Wednesday, April 18, 2012

School Tech Connect: This Is How I Vote

School Tech Connect: This Is How I Vote:




This Is How I Vote

So, the Sullivan HS LSC election is tomorrow. Turns out that the community candidates do indeed have digital footprints, and one of them is a known commodity here in Rogers. Here's the list, if anyone cares to advise me. I've promised my entire building to provide endorsements, so we're talking about six voters here. "The Machine," I like to call it.

As for the community candidates, two of them are very, very young and out there trying to get a foot in the door. One of them is still in school, and although he has good intentions, he evidently thought it wise to work for the Chico campaign, so he's out. 

The other young person is aide, evidently, to Luis Gutierrez, whom I rather admire even though he endorsed Chico over Miguel del Valle, an endorsement that stank to high heaven.  This young candidate talks about restorative justice and bothered to build a Google site. I like him, but I'm not entirely certain how reformy Gutierrez is or isn't, and I always worry about young people and how susceptible to Kool-Aide they are. 

One community candidate has no digital footprint that I can find. 

One of these candidates has less of a digital footprint but an impressive education. Chicago being a small town, I know someone who knows him, and he gets rave reviews as a mensch. Which goes a long way with me. 

The incumbent has an advantage here beyond already showing that he's willing to work hard:  He's been critical of Alderman Joe Moore, whom I used to love but have come to not love. On the other hand, there's this:


I hope to talk to the incumbent tomorrow, because if this was him, he's out!

Seriously, all of these candidates seem like they're in it for the school and the community, and nobody seems to have an agenda against the school, teachers, or the kids. Although Rahm Emanuel does, and I want to hear more before I tell five people who they should vote for.

Schooling in the Ownership Society: This hedge-fund "school reformer" is so rich, he donates to the Koch Bros.

Schooling in the Ownership Society: This hedge-fund "school reformer" is so rich, he donates to the Koch Bros.:


This hedge-fund "school reformer" is so rich, he donates to the Koch Bros.

Griffin is the one on the right
Greg Hinz at Crain's, "Follow the money: Citadel's Ken Griffin and the Illinois GOP," reports on the Chicago hedge-fund billionaire who, possibly illegally, secretly throws millions into Republican political campaigns. Wait, did I say Republican? There are no Republicans in Chicago so Griffin does the next best thing. He writes six-figure checks made out to the Rahm Emanuel campaign fund.


Writes Hinz:
In a fascinating series of events that just now are coming to light, it appears that every single penny the Illinois Republican Party got in the first quarter from other political groups for non-federal elections came courtesy of Ken Griffin, CEO of Chicago hedge fund 

Haisman and Rosenthal. « Fred Klonsky

Haisman and Rosenthal. « Fred Klonsky:


Haisman and Rosenthal.

Haisman and Rosenthal.
No. It’s not a law firm.
Back in the day, Bob Haisman was President of the IEA. He ran for IEA President as something of an outsider and won.
Then we butted heads over the issue of a merger of the two national teacher unions: The NEA and the AFT.
I was for it. Haisman and the IEA leadership led the charge against it.
Haisman won that fight.
In fact, I think I may have been the only IEA delegate to the NEA RA that year that voted for merger. And it lost 

Questions Concerning Howard Fuller Charter Proposal to Milwaukee Common Council « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

Questions Concerning Howard Fuller Charter Proposal to Milwaukee Common Council « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:


Questions Concerning Howard Fuller Charter Proposal to Milwaukee Common Council

4/18/12
The Milwaukee Common Council is reviewing a proposal by Dr. Howard Fuller and the Institute for the Transformation of Learning to create three new charter schools. The Institute is proposing to become a charter management organization, following in the footsteps of other national charter management organizations such as Rocketship and KIPP. The new schools, intended to be contracted by the city of Milwaukee, will be called Quest.
Acceptance of charter plans cannot be based on political ties, favors to political allies or just a well-written document, even if the proposal draws on the most current education terminology or suggests that it will use the most current practices in education. Whenever possible, the awarding of contracts should take into account past school and student performance of schools run by the applicant.
MPS is constantly scrutinized under a magnifying glass, correctly so. But the same should be true for the City of Milwaukee charter school district, UW charter school district and voucher schools.
In the case of this proposal, it would be valuable to look at Dr. Fuller’s results with specific schools. He is the board chair of CEO Leadership Academy, previously a voucher school and presently a city charter school. Dr. Fuller has worked with closely that school for a number of years.
What is the data on CEO Leadership Academy? The WKCE results from the Fall of 2010 show the following:
Grade# Students TestedSubject% Proficient and AdvancedMPS % ProficientAnd Advanced

Foundations of Strategy, Part 2: Supply | Inside Higher Ed

Foundations of Strategy, Part 2: Supply | Inside Higher Ed:


Foundations of Strategy, Part 2: Supply

Blog: 
As a continuation on the Foundations of Strategy theme, this post is about the supply of educational opportunities.  In short, they’re exploding.
There are currently over 5,000 degree-granting institutions in the United States, made up of a healthy mix of public, private not-for-profit, and for-profit schools that educate a highly diverse population and offering an ever-increasing number of programs and degrees.

The supply of educational opportunities is increasing not only through the traditional schools and their for-profit counterparts, but also the number and types of programs (e.g., business, nanotechnology, criminal justice) and 

Grumpy Educators: Testing Perversion: Parent Threatened and Parental Rights Violated in NY

Grumpy Educators: Testing Perversion: Parent Threatened and Parental Rights Violated in NY:


Testing Perversion: Parent Threatened and Parental Rights Violated in NY

This story does not require much introduction. The correspondence between the parent and the school officials speaks volumes and confirms the depth of the high stakes testing perversion.

The letter from the parent on her reasons for choosing to opt out her student from standardized testing: (highlighting in red is added for emphasis by Grumpy Educators)


From: Christine Dougherty
Sent: Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:38 AM
To: Thomas M. Capone; Donna Gales
Subject: opt out.
Please be advised that my son Joseph Dougherty will not be taking the New York 

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