Thursday, May 10, 2012

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NY's sorry results for NAEP science, released today


      Some  observations from the just-released NAEP Grade 8 Science Report Cards of 2011, as opposed to the results in 2009:
  • The percentage of NY students who were identified as proficient or advanced fell from 31 to 29 percent. 

  • The average score remained the same, at 149, while the national average rose from 149 in 2009 to 151 in 2011 -- NY state appears to be losing ground to the nation as a whole. 

  • NY state ranked 26th out of 46 participating states in 2009, but 34th out of 50 in 2011. Once again, our state appears to be losing the race. 
  • Ignoring statistical significance and looking merely at average scores 2009 vs. 2011, 39 states showed 

It just couldn't get worse, could it?
The battle between the Perth Amboy Board of Education and the superintendent of schools has become so unwieldy that board members on opposing sides could become involved in a separate legal dispute over a comment made during a closed-session meeting. 
Board member Kurt Rebovich Jr. is considering his legal options in response to alleged threatening remarks made to him during the board’s private meeting on Monday. 
Rebovich said that board member Israel Varela said: “I will go after you just the way I went after Joseph Vas, and I will not let you live and breathe.” 
Rebovich, who took the comment as a threat, said he is working with his personal attorneys to explore his legal options, such as ethics or criminal charges.
Vas is the former Perth Amboy mayor serving federal prison time on corruption charges. 
Rebovich said the comments were made in front of other board members, as well as the board 

Willing Ignorance of Pundits on Education

Let's start with Tom Moran, a pit bull who just won't let it go:
The Perth Amboy school board voted again to place Superintendent Janine Caffrey on leave, a move that will stall reform of the schools, waste taxpayer money and lead inevitably to a lawsuit that Caffrey is almost certain to win.
The reason she’ll win is that this move to fire her is based on flimsy grounds and political cat-fighting. Caffrey had the temerity to refuse to make patronage hires,she says, and to cooperate with a state investigation into board president Samuel Lebreault’s improper attempt to get free or reduced-priced lunch for his kids. [emphasis mine]
In the world of Tom Moran's op-ed page, "she says" is as good a confirmation of the truth as anyone needs! After all...
  • George Bush: "he says" there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • Richard Nixon: "he says" he isn't a crook.
  • OJ Simpson: "he says" the bloody glove doesn't fit.
  • Barry Bonds: "he says" he never used steroids.
  • Bill Clinton: "he says" he never had sex with that woman.
Have I made my point yet? Just because "she says" something doesn't make it so. It is your job, Tom, to get off 



Book banning, book burnings. Same symptoms, same system.

In the effort to vanish our books, Arizona has actually given them enormous power. Arizona has made our books sacred documents now. — Sherman Alexie
Resist Arizona Book Burnings and Racist Attacks on Ethnic Studies everywhereA week or so ago someone on the Southern California Immigration Coalition mailing list reprinted both an old letter and a recent essay from celebrated scholar and author Rodolfo Acuña regarding the neocolonialism and program of cultural suppression in Arizona. I had been wanting to repost them here, but with my schoolboard run and all theother activism I'm neck deep in, I've been too busy to even consider it.
For whatever reason I kept thinking about the Tucson book banning all day and at the same time I kept picturing the Säuberung (maybe because I recently accompanied my 


ALEC Board to Vote on Anti-Common Core Standards.

So what's your bet on the vote?



There's a big vote tomorrow regarding common core standards:

  • It's not a vote by the taxpayers to determine if they want them in their states.  
  • It's not a vote by local districts to determine the educational direction for their students.  
  • It's not a vote to rescind the standards by the state boards.
  • It's not a vote by state legislatures to refuse funding for the unfunded mandates created by the standards.
  • It's not a vote by Congress to refuse funding for the unfunded mandates.
Those would be the reasonable and constitutional votes by the entities if the rule of law had been followed 


Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-10-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2


James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A Big Education Ape Nite Cap



Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update 5-10-12 #soschat #edreform

Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update

About Gulen charter schools



Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-10-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2


James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

A Big Education Ape Nite Cap



Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update 5-10-12 #soschat #edreform

Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update

About Gulen charter schools

State education board wants to avoid new teacher evaluation plan - latimes.com

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State education board wants to avoid new teacher evaluation plan - latimes.com: State education board wants to avoid new teacher evaluation plan The state Board of Education voted Thursday to seek relief from federal rules that label more than 6,000 California schools as failures, but in the process, it declined to authorize a new evaluation system for teachers and principals. The federal government has said it's willing to waive rules that penalize too many schools but has insisted that, in exchange, states must develop employee evaluations that rely substantially on students' s... more »

ED Shows Appreciation by Walking a Day in 50 Teachers’ Shoes | ED.gov Blog

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ED Shows Appreciation by Walking a Day in 50 Teachers’ Shoes | ED.gov Blog: ED Shows Appreciation by Walking a Day in 50 Teachers’ Shoes Posted on May 10, 2012 by Guest Blogger [image: ED Employees went back to school] Steven Hicks, specialist assistant for early learning, spent the day shadowing a kindergarten teacher at Oyster-Adams bilingual school in DC as part of "ED Goes Back to School." As I entered the U.S. Department of Education building on the morning of May 9th, something felt different. Many offices usually filled with buzzing conversations were empty. Many of my colleag... more »

Commentary: Understanding privatization - What Thomas Knudsen doesn't get | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Commentary: Understanding privatization - What Thomas Knudsen doesn't get | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Commentary: Understanding privatization - What Thomas Knudsen doesn't get by Ron Whitehorne Thomas Knudsen says critics who talk about privatization have it wrong. Speaking at the School Reform Commission community budget hearing at Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School last week, the chief recovery officer said, “for-profit businesses will not be running schools. This is not about privatizing schools.” SRC Chair Pedro Ramos chimed in, disputing that accel... more »

School Tech Connect: Charters Are Getting Stronger

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School Tech Connect: Charters Are Getting Stronger: Charters Are Getting Stronger by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Politically, that is. I've been trying to follow the excellent guidance over at PURE for this legislative session, but it's hard to keep up. The one action that I believe I'll take tonight is an appeal to my rep to oppose HB 4277, which was assigned to and passed out of the Executive Committee and is ready for a vote on the floor. Here's what PURE has to say about the bill. In his excellent newsletter, Jim Broadway has an interesting theory about this bill coming... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Deb Meier's latest

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Deb Meier's latest: Deb Meier's latest by Mike Klonsky Deb MeierIn her latest post on her *Bridging Differences* blog, ("The Left Wing of the Possible")*Deborah Meier* poses the question to *Diane Ravitch:* "How best to fight back?" There are many ways, says Deb. She gives two examples of vehicles for starting and re-framing the national discussion around education, a discussion that so far, both political parties have been trying to avoid. The Democrats appear caught between their DFER hedge-fund reform wing on one side and the two large teacher uni... more »

Peg with Pen: John Sherman Visited The Project School. David Harris Didn't.

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Peg with Pen: John Sherman Visited The Project School. David Harris Didn't.: John Sherman Visited The Project School. CEO of The Mind Trust, David Harris Didn't. by Peggy Today I am sharing a post that few would see otherwise; it currently resides on the Facebook page of The Mind Trust, a nonprofit planning to dismantle and privatize the Indianapolis public school system - they would tell you different. I share this - and will continue to share such posts - because mainstream will not. In this fight to save public schools we can share the truths, educate the masses and togeth... more »

The week in testing: May 7-9 Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » The week in testing: May 7-9: The week in testing: May 7-9 by admin FairTest’s media guru Bob Schaeffer is now providing a weekly update on testing which pulls the week’s key testing stories together in one place, and making it easy for me to pass them along to you. No pineapples this week, but lots of other craziness: Lots of interesting stories as the annual K-12 “testing season” reaches its peak. If you have additional articles to contribute, send links directly to me (Bob Schaeffer ): A Glimpse of Technology Enhanced Te... more »

Parents, Peers Have Strong Effect on Mexican American Students - Hispanically Speaking News

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Parents, Peers Have Strong Effect on Mexican American Students - Hispanically Speaking News: Parents and Peers Have Strong Effect on Behavior of Mexican American Students [image: Parents and Peers Have Strong Effect on Behavior of Mexican American Students]A recent study by Missouri University professor, Gustavo Carlo, found that parents and peers influence strongly the behaviors and moral development of Mexican American college students. As a result of these findings, Carlo, a Millsap Professor of Diversity and Multicultural Studies in the Department of Human Development and Fam... more »

Teacher Annoyance Survey: One Question | Mr. Teachbad

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Teacher Annoyance Survey: One Question | Mr. Teachbad: Teacher Annoyance Survey: One Question by teachbad There are two dis­tinct cat­e­gories of adverse job con­di­tions in teach­ing or any other pro­fes­sion. The first is nec­es­sary or unavoid­able things. You can’t get away from them. The sec­ond is more vari­able and depen­dent on *where* you are teach­ing, not just *that* you are teach­ing. These are unnec­es­sary evils that will vary in inten­sity from place to place. For now, I want to ask you about the first cat­e­gory. These are job con­di­tions of teach­ing that I con­... more »

10th Period: State Data: Charters Cost Districts Big Money

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10th Period: State Data: Charters Cost Districts Big Money: State Data: Charters Cost Districts Big Money [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The Ohio Department of Education released its most up-to-date school finance data Friday that shows Charter Schools costing districts big money, while thoroughly de-bunking the myth that the state money simply "follows the child" to the Charter School. *The data don't include losses to Voucher programs or Open Enrollment, which also dramatically affect district bottom lines.* I have posted the spreadsheet here. The raw... more »

ALEC's Common Core Vote Now Under Public Microscope - State EdWatch - Education Week

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ALEC's Common Core Vote Now Under Public Microscope - State EdWatch - Education Week: ALEC's Common Core Vote Now Under Public Microscope By Andrew Ujifusa on May 10, 2012 3:05 PM At this rate, the American Legislative Exchange Council will be "about as clandestine as the National Football League," to use a Dave Barry phrase from a different context. You may recall that both my colleague Catherine Gewertz and I have written about a resolution at ALEC opposing the Common Core State Standards. The common core, unlike other issues such as model legislation supporting charter schools ... more »

Revision of the ELA/ELD Framework - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

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Revision of the ELA/ELD Framework - Letters (CA Dept of Education): Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, Learning Resource Display Centers, and Interested Individuals and Organizations: *RECRUITING CURRICULUM FRAMEWORK AND EVALUATION CRITERIA COMMITTEE MEMBERS FOR THE REVISION OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS/ENGLISH LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK FOR CALIFORNIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS, KINDERGARTEN THROUGH GRADE TWELVE* * * * * * * The California Department of Education (CDE) and the State Board of Education (SBE) are pleased to announce that they are recruiti... more »

A Learning Lab in a Hybrid School (John Fensterwald) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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A Learning Lab in a Hybrid School (John Fensterwald) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: A Learning Lab in a Hybrid School (John Fensterwald) by larrycuban *Journalist John Fensterwald visited a Rocketship charter school where “blended learning,” a combination of 1:1 online learning and classroom teaching, took place. **This article appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of Administrator. I wrote about a regular classroom at the same school.* The Learning Lab at Los Sueños Academy, in downtown San Jose, is not unlike the computer labs you’d find at many elementary sc... more »

What Romney should have said to schoolchildren about his ‘prank’ and bullying - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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What Romney should have said to schoolchildren about his ‘prank’ and bullying - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] What Romney should have said to schoolchildren about his ‘prank’ and bullying By Valerie Strauss My colleague Jason Horowitz wrote in this Washington Post story about how Mitt Romney, when he was a senior at an elite private high school in Michigan, led a group of boys who “tackled” a boy who was presumed to be gay and had bleached-blond hair, held him down and chopped his hair off with a scissors even as the boy pleaded for help. A spokesm... more »

Competing for attention: Moldy portables, broken heaters and a 90-yard football field - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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Competing for attention: Moldy portables, broken heaters and a 90-yard football field - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: Competing for attention: Moldy portables, broken heaters and a 90-yard football field Thursday, May 10th, 2012 at 1:14 am in UncategorizedNo Comments Improving Oakland’s school facilities will be a major focus for the district in the coming months. The long-awaited Facilities Master Plan is up for a vote on May 23. Then, in the first week of June, the board reviews the proposed language for a $475 million bond measure that might go ... more »

What About All Those “Bad” Teachers? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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What About All Those “Bad” Teachers? « Diane Ravitch's blog: What About All Those “Bad” Teachers? by dianerav [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Marc Tucker has an interesting blog today in Education Week (http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/top_performers/2012/05/teacher_quality_and_teacher_accountability.html) about teachers. He recounts his many encounters with incompetent, drunk-on-the-job teachers. But he uses this beginning to say that we really need to give more thought to helping teachers, encouraging the best teachers, and improving the conditions of teacher...more »

How We Teach Trumps What We Teach. « My Island View

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How We Teach Trumps What We Teach. « My Island View: How We Teach Trumps What We Teach. by tomwhitby I was fortunate and honored to be asked to speak at a recent conference for The Software Information Industry Association (SIIA). They are all wonderful people in a group that represents a major portion of education software developers and manufacturers. I had some great discussions with some very smart and driven education-minded, business people. As I stated in my last post, many of these people have come from the ranks of educators. My big take away from this conference however... more »

Tearing Down The Symbols, Along With The Schools | Edwize

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Tearing Down The Symbols, Along With The Schools | Edwize: Tearing Down The Symbols, Along With The Schools It is perhaps fitting that the Department of Education’s feeble attempt to suggest that their efforts to purge the teaching staffs of the 22 Transformation and Restart schools involve the creation of truly new schools has come to focus on the most ephemeral element — a new name. In the joint meetings, staff, students and community all objected strenuously to the erasure of their schools’ history and heritage, but that means little to the ideologically hell-bent at Tweed and... more »

Teacher Appreciation Week: How we can Show Teachers the Love « Bill Ayers

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Teacher Appreciation Week: How we can Show Teachers the Love « Bill Ayers: Teacher Appreciation Week: How we can Show Teachers the Love by billayers *By Rick Ayers/ Bill Ayers* Let’s stop the hype and the hypocrisy: a nice note, a flower, a Starbucks card, and a week when we all go smooshy over Miss Brody or Mr. Escalante can’t possibly counter 51 weeks of official disdain and a continuing frontal assault from the powerful. Lots of cynical similes are filling teachers’ in-boxes this week: *Teacher Appreciation Week feels a lot like Turkey Appreciation Week at Thanksgiving, or Deer... more »

‘Common Core’ Education Fight to Test ALEC’s Conservative Chops American Principles Project

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American Principles Project: *‘Common Core’ Education Fight to Test * *ALEC’s Conservative Chops* Critical Vote Set for Friday to Release States from Top-Down Federal Standards *Washington, DC* – Today, on the eve of a critical vote on the Common Core Standards by state lawmakers, the*American Principles Project (APP)* and Pioneer Institute released a white paper that makes the case against state adoption of the national Common Core State Standards. Co-sponsored by Pacific Research Institute and the Washington Policy Center, Controlling Education From the Top: Why Common Core Is...more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Thursday, May 10, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Thursday, May 10, 2012* Pendley addresss dubious PhDColumbia Union School District Superintendent John Pendley addressed concerns about his doctoral diploma at a regular board meeting Tuesday. Fresno Unified board plans to reorganize administrationThe Fresno Unified School District board adopted a plan Wednesday to reorganize the district administration, calling for as many as a dozen new hires to join the district's top ranks. The board also approved hiring or promoting staff to fill eight of those jobs. Micha... more »

Teachers Thanking Teachers | ED.gov Blog

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Teachers Thanking Teachers | ED.gov Blog: Teachers Thanking Teachers Posted on May 10, 2012 by pkickbush During Teacher Appreciation Week, we’ve seen videos and read countless Tweets from students and former students thanking a teacher who made a difference for them. Over the last few days, I’ve been struck particularly by the number of excellent teachers who attribute their skill in the classroom to another teacher who reached out to them at an important time. At a National Education Association ceremony this week that honored educators to be inducted into the National Teacher Hall... more »

Why the Common Core Is Bad for America | Truth in American Education

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Why the Common Core Is Bad for America | Truth in American Education: Why the Common Core Is Bad for America by Emmett McGroarty [image: education-apple]With Jane Robbins *(below is an executive summary of a white paper written by Jane Robbins and myself)* The American Legislative Exchange Council’s Public Sector Board of Directors must decide whether to uphold the Education Task Force’s approval of the Comprehensive Legislative Package Opposing the Common Core State Standards Initiative. The Task Force’s public-sector members approved the package on a 14-6 vote, and its private-sec... more »

Yong Zhao in Conversation: Education Should Liberate, Not Indoctrinate - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Yong Zhao in Conversation: Education Should Liberate, Not Indoctrinate - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Yong Zhao in Conversation: Education Should Liberate, Not Indoctrinate by Anthony Cody Last week I shared this interview with Yong Zhao focused on the Common Core standards. Today I am sharing a conversation between Dr. Zhao and Yvonne Siu-Runyan. *Contributed by Yvonne Siu-Runyan.* *I am honored to have the opportunity to interview Dr. Yong Zhao, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education, College of Education at the University of Oregon. He is a fe...more »

As a High School Senior, Mitt Romney Gay-Bashed a Younger Student « Student Activism

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As a High School Senior, Mitt Romney Gay-Bashed a Younger Student « Student Activism: As a High School Senior, Mitt Romney Gay-Bashed a Younger Student by Angus Johnston When Mitt Romney was a high school senior at Michigan’s prestigious Cranbrook School in 1965, one of his classmates was a kid named John Lauber. A transfer student and a junior, Lauber was soft-spoken, non-conformist, and gay. After spring break that year, Lauber returned to the boarding school’s campus with his longish hair bleached blond. Here’s how one of Romney’s close friends from school remembers what happe... more »

Illinois’ Representative Darlene Senger. She thinks women are livestock. « Fred Klonsky

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Illinois’ Representative Darlene Senger. She thinks women are livestock. « Fred Klonsky: Illinois’ Representative Darlene Senger. She thinks women are livestock. by Fred Klonsky *Naperville’s GOP House Representative Darlene Senger confuses women with livestock.* I know. There are some of my teacher friends who don’t like it when I stray off topic. But, that’s what I do. Take Naperville’s GOP House Representative, Darlene Senger. She sits on the Governor’s Pension Panel. A death panel, actually, since its proposals will mean the death of public service worker pensions in Illinois. ... more »

Nation's Science Test: Students Show Low Proficiency, Expert Calls Scores 'Unacceptable'

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Nation's Science Test: Students Show Low Proficiency, Expert Calls Scores 'Unacceptable': National Assessment Of Educational Progress: Students Show Low Science Proficiency, Experts Call Scores 'Unacceptable' by Joy Resmovits About a third of eighth-graders who took a national science exam in 2011 were proficient, according to results released Thursday, a statistic called "unacceptable" by a teachers association leader. Average scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress science test inched up two points from 150 in 2009 to 152 (out of 300) in 2011, the U.S. Depart... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: No "payoff" so D.C. cuts "investment" in school libraries

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: No "payoff" so D.C. cuts "investment" in school libraries: No "payoff" so D.C. cuts "investment" in school libraries by Mike Klonsky Whittier School parents struggled successfully in 2010 for a school library Taking their cue from Chicago's mayor, D.C. officials are proposing to get rid of 34 school librarians in the 2012-2013 academic year as part of a cost-cutting measure proposed by Chancellor *Kaya Henderson.* Henderson, who replaced *Michelle Rhee* as D.C. schools chancellor, had this to say in a discussion with a local reporter: *“We have inve... more »

Do Charter Schools Improve Public Education Or Drain The Budget? | digtriad.com

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Do Charter Schools Improve Public Education Or Drain The Budget? | digtriad.com: Do Charter Schools Improve Public Education Or Drain The Budget? Greensboro, NC -- We all want our kids to get a great education, But how many parents can afford a high-end private school? That's where charter schools come in. They're free to students and are supposed to offer top-notch education. Seven new charter schools hope to open in the Triad, but there's a debate over whether charter schools are improving public education or just sucking money from the public school system. According to Joel M... more »

Teacher Appreciation Week | Seattle Education

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Teacher Appreciation Week | Seattle Education: Teacher Appreciation Week by seattleducation2011 I want all you teachers out there to strut your stuff today. You deserve to. PopoutYou’re the best! Dora

Modern School: CA Re-rewrites Textbooks to Eliminate Propaganda By Plastics Industry

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Modern School: CA Re-rewrites Textbooks to Eliminate Propaganda By Plastics Industry: CA Re-rewrites Textbooks to Eliminate Propaganda By Plastics Industry by Michael Dunn Portions of an 11th grade science textbook in California had been lifted directly from comments submitted by the American Chemistry Council that were very favorable to the Plastics Industry, according to a new report by California Watch. While this is hardly new or unusual (private industry has always been a major influence on curricula and textbooks), what is unusual is that the state of California has stepped i... more »

The Left Wing of the Possible - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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The Left Wing of the Possible - Bridging Differences - Education Week: The Left Wing of the Possible by Deborah Meier [image: PINEAPPLE REBELLION 2012 (click picture)] Dear Diane, How best to fight back? That is the question. The answer: Many ways. And maybe it includes people who aren't left-wingers! SOS (Save Our Schools) is holding a "People's Convention" Aug. 3-5 at the Marriott Wardman Park hotel in Washington D.C. Our plan? To come together around a small list of actionable planks—ones we wish the two political party conventions would adopt. We're not pretending they will, bu... more »

Fruit, Fiber, and Recommendations for Healthier Schoolkids - Politics K-12 - Education Week

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Fruit, Fiber, and Recommendations for Healthier Schoolkids - Politics K-12 - Education Week: Fruit, Fiber, and Recommendations for Healthier Schoolkids by Michele McNeil *From guest blogger Nirvi Shah:* When the Healthy Schools Campaign and Trust for America's Health presented a set of recommendations to Education Secretary Arne Duncan and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday, they may not have expected to hear a tale about dancing vegetables. The groups are pushing for changes, noting the connection between student achievement and students who are h... more »

Opportunity: the Most Effective Birth Control for Teens? -- WELLESLEY, Mass., May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --

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Opportunity: the Most Effective Birth Control for Teens? -- WELLESLEY, Mass., May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --: Opportunity: the Most Effective Birth Control for Teens? [image: WELLESLEY COLLEGE U.S. teen birth rate & income inequality highest in the developed world; Wellesley economist Phillip B. Levine investigates relationship (Image Soe Lin Post/Wellesley College). (PRNewsFoto/Wellesley College) WELLESLEY, MA UNITED STATES] *U.S. teen births highest in the developed world; Wellesley economist investigates relationship to income inequality* *Studies find:* - Low-inco... more »

Pearson Tells State: We'll Do Better – SchoolBook

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Pearson Tells State: We'll Do Better – SchoolBook: Pearson Tells State: We’ll Do Better by Mary Ann Giordano *GO TO * *National Resolution on High-Stakes Testing* Once again the state math and English tests created by Pearson are in the news, with a report that the educational company is feeling the pressure stemming from test errors that have caused 29 questions to be struck from the exams so far. NY1 reported on Wednesday that Pearson seems to be aware that it has put its reputation, if not its $32 million contract with the state, in jeopardy. NY1 obtained a memo that an exec... more »

Two dinners. « Fred Klonsky

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Two dinners. « Fred Klonsky: Two dinners. by Fred Klonsky *Hackney’s onion loaf.* There are two retirement dinners tonight after school. My district is hosting one. My Region of the IEA is holding the other. The Region dinner is at a burger place called Hackney’s. Union activists from all the Region’s locals will be there. And retirees. Each Local President will get up and say a few words about folks who have for the love of their profession committed hours of their time negotiating contracts, representing members in disputes with administration, sitting on endless committees, go... more »

Yong Zhao » Blog Archive » What’s Still Missing in American Education and How to Out-educate China?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Yong Zhao » Blog Archive » What’s Still Missing in American Education and How to Out-educate China?: What’s Still Missing in American Education and How to Out-educate China? by YongZhao America has almost caught up with China, and actually in some areas surpassed it. Thanks to No Child Left Behind, America can now claim to have even more frequent high stakes standardized tests than China. It can also be proud to be more serious than China about the test results because it uses test scores to break up schools, fire school leaders, and publicly humiliate teachers, while China does ... more »

First pass at school inspections | Thoughts on Public Education

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First pass at school inspections | Thoughts on Public Education: First pass at school inspections Share State Board considers some alternatives Posted on 5/10/12 • Categorized as State Board of Education By *John Fensterwald - Educated Guess* * * * * The State Board of Education on Wednesday waded into what’s expected to be a yearlong process of revising the state’s standardized-test-heavy school accountability system. First up: discussing whether to reshape an existing tool, the School Accountability Report Card, or *SARC*, an annual data dump that every school collects and is suppo... more »

The ironies of Teacher Appreciation Week - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
The ironies of Teacher Appreciation Week - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: Student video: How high-stakes tests affect kids Valerie Strauss at The Answer Sheet - 2 hours ago There is one voice rarely heard in the screaming debate about the role ofhigh-stakes tests in education: that of students. Though the big focus today in education is on evaluating teachers and whether student standardized test results should be a part of educator assessment (they shouldn’t), there is no group more affected by high stakes on these exams than the people who have to take them. Results fro... more »

Common Core [sic] Standards (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Common Core [sic] Standards (Susan Ohanian Speaks Out): K-12 Teaching: A Service Industry *Ohanian Comment:* P. L. Thomas hits the nail on the head. Who's to blame for turning teaching in to a service industry? A whole lot of teachers and people organizing teachers need to look in the mirror. Teachers don't seem to realize it yet, but the Common Core State [sic] Standards will eat them alive. *by P. L. Thomas* At *The New Republic,* Making the Grade poses this about the difference between college professors (notice that term "professor," as in "one who pr... more »

Local Control of Charter Schools is Over in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Local Control of Charter Schools is Over in Florida | Scathing Purple Musings: Local Control of Charter Schools is Over in Florida by Bob Sikes After a February decision to overrule local school boards on charter school rejections, Florida State Board of Eduction Member Kathleen Shannon said that she “hoped” people were getting the impression that the Board was showing favoritism for charter school. And chance of that ended yesterday when Shannon’s Board overruled five districts in their rejection of charter schools. From Dave Weber in the *Orlando Sentinel:* The Florida State B... more »

Videos for the Classroom: Becoming American-The Immigrant Experience | Mr. D's Neighborhood

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Videos for the Classroom: Becoming American-The Immigrant Experience | Mr. D's Neighborhood: Videos for the Classroom: Becoming American-The Immigrant Experience by ldorazio1 Immigration and the immigrant experience is a key element of the American experience. Yet to get a real look at what it means to be an immigrant, it helps to look past the steerage section, the Statue of Liberty and a flood of Jacob Riis photographs. *Becoming American: The Immigrant Experience* is a documentary created by the Merage Foundation for the

Charters make their play - Bites - Opinions - May 10, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Charters make their play - Bites - Opinions - May 10, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review: Charters make their play [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] By Cosmo Garvin cosmog@newsreview.com This article was published on 05.10.12. *The Sacramento County Office of Education* isn’t in the news all that much. But there have been a run of stories in The Sacramento Bee lately setting the stage for SCOE board elections in June. Basically, Team Scoopy has framed the election as a contest between the well-meaning *charter-school* operators—*Margaret Fortune* in parti... more »

Caring for Every Child's Mental Health — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Caring for Every Child's Mental Health — Whole Child Education: [image: Klea Scharberg]Caring for Every Child’s Mental Health May 9, 2012 by Klea Scharberg [image: National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, May 9, 2012] What does it take for children to be mentally healthy? Being mentally healthy is not just about emotional and behavioral difficulties. It's also about being mentally strong and resilient and having the skills and supports to deal with stressful issues when they arise. Today is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day, established and promoted by the Subst... more »

Barack Obama Supports Gay Marriage - Finally! #SOSCHAT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
*Obama declares support for gay marriage* . *President Obama today announced that he now supports same-sex marriage, reversing his longstanding opposition amid growing pressure from the Democratic base and even his own vice president. In an interview with ABC News' Robin Roberts, the president described his thought process as an "evolution" that led him to this place, based on conversations with his own staff members, openly gay and lesbian service members, and conversations with his wife and own daughters*

Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 5-9-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
*UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* *BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK AM POSTS* *BEFORE NOON HONEST!* * * * * RahmPublican by Mike Klonsky What Rahm must be thinking: Hey, this is great. It's like I'm back in the White House -- embracing the GOP, attacking teachers unions, their pensions and health care, closing mental health clinics, and warring on NATO protesters -- all on the same day. Testifying before a House committee, 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. Th... more »

Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update #soschat #edreform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
*Big Education Ape Special Early Evening Update* Pineapplegate continues, with 20 more errors, and finally an apologia from Pearson by Leonie Haimson It has been nearly three weeks since I first blogged about the absurd Pineapple story on the NY State 8th grade exam, produced by Pearson. Since then, even more errors have been found, and just yesterday twenty newly discovered mistakes in the math exams in foreign languages were announced. That brings this year's total to 29-30 errors in all, including six Pineapple questions, a question on the fourth grade math test with tw... more »

Rheevealing Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Admits There Were Testing Irregularities - USATODAY.com Video

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Rhee Admits There Were Testing Irregularities - USATODAY.com Video: Rhee Admits There Were Testing Irregularities Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle Rhee says she welcomes an investigation into erasures on standardized tests during her tenure.




Big Education Ape Nite Cap 5-9-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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