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A long, tumultuous final act | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

A long, tumultuous final act | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

A long, tumultuous final act

by Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 22 2011 Posted in Latest news

The School Reform Commission and Superintendent Arlene Ackerman had “mutually” agreed in principle almost two months ago that she would leave the District, according to Mayor Michael Nutter.

Nutter, at a Monday press conferencecommenting on the end of her tenure in Philadelphia, said he worked to complete Ackerman’s departure before the start of the school year while minimizing the cost to the taxpayers.

He made his deadline with just two weeks to spare – to the tune of $905,000, with $405,000 of that coming from anonymous, private donors.

It took nearly all summer to close this deal – during which Ackerman and her backers grew more vocal that she was being drummed out for focusing attention and resources on the city’s most disadvantaged children. At several events and

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Are Charters Like TFA - Inevitable?

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Are Charters Like TFA - Inevitable?

Are Charters Like TFA - Inevitable?

As we were discussing previously, LEV has decided to start a conversation about charters coming to Washington. Okay, it's part of public education in the U.S. and I have no problems with dialog. BUT, that's not what LEV does. I know it, they know it. It's part of long push to get charter legislation going and voted into our state.

But there's a couple of interesting turns here. One is that LEV's position is not that charters are great and work

More Time in Schools

Interesting op-ed in the NY Times about the lowering of class time/school year in U.S. Schools.

The minimum required school day in West Virginia is already about the length of a “Harry Potter” double feature. In Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Milwaukee, summer school programs are being slashed or eliminated. In Oregon and California this year, students will spend fewer days in the classroom; in rural communities from New Mexico to Idaho, some students will be in school only four days a week.

What's great is that a trend of expanded schedules that started in high-performing charters has transferred over

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer of 1950s Hits, Dies at 78 (wrote Hound Dog, Stand By Me)


Jerry Leiber, the lyricist who, with his partner, Mike Stoller, wrote “Stand By Me” .

Jerry Leiber, Prolific Writer of 1950s Hits, Dies at 78 (wrote Hound Dog, Stand By Me)


Stand by me

When the night has come, and the land is dark
And the moon is the only light we will see
No, I won't be afraid, oh, I won't be afraid
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
*Solo*

And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me

If the sky that we look upon should tumble and fall
Or the mountain should crumble to the sea
I won't cry, I won't cry, no, I won't shed a tear
Just as long as you stand, stand by me
And darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, stand by me, stand by me
So darlin', darlin' stand by me
Oh stand by me
Oh stand now, stand by me, stand by me
Whenever you're in trouble won't you stand by me
Oh stand by me
Whoa stand now, oh stand, stand by me...

The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates | American Institutes for Research

The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates | American Institutes for Research

The High Cost of Low Graduation Rates

How Much Does Dropping Out of College Really Cost?

Monday, August 22, 2011

AIR Authors: Mark Schneider and Lu (Michelle) Yin


Executive Summary

President Obama has set an ambitious goal for the nation: By the year 2020, the United States will have the highest proportion of adults with college degrees in the world. The Obama administration sees the successful completion of postsecondary education as essential to American competitiveness. Governors likewise see the economic future of their states as dependent on the development of a highly educated workforce that can compete with other states and other nations.

There also are more immediate reasons for elected officials to want more college graduates. College graduates earn, on average, far more than college dropouts, and these higher earnings translate directly into higher income tax payments that can help solve growing fiscal problems at the federal and state levels. But our colleges and universities are now graduating only slightly more than half the students who walk through their doors. Much of the cost of dropping out is borne by individual students, who may have accumulated large debts in their unsuccessful pursuit of a degree and who forfeit the higher earnings that accrue with a bachelor’s degree. This report shows the high costs of low college

Top 5 Hashtags for Arne Duncan [And Why I Won't #AskArne Anything] | The Jose Vilson

Top 5 Hashtags for Arne Duncan [And Why I Won't #AskArne Anything] | The Jose Vilson

Top 5 Hashtags for Arne Duncan [And Why I Won't #AskArne Anything]

Arne Duncan

The last time I had a chance to interact with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan happened not too long ago over an Elluminate session where some of the best and brightest educators interacted with him and some of his advisers. What transpired gave me a different level of understanding of the bureaucracy that happens in American politics as a whole. Even if you can build the type of cache with the right people, and have the right conversations, and facilitate it the best way possible, the person at the top, prepared with every and all types of responses, will give you the blandest, cellophane response. Some politicians are in their posts for a reason: they

Big Education Ape: 8-22-11 I A tale of two schools: Who’s to blame for the differences? #ASKARNE

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