Friday, September 23, 2011

The Washington Teacher: NO WTU Vice President For You AGAIN!

The Washington Teacher: NO WTU Vice President For You AGAIN!:


NO WTU Vice President For You AGAIN!

Written by Candi Peterson
Candi Peterson

Monday was one exhausting day for me. The real sordid details will have to be left for another day and another time and place. First, I must ask you to not to cast judgment on me, at least not at this time. That's what Saunders and the WTU Executive Board did to me- when they denied me my inalienable right to due process. I was never afforded a hearing, the board never heard

It's official, I have been ousted from my elected position within the Washington Teachers' Union, AFL-CIO, Local 6 on September 19, 2011 by WTU President Nathan Saunders. Get this, the revocation of my leave of absence from DCPS, was authored by none other than Nathan Saunders and co-signed by Jason Kamras, Deputy Chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools. Some might argue that this is graphic evidence that Nathan is now in bed with the Office of the Chancellor, none other than Rhee's nemesis who I like to refer as Kaya and company. Sound familiar?

Modern School: Chicago Scab Teachers Volunteer For Longer Hours At Low Wages

Modern School: Chicago Scab Teachers Volunteer For Longer Hours At Low Wages:

Chicago Scab Teachers Volunteer For Longer Hours At Low Wages


Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons
Jean-Claude Brizard, CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel have tried to get longer school days at Chicago schools and they have succeeded at 13 of them.

Fiske Elementary Principal Cynthia Miller was quoted in the Chicago Tribune saying "We're all on board," despite the fact that her staff only approved the longer day by a narrow margin. "There's no rift here,” she delusionally proclaimed. “I've been in constant conversations with my teachers. … Everyone understands what the expectation is when the majority rules."

To most Ed Deformers and Autocrats,

Third Way Responds but Still Doesn’t Get It! « School Finance 101

Third Way Responds but Still Doesn’t Get It! « School Finance 101:

Third Way Responds but Still Doesn’t Get It!

Third Way has posted a response to my critique in which they argue that their analysis do not suffer theegregious flaws my review indicates. Specifically, they bring up my reference to the fact that whenever they are using a “district” level of analysis, they include the Detroit City Schools in their entirety in their sample of “middle class.” They argue that they did not do this, but rather only included the middle class schools in Detroit.

The problems with this explanation are many. First, several of their methodological explanations specifically refer to doing computations based on selecting “district” not school level data. For example, Footnote #8 in their report explains:

Third Way calculation based on the following source: New America Foundation, “Federal Education

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: When Does Whitney Tilson's Hypocrisy And Ignorance Become Criminal?

SOUTH BRONX SCHOOL: When Does Whitney Tilson's Hypocrisy And Ignorance Become Criminal?:

When Does Whitney Tilson's Hypocrisy And Ignorance Become Criminal?

Yes, my freaking eyes again. Back in February I questioned whether or not a chimp could write better than Whitney Tilson. I believe the answer was yes, a chimp can write better than Whitney Tilson, I also believe that an inanimate carbon rod could write better than Whitney.

As I became a teenager, I heard that there were several habits that would enable me to lose my sight. At the time there was no Internet and little did I know that reading Whitney Tilson, particularity is long winded, self centered, attention whorish posts on the Huffington Post would be one of the things that my

Lois Weiner: Use Your Teacher Voice!



Lois Weiner from New Jersey City University, acclaimed author of The Global Assault on Teaching, Teachers, and Unions made a UYTV video. You should too!
Teachers, send you video to useyourteachervoice@gmail.com.
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Tweeting: @UseYrTcherVoice

Find Lois: www.loisweiner.org

Don’t Believe the Hype: Obama’s NCLB Waiver More of the Same | Dailycensored.com

Don’t Believe the Hype: Obama’s NCLB Waiver More of the Same | Dailycensored.com:

Don’t Believe the Hype: Obama’s NCLB Waiver More of the Same

If you’re a casual observer of the education debate, today might seem monumental: George W. Bush’s controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB), which created a system of extensive high-stakes testing for students and schools nearly a decade ago, is finally being “revamped” by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, according to a report in the Washington Post, and across the national press. Obama and Duncan’s move to waive the “cornerstone requirements” of NCLB, most notably ending the impossible “2014 deadline that all students be proficient in math and language arts (Education Week Blog)”, might just feel like the end of an era: finally, the failed experiment in draconian testing and scripted classrooms, which bored students and stifled teachers, has come to an end.

Yet, NCLB has not been revamped, but rather, rebranded.

In trade for letting individual states opt out of NCLB, they must submit

Plastic bags praised in state text | SignOnSanDiego.com

Plastic bags praised in state text | SignOnSanDiego.com:

Plastic bags praised in state text

Officials note many groups had input on environmental text

Answer key for teacher's manual suggests how students might describe the benefits of plastic bags

Advantages of plastic bags

• Plastic bags require 70% less energy to make than paper bags, take less energy to recycle, and take up less space in landfills than paper bags.

• Lightweight plastic bags cost less to transport. Seven trucks are needed to deliver the same number of paper bags as the number of plastic bags that one truck can deliver.

• Plastic bags can be reused, for example, to line household wastebaskets, and can be made into a variety of second generation products, such as new bags and plastic lumber for decking.

Disadvantages of plastic bags

• Although polyethylene can be recycled, most plastic bags end up as urban blight or in landfills, waterways, and in the ocean. Plastic is especially harmful to marine life.

• The polymer pieces in plastic bags are not biodegradable. The bag may break into pieces, but the pieces still exist as plastic.

• Nonrenewable natural resources—oil and natural gas—are used to manufacture these bags, and these resources are in short supply.

Source: Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum

The San Diego County Office of Education is standing by an environmental curriculum developed with positive messages about plastic bags, inserted by the plastics industry.

The 85-unit Education and the Environment Initiative Curriculum was created by the California Environmental Protection Agency and unanimously approved by the State Board of Education in 2010.

The text was put together by consultant Gerald Lieberman, director of the nonprofit State Education and Environmental Roundtable, who was paid $2.4

President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech September 28 | The White House

President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech September 28 | The White House:

President Obama to Deliver Back-to-School Speech September 28

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – As students begin their school year, President Barack Obama will deliver his third annual Back-to-School Speech at 1:30PM EDT on Wednesday, September 28, 2011 at Benjamin Banneker Academic High School in Washington, DC. The President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media, and closed to the public as this event is by invitation only.

The President’s Back-to-School Speech is an opportunity to speak directly to students across the country. In past years, President Obama has encouraged students to study hard and take responsibility for their education, urging students to set goals, to believe in themselves, and to be the authors of their own destinies.

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School opened in 1981 as a magnet school for students in grades 9-12 enrolled in rigorous academic experiences in preparation for college. It placed on the Newsweek list of America's Best High Schools for 2011 for their high graduation rates, college matriculation rates, and test scores. Banneker is a part of the District of Columbia Public Schools system.

President Obama’s Back-to-School Speech will be live streamed on WhiteHouse.gov so that classrooms across the country may listen to or watch the remarks. For more information about watching the speech, visitwww.whitehouse.gov/back-to-school.

Schools across the country can also watch the speech live on MSNBC as a special feature of NBC News’ “Education Nation” – part of NBC’s weeklong commitment to education reports and programming across the network’s shows and platforms beginning September 25.

Students re-tested in Conn. cheating review - Boston.com

Students re-tested in Conn. cheating review - Boston.com:

Students re-tested in Conn. cheating review

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WATERBURY, Conn.—Students whose Connecticut Mastery Tests were invalidated because of alleged cheating by adults at their Waterbury elementary school have taken the exam again.

About 160 current and former Hopeville School students re-took the test this week, and results are due in about a month.

A state investigation was launched after Hopeville's scores jumped so dramatically last spring that they outpaced every other elementary school in Connecticut.

The review found children were improperly coached to change their wrong

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