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New York Times: Future Schools Don’t Have Many Teachers In Them | The Jose Vilson

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New York Times: Future Schools Don’t Have Many Teachers In Them

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Setting the clock back to June 20th, 2011 …

*** takes a break from ranting about the New York State Math Test, opens e-mail ***

thinks to self: Hmm, this is interesting. A panel about schools of tomorrow by the New York Times. OK, I’m curious. Maybe I’ll get to go. Wait, on a school day? Who’s going to get to go?

e-mails this to a set of interest folk.

looks down the panel of contributors:

Sex, Lies, and Michael Bloomberg | The Nation

Sex, Lies, and Michael Bloomberg | The Nation

Sex, Lies, and Michael Bloomberg

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently mandated comprehensive sexuality education be taught in all New York City public schools starting this fall. The mandate extends the usual semester of “health” education in high schools, requiring that one semester of age-appropriate sex education is taught in 6th or 7th grade, and another more mature semester is taught in 9th or 10th grade.

Mayor Bloomberg’s progressive mandate is inspired by a broader initiative to improve the lives of black and Latino teenagers who are disproportionately affected by unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. Research shows that black and Latino teenagers have less access to sexuality education,

Alter-ed States Obama Shows Spunk Pushing Brave Education Plan: Jonathan Alter - Bloomberg

Obama Shows Spunk Pushing Brave Education Plan: Jonathan Alter - Blo omberg

Obama Shows Spunk Pushing Brave Education Plan: Jonathan Alter

Although President Barack Obama is on the ropes, with even some Democratic allies describing him as weak and passive, this week he showed boldness and imagination in one vital area: education.

Obama backed Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s announcement that he will grant waivers to states that want to be excused from the punitive provisions of No Child Left Behind , Washington’s much-maligned 2002 overhaul of elementary and secondary education policy.

Republican lawmakers complain that the White House waivers run roughshod over the legislative branch -- and they’re right. But gridlock demands more robust use of presidential authority and, at least in this case, we’re getting it. Unless Duncan’s action is challenged and reversed on constitutional grounds, No Child Left Behind will be left behind for good.

Under Obama, education was supposed to be fertile ground for bipartisan compromise. That’s because Obama has executed a “Nixon to China” maneuver; only a Democratic president can successfull

2011-12 SNP Reimbursement Rates - School Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

2011-12 SNP Reimbursement Rates - School Nutrition (CA Dept of Education)

2011-12 SNP Reimbursement Rates


Nutrition Services Division Management Bulletin

Purpose: Policy, Beneficial Information

To: School Nutrition Program Sponsors

Number: NSD-SNP-11-2011

Attention: Food Service Director and Business Official

Date: August 2011

Subject: Reimbursement Rates for the National School Lunch, School Breakfast, and Special Milk Programs for School Year 2011–12

Reference: Federal Register, Volume 76, Number 139, July 20, 2011; Fiscal Year 2011–12 California State Budget Act (Assembly Bill 121, Statutes of 2011)

This Management Bulletin (MB) updates the annual reimbursement rates for School Nutrition Programs (SNPs) for school year (SY) 2011–12.

Federal Reimbursement

Included with this MB are the federal reimbursement rates established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), Special Milk Program (SMP), and Meal Supplements (Snacks) under the NSLP. These rates also apply to the Seamless Summer Feeding Option meals.

Please note the following increases in federal reimbursements:

  • The national average commodity value per lunch for SY 2011–12 is now $0.2225, which is an increase of $0.02 cents per meal from the $0.2025 rate in SY 2010–11.
  • The SMP “paid” rate for SY 2011–12 is now $0.2050, which is an increase of $0.0275 per half pint from the $0.1775 rate in SY 2010–11.

The annual federal payments and rate adjustments for the NSLP and SBP reflect changes in the “Food Away From Home” series of the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers. The annual rate adjustment for the SMP reflects changes in the Producer Price Index for Fluid Milk Products. All reimbursement rates (current and prior years) are available on the California Department of Education Rates, Eligibility Scales, and Funding Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/nu/rs/.

State Reimbursement

The 2011–12 State Budget Act does not provide for a cost of living increase for State Meal reimbursement; therefore, the Proposition (Prop) 98 State Meal rate for school nutrition programs will remain at $0.2195 for each free and reduced-price (F/RP) lunch and breakfast that they serve. The State Budget Act does, however, provide for an increase for growth. With this increase, and based on current projections, the appropriation of $155,232,000 appears sufficient to fund all eligible meals throughout SY 2011–12 without a change [decrease] in rate. The Prop 98 State Meal rate for the Child and Adult Care Food Program will remain at $0.1634.

The appropriation for State Meal reimbursement for non-LEA child nutrition sponsors (Non-Prop) is $10,422,000. This is the same amount funded in SY 2010–11. Based on current meal projections, the Non-Prop State Meal rate will remain at $0.1562 for each F/RP lunch and breakfast served.

The current 2011–12 State reimbursement rates apply as follows to each F/RP breakfast and lunch served at the following LEA types (see enclosed rate sheet for details on Prop and Non-Prop LEAs):

  • Prop 98 LEAs participating in federal SNPs, with annual Certification: $0.2195
  • Prop 98 LEAs participating in federal SNPs, without annual Certification: $0.0000
  • Non-Prop LEAs participating in federal SNPs: $0.1562

If you have any questions regarding this MB, you may obtain contact information for your Field Services Child Nutrition Consultant at 916-445-0850 or 800-952-5609.

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2011–12 Reimbursement Rates (DOC; 84KB; 1p.)

NYC Public School Parents: PBS: Are these schools really "drop-out" factories? And what would help?

NYC Public School Parents: PBS: Are these schools really "drop-out" factories? And what would help?

PBS: Are these schools really "drop-out" factories? And what would help?

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