Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Late Nite Posts #edreform


Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Late Nite Posts


California Partnership Academies Report - Year 2011 (CA Dept of Education)

California Partnership Academies Report - Year 2011 (CA Dept of Education):Partnership Academies Linked to Graduation, College ReadinessTorlakson notes findings 'confirm what I saw in my own classroom'SACRAMENTO—Students enrolled in California Partnership Academies are significantly more likely to graduate from high school and complete courses required to attend University of California or California State University once they do, according to a report released Tuesday by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson."A Profile of the California Partnership Academies 2009... more »

A Look at State Aid Cuts in New York State 2011-12 « School Finance 101

A Look at State Aid Cuts in New York State 2011-12 « School Finance 101:A Look at State Aid Cuts in New York State 2011-12by schoolfinance101Following is another in my school finance geeky series of straight-up analyses of state school finance formulas. I wrote about New Jersey’s funding formula few days ago. This analysis focuses specifically on the cuts levied across NY school districts for 2011-12 and the underfunding of the foundation formula for select districts.In 2007, New York State ...more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Big money to be made in the teacher evaluation biz

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Big money to be made in the teacher evaluation biz:Big money to be made in the teacher evaluation bizby Mike KlonskyEducation reforms translate into big money for private groups writes Sarah Garland in the Oct. 24th American Prospect. Following the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, states paid millions of dollars annually to companies to develop and administer the standardized tests required under the law. Companies also cashed in on a provision mandating tutoring for ... more »

Why I Like Tests - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

Why I Like Tests - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher:Why I Like Testsby Nancy FlanaganThat's right. I am not opposed to testing. Tests are frequently the fastest, most direct way of uncovering what your students have learned. There's no point in cobbling together an "authentic" task if what you're shooting for is a quick check on which kiddos can reliably multiply by fives or spell "democracy."Rockets, volcanoes and bubble bombs are fun to create and explode, ... more »

Randi Weingarten on Teacher Bashing | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

Randi Weingarten on Teacher Bashing | TIME Ideas | TIME.com:Randi Weingarten RespondsThe president of the American Federation of Teachers begs to differ with Rotherham's column, "Let’s Talk Honestly About Bad Teachers"By TIME STAFF | October 25, 2011 | +Andrew Rotherham follows developments in education reform closely, and we’ve discussed the work the American Federation of Teachers is doing to strengthen teaching and learning. On occasion, he’s even written about our efforts to improve teacher quality. But unfortunately, rather than acknowledging ... more »

The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral. « Fred Klonsky's blog

The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral. « Fred Klonsky's blog:The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral.by Fred KlonskyWhen we got back to where we were staying in Brooklyn after going to Occupy Wall Street on Sunday, I blogged a short post about the grade-in that was scheduled across the street from Liberty Park.Teachers have been organizing these activities to demonstrate in a public way the work they do long after the dismissal bell rings at the end of the day. The ... more »

Hechinger Report | Companies, nonprofits making millions off teacher effectiveness push

Hechinger Report | Companies, nonprofits making millions off teacher effectiveness push:Companies, nonprofits making millions off teacher effectiveness pushby Sarah GarlandNew education reforms often translate into big money for private groups. Following the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, states paid millions of dollars annually to companies to develop and administer the standardized tests required under the law. Companies also cashed in on a provision mandating tutoring for students at struggling schools.Now, a movement to overhaul the teaching profession is creating ... more »

Districts are still fearful of teachers communicating with students using Facebook | Dangerously Irrelevant

Districts are still fearful of teachers communicating with students using Facebook | Dangerously Irrelevant:Districts are still fearful of teachers communicating with students using Facebookby dr.scott.mcleod@gmail.com (Scott McLeod)I just heard from the superintendent of yet another school district that's struggling with whether to allow its teachers to connect with students using Facebook. Here's my reply to her:Speaking as someone who has a law degree, attorneys (like IT staff) are inherently conservative. The bottom line is that Facebook is just another mechanism ...more »

Report details problems with full-time virtual schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

Report details problems with full-time virtual schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:Report details problems with full-time virtual schoolsby Valerie StraussWith millions of public high school students taking at least one course online, a new report says that virtual schools are too often subject to minimal oversight and that there is no-high quality research showing that cyber education is an acceptable full-time replacement for traditional classrooms.Virtual education is expanding. Forty states now operate or have authorized virtual classes ... more »

Why is George Bush Wading Into Denver's Education Debate on the Eve of Critical School Board Elections? | The Nation

Why is George Bush Wading Into Denver's Education Debate on the Eve of Critical School Board Elections? | The Nation:Why is George Bush Wading Into Denver's Education Debate on the Eve of Critical School Board Elections?John Nichols on October 24, 2011 - 3:18pm ETFormer President George W. Bush, whose administration once made a big deal about its diplomatic engagement with Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, won’t talk about the recent unfortunate turn of events for the strongman. And don’t try to ... more »

Breaking the Barriers: Talking About Race in Baltimore | Re:education in Baltimore

Breaking the Barriers: Talking About Race in Baltimore | Re:education in Baltimore:Breaking the Barriers: Talking About Race in BaltimoreBaltimore in Black and White from Urbanite. Thanks to Michael Corbin for the tip.A number of heavy hitters in education reform name closing the achievement gap as a driving mission. They’re mostly white. Because I was curious about whether closing that gap was in itself a driver for education reform-minded African Americans, I made my way to the Enoch Pratt Free Library ... more »

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Stand For Children stands with Carr, Sundquist and Martin-Morris (but not Maier?)

Save Seattle Schools Community Blog: Stand For Children stands with Carr, Sundquist and Martin-Morris (but not Maier?):Stand For Children stands with Carr, Sundquist and Martin-Morris (but not Maier?)from Seattle Public Schools community blog by Melissa WestbrookStand has done a couple of puzzling things recently.First, they sent out a postcard supporting Sherry Carr, Steve Sundquist and Harium Martin-Morris. The question I had was - where's Peter Maier? Why leave him off? Damaged goods from Pottergate? Offended their leadership? It's just kind ... more »

Thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street Movement | Mr. D's Neighborhood #ows

Thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street Movement | Mr. D's Neighborhood:Thoughts on the Occupy Wall Street Movementby ldorazio1As a born and bred 99%-er, I have spent an inordinate amount of time among the 1%.Going to college with many of the sons and daughters of the top tier, I absorbed many of the traits, both good and bad, that go with a life of privilege. Exposure to both plenty and want gave me a window into two worlds—and allowed me to ... more »

Walcott Event Disrupted by Protesters – SchoolBook #ows

Walcott Event Disrupted by Protesters – SchoolBook:

Walcott Event Disrupted by Protesters

8:17 p.m. | Updated Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott’s planned event to promote Parents as Partners week, and to discuss the new Common Core curriculum standards, was disrupted Tuesday night when he could not be heard over the din of protesters.

The meeting at the Seward Park High School at 350 Grand Street on the Lower East Side was to feature speakers and a question-and-answer session, according to the Department of Education’s news release.

But as soon as the meeting started, the chancellor was drowned out by about 200 protesters, some of whom were affiliated with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Others identified themselves as public school teachers and parents. Unable to be heard over the crowd, the speakers, some parents, and Education Department administrators were moved from the auditorium to classrooms upstairs. There, about 100 parents and teachers listened to presentations on the Common Core curriculum.

Police were blocking protesters from following the event participants. Many of the protesters remained in the auditorium, talking, but then dispersed by 7:45 p.m. after declaring victory and reaching consensus that it was time to go.

The protest was publicized as part of the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations and participants handed out flyers

Retired School Cop: Lawmakers Need To Clear Up 'Gray Area' - Sacramento News Story - KCRA Sacramento

Retired School Cop: Lawmakers Need To Clear Up 'Gray Area' - Sacramento News Story - KCRA Sacramento:

Retired School Cop: Lawmakers Need To Clear Up 'Gray Area'

Campus Police Have Varied Roles

POSTED: 4:29 pm PDT October 25, 2011
UPDATED: 5:54 pm PDT October 25, 2011

Vince Matranga has piles of paperwork from research he did about the legal powers of school police departments in California.

Matranga served as chief of police for the Sacramento City Unified School District from 1986 to 2000. He said he spent months during the late 1980s researching the limits of his department's authority.

"It was important for me to go through our legal department, county counsel, to make sure I had all the proper guidelines in place on the authority and jurisdiction of school district police officers," Matranga told KCRA 3 during an interview Tuesday afternoon.

The topic has regained interest since last weekend's shooting of a Twin Rivers school police officer in Sacramento. The officer, whose identity h


Read more: http://www.kcra.com/news/29585685/detail.html#ixzz1bwhJ3t9F

New Orleans Liberation Academy: Get Involved to Help Grow Our School

New Orleans Liberation Academy: Get Involved to Help Grow Our School:

Get Involved to Help Grow Our School

Do you want to have a significant impact in the lives of New Orleans youth and thier communities?

Do you want to gain experience incubating a grassroots, democratic, community-based school?

Are you interested in contributing to and learning from a powerful learning community of educators, organizers and youth?

Get involved with the next phase of the development of New Orleans Liberation Academy.

We are looking for teachers, artistds, youth development workers, counselors, organizers, youth, community members and others who have experience working with youth and/or are committed to creating an education that is relevant, meaingful and inspiring. We need dedicated, creative and hardworking people interested in

FACT SHEET: "Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt" | The White House

FACT SHEET: "Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt" | The White House:

FACT SHEET: "Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt"

Release Time:
For Immediate Release

The Administration has made historic investments in Pell Grants and the American Opportunity Tax Credit to help make college more affordable for millions of current and future students. While college remains an excellent investment for most students, debt may discourage some potential students from enrolling, keeping them from getting the skills they need to compete in the global economy. Some borrowers may struggle to manage their bills and support their families. The need for enough income to make large monthly payments may discourage some graduates from starting a new job-creating business or entering teaching or another lower-paying public service career.

Today, the President announced a series of additional steps that the Administration will take to make college more affordable and to make it even easier for students to repay their federal student loans:

Help Americans Manage Student Loan Debt by Capping Monthly Payments to What They Can Afford

  • Allow borrowers to cap their student loan payments at 10% of discretionary income. In the 2010 State of the Union, the President proposed – and Congress quickly enacted – an improved income-based repayment (IBR) plan, which allows student loan borrowers to cap their monthly payments at 15% of their discretionary income. Beginning July 1, 2014, the IBR plan is scheduled to reduce that limit from 15% to 10% of discretionary income.
  • Today, the President announced that his Administration is putting forth a new “Pay As You Earn” proposal to make sure these same important benefits are made available to some borrowers as soon as 2012. The Administration estimates that this cap will reduce monthly payments for more than 1.6 million student borrowers.

For example:

  • A nurse who is earning $45,000 and has $60,000 in federal student loans. Under the standard repayment plan, this borrower’s monthly repayment amount is $690. The currently available IBR plan would reduce this borrower’s payment by $332 to $358. President Obama’s improved ‘Pay As You Earn’ plan will reduce her payment by an additional $119 to a more manageable $239 -- a total reduction of $451 a month.
  • A teacher who is earning $30,000 a year and has $25,000 in Federal student loans. Under the standard repayment plan, this borrower’s monthly repayment amount is $287 . The currently available IBR plan would reduce this borrower’s payment by $116, to $171. Under the improved ‘P ay As You Earn’ plan, his monthly payment amount would be even more manageable at only $114. And, if this borrower remained a teacher or was employed in another public service occupation, he would be eligible for forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program after 10 years of payments .
  • Continues to provide help for those already in the workforce. Recent graduates and others in the workforce who are still struggling to pay off their student loans can immediately take advantage of the current income-based repayment plan that caps payments at 15% of the borrower’s discretionary income to help them manage their debt. Currently, more than 36 million Americans have federal student loan debt, but fewer than 450,000 Americans participate in income-based repayment. Millions more may be eligible to reduce their monthly payments to an amount affordable based on income and family size. The Administration is taking steps to make it easier to participate in IBR and continues to reach out to borrowers to let them know about the program .

Borrowers looking to determine whether or not income-based repayment is the right option for them should visitwww.studentaid.gov/ibr .

The CFPB also released the Student Debt Repayment Assistant, an online tool that provides borrowers, many of whom may be struggling with repayment, with information on income-based repayment, deferments, alternative payment programs, and much more. The Student Debt Repayment Assistant is available atConsumerFinance.gov/students/repay

Improve Ease of Making Payments and Reduce Default Risk by Consolidating Loans

  • Provide a discount on consolidation loans. While all new federal student loans are now Direct Loans thanks to the historic reforms in the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act, there are still $400 billion outstanding in old Federal Family Education Loans. These loans offer fewer repayment options and are unnecessarily expensive for taxpayers. In addition, about 6 million borrowers have at least one Direct Loan and at least one FFEL loan, which requires them to submit two separate monthly payments, a complexity that puts them at greater risk of default.

To ensure borrowers are not adversely impacted by this transition and to facilitate loan repayment while reducing taxpayer costs, the Department of Education is encouraging borrowers with split loans to consolidate their guaranteed FFEL loans into the Direct Loan program. Borrowers do not need to take any action at this time. Beginning in January 2012, the Department will reach out to qualified borrowers early next year to alert them of the opportunity.

This special consolidation initiative would keep the terms and conditions of the loans the same, and most importantly, beginning in January 2012, allow borrowers to make only one monthly payment, as opposed to two or more payments, greatly simplifying the repayment process. Borrowers who take advantage of this special, limited-time consolidation option would also receive up to a 0.5 percent reduction to their interest rate on some of their loans, which means lower monthly payments and saving hundreds in interest. Borrowers would receive a 0.25 percent interest rate reduction on their consolidated FFEL loans and an additional 0.25 percent interest rate reduction on the entire consolidated FFEL and DL balance.

For example:

  • A borrower about to enter repayment with two $4,500 FFEL Stafford loans (at 6.0%) and a $5,500 Direct Stafford loan (at 4.5%). Under Standard Repayment, the borrower can expect to pay a total of $4,330 in interest until the loans are paid in full. If this borrower consolidates their FFEL loans under this initiative they would save $376 in interest payments, and make only one payment per month, instead of two.
  • A borrower in repayment with a $32,000 FFEL Consolidation loan (at 6.25%) and a $5,500 Direct Unsubsidized Stafford loan (at 6.8%). Under Standard Repayment, the borrower can expect to pay a total of $13,211 in interest until the loans are paid in full. If this borrower consolidates the FFEL loan under this initiative they would save $964 in interest payments, and make only one payment per month instead of two.

Provide Consumers with Better Information to Make College Selection Decisions

“Know Before You Owe” Financial Aid Shopping Sheet.

  • The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education have teamed up to launch a new “Know Before You Owe” project aimed at creating a model financial aid disclosure form, which colleges and universities could use to help students better understand the type and amount of aid they qualify for and easily compare aid packages offered by different institutions. This “Financial Aid Shopping Sheet” makes the costs and risks of student loans clear upfront – before students have enrolled – outlining their total estimated student loan debt, monthly loan payments after graduation and additional costs not covered by federal aid. Ultimately, this provides students and their families with useful information that can help them make a more informed decision about where to attend college and help them better understand the debt burden they may be left with.

The CFPB is soliciting feedback on how to further improve the form, especially looking for input from college students and their families. They can go to the CFPB's website (http://consumerfinance.gov/students/knowbeforeyouowe ) where an online ranking tool will provide the public with an opportunity to weigh in on the financial aid shopping sheet.

The 10% I Rarely Reach | The Jose Vilson

The 10% I Rarely Reach | The Jose Vilson:

The 10% I Rarely Reach

10%

Today, one of my perpetually tardy students came in. I left my door open and, as usual, I let him in without little fanfare, because it’s not a situation I need to do a lot of yelling for. I told him good morning. He reciprocated. After I got to walking around, I noticed a student passing him work that had little relevance to math. Without yelling, I told the parties, “I need you to get back to work.” They nodded and waited until I walked away. However, I noticed they continued to make it a discussion that, frankly, took them away from the task at hand. I can understand the worry of not having homework done in the class, but there’s this pressing urgency I have in my class because I know the skills necessary for them to get to high school in mathematically sound shape.

This doesn’t matter much to the student; rather, he wanted to complete someone else’s assignment in my class and told me under no uncertain terms that he wasn’t going to do my work at all. I nodded and simply stated that both the giver and recipient of homework (that they ought not copy from one another anyways) would have this

Proposition 39 Comment Opportunity - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

Proposition 39 Comment Opportunity - Letters (CA Dept of Education):

October 25, 2011

Dear County and District Superintendents and Charter School Administrators:

PROPOSITION 39 COMMENT OPPORTUNITY

County and district superintendents who provided a charter school with a facility in the 2009–10 school year (July 1, 2009, through June 30, 2010), as authorized under Proposition 39 (California Education Code [EC] Section 47614), have the opportunity to review and respond to the information (per-square-foot data) reported to the California Department of Education (CDE) by select charter schools. This data is available on the CDE Proposition 39 and Charter Schools
Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cs/as/proposition39.asp by selecting the per-square-foot charge Microsoft Excel file.

Proposition 39, introduced on the November 2000 ballot, amended EC Section 47614 with the intent that public school facilities should be shared fairly among all public school pupils, including those in charter schools.

The State Board of Education adopted regulations (Title 5 California Code of Regulations sections 11969.1–11969.4 and 11969.6–11969.11) to define key provisions. These regulations also require the following:

  • Each charter school that received facilities under EC Section 47614 shall report the persquare-
    foot charge paid in the current fiscal year to the CDE.

  • The CDE shall post the per-square-foot charge on its publicly accessible Web site.

  • The CDE shall provide school districts the opportunity to provide additional information
    regarding the per-square-foot charge calculation.

If you would like to submit a comment, please contact Celina Torres, Education Programs Consultant, Charter Schools Division, by e-mail at ctorres@cde.ca.gov. If you have questions regarding this subject, please contact Ms. Torres by phone at 916-327-5929.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

TT:ct

School Tech Connect: There's No "I" in "Finland"

School Tech Connect: There's No "I" in "Finland":

There's No "I" in "Finland"

Ok, maybe there's one. It's not important.

I saw this over at Cooperative Catalyst, where I need to visit more often. It's another talk on Finland, and it's truly great. Plus it's delivered in simple language so that even a certain Secretary could absorb it.

I quarrel with some of what is in here, and I think there are important things left out. But I'm really always amazed at the starkness of the contrast between their nation and ours. It seems like we only like policies that

The Truth About Robber Barons

I promised myself I'd only spend 15 minutes online tonight. It's cut into my reading a little than I want. However, having said that, I clicked on my blogroll and

Big Education Ape: 10-26-11 PM Page Too #ows #OCCUPYWALLSTREET

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nypost.com - An administrator at a Brooklyn high school that saw an unusual surge in Regents test scores last year violated state grading policies by urging teachers to re-score exams that fell just shy of pass...

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Lawrence :: Federal visit could mean money for schools

6lawrence.com - By Theo Hayes on October 21, 2011 LAWRENCE - The U.S. Department of Education's Assistant Secretary of Special Education, Alexa Posney, promoted President Obama's Jobs Act on Friday during a tour o...

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nypost.com - Just one out of every four students who started high school in 2007 went on to graduate in 2011 prepared for college under a first-ever city measure aligned with City University of New York entranc...

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Photo Galleries

kdvr.com - DENVER -- A year after Colorado saw the most expensive U.S. Senate race in the entire country, an election that's seen more than $600,000 in campaign contributions might seem like a low budget affa...

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NCLB: End It, Don't Mend It - Bridging Differences

blogs.edweek.org - Dear Deborah,Have you been following the evolving story of the reauthorization of No Child Left Behind? I have, and it is disheartening. Instead of ditching this disastrous law, senators are trying...

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The Great Equalizer Or Business As Usual

shankerblog.org - Several weeks ago, a survey of college admission directors and enrollment managers conducted by Inside Higher Education sparked considerable media coverage about an issue that is not entirely new: ...

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All Current Investments - The Broad Foundation

broadeducation.org - ACHIEVEMENT FIRSTwww.achievementfirst.org The Broad Foundation supports the New York City expansion of Achievement First, which aims to deliver high-quality education for low-income and minority st...

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Teachers put pressure on North Boone School Board

wrex.com - Poplar Grove (WREX) - The North Boone Education Association pickets outside the North Boone School District's headquarters for what they call a fair contract. They've been working without a contrac...

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Occupy Wall Street Spills Into Classrooms

huffingtonpost.com - NEW YORK -- While on Wall Street many protesters decry economic inequality, and in Washington, D.C. debates continue over federal education policy, teachers across the country are occupying their c...

mikeklonsky

College Readiness Is Lacking, City Reports Show

nytimes.com - Only one in four students who enter high school in New York City are ready for college after four years, and less than half enroll, according to the A-through-F high school report cards released on...

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Big money to be made in the teacher evaluation biz

schoolingintheownershipsociety.blogspot.com - Education reforms translate into big money for private groups writes Sarah Garland in the Oct. 24th American Prospect. Following the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act, states paid millions of dollars a...

mikeklonsky

Roundtable explores ‘inflection point’ in education

stanforddaily.com - Over 1,000 attendees gathered Saturday morning in Maples Pavilion for the sixth annual Reunion Homecoming Roundtable at Stanford, titled this year “Education Nation 2.0: Redefining K-12 education i...

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The Teachers’ Union Hypothesis | Truthout

truth-out.org - For the past couple of months, Steve Brill’s new book has served to step up the eternally-beneath-the-surface hypothesis that teachers’ unions are the primary obstacle to improving educational outc...

mikeklonsky

Noguera: School reform is community reform

michaelklonsky.blogspot.com - BBA's project in Newark In the new issue of Kappan, Pedro Noguera describes the theory and practice behind a Broader, Bolder Approach (BBA) initiative in Newark which links community-based reform w...

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Dems living abroad in France get it right

michaelklonsky.blogspot.com - I wonder why the Democrats, living abroad in France, seem to have it much more together than the ones in the White House, Congress and the DOE? Here's the education platform they want the Democrati...

leoniehaimson

Elite Club or Catalyst for Change?

edweek.org - When the Broad Prize for Urban Education was created in 2002, billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad said he hoped the awards, in addition to rewarding high-performing school districts, would foster ...

leoniehaimson

Occupy Wall Street Spills Into Classrooms

huffingtonpost.com - NEW YORK -- While on Wall Street many protesters decry economic inequality, and in Washington, D.C. debates continue over federal education policy, teachers across the country are occupying their c...

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A Whole New World! - The Educator's PLN

edupln.com - The Government cuts in public services have hit all Local Authorities (LA's) hard, although it is arguably the smaller Unitary Authorities and the schools within them who have lost the most. Being ...

coopmike48

School District Says No To Teacher Bonus Grant : NPR

npr.org - Enlarge Paul Sancya/AP Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Oregon earlier this month, and he heard from an Oregon City teacher who complained about the rules of a performance-based pay bonus gr...

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Discussion of Common Core to compete with human mic tonight

gothamschools.org - “The people’s mic” could drown out discussion of curriculum standards at tonight’s unusual Panel for Educational Policy meeting. The Department of Education has convened an off-schedule and highly ...

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Ann Cooper goes off on potatoes in school lunch

ednewsparent.org - Well, this is a moot point now since it seems that politicians in potato-producing states have stopped the USDA from setting limits on potatoes in school lunch. It seems that potatoes will still be...

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When Parents Pushback on Grading

ascd.typepad.com - Educators working to reform grading and reporting often find that some of their strongest opposition comes from parents and community members. Most parents remember grades from when they were in sc...

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Occupy movement hits UCLA - latimes.com

latimesblogs.latimes.com - Apparently, the 99% includes university students too. As of Sunday, the fervor from Occupy Los Angeles and similar movements across the nation trickled down to Westwood where a group of about 20 st...

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Why We Can’t Fire Our Way to Urban School Reform | Edwize

bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Why We Can’t Fire Our Way to Urban School Reform | Edwize:Why We Can’t Fire Our Way to Urban School Reformby Christina CollinsA recent SchoolBook article on the high teacher turnover at one of Eva ...

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Reviewing the SAO Work Product on the MLK, Jr. Building Sale

saveseattleschools.blogspot.com - One thing is clear - there were people in the district who just did not want the MLK, Jr. Building to go to an affluent private school. Didn't matter the price - it was a non-starter. The issue w...

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NJ afterschool program out of money, will close

northjersey.com - TRENTON — A program that had kept as many as 15,000 children busy after school has fallen victim to New Jersey budget cuts and the bad economy. NJ After 3 plans to close next week. The private, no...

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Anti-Bullying Music Video:

bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Anti-Bullying Music Video::Anti-Bullying Music Video: “To All You Guys,” by Eric Baraoby cynthiaHere’s an original song and music video from a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Eric Barao w...

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Tú educación es nuestro futuro

vidayfamilia.univision.com - Un importante panel de funcionarios y expertos en educación participaron en el foro “Tu Educación Es Nuestro Futuro” conducido por Jorge Ramos desde el Newseum, en Washington DC, para buscar soluci...

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Las mejores becas para estudiantes latinos

vidayfamilia.univision.com - Las mejores becas para estudiantes latinos Hispanic Scholarship Fund. El HSF ofrece premios a estudiantes matriculando en una secundaria o universidad, y también a estudiantes de universidades comu...

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Long-Term Care Still Adrift | FDL News Desk

news.firedoglake.com - It’s sad that it took the demise of the CLASS Act for the media to take notice that the problem the measure was trying to solve, long-term care, is both serious and growing. But whether or not the ...

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Quick Hits (10.25.11)

quickanded.com - High school diploma does not equal college readiness. One-quarter of New York City high school graduates are prepared for college, according to state report cards released Monday. It was the first ...

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NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me

nea.org - NEA Campaign Against Bullying Educators Standing Up Against Bullying NEA's Bully Free Pledge Taker Vincent Pompei This high school counselor makes his office and his school a safe place for all stu...

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Among low-scoring schools, familiar names and dashed hopes

gothamschools.org - Yesterday’s high school progress reports release put 60 schools on existential notice. Fourteen high schools got failing grades, 28 received D’s, and another 14 have scored at a C or lower since at...

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NHD Research Made Easy | GothamSchools

gothamschools.org - NHD Research Made Easy: Online, Accessible, and Free Thursday, October 27th, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building Learn how to access primary and secondary sour...

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Cooperative Catalyst

coopcatalyst.wordpress.com - Hey Coop-ers, I haven’t posted much to this blog yet but wanted to reintroduce myself. I’m the Communications Director of IDEA, an organization that has much in common with the Coop. Kirsten Olson ...

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Randi Weingarten on Teacher Bashing | TIME Ideas | TIME.com

bigeducationape.blogspot.com - Randi Weingarten on Teacher Bashing | TIME Ideas | TIME.com:Randi Weingarten RespondsThe president of the American Federation of Teachers begs to differ with Rotherham's column, "Let’s Talk Honestl...

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What MSNBC's O'Donnell Gets Wrong About Denver

scholasticadministrator.typepad.com - October 25, 2011 | Posted At: 03:05 PM | Author: Alexander Russo | Category: Best of the Blogs & Pundits , Foundation Follies , Media Watch , Urban Ed #edcolo @ednews Following up on recent coverag...

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Blue Jersey:: Shared Sacrifice

bluejersey.com - promoted by the_promised_land Hello Blue Jersey community. My name is Maria DeFilippis, President of AFT Local #2375 representing the full and part time faculty at Raritan Valley Community College...

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Winner: 'Redesign the Report Card' Project - Education

good.is - For our most recent challenge, we asked you to redesign the report card so that it's visually appealing, informative, and inspirational, and gives context to student achievement. We received so man...

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Students' financial info revealed on gov't website

boston.com - WASHINGTON—The personal financial details of as many as 5,000 college students were temporarily laid bare for other students to view on the Education Department's direct loan website earlier this m...

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The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral. « Fred Klonsky's blog

bigeducationape.blogspot.com - The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral. « Fred Klonsky's blog:The grade-in at #OWS. Going viral.by Fred KlonskyWhen we got back to where we were staying in Brooklyn after going to Occupy Wall Street on ...

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LAUSD cops adopt new truancy policy

dailynews.com - The Los Angeles Unified School District's police force is adopting a more moderate truancy policy in an effort to reduce what was seen as unfair targeting of some students. Community groups had com...

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Extended Day Dollars For Charters?

chicagonow.com - By Alexander Russo, today at 10:09 am Today's news is that the Board is going to consider extending the extended learning incentives to charter schools at tomorrow's monthly meeting, that Superinte...

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Students' financial info revealed on gov't website

boston.com - WASHINGTON—The personal financial details of as many as 5,000 college students were temporarily laid bare for other students to view on the Education Department's direct loan website earlier this m...

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whitehouse.gov - The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release October 25, 2011 Military medics are on the front lines everyday saving lives; they are the battlefield’s first responders. Yet m...

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Wall Street Occupiers Fear Drummers Will Be Their Undoing

democraticunderground.com - Source: Atlantic WireThe most pervasive sound at Zuccotti Park, and one of the neighbors' biggest complaints, is that of a group of drummers pounding the skins, and organizers now fear their inabil...

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Mind Over Media: The End of Newspapers

dissidentvoice.org - (On the set of WTFN’s new public affairs show Mind over Media, host Romana Clay is seated at a kidney-shaped table around which are large mock-ups of various newspapers and web pages. Over her righ...

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October 25, 2011 - PrivatizationWatch.Org

privatizationwatch.org - HeadlinesOH: Feds will give turnpike study money to Ohio if changes are made The U.S. Department of Transportation will give Ohio permission to use federal money to study privatization of the Ohio ...

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Early college needs to be free — Joanne Jacobs

joannejacobs.com - High school students will be guaranteed no-cost access to “early college” classes under the Pathways to College program, which is part of the Harkin-Enzi bill reauthorizing the Elementary and Secon...

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Saving San Diego schools | SignOnSanDiego.com

signonsandiego.com - “Because of the need for reducing the tax burden, class sizes were increased, teachers’ salaries were lowered and drastic economies applied.” – From the San Diego Unified School District’s official...

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Schools flunk science - San Jose Mercury News

mercurynews.com - Click photo to enlarge Arushi Sharma (l), Alexis Velasquez (center) and Tanroop Singh (cq)(r) concentrate on dissecting owl pellets during a fourth-grade science lab at Brookvale Elementary School ...

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4 Tech Tips for Parents to Embrace Digital Education

education.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com - Learning the ins and outs of the latest technology is a lot like learning to swim or ride a bike: The younger you are, the more naturally it comes. This is troubling news for parents who already fe...

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Tigard-Tualatin school board OKs online learning pilot

oregonlive.com - TIGARD -- Online learning for the Tigard-Tualatin School District could be a reality as soon as next semester, although the specifics still need to be ironed out.The school board gave the green lig...

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