Thursday, April 19, 2012

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The Toxic Trifecta, Bad Measurement & Evolving Teacher Evaluation Policies « School Finance 101

The Toxic Trifecta, Bad Measurement Evolving Teacher Evaluation Policies « School Finance 101: The Toxic Trifecta, Bad Measurement Evolving Teacher Evaluation Policiesbyschoolfinance101This post contains my preliminary thoughts in development for a forthcoming article dealing with the intersection between statistical and measurement issues in teacher evaluation and teachers’ constitutional rights where those measures are used for making high stakes decisions.The Toxic Trifecta in Current Legislative Models for Teacher EvaluationA relatively consistent legislative framework for teach... more »

Schools Matter: The Real News on the Fake Education Reform

Schools Matter: The Real News on the Fake Education Reform: The Real News on the Fake Education ReformbyJudy RabinPopoutMore testing, more accountability for teachers and public schools, more data collection, merit pay for teachers based on worthless test scores and crap curriculum supplied by Pearon, McGraw Hill and Houghton Mifflin, more computer learning, more charters and more privatization. Yes, that is the agenda of those who profit from this fake education reform in the name of closing the achievement gap.The ... more »

ADOLF HITLER CURRENTLY MORE POPULAR THAN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ PENSIONS? « Teachers Fight Back

ADOLF HITLER CURRENTLY MORE POPULAR THAN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ PENSIONS? « Teachers Fight Back: ADOLF HITLER CURRENTLY MORE POPULAR THAN PUBLIC EMPLOYEES’ PENSIONS?byalkleenWith no dissenting votes, the Illinois House proposed a constitutional amendment that would make it more difficult to increase pension benefits for public employees. The House voted 113-0 to adopt the amendment and send it to the Senate. If the Senate approves it, it will appear on the November ballot. The amendment requires that any legislation that enhances pension ... more »

Dear Ms. Rhee…. « An Educator's Journey

Dear Ms. Rhee…. « An Educator's Journey: Dear Ms.Rhee….April 19, 2012 byamybisson It could be that it’s the “vacation” head cold talking, but I don’t think so. I was working in my classroom this morning, when I opened up my school email account. And here, for the third time in the last couple of months, is – unedited – what I found:________________________________________From: Michelle Rhee, StudentsFirst [admin@studentsfirst.org]Sent: Thursday, April 19, 2012 10:19 AMTo: Bisson, AmySubject: An important battle[http://studentsfirst.org/page/-/email/wrapper/email-header-smaller.jpg]p...more »

Fred Bauer: Vouchers, Testing-Driven Education Reform on a Collision Course?

Fred Bauer: Vouchers, Testing-Driven Education Reform on a Collision Course?: Vouchers, Testing-Driven Education Reform on a Collision Course? Conservative approaches to education reform may in the next few years encounter a fateful fork in the road. One long tradition of conservative educational theory has stressed the value of vouchers as a way of decentralizing education and providing state subsidies directly to parents (rather than routed through local school systems) for their children's education. A newer movement on the right has ... more »

Montgomery Superintendent Joshua Starr sharpens critique of national reforms - Maryland Schools Insider - The Washington Post

Montgomery Superintendent Joshua Starr sharpens critique of national reforms - Maryland Schools Insider - The Washington Post: Montgomery Superintendent Joshua Starr sharpens critique of national reformsByMichael Alison ChandlerMontgomery schools superintendent Joshua Starr congratulated the school board Tuesday on standing firm against some of the turbulent reform efforts being embraced around the country.He called their political posture, including the past decision not to support the state’s application for a federalRace to the Top Grant, “one of the reasons I was so ... more »

Who Controls the Table Wins | National Education Policy Center

Who Controls the Table Wins | National Education Policy Center: Who Controls the Table WinsSharebyPaul ThomasApril 19, 2012Paul ThomasReform and RestructuringPoliticsInher discussion of science fiction, Margaret Atwood examines and confronts the nuances among sci-fi, speculative fiction, fantasy, and utopian/dystopian fiction, and throughout, she highlights the power of these overlapping genres to explore the "What if?" by blending dramatizations of human history with human possibility. These genres have the power as well to force us to re-seenowin the imagined context ofothertimes ...more »

School Tech Connect: Illinois Lurches Rightward

School Tech Connect: Illinois Lurches Rightward: Illinois Lurches Rightwardbynoreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman)Michigan'sundoing of democracy has made baby steps here in Illinois.Illinois state superintendent Christopher Koch is taking the first steps toward removing local school board members in two of the state’s lowest performing districts.The state currently helps run the public schools in North Chicago District 187 and East St. Louis District 189 because both districts have been failing for years.This narrative of "failing schools," which actually means, "schools where the test ... more »

School Breakfast Programs - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

School Breakfast Programs - Letters (CA Dept of Education): Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Food Service Directors:IMPROVING STUDENT NUTRITION AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTTHROUGH SCHOOL BREAKFAST PROGRAMS I am proud to be the honorary chair of the BreakfastFirst Campaign. Promoting the School Breakfast Program (SBP) is integral to my Team California for Healthy Kids campaign, which focuses on makinghealthy choicestheeasy choices.In alignment with the Team California for Healthy Kids goal to promote good eating habits, BreakfastFirst ai... more »

Education Research Report: Areas with relatively high levels of economic segregation exhibit the highest school test-score gaps between low-income students and other students

Education Research Report: Areas with relatively high levels of economic segregation exhibit the highest school test-score gaps between low-income students and other students: Areas with relatively high levels of economic segregation exhibit the highest school test-score gaps between low-income students and other studentsbyJonathan KantrowitzΩ Housing Costs, Zoning, and Access to High-Scoring Schools: Metropolitan ProfilesAn analysis by The Brookings Institutionof national and metropolitan data on public school populations and state standardized test scores for 84,077 schools in 2010... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A new angle on the anti-bullying campaign

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: A new angle on the anti-bullying campaign: A new angle on the anti-bullying campaignbyMike KlonskyA lot of accusations and allegations have been flying around here lately, but this one had to make me laugh. Our little band of progressive bloggers and tweeters are being made out to be "bullies" by theWall Street Journal. And just who is it we have allegedly been bullying? It's these poor, little kids on the block named, Coca-Cola, Gates Foundation, the ... more »

The Bully Politics of Education Reform

The Bully Politics of Education Reform: The Bully Politics of Education ReformThursday, 19 April 2012 09:48By Paul Thomas,The Daily Censored| News Analysis 4font sizePrintEmailAmerica is a bully nation.America is the embodiment of might-makes-right. When another country (USSR) invades Afghanistan, America is filled with righteous indignation, but when America invades Afghanistan, well, all is right with the world.America has bred the bully tactic of vigilantism in the sanctified Petri dish of law (Stand Your Ground), and the result isthe person with ... more »

How Can We Turn This Mess Around? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

How Can We Turn This Mess Around? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Nancy FlanaganNancy Flanagan is an education writer and consultant focusing on teacher leadership. She spent 30 years in a K-12 music classroom in Hartland, Mich, and was named Michigan Teacher of the Year in 1993. She is National Board-certified, and a member of the Teacher Leaders Network. She welcomes feedback on her sharp-eyed perspectives on the inconsistencies and inspirations, the incomprehensible, immoral and ...more »

NYC Public School Parents: The Pineapple and the Hare: Pearson's absurd, nonsensical ELA exam, recycled endlessly throughout country;

NYC Public School Parents: The Pineapple and the Hare: Pearson's absurd, nonsensical ELA exam, recycled endlessly throughout country;: The Pineapple and the Hare: Pearson's absurd, nonsensical ELA exam, recycled endlessly throughout country;byLeonie HaimsonThere was a ridiculous passage on Tuesday’s 8thgrade NY State ELA exam about a Pineapple and a Hare, along with some absurd questions. Here is a comment about the passage from a student:I had this same story for my 8th grade ELA New York state test! Everybody was ... more »

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. If you “think” you voted does that mean you did? « Fred Klonsky

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. If you “think” you voted does that mean you did? « Fred Klonsky: Life in Rahm’s Chicago. If you “think” you voted does that mean you did?byFred KlonskyChicago is witnessing the largest municipal election in the country.6,500 candidates are running for positions on Local School Councils, an 80s school reform that has made a difference at many the city’s schools.LSCs also constitute a bother for Rahm and the other suits who run the bureaucracy. They tried ... more »

Jack Hassard: The Testing Games put our Youth at Risk - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Jack Hassard: The Testing Games put our Youth at Risk - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Jack Hassard: The Testing Games put our Youth at RiskbyAnthony CodyGuest post by Jack Hassard.Originally postedhere.Note: This is the third in a series of articles on the consequences of the authoritarian standards high-stakes testingIn the next month every American girl and boy in grades 3- 8 will participate in the testing games, an annual competition to determine which schools are good or ... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC calls out for help from right-wing Breitbart bloggers

Schooling in the Ownership Society: ALEC calls out for help from right-wing Breitbart bloggers: ALEC calls out for help from right-wing Breitbart bloggersbyMike Klonskyheritagefoundationon livestream.com.Broadcast Live FreeThe right-wing lobbying group ALEC is in retreat mode and we bloggers and tweeters deserve some of the credit.TheAmerican Legislative Exchange Council, the once-obscure organization that pairs corporations with state lawmakers to draft pro-business and often anti-union legislation for the state level, is in damage control mode. Corporate members such asMcDonald's,... more »

Federal Student Aid Join @FAFSA for #AskFAFSA Office Hours with Career Expert, Lindsey Pollak | ED.gov Blog

Join @FAFSA for #AskFAFSA Office Hours with Career Expert, Lindsey Pollak | ED.gov Blog: Join @FAFSA for #AskFAFSA Office Hours with Career Expert, Lindsey PollakbyGuest BloggerIn honor of National Financial Literacy Month,@FAFSAwill hold a special#AskFAFSAOffice Hours with guest hostLindsey Pollak, a bestselling author, keynote speaker and internationally recognized expert on next generation career trends.We’re excited to have Lindsey join us at such an important time. Not only is it National Financial Literacy Month, but with graduation season a short time ... more »

Modern School: Censorship and Suppression of Academic Freedom at UCLA

Modern School: Censorship and Suppression of Academic Freedom at UCLA: Censorship and Suppression of Academic Freedom at UCLAbyMichael DunnUCLA Professor David Delgado Shorter has been asked to remove a link on his website that calls for the boycott of Israel, according to theLos Angeles Times. The university has asked him to remove the link and claimed he has agreed to not use the link in the future. Shorter claimed he never made such an agreement. In fact, he thought they ... more »

Sending Out an SOS - Bridging Differences - Education Week

Sending Out an SOS - Bridging Differences - Education Week: Sending Out an SOSbyDeborah MeierDear Diane,HELP!!! SOS!!! "Reformed" schools are literally becomingreform schoolsfor the poor. It's a sign of "the future" as some people envision it. Although, of course, these are not the schools for the reformers' kids.Mitt Romney "declared that this century must be an American century," and President Barack Obama insists that "anyone who tells you that America is in decline ... doesn't know what they are talking ... more »

School Tech Connect: This Is How I Vote

School Tech Connect: This Is How I Vote: This Is How I Votebynoreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman)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 ... more »

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.byMike KlonskyGriffin is the one on the rightGreg 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 ... more »

Haisman and Rosenthal. « Fred Klonsky

Haisman and Rosenthal. « Fred Klonsky: Haisman and Rosenthal.byFred KlonskyHaisman 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 ... more »

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 Councilbymillerlf4/18/12The 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, ... more »

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

Foundations of Strategy, Part 2: Supply | Inside Higher Ed: Foundations of Strategy, Part 2: SupplybyDayna CatropaBlog:StratEDgyAs acontinuationon 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 increasi... more »

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 NYThis 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 DoughertySent: Sunday, April ... more »

Today's Big Education Ape - PostRank Top Early Late Nite Posts 4-18 #SOSchat #p2 #edreform

All Education Matters: Over 165,000 Students On Strike in Quebec Over Planned Tuition HikesBig Education Ape - PostRank (PostRank: All)-10 minutes agoAll Education Matters: Over 165,000 Students On Strike in Quebec Over Planned Tuition Hikes: Over 165,000 Students On Strike in Quebec Over Planned Tuition HikesbyCryn JohannsenPopoutThat's right!165,000students are striking. Talk about flippin' inspiring, peeps. Hope you'll share with your networks. This is what democratic action looks like. These students make me damned proud.Opting Out from Standardized Testing - THE ... more »

Schools Matter: Remember AYP? They Still Know What It Is at Fruithurst Elementary

Schools Matter: Remember AYP? They Still Know What It Is at Fruithurst Elementary: Remember AYP? They Still Know What It Is at Fruithurst ElementarybyJim HornValerie Strauss shared this. Hope you do, too:ByValerie StraussThis was written by Larry Lee of Montgomery, Alabama, former executive director of the Covington County Economic Development Commission and the West Central Partnership of Alabama. Lee, who writes often about education, sent the following email to friends and other people whom he thought would be interested. He ... more »

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