Tuesday, May 8, 2012

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North Hollywood school is part of Maurice Sendak's legacy

Former North Hollywood elementary school Principal Nancy Oda took the news of beloved children's author Maurice Sendak's death especially hard.

DOE Response on Opting Out of State Tests

After reports of some families receiving harsh treatment when their children declined to submit to the new and lengthier state testing regime, I asked Chief Academic Officer Shael Suransky to clarify the DOE's policy on opting out of state standardized testing.  I share his email response below:

According to No Child Left Behind, states are required to assess students each year, and New York City is required to administer these assessments. This is the general federal policy; we don’t have a version that’s specific to New York City.

However, we give schools the guidance that when 




TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK


Wow!  I can’t believe all the great things that happened this week during Teacher Appreciation Week. Check out the following:
The Chicago Tribune had an editorial that issued an official apology to all teachers for the newspaper’s negative articles over the past few years.  The paper promised to write nothing but positive articles about teachers from now on.
The Illinois legislature passed a bill that ordered all tax revenue for the entire week to be directed to reducing what the state owes the teacher’s pension fund.
The legislature also mandated that all Illinois school districts allow teachers to establish their school curriculum, 

St. Lucie County School Board Endorses National Resolution On High Stakes Testing

Earlier this evening, the St. Lucie County School Board unanimously adopted the National Resolution on HIgh Stakes Testing. St. Lucie is the second Florida district to adopt the measure that Palm Beach county endorsed late last month.

NUT Report: National Call to End High Stakes Assessment

Sandra at Grumpy Educators - 1 hour ago
Press ReleaseA Letter to President ObamaTwo grandparents on opposite ends of the continent each had a concern about the direction of education reform and its effect on their grandchildren. Through a chain of improbable circumstances they found each other on Facebook and conjured up a letter to President Obama expressing their concerns. Mark Naison, from Brooklyn, NY and a Fordham professor

Tomorrow, I’ll Have My ELL’s Describe What Happens In This Video

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 8 minutes ago
Fred Astaire supposed called this performance “the greatest dance number ever filmed.” Thanks to The Kid Should See This for the tip.

“If The World Were A Village Of 100 People”

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 28 minutes ago
Here’s an interesting infographic that I’m adding to The Best Sites That Show Statistics By Reducing The World & The U.S. To 100 People. Though it doesn’t cite its sources, it sounds about right to me. Let me know if … Continue reading →

“Best and Worst Countries for Moms”

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 44 minutes ago
Save The Children has come out with a report, “State of the World’s Mothers 2012.” Here are several media resources highlighting its results: Best and Worst Countries for Moms is a slideshow from the PBS News Hour. Report: Best and … Continue reading →

“Several Classroom Management Ideas For Younger Students”

Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 1 hour ago
Several Classroom Management Ideas For Younger Students is my newest post at Education Week Teacher, and includes guest responses from Jane Ching Fung, Mathew Needleman and Tom Hobson. You might find it useful….

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-8-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-8-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2


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Celebrating  National Charter Schools Week, 2012 with the Newest Batch of  

Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991

Cracks in New Orleans Coverage « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 minutes ago
Cracks in New Orleans Coverage « Diane Ravitch's blog: Cracks in New Orleans Coverage by dianerav My informants in New Orleans forwarded a story that appeared in the local Times-Picayune. The story begins as the usual paean of praise about the miracle of New Orleans, but at mid-point, it takes a surprising turn. http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/05/sen_mary_landrieu_touts_new_or.html It quotes an article I wrote in the New York Review of Books that questioned both the miracle and Teach for America. Then it cites at length the research of Charles Hatfield, who methodical... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Arts in Schools from Councilman Nick Licata

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 24 minutes ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Arts in Schools from Councilman Nick Licata: Arts in Schools from Councilman Nick Licata by Melissa Westbrook From Nick Licata's Office: I recently came across this interesting article ( http://www.studio360.org/2012/may/04/can-obamas-turnaround-arts-initiative-save-schools/) published by Studio 360 describing the Obama Administration's $14.7 million Turnaround Arts Initiative (http://turnaroundarts.pcah.gov/). The initiative seeks to utilize arts education to improve eight of the nation's worst performing schools over the next three years. One ca... more »

Modern School: Teacher Strike Vote in San Francisco

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Modern School: Teacher Strike Vote in San Francisco: Teacher Strike Vote in San Francisco by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons Members of the United Educators of San Francisco (UESF), the union representing San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) teachers, are set to vote this week on whether to authorize a strike, the San Francisco Chronicle reported today. The district is demanding a $30 million cut to teachers’ salaries and benefits over the next two years. UESF wants a 2% pay increase and says the district is sitting on an $80 million surplus. Less than a week a... more »

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. “F— pensions.” « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Life in Rahm’s Chicago. “F— pensions.” « Fred Klonsky: Life in Rahm’s Chicago. “F— pensions.” by Fred Klonsky Rahm went to Springfield and jumped to the head of the lynch mob. “F— the UAW,” he was once famously quoted. “F— you,” he once said to the President of the Chicago teachers union. “F— pensions,” he told Springfield lawmakers today. Testifying before a House committee, Mr. Emanuel called for a 10-year holiday on paying cost-of-living increases in Chicago’s four pension funds and other government retirement systems around the state. That freeze would apply to both current wor... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Massive Tenure Hypocrisy

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Massive Tenure Hypocrisy: Massive Tenure Hypocrisy by Duke Un-freaking-believable: State Education Commission Christopher Cerf has ordered that ousted Perth Amboy Superintendent Janine Caffrey be immediately reinstated and offered the school district a mediator to resolve disputes. In a letter issued today, Cerf ruled that the school board failed to get a majority of the members to vote for removal of the superintendent. On April 24, the board voted 4-0 to place Caffrey on administrative, with five members abstaining, four of them saying they could not vote on per... more »

National Teacher Day Gives Us a Chance to Say 'Thanks' - Education - GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
National Teacher Day Gives Us a Chance to Say 'Thanks' - Education - GOOD: National Teacher Day Gives Us a Chance to Say 'Thanks' by Liz Dwyer [image: tosirwithlove] Today is National Teacher Day, and thanks to the #thankateacher hashtag on Twitter, America's superhero educators are getting the public recognition they deserve. Hundreds of tweets say things like "If you can write your name, #thankateacher," "If you followed your dreams, #thankateacher," and "If you can read, #thankateacher," showing teachers that their hard work matters. Celebrities are sharing their appreciation, to... more »

PAA members to demonstrate against ALEC « Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
PAA members to demonstrate against ALEC « Parents Across America: PAA members to demonstrate against ALEC by pureparents When members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) descend on Charlotte for their spring summit, Parents Across America will be there to meet them. Members and supporters of PAA affiliate MecklenburgACTS will spend Friday, May 11, calling attention to the destructive education legislation that ALEC has promoted, legislation that increases high-stakes testing, promotes school vouchers and online charter schools and undercuts the teaching professio... more »

PENCILS DOWN! End High Stakes Testing - PAA Members Demonstrate against ALEC - Mecklenburg ACTS

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Mecklenburg ACTS: *PENCILS DOWN! End High Stakes Testing* *Join us Tuesday, May 11 to protest high stakes testing. Details >>* *The Strange Case of the Hare and the Pineapple more >>* [image: pencil] *Endorse National Resolution **Against High Stakes Testing* *This resolution is modeled on the **resolution passed by more than 300 **Texas school boards* *as of April 17, 2012. It was written by Advancement Project; Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund; FairTest; Forum for Education and Democracy; MecklenburgACTS; Deborah Meier; NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc... more »

Blue Jersey:: Teacher Appreciation Day, Jersey Style

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Blue Jersey:: Teacher Appreciation Day, Jersey Style: Teacher Appreciation Day, Jersey Style by Jersey Jazzman *The following comes to us from Stan Karp, who serves as the Director of the Secondary Reform project at theEducation Law Center. It's worth noting that Stan, unlike some in the NJDOE, has extensive experience as an educator, having been a high school teacher in Paterson for 30 years. - JJ* "I began my career as a high school history teacher, and I can honestly say that I never worked harder or felt more rewarded than I did during those four years. We as a state should m... more »

Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 5-8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week – what to do and what NOT to do

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 5-8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week – what to do and what NOT to do: PSAT for 5-8-12: Teacher Appreciation Week – what to do and what NOT to do by admin This is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Teachers have been the whipping post for “reformers” for several years now, and the least we can do is take a break from the privatization and teacher-bashing rhetoric to honor teachers honestly and strongly. So, what did the man in the bully pulpit do? President Obama issued a proclamation declaring this “National Charter S... more »

Conservatives Again Risk Higher Student Debt To Protect The Wealthy | OurFuture.org

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Conservatives Again Risk Higher Student Debt To Protect The Wealthy | OurFuture.org: Conservatives Again Risk Higher Student Debt To Protect The Wealthy by Isaiah J. Poole Senate Republicans today filibustered the effort to prevent federal student loan rates from doubling, once again obstructing the majority and putting the finances of millions of college students at risk for the sake of protecting the leather wallets of the 1 percent. Forty-five Republicans voted against allowing the measure to come to the floor for a full debate and up-or-down vote (52 voted in favor; 60 votes... more »

FindTheBest - Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Category - Education: Find The Best Our Purpose At FindTheBest, we present you with the facts — stripped of any marketing influence — so that you can make quick and informed decisions. We present the facts in easy-to-use tables with smart filters, so that you can decide what is best. Too often, marketers and pay-to-play sites team up to present carefully crafted advertisements as objective “best of” lists. As a result, it has become difficult and time consuming to distinguish objective information from paid placements. Our goal is to become a trusted source in assisting you in l... more »

Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break 5-8 #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break*

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Recruiting of High Scoring Students Award goes to...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The Recruiting of High Scoring Students Award goes to...: The Recruiting of High Scoring Students Award goes to... by Mike Klonsky Here's one reason for the gap. *To determine the Best High Schools national rankings, schools were first analyzed at the state level in terms of how well students in each school performed on state assessments.* -- U.S. News I find it implausible that *The School for the Talented and Gifted* in Dallas should be named the "top public high school in the country." While I'm sure it's a perfectly good school for those students... more »

Schools Matter: The Garden State is now the Hypochristie State

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Schools Matter: The Garden State is now the Hypochristie State: The Garden State is now the Hypochristie State by Judy Rabin *Hyposcrisy: *the practice of professing standards, beliefs, etc., contrary to one's real character or actual behaviour, esp the pretence of virtue and piety *Another gem from Stan Karp and the people at Education Law Center and Rethinking Schools where intelligence, research and facts still live and breathe.* * * *"I began my career as a high school history teacher, and I can honestly say that I never worked harder or felt more rewarded than I did during ... more »

Rethink Teacher Appreciation Week | ED.gov Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Rethink Teacher Appreciation Week | ED.gov Blog: Rethink Teacher Appreciation Week Posted on May 8, 2012 by Guest Blogger Great teachers build nations. They inspire, awaken and raise our children’s expectations. They coax imaginations and lead students to discovery. Teachers shape the next generation of decision-makers. While this work is deeply rewarding, teaching is also incredibly hard—as intellectually rigorous as it is emotionally draining. Over the next five to ten years, at least one million teachers will be eligible for retirement, roughly one third of the work force. Scho... more »

The “Great Education Reform” Compromise of 2012 (and the benefit of being Commissioner of Education - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
The “Great Education Reform” Compromise of 2012 (and the benefit of being Commissioner of Education - Wait, What?: The “Great Education Reform” Compromise of 2012 (and the benefit of being Commissioner of Education) by jonpelto In the coming days we’ll learn more and more about the obvious and less obvious elements of the “Education Reform” compromise. I’ll point out some of the key provisions in which the “reformers” took a huge hit, despite their claim they did well. After spending upwards toward $2 million dollars lobbying the legislature they have little option but to claim t... more »

Politicians: on teacher appreciation day, keep empty words to yourself! « Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Politicians: on teacher appreciation day, keep empty words to yourself! « Parents Across America: *Politicians: on teacher appreciation day, * ** *keep empty words to yourself!* * * *Here is a powerful letter reprinted from today’s Syracuse * *Post-Standard.* This week is the annual celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week. Politicians of every stripe and school superintendents everywhere will write letters and make proclamations stating how much they value the service and dedication of teachers everywhere. All of these words are empty and merely paying lip service to somethi... more »

Schools under heavy stress | Thoughts on Public Education #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Schools under heavy stress | Thoughts on Public Education: Schools under heavy stress - by John Fensterwald - Educated Guess by John Fensterwald - Educated Guess A new report out today examines internal and external stresses from budget cuts and economic contractions on the states’ 30 largest school districts. When handled singly, districts have been able to cope with larger classes and even a shorter school year. But combinations of shocks to the system are stretching schools’ ability to serve children who are also facing financial strains at home. “Too often school budget cuts are... more »

School Tech Connect: Diane Says The Word

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Diane Says The Word: Diane Says The Word by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] And the word is Gulen. Diane Ravitch has pointed out that the nation's largest charter chain is the Gulen movement, which is less of a chain than a network on the DL. Diane says: There are legitimate questions to be raised about public dollars funding schools that are tied to a cleric, as well as questions about a charter chain that has close ties with another nation. Indeed. Good for her for going down this road. I've written ... more »

The Value Of A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't What You Would Think At All - Business Insider

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
The Value Of A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't What You Would Think At All - Business Insider: The Value Of A Stay-At-Home Mom Isn't What You Would Think At All Blaire Briody|May 07, 2012| 3,083|11 - - - - 0 - 0 - - - (Flickr / TillyVanilly) This Mother’s Day, go ahead and tell your mom how much you value her―just don’t try to back it up with numbers. New survey data shows a decline in the economic value of mothers' work. If a stay-at-home mom was ever handed a pink slip, dad would have to hire a nanny, a driver, a cook, a janitor, a p... more »

Common Core Values: Do they Include Authoritarianism? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Common Core Values: Do they Include Authoritarianism? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Common Core Values: Do they Include Authoritarianism? by Anthony Cody *This week there has been an upsurge of debate over the Common Core (national) Standards. I hope we can tolerate and appreciate different points of view as we work to understand more deeply what these standards are all about, and the ways they may shift teaching, learning and testing in the USA. * *Guest post by Jack Hassard.* Originally posted here. We think that Common Standards and Assessments are the antithe... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, May 8, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Cali Education Headlines * * * *Tuesday, May 8, 2012* Q & A: How teaching credentials are monitoredThe California Commission on Teacher Credentialing sets professional training standards, reviews applications and disciplines credential holders. Misconduct is handled by the agency's Committee of Credentials, aided by 30 staff members in the agency's Division of Professional Practices. Teaching credentials denied, revoked for 1,475 in stateThese are three of 97 educators from Orange County who either lost teaching credentials or ... more »

Quick! Cut the Bloomberg Privatization Branches! Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: *Quick! Cut the Bloomberg Privatization Branches!* *Loretta Prisco- Staten Island Education Activist* *Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results… or a**nyone who doesn't take truth seriously in small matters cannot be trusted in large ones either. * *(Albert Einstein)* Several weeks ago we woke to the sound of loud banging at our vacation home. Heating system? New refrigerator? A fox or coyote trying to get in? No, a robin who seated himself on a branch near the bay window ... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee failed AGAIN!!! Commitment to Public Education Trumps National “Education Reform” Movement in Connecticut - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Commitment to Public Education Trumps National “Education Reform” Movement in Connecticut - Wait, What?: Commitment to Public Education Trumps National “Education Reform” Movement in Connecticut by jonpelto The Connecticut State Senate passed an “education reform” bill early today. The State House will soon follow. As the dust settles over the coming days we’ll explore some of the details and the remaining issues that must still be addressed, but the people who worked so hard to protect Connecticut’s children, schools and educational system from the national privatization effor... more »

The Nation’s Largest Charter Chain « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
The Nation’s Largest Charter Chain « Diane Ravitch's blog: The Nation’s Largest Charter Chain by dianerav Most people think that KIPP is the nation’s largest charter chain, but that’s not correct. KIPP has 109 schools. The Gulen Movement has 135 charter schools. I mentioned in my last post that the Gulen network is associated with a Turkish imam. One of my Twitter correspondents asked me to explain. I am attaching two links. One is by Sharon Higgins, an independent researcher who has followed the growth of the Gulen Movement’s charters, the other is a page-one article from the Ne... more »

Modern School: Paying to Play: How Financial Institutions Rip Off School Districts

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Modern School: Paying to Play: How Financial Institutions Rip Off School Districts: Paying to Play: How Financial Institutions Rip Off School Districts by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons The left has criticized attempts to privatize public education for years now, especially since No Child Left Behind took privatization to new heights. (See my own No Capitalist Left Behind andNCLB’s Biggest Winners). During the last 10 years, we’ve seen an escalation in the number of for-profit charter schools. Obama’s Race to the Top required states to transfer billions of tax dollars ... more »

Elegant Article Defending Poetry from the Common Core | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Elegant Article Defending Poetry from the Common Core | Truth in American Education: Elegant Article Defending Poetry from the Common Core by James Bell Pioneer Institute’s Jamie Gass published an great op-ed on poetry in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette entitled: “Leaves of Memory Going Dark.” April was National Poetry Month and there’s nowhere that designation should have more meaning than in Massachusetts, where John Adams’ 1780 state constitution explicitly instructs future leaders to “cherish the interests of literature.” Every region of Massachusetts has produced great poet... more »

Schools Matter: Harsh High Stakes Testing for NJ High Schools

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Schools Matter: Harsh High Stakes Testing for NJ High Schools: Harsh High Stakes Testing for NJ High Schools by Judy Rabin It's difficult to discern real news from fake news these days. But thanks to the great work of *Education Law Center* and Stan Karp, here's some news for NJ high schools: This policy makes sense, spend more money on tests, cause more poor, disadvantaged students to leave high school. Besides making more profits for testing outfits and private or public companies while class sizes are imploding, teacher salaries and benefits are being cut *GO TO * *National Re... more »

So This Is Reform? - Bridging Differences - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
So This Is Reform? - Bridging Differences - Education Week: So This Is Reform? by Diane Ravitch Dear Deborah, A few weeks ago, the state legislature in Louisiana passed Gov. Bobby Jindal's education reform bill. Louisiana now goes to the head of the class as the state with the most advanced reform package in the nation. Surely, the Obama administration must be pleased, along with the governors of New Jersey, Ohio, Indiana, Maine, Wisconsin, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Michigan. Unfortunately, "reform" today has become a synonym for dismantling public education and demoralizing tea... more »

Maurice Sendak « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Maurice Sendak « Student Activism: Maurice Sendak by Angus Johnston “People say, ‘Oh, Mr. Sendak. I wish I were in touch with my childhood self, like you!’ As if it were all quaint and succulent, like Peter Pan. I say, ‘You *are* in touch, lady — you’re mean to your kids, you treat your husband like shit, you lie, you’re selfish … That *is* your childhood self!’ “In reality, childhood is deep and rich. It’s vital, mysterious, and profound. I remember my own childhood vividly. I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn’t let adults *know* I knew… “It would scare them.” —Maurice Sen... more »

Big Education Ape: PARENTS CAN!

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Big Education Ape: PARENTS CAN!: 'via Blog this'

Daily Kos: Today is Teacher Appreciation Day

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Daily Kos: Today is Teacher Appreciation Day: Today is Teacher Appreciation Day by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) the most specific of the days of this week, which is Teacher Appreciation Week. Today is a day when if at all possible you should express appreciation to a teacher. If you have children in school, even a simple note of thanks for what that teacher has done can make a difference, especially in a time when teachers feel very much under attack by some in our society. If you are feeling generous, a gift card - to Starbucks, or a bookstore, or - and this helps with the tea... more »

“Incubators of Innovation?” « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
“Incubators of Innovation?” « Diane Ravitch's blog: “Incubators of Innovation?” by dianerav [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] To mark National Charter School Week, President Obama issued a proclamation hailing charter schools as “incubators of innovation.” I began wondering what exactly he was thinking about. I wonder if he ever visited the website http://charterschoolscandals.blogspot.com/. I wonder if he knows about the nation’s largest charter chain, the Gulen network, run by associates of a Turkish imam. I wonder if he was thinking about the “no excuses”... more »

U.S. News Ranks Nation's Best High Schools - US News and World Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
U.S. News Ranks Nation's Best High Schools - US News and World Report: U.S. News Ranks Nation's Best High SchoolsThe 2012 edition includes data on nearly 22,000 public schools, 500 of which received gold medals. By LAURA MCMULLEN May 8, 2012 RSS Feed Print [image: U.S. News nationally ranks more than 4,500 high schools.] The Best High Schools identify the top public schools that prepare students for college success. When considering your child's education, it may be hard not to focus on the potential loans needed to pay for college or the outlook of the post-graduation job market. Se... more »

Thoughts on teachers — from Socrates to Lady Gaga - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Thoughts on teachers — from Socrates to Lady Gaga - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Thoughts on teachers — from Socrates to Lady Gaga by Valerie Strauss Today is National Teacher Day, part of Teacher Appreciation Week, an annual moment to heap praise on teachers in a country that has spent the rest of the past year doing pretty much the opposite. Morale has been plummeted in recent years among most of the approximate 3,232,800 teachers in K-12 public schools, according to recent polls. This is a result in large part of the actions of state legislatures that have passed la... more »

Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power – SchoolBook

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power – SchoolBook: Union Gears Workshops Toward Parent Power by Mary Ann Giordano Last week a parent coordinator, Taneesha Crawford, wrote a post for SchoolBook about parent engagement, asking who is paying attention to parent accountability and finding ways to help parents become more involved. “Someone is always talking, measuring, criticizing — but not solving,” she wrote. On Monday, Gotham Schools identified one potential problem solver: the teachers’ union. According to Gotham, the United Federation of Teachers began a series of workshops ...more »

Thinking about Teacher Appreciation Day. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Thinking about Teacher Appreciation Day. « Fred Klonsky: Thinking about Teacher Appreciation Day. by Fred Klonsky Obama has decided to declare this week National Charter School Week. The guy sure knows how to appreciate teachers. I haven’t felt so appreciated since he announced support for firing all the union teachers in Central Falls, Rhode Island. There’s a joke going around Facebook: Arne Duncan supports same-sex marriage if you can find a way to test it. Another joke from professor Mark Naison: Teacher Appreciation Week in the current national climate is like having Deer Appre... more »

Jersey Jazzman: All I Want For Teacher Appreciation Day

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: All I Want For Teacher Appreciation Day: All I Want For Teacher Appreciation Day I appreciate the lunch and the cards and the tweets and gifts and all the other little thank yous. I really do; we all do. But you know what I really want today? * * * * * * The Usual Suspects by Duke Last Wednesday, while us teachers were actually in school and, you know, * teaching*, the usual elites were gathering at an "invitation only" event to talk about how they are going to save education from... I dunno, us? Must be, because we weren't invited. But we're so lucky - Alexander Rus... more »

Parent Trigger - California Teachers Association

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Parent Trigger - California Teachers Association: PARENT TRIGGER * * * * * * The Adelanto Elementary School District Board of Trustees boldly stood up for students and the rights of all parents in the school community by rejecting an attempt led mainly by a group of outside organizers to shut down an elementary school, replace the entire staff, and create a privately managed charter school. The trustees recognized that Parent Revolution organizers at Desert Trails Elementary School had failed to meet the simple majority threshold required by the state’s so-called “parent trigger”... more »

LAUSD AND THE WHY OF PRIVATIZED PUBLIC EDUCATION (VIDEO #6) - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
LAUSD AND THE WHY OF PRIVATIZED PUBLIC EDUCATION (VIDEO #6) - Perdaily.com: LAUSD AND THE WHY OF PRIVATIZED PUBLIC EDUCATION (VIDEO #6) by Leonard Isenberg [image: Privatization.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) One of the main functions of government has been to educate its population. With ever increasing corporate sovereignty that has gotten to the point where it challenges the supremacy of government, corporations are in an all out fight to privatize public education. The reasons are two-fold: 1.... more »

President proclaims…charter schools | Merianna Neely

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
President proclaims…charter schools | Merianna Neely: President proclaims…charter schools by Merianna Neely on MAY 8, 2012 in FUTURE OF EDUCATION [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Yesterday, the president spoke on education: Whether created by parents and teachers or community and civic leaders, charter schools serve as incubators of innovation in neighborhoods across our country. These institutions give educators the freedom to cultivate new teaching models and develop creative methods to meet students’ needs. This unique flexibility is matched by strong... more »

NYC Educator: I Sure Do Feel Appreciated

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
NYC Educator: I Sure Do Feel Appreciated: I Sure Do Feel Appreciated by Miss Eyre Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! I know it's Teacher Appreciation Week because I got this lovely e-mail from State Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. informing me, among other things, about the great new teacher evaluation systems that are going to be put in place despite the fact that the vast majority of working teachers don't like them. I try not to be paranoid about such things. I tell myself that I work hard, that I have good relationships with my administration, my students, and their f... more »

All Education Matters: Suicidal Debtor Writes Again, "Through my tears, I decided to come back to the blog to see if there was anything new, and I found my story posted."

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
All Education Matters: Suicidal Debtor Writes Again, "Through my tears, I decided to come back to the blog to see if there was anything new, and I found my story posted.": Suicidal Debtor Writes Again, "Through my tears, I decided to come back to the blog to see if there was anything new, and I found my story posted." by Cryn Johannsen *If you are suicidal, please call: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255* I am really glad that this poster came back and found that their remarks had been turned into a short piece about the student lending crisis. Here is why w... more »

Schools Matter: Schools, Students and Teachers Sold for Scrap

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Schools Matter: Schools, Students and Teachers Sold for Scrap: Schools, Students and Teachers Sold for Scrap by Judy Rabin Coming to a school near you, underfunded, overburdened and sold for scrap, if it hasn't already. Camden, New Jersey, across the river from Philadelphia is next -- but not last. Refreshing to see quality journalism is still alive and well. Read full story at the Philadelphia citypaperWho's Killing Philly Public Schools?Underfunded. Overburdened. About to be sold for scrap. *Daniel Denvir* *City Paper* Thomas Knudsen, the man who was temporarily put in... more »

Florida State Board of Education Takes to the Road to Flack for Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Florida State Board of Education Takes to the Road to Flack for Charter Schools | Scathing Purple Musings: Florida State Board of Education Takes to the Road to Flack for Charter Schools by Bob Sikes [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The *Orlando Sentinel’s *Dave Weber has a snarky take on the state board’s clear favoritism for charter schools. Writes Weber: Florida’s state Board of Education is having a love fest for charters schools this week, with board members fanning out around the state to tell charters what a wonderful job they are doing. But wh... more »

Common Explanations for Change and Stability in Classroom Practice | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Common Explanations for Change and Stability in Classroom Practice | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Common Explanations for Change and Stability in Classroom Practice by larrycuban The list of explanations for why classroom practices, even when counting modest changes teachers made in routine tasks and activities, has remained largely stable over decades is hardly exhaustive or inclusive. It does, however, cover the major ones in the literature on school reform. **What keeps teaching largely stable are teaching traditions dating back centuries that are reinfo... more »

Perth Amboy school board votes again to place superintendent on paid leave | NJ.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Perth Amboy school board votes again to place superintendent on paid leave | NJ.com: Published: Monday, May 07, 2012, 9:37 PM Updated: Monday, May 07, 2012, 9:54 PM Perth Amboy school board votes again to place superintendent on paid leave [image: Perth Amboy.JPG] [image: Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger] By Tom Haydon/The Star-Ledger PERTH AMBOY — For the second time in two weeks, the Perth Amboy school board voted tonight to place outspoken Superintendent Janine Caffrey on paid administrative leave, removing her on charges of insubordination and "eviscerating" school district mora... more »

Now That You’re Done, You’re Still Wrong [#IKnowATeacher Series, part 1] | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Now That You’re Done, You’re Still Wrong [#IKnowATeacher Series, part 1] | The Jose Vilson: Now That You’re Done, You’re Still Wrong [#IKnowATeacher Series, part 1] by Jose The whole premise of some meetings is to listen to the person speak ad nauseam about the topic of their choice with little regard for others’ opinions. It happens all across America in offices where voice only matters insofar as the first one has first, second, and third say. Words to some serve as a beat down into acquiescence rather than inspiration to act onward. In such meetings, the most powerful person i... more »

Rheevolting: "Stupid in America"? Fox's contribution to National Teacher Appreciation Week - Miami Dade County Education Policy | Examiner.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
"Stupid in America"? Fox's contribution to National Teacher Appreciation Week - Miami Dade County Education Policy | Examiner.com: "Stupid in America"? Fox's contribution to National Teacher Appreciation Week [image: Jennie Smith's photo] Jennie Smith Dade County Education Policy Examiner Today, Monday, May 7, marks the beginning of National Teacher Appreciation Week. And John Stossel, courtesy of Fox, gave us teachers a little token of his appreciation last night. The "report," wanting to make sure no viewers had to draw their own conclusions, was titled "Stupid in America." Wh... more »

Time to edit the Democrats out of DFER » Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Time to edit the Democrats out of DFER: Time to edit the Democrats out of DFER by admin While teachers spend every day in school educating our children — against great odds — propaganda flaks like Rebeca Nieves Huffman, new Illinois director of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), write ugly, extremist op ed pieces like the one the Sun-Times printed last week. It started out this way: “For much of the last year, while parents, community leaders and policy makers have been focused on br


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