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A Solvent For Unwanted Cumulus | The Jose Vilson

A Solvent For Unwanted Cumulus | The Jose Vilson

A Solvent For Unwanted Cumulus

Tomorrow, my school celebrates another class of graduates graduating from 8th grade. I’ve seen 5 iterations of this celebration, tomorrow being my 6th as a teacher. Each time, I always feel like the students who go actually wanted to go and generally earned the privilege, and the students who don’t go often didn’t merit such a celebration at the moment (with few exceptions, of course). With the usual buzz the adults have created around the graduation, one would assume that the kids are equally as enthusiastic.

Not so.

I don’t know where that lack of energy comes from, but the malaise is palpable with some of my students.

Van Jones Considers Legal Action Against Fox News, Demands Glenn Beck Retraction

Van Jones Considers Legal Action Against Fox News, Demands Glenn Beck Retraction

Van Jones Considers Legal Action Against Fox News, Demands Glenn Beck Retraction

Van Jones

NEW YORK –- After challenging Glenn Beck to a debate over the weekend at Netroots Nation and in a MoveOn.org-sponsored ad Monday, Van Jones may have taken his beef with Beck a step further.

Jones, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress who resigned from his job as White House “green jobs” czar following the conservative host's repeated claims that he was a subversive and a Communist, is considering legal action against Beck-employer Fox News.

Jones’ attorney sent a cease and desist letterMonday to Dianne Brandi, the network’s executive vice president for legal & business affairs, claiming that “a series of sensational and inflammatory charges” have been made against Jones on Fox News shows. The statements, his attorney Joseph Sandler argues, are “demonstrably, unequivocally and absolutely false.”

Read the full letter below.

In a six-page letter, the letter says that Jones has been called “radical revolutionary” (Beck), “an

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Growing share of income for the rich

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Growing share of income for the rich

Growing share of income for the rich

Inequality in the U.S. has has grown steadily since the 1970s, following a flat period after World War II. In 2008, the wealthiest 10 percent earned almost the same amount of income as the rest of the country combined.

Schools Matter: Christie Continues Efforts to Kill Public Education in NJ

Schools Matter: Christie Continues Efforts to Kill Public Education in NJ

Christie Continues Efforts to Kill Public Education in NJ


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Joan Whitlow, Star Ledger, 6.18.11
State politics will affect Anderson more than most supers because Newark is a state-controlled district. Gov. Chris Christie has been pushing charter schools, vouchers and, more recently, the privatization of public schools. Mayor Cory Booker has inserted himself into the district's business. Although Booker lacks any legal authority, he has the governor's blessing and a $100 million pledge from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg that will grow to $200 million for education if the required matching donations come

National Conference to Fight Back for Public Education « Fred Klonsky's blog

National Conference to Fight Back for Public Education « Fred Klonsky's blog

National Conference to Fight Back for Public Education

A group of dedicated teachers, retirees, PSRPs and other champions of public education. We will democratize the Chicago Teacher\’s Union and turn it into an organization that fights on behalf of its members and the students we teach.

via National Conference to Fight Back for Public Education.

CA Schools Chief Finds More Districts in Jeopardy - Year 2011 (CA Dept of Education)

CA Schools Chief Finds More Districts in Jeopardy - Year 2011 (CA Dept of Education)

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Finds More Districts in Financial Jeopardy

SACRAMENTO — Re-emphasizing the urgency of addressing the financial emergency facing California’s schools, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 33 more school districts face severe budget problems, bringing the total number of districts in financial jeopardy to 143.

“These numbers underscore how urgently school districts across California need a balanced state budget in place that provides a full year of stable funding for education,” Torlakson said. “After three successive years of unprecedented and harmful cuts, students, teachers, parents, and administrators need certainty now to prepare for the new school year. Deeper cuts, adding to the billions of dollars in already deferred payments to schools, or delaying a final budget only will risk adding more districts to the growing list of school systems in financial jeopardy.”

The new list of troubled districts is a compilation of the certifications of second Interim Status Reports by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs), incorporating actual expenditures through the end of January 2011 and projections through the end of the fiscal year plus the next two fiscal years. The certifications reflect whether an

LEA is able to meet its financial obligations.

The number of LEAs on the negative certification list remained at 13 from March, down one from a year ago. The number of LEAs on the qualified certification list rose to 130 from 97 in March, though down from 160 a year ago.

The California Department of Education semiannually receives Interim Status Reports on the financial status of the state's 1,032 LEAs, comprised of school districts, county offices of education, and joint powers agencies.

The certifications are classified as positive, qualified, or negative. A positive certification is assigned when the district will meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years.

A qualified certification is assigned when the district may not meet its financial obligations for the current or two subsequent fiscal years. This certification allows the LEA's county office of education to provide assistance to the LEA.

A negative certification—the most serious of the classifications—is assigned when a district will be unable to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the current year or for the subsequent fiscal year. This certification means the LEA's county office of education may intervene in the LEA's finances.

For more information and a list of LEAs on the Interim Status Report, please visit the CDE Second Interim Status Report, FY 2010-11 Web page.


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