - Galesburg, IL - The Register-Mail

Roundtable: Teacher tenure a plus or minus? - Galesburg, IL - The Register-Mail

Roundtable: Teacher tenure a plus or minus?

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What do you think of the teacher tenure system and its impact on education in local school districts?

Tenure protects poor performers
As I understand tenure it was instituted to protect the academic freedom of college professors who took unpopular views of issues that they were pursuing. Over time it began to protect teachers at all levels.

Good teachers, like good plumbers, electricians, doctors or good workers in any field deserve complete respect for their skills and performance. Poor performers in any field, reflect on all members of their trade or profession. When a poor

Program for migrant students shifts as more children take root - Inside Bay Area

Program for migrant students shifts as more children take root - Inside Bay Area
Program for migrant students shifts as more children take root
Federal effort from the 1960s continues to garner funding even as population it was designed to help dwindles

Opponents say Patrick is misleading voters on MCAS Education Week: From the Wires

Education Week: From the Wires


What Do For-Profits Colleges and The World’s Worst Dictators Have in Common? � The Quick and the Ed

What Do For-Profits Colleges and The World’s Worst Dictators Have in Common? � The Quick and the Ed

What Do For-Profit Colleges and The World’s Worst Dictators Have in Common?

Former Clinton aide and current for-profit higher education lobbyist Lanny Davis–whose other clientsinclude Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, a man who Foreign Policyranked as the 14th-worst dictator in the world after he “amassed a fortune exceeding $600 million while the masses are left in desperate poverty”–has dutifully published an anti-”gainful employment regulation” article on behalf of his paymasters that doesn’t even try to be truthful or make sense. For example:

Liberals supporting these proposed regulations rightly complain about marketing and other abuses

College Dean Forced Scholarship Students to Work as Her Servants � Student Activism

College Dean Forced Scholarship Students to Work as Her Servants � Student Activism

College Dean Forced Scholarship Students to Work as Her Servants

Federal prosecutors are charging that an administrator at St. John’s University in New York forced scholarship students — most of them from overseas — to work as her personal servants without pay.

Feds say Cecilia Chang, dean of the university’s Institute of Asian Studies, made scholarship recipients do “menial tasks” unrelated to the university for twenty hours a week. They say Chang made students drive her and

Where Manual Labor Is the Price of Academic Excellence - The Bay Citizen

Where Manual Labor Is the Price of Academic Excellence - The Bay Citizen

Where Manual Labor Is the Price of Academic Excellence

Parental involvement has helped Miraloma Elementary School boost its test scores and its reputation

By SCOTT JAMES on September 30, 2010 - 9:00 p.m. PDT

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Miraloma Elementary School
For parents at Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco, the quest for academic achievement means getting their hands dirty.
On a cold, foggy Wednesday morning recently, seven parents huddled around an outdoor table scrubbing stalks of organic celery for snack time. They had just finished cleaning and portioning a

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