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15 Things I Believe In Right Now (Including the F-Word) | The Jose Vilson

15 Things I Believe In Right Now (Including the F-Word) | The Jose Vilson

15 Things I Believe In Right Now (Including the F-Word)

Oh, God.

I haven’t done a manifesto in about a year and a half, though I believe the composite of my postings here for the last few years gives you a clear picture as to who I am and where I stand on all these disparate issues. Then, every so often, the definitions I’ve set for myself and my surroundings get tested with things I, upon first reaction, consider irrational and not worth my time. Then, I find that these moments provide a moment of reflection for me that I can’t forgo. With that, I give you 25 things I believe in right now:

1) I believe the media’s blowing up Donald Trump because they’re trying to distract us from the misery that

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Erasurehead

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Erasurehead

Erasurehead


Replacing the broom as symbol for D.C. reform
What a tangled web Michelle Rhee has woven for herself. Erasure-gate is now the talk of the town in D.C. now that Rhee seems to have traded in her broom for a pencil with an eraser on its end. Even Rhee buddy Jay Mathews has turned on her. Maybe because Mathews' wife Linda, helped break the USA Today story which sparked a wild counter attack by Rhee when she went on the Tavis Smiley Show.
"When the academic achievement rates of a district like D.C. go up, people assume that it can't be ... because the kids are actually attaining higher gains in student achievement, but that it's because of something like cheating," Rhee told Smiley. When he asked Rhee if she believed the USA Today investigation to be lacking in integrity, she said, "Absolutely."
But even so... Mathews is now asking Arne Ducan if he'll take back the Blue Ribbon awarded Rhee and the district for its bump in test scores now that we know it wasn't a bump at all, but a pot hole. You may recall that Duncan gave D.C. the award on the eve of D.C. elections in November, his way of campaigning for defeated

Bill Ayers live illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner!!! « Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers live illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner!!! « Bill Ayers

Bill Ayers live illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner!!!

Bill Ayers live illustrated by Ryan Alexander-Tanner, the video is now online at the NYCoRE website: http://www.nycore.org/2011/04/conference-report-back/. Please share widely.

NYC Public School Parents: Fireworks at Dennis Walcott's debut at the education budget hearings

NYC Public School Parents: Fireworks at Dennis Walcott's debut at the education budget hearings

Fireworks at Dennis Walcott's debut at the education budget hearings

On Friday, the hearing room at the former Emigrant Bank (City Hall is under renovation) was full of expectant reporters, parents, and government officials, eager to see if the chancellor-designee Dennis Walcott would bring a new spirit of collaboration or new ideas to what is usually very contentious hearings on themayor’s preliminary operating budget for the Department of Education.

The morning started with Education Chair Robert Jackson pointing out that the huge cuts to teachers in the mayor’s proposed budget – with over six thousand positions eliminated, while no cuts were made to central administration or the mid-level bureaucracy -- indicated a troubling lack of concern for the potential consequences for children of increased class size and overcrowding:

Rather than cutting spending on consultants and private contractors, they chose to cut schools. Rather than slowing or halting the pace of costly school closings, they chose to cut teachers. Rather than freezing rents when the real estate market tanked, they chose to increase class size.”

Leadership and the Internet; Aligning Practice | Connected Principals

Leadership and the Internet; Aligning Practice | Connected Principals

Leadership and the Internet; Aligning Practice

Social media is a dominant topic in our society right now because of the large numbers of people and organizations using it to connect with people all around the world. The more that I have read books such as “Open Leadership“, the more I am seeing the alignment of using the Internet to connect with effective leadership and

YouTube - DC Mayor, Voting Activists Arrested During Budget Deal Protest

YouTube - DC Mayor, Voting Activists Arrested During Budget Deal Protest: ""

Former D.C. Schools Chief May Have To Answer For Suspect Scores : NPR

Former D.C. Schools Chief May Have To Answer For Suspect Scores : NPR

In D.C., Michelle Rhee May Answer For Suspect Scores

School Tech Connect: A Bland, Timid Guy

School Tech Connect: A Bland, Timid Guy

A Bland, Timid Guy

Who is this Krugman fellow, and how did he get such a way with words?

Concur. I can't even read the papers any more because I feel like I voted for a charlatan. I've recently been looking around the husks of the real estate market here on the far north side of Chicago, thinking that might be the time to get back into real estate---- it isn't, by the way--- and what I've seen is a swath of abysmal poverty.

Agenda--April 21, 2011 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

Agenda--April 21, 2011 - State Board of Education (CA Dept of Education)

Agenda--April 21, 2011

Agenda and other related materials for the California State Board of Education (SBE) meeting to be held on April 21, 2011.
State Board Members

Michael W. Kirst, President
Trish Williams, Vice President

Carl Cohn
Aida Molina
James C. Ramos
Patricia A. Rucker
Ilene W. Straus
Connor Cushman, Student Member

Secretary & Executive Officer

Hon. Tom Torlakson

Interim Executive Director

Patricia de Cos

Schedule of Meeting

Location

Thursday, April 21, 2011
9:00 a.m. Pacific Time +

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION
Closed Session – IF NECESSARY
(The public may not attend.)

California Department of Education
1430 N Street, Room 1101
Sacramento, California 95814
916-319-0827

The Closed Session (1) may commence earlier than 9:00 a.m.; (2) may begin at or before 9:00 a.m., be recessed, and then be reconvened later in the day; or (3) may commence later than 9:00 a.m.

CLOSED SESSION AGENDA

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