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Lobato 8/12: The first real clash | EdNewsColorado

Lobato 8/12: The first real clash | EdNewsColorado

Lobato 8/12: The first real clash

Amendment 23 author Cary Kennedy had a rough cross-examination, and the first real legal tussling erupted Friday afternoon as the Lobato trial ended its second week.

Lobato v. State illustrationKennedy, state treasurer from 2007 to early this year, has been a central figure in school finance discussions and decisions for more than a decade. She was subpoenaed to be an expert witness for the plaintiffs, a large group of parents and school districts that is suing the state, claiming Colorado’s school finance system doesn’t meet the “thorough and uniform” education requirements of the state constitution. She recently was named chief financial officer for the City and County of Denver.

Most of Kennedy’s testimony, elicited with detailed questions by plaintiffs’ lawyer Kenzo Kawanabe, sketched

Teachers upset enough to ask for strike vote, union chief says - Chicago Sun-Times

Teachers upset enough to ask for strike vote, union chief says - Chicago Sun-Times

Teachers upset enough to ask for strike vote, union chief says

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Updated: August 12, 2011 9:47PM



The president of the Chicago Teachers Union said Friday on a radio show that there is a “very high” likelihood that teachers will ask her to take a strike vote, given how angry and disrespected they feel.

But clarifying later to the Chicago Sun-Times, Karen Lewis said she did not predict that teachers will ultimately go on strike, only that the probability is high that members will call for a strike vote.

“People are very upset. People feel disrespected,’’ Lewis told WLS- AM Radio’s Connected to Chicago, which airs at 6 a.m. Sunday.

“We have teachers who have been extremely vilified for political purposes,’’

Faced with a tougher new bar for approving a strike, Lewis said she would only call for a strike vote if teachers came to her and requested it. But, given the disrespect and “loss of dignity” teachers feel, Lewis said, the likelihood o

Veteran educator says tests are failing, standardized approach hobbles teachers and students | OregonLive.com

Veteran educator says tests are failing, standardized approach hobbles teachers and students | OregonLive.com

Veteran educator says tests are failing, standardized approach hobbles teachers and students

Published: Friday, August 12, 2011, 6:48 PM

meier.JPGView full sizeVivien Orlen (left), principal at Portland's Grant High School, hosts New York educator and activist Deborah Meier on her visit to Portland.
Some local educators reacted in dismay to the news that more Portland schools are failing under federal No Child Left Behind guidelines, but not Deborah Meier.

"The tests are meaningless," the veteran school reform activist said, referring to the measures used to determine how schools are performing.

Meier, who lives in New York City, was in Portland recently to speak at a conference sponsored by theAlternative Education Resource Organization.

Currently on the faculty at New York University's Steinhardt School of Education, the 80-year-old

Late Night FDL – Don’t Just Sit There, Go Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! | Firedoglake

Late Night FDL – Don’t Just Sit There, Go Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower! | Firedoglake

Late Night FDL – Don’t Just Sit There, Go Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower!

Tonight is the peak night of the Perseid Meteor shower. It is one of my favorite times of the whole summer, the night when you either stay up really late or get up really early to go to some darkened field to watch little flecks of fire streak across the sky.

Now, not everyone can get out of their Mega-City to watch this yearly occurrence; but not to worry, the guys at NASA will hook you up! That is what we have at the top of this post a live composite of the meteors that have streaked across the sky.

They should be starting the view right as this post, um, posts, so take a look. There is also a live chat with

Modern School: Free Speech Victory For Teen Girls

Modern School: Free Speech Victory For Teen Girls

Free Speech Victory For Teen Girls


A judge has ruled in favor of two girls who had been punished by their school for posting suggestive pictures on MySpace during the summer (Daily Mail Reporter). U.S District Judge Philip Simon ruled that an Indiana school district violated the girls’ First Amendment rights by punishing them for posting sexually suggestive photos on MySpace. However, he delayed his decision on whether to award damages while awaiting a ruling in a difference case before the 7th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana had filed a lawsuit on behalf of the teens in October 2009, claiming the district improperly banned the girls from extracurricular activities even though their behavior had not involved the school. Furthermore, the school humiliated the

Commentary: Ackerman's last days | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Commentary: Ackerman's last days | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Commentary: Ackerman's last days

by Helen Gym on Aug 12 2011 Posted in Blogger commentary

The final act of Arlene Ackerman’s tenure should come with little surprise but plenty of outrage at the local and state powers who have let it drag out in such bitter, toxic fashion.

The last two School Reform Commission meetings and the media attention around them have been, frankly, a citywide embarrassment and alarming to parents, school staff and community organizations working frantically to get ready for the start of school. We’ve got more than a thousand vacancies districtwide – a terrifying number considering that it’s less than three weeks before teachers report for their first day.

Yet paralysis has gripped the District with the political silence around Ackerman’s tenure.

Few doubt that there’s backroom negotiation to push her out while her lawyers try

School Tech Connect: Nose, Grindstone

School Tech Connect: Nose, Grindstone

Nose, Grindstone

The permanent pension attack is gearing back up. We're outspent, but we're not outnumbered, and as long as it's one-person*, one-vote in this country we have a chance to defend ourselves. Here's tonight's letter to my representative. Faxed it off only moments ago.




One hates to harp on the same old thing but....in a better world, not even a perfect world, I would go over to my

Community Education Task Force Slate for Educational Change « Failing Schools

Community Education Task Force Slate for Educational Change « Failing Schools

Community Education Task Force Slate for Educational Change

AUGUST 12, 2011
by markfriedman1

We in the Community Education Task Force in Rochester, New York have been struggling around several crucial issues that touch many other locations. We were part of a successful effort against the attempt to bring about mayoral control in the Rochester City School District (at least temporarily, as we know the issue will be back). We were part of a collective effort to push out a Broad-trained Superintendent, Jean-Claude Brizard, and have since continued the struggle against corporate-driven privatization reforms in favor of grassroots community-driven decision making and empowerment. We held a large community-wide education summit in which

Judge halts voucher pilot for now | EdNewsColorado

Judge halts voucher pilot for now | EdNewsColorado

Judge halts voucher pilot for now

Denver District Court Judge Michael Martinez has granted an injunction that effectively halts the Douglas County voucher pilot until legal challenges to the first-of-its-kind plan are resolved.

Martinez issued the ruling today, following last week’s three-day hearing on a motion for preliminary injunction filed by a group of parents and civil-liberties organizations suing to shut the pilot down.

In his ruling, Martinez concluded, “the Court finds that, not only have Plaintiffs presented sufficient evidence to

Thoughts on Diane Ravitch’s Critique of U.S. Education System | Lefty Parent

Thoughts on Diane Ravitch’s Critique of U.S. Education System | Lefty Parent

Thoughts on Diane Ravitch’s Critique of U.S. Education System

Reviewing Ken Bernstein’s piece, “Diane Ravitch is interviewed – by Diane Ravitch”, I think Ravitch has presented a thoughtful and comprehensive critique of our education system, including critiquing assumptions made by those up at the state and federal level who govern and control that system. To continue the discussion that I assume Ken is attempting to provoke, here are my thoughts on some of Diane’s, bringing my take as a parent (of now young adult kids who both left school in their early teens, and

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Thanks, Dusty & Gay Blech! An Epilogue

Thanks, Dusty & Gay Blech! An Epilogue

Thanks, Dusty & Gay Blech! An Epilogue

From Dusty & Gay, August 7, 2011:

The Save Our Schools rally and march on Washington was an outstanding event and, as you no doubt could have guessed, filled with very clever, creative, and passionate teachers and people concerned about public education in America. We have heard that some of our followers have contributed to S.O.S. Thank you!

Gay and I wore our New Mexico bike jerseys and rode our tandem bike named “Bipurbole” to the Ellipse where the rally was held. We saw five other New Mexico educators and

After Two Months of Riding--Gay & Dusty at the Save Our Schools Rally

After Two Months of Riding--Gay & Dusty at the Save Our Schools Rally

After Two Months of Riding–Gay & Dusty at the Save Our Schools Rally

Poster’s Note: Apologies to Dusty & Gay Blech who faithfully shared all aspects of their amazing journey with the Save Our Schools March, for the delayed posting of their last two posts. Things got a little crazy before and immediately after the March. It’s been an honor to log in the legs of their journey–and a fascinating privilege to follow their thinking. Sincerely, Nancy Flanagan (SOS March Electronic Media

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The Duncan Precedent, 2013 Edition :: Frederick M. Hess

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Rick Perry and the Myth of the ‘Texas Miracle’

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Steve Nelson: Let Them Eat Cake!

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The Real Score on the 2011 Test Scores « EdVox

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City Council Eyes More Budget Scrutiny

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Winners & Losers, August 12 edition

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NYC Educator: Forgotten, but Not Gone

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Hedge Funds Get Unfamiliar Taste of Losing

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Consumer Sentiment in U.S. Plunges to a Three-Decade Low

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