Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What does a Vulture Capitalist become when they grow up?

What does a Vulture Capitalist become when they grow up?
A Vulture Philanthropist




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A Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent Movement | OWSnews.org #OWS

A Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent Movement | OWSnews.org:A Culture of Resistance is Born in 2011: the People United in an Independent MovementKevin Zeese at OWSnews.org - 3 minutes agoIn 2012, the Real Conversation will be in the Occupations, while Corporate Candidates have a False Conversation By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers The Occupy Movement that developed in 2011 profoundly shook the foundation of the 1%. Almost instantly a new form of ... more »

RheeFirst! » Watch Michelle Rhee pull a Romney: loves to fire people

RheeFirst! » Watch Michelle Rhee pull a Romney: loves to fire people:Watch Michelle Rhee pull a Romney: loves to fire peopleby adminFrom Michael Winerip’s New York Times article:“Always, she preens for the cameras. Early in her chancellorship, she was trailed for a story by the education correspondent of “PBS NewsHour,” John Merrow.At one point, Ms. Rhee asked if his crew wanted to watch her fire a principal. “We were totally stunned,” Mr. Merrow said.She let them set up the camera ... more »

Alexander Russo Working Hard for the 1% At Scholastic?

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Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Mid Day Posts #ows #edreform #edchat

Officials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollment - latimes.comBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-11 minutes agoOfficials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollment - latimes.com:Officials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollmentThe Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday directed staff to develop a plan to increase district enrollment by at least 5%. The nation’s second-largest school system has shrunk rapidly in recent years because of declining birth rates, population shifts and an exodus of ... more »

Civic Learning: Renewing Our Sense of Who We Are | ED.gov Blog

Civic Learning: Renewing Our Sense of Who We Are | ED.gov Blog:Civic Learning: Renewing Our Sense of Who We ArePosted on January 11, 2012 by Cameron Brenchley“Education is more than just book knowledge. It’s about how we engage in a vibrant democracy,” Secretary Duncan said yesterday afternoon at the White House. Duncan joined Obama Administration officials and education leaders at the launch of a national conversation about the importance of advancing civic learning from grade school to graduate school.Image courtesy ... more »

Profiles of For-Profit and Nonprofit Education Management Organizations: Thirteenth Annual Report - 2010-2011 | National Education Policy Center

Profiles of For-Profit and Nonprofit Education Management Organizations: Thirteenth Annual Report - 2010-2011 | National Education Policy Center:Profiles of For-Profit and Nonprofit Education Management Organizations: Thirteenth Annual Report - 2010-2011 Share10by Gary Miron, Jessica Urschel, Mayra A. Yat Aguilar, Breanna DaileyJanuary 6, 2012While past annual Profiles reports have focused on either for-profit EMOs or nonprofit EMOs, this is the first annual Profiles report to cover both categories in a single report which allows for easier comparisons. The 2010-2011 school year ... more »

Student Debt Crisis Isn't Just About Economy - Student Loan Ranger (usnews.com)

Student Debt Crisis Isn't Just About Economy - Student Loan Ranger (usnews.com):Student Debt Crisis Isn't Just About EconomyBy EQUAL JUSTICE WORKSJanuary 11, 2012 RSS Feed PrintWith the Iowa caucus under our belt, the 2012 election year is in full swing and one issue being raised across the country isstudent debt. So far, it seems that a number of candidates propose to address this issue through their plans to "improve the economy." They don't seem to understand the educational debt crisis ... more »

Why Even People Who Think They Don’t Care About Pensions Should Care About Pensions

Why Even People Who Think They Don’t Care About Pensions Should Care About Pensions:Why Even People Who Think They Don’t Care About Pensions Should Care About Pensionsby Kris AmundsonAcross the country, state legislatures are reconvening. As the late, wonderful Molly Ivins noted, legislative politics can often provide the “finest form of free entertainment ever invented.”At the top of many state legislatures’ agenda this year will be the issue of pensions. Although the warning signs have been there for years, legislatures ... more »

Teachers in Bankrupt Pennsylvania School District Pledge to Work for Free - Education - GOOD

Teachers in Bankrupt Pennsylvania School District Pledge to Work for Free - Education - GOOD:Teachers in Bankrupt Pennsylvania School District Pledge to Work for Freeby Liz DwyerWould you still go to work every day if your boss couldn't pay you? That's what 200 teachers and 65 other employees of Pennsylvania's Chester Upland School District have pledged to do after district officials told them that a $19 million budget shortfall meant they wouldn't be receiving salaries.Sara Ferguson, who's been a teacher ... more »

Education Research Report 1-11-12

Education Research Report:State Reports Profiling First-Year Progress Under Race to the TopJonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 26 minutes agoΩ The U.S. Department of Education has released state-specific reports profiling first-year progress on comprehensive education reform under Race to the Top. The reports document reform efforts underway in Delaware, D.C., Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee, the 12 grantees that secured Race to the Top funding in 2010 through the competition's ... more »

Officials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollment - latimes.com

Officials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollment - latimes.com:Officials call for plan to increase L.A. Unified enrollmentThe Los Angeles Board of Education on Tuesday directed staff to develop a plan to increase district enrollment by at least 5%. The nation’s second-largest school system has shrunk rapidly in recent years because of declining birth rates, population shifts and an exodus of students to nearly 200 independently managed charter schools.The plan may include an expansion of successful and popular magnet ... more »

AN $80,000 KICK « Teachers Fight Back

AN $80,000 KICK « Teachers Fight Back:AN $80,000 KICKby alkleenChicago Tribune news item: A college student who said he was kicked in the leg by his automotive course instructor during a class is suing the teacher and the college. The student said his teacher kicked him in the shin in class after the teacher saw the student attempting to attach an auto transmission part with a hammer. The teacher allegedly shouted at the student and without any warning or provocation ...more »

But First Him, Always Him | The Jose Vilson

But First Him, Always Him | The Jose Vilson:But First Him, Always Himby JoseAlejandro Luis Vilson Rojas and His DadFor the last four days, I’ve averaged about four hours of consistent sleep, including a a period of 24 hours from Thursday to Friday where I slept nothing. These days have been a haze of semi-consciousness, floating between staring at hospital beds and nurseries and recouping in the disaster area that was my house. Before December 5th, I remember reading a ... more »

What’s wrong with N.J. charter school policy - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

What’s wrong with N.J. charter school policy - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post:What’s wrong with N.J. charter school policyby Valerie StraussThis speech, given recently at a protest in Maplewood, N.J., against the state’s charter school policy, was delivered by Stan Karp, who taught English and journalism in Paterson for 30 years. He is now the director of the Secondary Reform Project for New Jersey’s Education Law Center and an editor of Rethinking Schoolsmagazine.Read full article

Des Moines Education Association: A DMEA Executive Board Member's Initial Take on Iowa Education Reform Proposals

Des Moines Education Association: A DMEA Executive Board Member's Initial Take on Iowa Education Reform Proposals:A DMEA Executive Board Member's Initial Take on Iowa Education Reform Proposalsby Mr. ROur Executive Board Treasurer, Scott Rieker wrote down his initial thoughts on the education reform proposals to the Iowa Legislature from Governor Branstad. If you have not yet read the proposals in full you can read them at this LINK.Here are Scott's thoughts...."Hi all,The big legislative “bomb” that we’ve been waiting for ... more »

City and State Move to Shut Down Brooklyn Charter Network – SchoolBook

City and State Move to Shut Down Brooklyn Charter Network – SchoolBook:City and State Move to Shut Down Brooklyn Charter NetworkFACEBOOKTWITTERPRINTRelated SchoolsWilliamsburg Charter High SchoolBelieve Northside Charter High SchoolBelieve Southside Charter High SchoolJan. 10, 2012, 6:39 p.m.By ANNA M. PHILLIPSCity and state education officials announced on Tuesday that they plan to close an entire network of charter high schools in Brooklyn that have suffered management and financial woes for years.One day after New York City Department of Education officialsdeclared their ... more »

"NYSUT responds to governor's statement on teacher evaluations." January 10, 2012. NYSUT: A Union of Professionals. www.nysut.org

"NYSUT responds to governor's statement on teacher evaluations." January 10, 2012. NYSUT: A Union of Professionals. www.nysut.org:NYSUT responds to governor's statement on teacher evaluationsALBANY, N.Y. Jan. 10, 2012 - New York State United Teachers today respectfully disagreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's characterization of New York's teacher evaluation law enacted in 2010 in concert with the state's Race to the Top application."This legislation was not designed to protect unions but, in fact, was jointly supported by NYSUT and the State Education ... more »

Bush Foundation Financial Backer K12 Inc to be Investigated for Securities Fraud | Scathing Purple Musings

Bush Foundation Financial Backer K12 Inc to be Investigated for Securities Fraud | Scathing Purple Musings:Bush Foundation Financial Backer K12 Inc to be Investigated for Securities Fraudby Bob SikesFrom a Yahoo Business story last month:NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Faruqi Faruqi, LLP, a leading national securities law firm, is investigating potential securities fraud at K12, Inc. (“K12” or the “Company”) (NYSE: LRN – News).The investigation focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by failing to disclose that: ... more »

SBE Numbering and Charter Submission Package - Resources (CA Dept of Education)

SBE Numbering and Charter Submission Package - Resources (CA Dept of Education):SBE Numbering and Charter Submission PackageDeadlines for SBE Numbering and Charter Submission PackageListed below are the deadlines and required documents for submitting a Charter Submission Package in order to receive a charter number from the State Board of Education (SBE).E-mailed numbering requests will not be accepted. All items listed in the Charter Submission Package are to be received by the Charter Schools Division by 5 p.m. on the due ... more »

Schools Matter: With 99% of the People, Why Can't We Get 2/3 of the States

Schools Matter: With 99% of the People, Why Can't We Get 2/3 of the States:With 99% of the People, Why Can't We Get 2/3 of the Statesby Jim HornDuring this political season, corporations are taking their turns lining up to sponsor political debates whose results are then made made entirely meaningless and irrelevant by subsequent unlimited blasts of negative ads that serve to buy the candidate most likely to prostrate himself completely at the feet of American plutocrats. Since the ... more »

Grumpy Educators: Republicans Put On Notice Over Education Reform

Grumpy Educators: Republicans Put On Notice Over Education Reform:

Republicans Put On Notice Over Education Reform

Florida’s legislative session opened with education bills pouring out like M&Ms.
With eyebrow raising speed, on opening day, the Senate Pre-K 12 Education committee considered and passed SB 962, Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program on January 9, 2012 by a vote of 4 to 2, and came back on January 10 to revisit some changes, and on January 11, the bill moved to the Budget Subcommittee on Finance and Tax. The legislative analysis notes the fiscal impact on taxes, fees, and general revenues are unknown. Governor Scott has asked for $1 billion in educational funding, which raises eyebrows after last year’s deep cuts. Where’s the money?

The Palm Beach Post reports that activists were on hand to remind the legislature

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newyorkprincipals.org - In May 2010, the New York State Legislature—in an effort to secure federal Race to the Top funds—approved an amendment to Educational Law 3012-c regarding the Annual Professional Performance Review...

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School Tech Connect: Round Up The Librarians...

schooltechconnect.com - ...and put them in labor camps. Basically, the powers that be want to run the libraries with volunteers. It's all about those onerous work rules. I loathe these people, including my alderman. Did ...

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UConn provost stepping down, returning to teaching

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whitehouse.gov - The White House Office of the First Lady For Immediate Release January 11, 2012 130 Medical Schools & Research Facilities to Join Forces to Serve Veterans & Families(Richmond, Virginia) Today, as p...

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First lady tackling medical treatment for vets

northjersey.com - WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama has gotten a new commitment from medical schools to boost training and research for the treatment of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health...

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Hidden Hazards in the Nursery « MomsRising Blog

momsrising.org - What would you say if I told you that a high number of baby products contain toxic chemicals? What if I told you those toxic chemicals were in the form of flame retardants that are used in things l...

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OUT: Outsourcing. IN: Insourcing. | OurFuture.org

ourfuture.org - Popular This WeekJanuary 09, 2012January 06, 2012more» Also Worth Reading Insourcing. That’s at the top of my trending list for 2012. But, how do we make reshoring—bringing job back from overseas—...

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Use State 'Buy American' Rules To Promote Insourcing

ourfuture.org - President Obama is hosting a forum on "insourcing" today. We need to bring jobs back to America, and restore our "industrial commons." One way to help move this along is for states to require "Buy ...

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The Future of Our Planet Depends on Latinos

votolatino.org - January 11, 2012 | Posted in Activism, Environment, Services | 0 Comments By Refugio Mata Last December, we got some good news from the Obama administration. Thanks in large part to the Lat...

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Principal Accused of Faking Hours – SchoolBook

nytimes.com - Jan. 11, 2012, 4:50 p.m. A secretary at Public School 31 The William Floyd Garrison in the Bronx punched the time clock for the school’s principal since 2008, providing her with as much as $40,000 ...

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