Monday, February 14, 2011

Heroes & Flying Monkeys

Heroes & Flying Monkeys

Heroes & Flying Monkeys

Today as I read Fred Klonsky’s blog (see his link in the first table below), it inspired me to write a quick post so you’d know about Fred’s tribulations – and it also inspired me to add a new feature on my sidebar called “Heroes & Flying Monkeys.” A few days ago I wrote about the Flying Monkeys for the first time after they were discovered in Idaho and Indiana. (Actually,they’ve taken over America.) If you’ve forgotten, these are the sinister creatures who fly in toward the end of The Wizard of Oz. Anybody detecting a pattern here? Like maybe the Broad Foundation and Michelle Rhee at work? Send me your own examples of Heroes and Flying Monkeys, and I’ll add them right here.

Time to Eliminate those Government Handouts!

Time to Eliminate those Government Handouts!

Time to Eliminate those Government Handouts!

There are a good many folks who believe (myself included) that our democracy can truly flourish only within a properly educated citizenry. That notion is deemed one of the fundamental reasons for government support for education.

We have railed time and again about the need for an educated public. We have taken the tongue in cheek approach with the likes of How Were the Apollo Astronauts Able to Walk on the Moon? And we have been downright negative about that failure in

solidaridad: More lies, misinformation, and propaganda from wealthy Camino Nuevo Executives

solidaridad: More lies, misinformation, and propaganda from wealthy Camino Nuevo Executives

More lies, misinformation, and propaganda from wealthy Camino Nuevo Executives

Getting information from the CCSA and Jed Wallace is tantamount to a reporter in the 1970s getting information in on the health risks of smoking from the Tobacco Industry. — Robert D. Skeels (CEJ)

CNCA's enforcer Hoa Truong, A Broad Residency in Urban Education product.
This Week's Topic: Echo Park's Newest School is an Echo Park Patch piece intended to spark community dialog about the disposition of CRES 14. As we've seen throughout the process, there's what the community thinks and then there's propaganda campaign by CNCA executives and staff. The pernicious Hoa Truong, CNCA's COO, made very misleading, and frankly, mendacious comments under the article. Here is my expanded and revised response to his proverbial pack of lies:

Hoa Truong presents what can only charitably be called half truths here. True CNCA is a 501C3 "non-profit," but that is merely a tax status and says little else. Rather than private companies

Evening Edition Feb. 14, 2011: Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, #education #parents

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now, #edu

Big Education Ape: Ed News Now

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Event Date 1: February 15, 2011 02:00 pm - 06:00 pmEvent Date 2: February 16, 2011 08:15 am - 01:30 pmEducation Secretary Arne Duncan, Department officials and several national education leaders wi...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - By Trish Williams, one of Gov. Jerry Brown’s nominees to the State Board of Education, will be stepping down as executive director of EdSource in June after 19 years on the job. Carl Cohn, the pres...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - CHICAGO (February 14, 2011)--Parent PAC, an organization of public school parents, today announced its endorsement of Miguel del Valle for Mayor of Chicago.“Education is one of the few issues being...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Obama, Duncan to visit school in Baltimore Co. Baltimore Sun: President Barack Obama will visit an eighth-grade science classroom at Parkville Middle School and Center of Technology in Baltimore Co...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - PASADENA. Calif.—Angela Lo grew up in a strict household, under constant pressure to get grades good enough for admission to a top university. But in stark contrast to stereotypes of Asian student ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - The problem that the Education Action Group in Michigan has is that the head of it, Kyle Olsen, doesn’t have much. A couple of people staff his office. Their website in rarely updated. Olsen has a ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Proposes increased yellow light duration to reduce traffic accidentsFebruary 14, 2011 (CHICAGO)--City Clerk and mayoral candidate Miguel del Valle, standing at one of the 190 intersections where th...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Imagine a world in which Michelle Rhee is something of a rock star no one’s much over 45 everyone is smart and optimistic and hard working and basically competent (if not particularly wise) and thi...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - "The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible." - Vladimir Nabokov"Writing is easy. All you do is ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - UPDATE: Veterans are strongly objecting to Walker’s “inappropriate threat to activate the National Guard to intimidate state workers, as his administration moves forward with plans to break up work...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Interim Chicago schools chief executive Terry Mazany has appointed Charles Payne, a University of Chicago sociology professor and author of So Much Reform, So Little Change: The Persistence of Fail...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - States and other municipalities are going bankrupt. This country is self-destructing. We are simply ignoring the klaxon. But, lets examine this.Governors and mayors facing large deficits have set t...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Students at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras protested against a special fee last week. The $800 fee is “intended to compensate for the university’s budget deficit.” A two-month student st...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Florida’s lawmakers were starstruck.Before them stood Michelle Rhee, the former Washington D.C. public schools chancellor recently featured on Oprah, on a Newsweek cover and in the documentary film...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - It’s good news and bad news.Kyle Olsen, the chief teacher stalker at the Michigan-based Education Action Group, has responded on his blog to my responses to their attack on me.The good news is that...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - In the past five years, three measures attempting to restrict abortions for minors have appeared on California ballots.Last week, another state initiative "entered circulation," which means organiz...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - On its Web site, the Education Action Group claims “teachers are to be commended.” But in stories and columns published in newspapers across Michigan, EAG staff member and Republican Party activist...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - While the main purpose of the District's controversial new teacher evaluation system is to rate teachers' effectiveness, officials are beginning to use the fresh troves of data it generates for oth...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Big Education Ape: Ed News NowBig Education Ape: Ed News Nowblog.littlesis.org - Governor Andrew Cuomo’s austerity budget has won the backing of a coalition of business interests named the “Committ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - It’s Valentine’s Day, but some districts aren’t feeling the love for tomorrow’s big labor-management collaboration conference in Denver.The “unprecedented and potentially historic event” will proce...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - I’ve followed Schools Matter for a couple of years. The views might be considered extreme by some, but I often find myself reading and thinking, “this is right on.” I’ve quoted them and used their ...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Arne Duncan proclaimed a couple of days ago that he wants the U. S. to be #1 in educational achievement but that we have "a long way to go." But that's okay, boys, we're in a hole, so keep digging....

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Last Tuesday over a thousand teachers and parents showed up to lobby at the Indiana State House in Indianapolis. Below is a news clip of the event and below that is a testimonial from a 38 year vet...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - from ReclaimUC:1) The Live Week 12/11/2009 MeetingThe Campus Rights Project is working with Oakland Civil Rights Attorney Dan Siegel on issues regarding the December 11, 2009 arrests in Wheeler Hal...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - With many school districts facing budget shortfalls, teachers, including those in Philadelphia, will likely face layoffs.The budget crunch coincides with a growing attack on teacher tenure and seni...

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bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Lost amid the controversy last week in which 75 District of Columbia Public Schools teachers wereun-fired was the casual nature with which teachers were granted tenure. From the arbitrator’s ruling...

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