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All Things Education: School "Reform" in DC: Is the Problem Choice or What Compels Families to Choose?

All Things Education: School "Reform" in DC: Is the Problem Choice or What Compels Families to Choose?:

School "Reform" in DC: Is the Problem Choice or What Compels Families to Choose?


After reading the New York times op-ed on school choice in DC, I asked some folks close to what's happening in education there for their thoughts. Mary Levy sent me what is written below and (with her permission), I decided to use it as a guest post. Mary Levy has analyzed DC Public Schoolstaffing, budget and expenditures, and monitored the progress of educationreform for thirty years. She is a majorsource for fiscal, statistical and general information on DCPS for the media,government officials and non-profit, business and civic groups. She directedthe Public Education Reform Project at the Washington Lawyers' Committee forCivil Rights & Urban Affairs for 19 years, during which she played a majorrole in developing the District of Columbia’s school funding systems, wrotenumerous

Health centers and “full-service community schools” - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

Health centers and “full-service community schools” - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools:

Health centers and “full-service community schools”

By Katy Murphy
Monday, December 5th, 2011 at 8:38 am in health, high schools, initiatives, OUSD central office, students.

Skyline High School's new health center
photos by Roy Manzanares, courtesy of Oakland Unified

Oakland Superintendent Tony Smith’s vision of full-service community schools is taking shape on some campuses, thanks to a school-based health center initiative that has picked up steam (and millions of dollars in funding) since 2008.

Oakland Unified’s 12th health center opened this week, at the 1,900-student Skyline High School. The Native American Health Center (NAHC) will operate services at the clinic. The renovated portable building includes two medical exam rooms, a laboratory and three confidential consultation rooms.

new Skyline High School health center

Skyline’s renovations were funded by a 2006 school bond measure (Measure B) and seed money from a 2008 Kaiser Permanente donation. Atlantic Philanthropie

some asian american college applicants are leaving the 'asian' check box blank | angry asian man

some asian american college applicants are leaving the 'asian' check box blank | angry asian man:

some asian american college applicants are leaving the 'asian' check box blank

Got bombarded over the weekend with this Associated Press article about college-bound mixed-race Asian American students who are choosing not to identify themselves as 'Asian' on their applications: Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian.'

The idea is to get an edge at elite schools, where Asian Americans are perceptibly held to higher admissions standards than applicants from other ethnic groups. If standing out from the crowd means keeping quiet about being Asian, a lot of applicants are apparently leaving that check box blank:
For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges.

Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges' admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers,

ALEC Education Task Force Approves Anti-Common Core Model Legislation | Truth in American Education

ALEC Education Task Force Approves Anti-Common Core Model Legislation | Truth in American Education:

ALEC Education Task Force Approves Anti-Common Core Model Legislation

The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) met last week in Scottsdale, AZ. They are an organization whose mission is “to advance the Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism, and individual liberty, through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector, the federal government, and general public.” They have several task forces, one of which is education.

This group is important as model legislation is often developed and discussed and then taken home to the state capitals and placed on legislative agendas. Though the group’s mission is to advance Jeffersonian principles, in

Schools Matter: Gingrich and Trump Team Up to Create "Junior Janitor Apprentice"

Schools Matter: Gingrich and Trump Team Up to Create "Junior Janitor Apprentice":

Gingrich and Trump Team Up to Create "Junior Janitor Apprentice"

Last week Newt Grincherly proved to be the latest threat to the GOP's only brand of ReaganLite, Mitt Romney. In showing why he is the intellectual voice of conservative politcs, Grinchoski offered his view on helping poor children while saving the schools some money. Let's go to the video:

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Today the new GOP frontrunner zoomed up Trump Towers for a private meeting with the don or reality capitalism and point man for Birtherism, Donald Trump. In the press conference that followed, Trump announced that after

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