Wednesday, June 20, 2012

All Education Matters: Cruel and Inhumane Punishment - "Father Struggles To Pay Dead Son's Student Loans"

All Education Matters: Cruel and Inhumane Punishment - "Father Struggles To Pay Dead Son's Student Loans":


Cruel and Inhumane Punishment - "Father Struggles To Pay Dead Son's Student Loans"

I have heard so many stories that are similar to this one. It's infuriating, because it is unjust and cruel and unnecessary. The creation of this system of payday scammers of higher education is despicable, and has no place in our society. And yet they are flourishing and cashing in at the expense of borrowers, their families, and US taxpayers. Meanwhile, the best we can get in DC is quibbling over a student loan rate increase. (And I've made my position clear on that issue in interviews on CNN, HLN, as well as several articles that I've written).

In this case, this father had just buried his son and the higher ed payday lenders came after him for money. Here's part of the story:

A few months after he buried his son, Francisco Reynoso began getting notices in the mail. Then the debt collectors came calling.

Can’t Economists Stay Away From Schools? Don’t They Have Enough Other Things To Do? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Can’t Economists Stay Away From Schools? Don’t They Have Enough Other Things To Do? | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…:


Can’t Economists Stay Away From Schools? Don’t They Have Enough Other Things To Do?

Just what we need, another study from economists telling us how to make schools more effective (one released earlier this year concluded that “The message is to fire people sooner rather than later” ).
This new study, The Behavioralist Goes to School: Leveraging Behavioral Economics to Improve Educational Performance, has several authors, including Steven D. Levitt of Freakonomics fame.
They wanted to see if students would try harder on a standardized test if they knew they would get cash or some kind of immediate reward if they improved on their results. They tried offering these rewards in a couple of 

Participate in “The People’s School for Public Education” and endorse Oakland’s Sit-in | Dailycensored.com

Participate in “The People’s School for Public Education” and endorse Oakland’s Sit-in | Dailycensored.com:


Participate in “The People’s School for Public Education” and endorse Oakland’s Sit-in

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: In the Mailbox

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: In the Mailbox:


In the Mailbox

From Jennifer Johnson

Dear Public Education and Teacher Supporters,

Yesterday, we got some good news. Thanks largely to your thousands of signatures and comments Change.org has dropped both Jonah Edleman’s Stand for Children and Michelle Rhee’s Students First as clients.

You can read Huffington Post's coverage here: huff.to/M5j0bh 

Though this is good news, we still need to be very realistic about Change.org and their willingness to repeatedly dupe signers into supporting petitions that appear to be progressive but are really backed by corporate and anti-labor organizations. While this is a great step, we still don't have a clear indication from Change.org on where they draw the line on anti-worker organizations and groups that advocate against collective bargaining or promote legislation written by ALEC, an extreme organization that you may recognize as the author of the 'Stand Your Ground' law in Florida and anti-worker legislation across the country. We should be 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 6-20-12 #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



APNewsBreak: Post-Katrina school firings wrongful - Boston.com

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APNewsBreak: Post-Katrina school firings wrongful - Boston.com: APNewsBreak: Post-Katrina school firings wrongful By Kevin McGill Associated Press / June 20, 2012 - E-mail| - Print| - Comments (0) Text size – + NEW ORLEANS—Thousands of New Orleans school employees were wrongfully fired after Hurricane Katrina scattered the populations and shut down the city and its schools, a Louisiana judge ruled Wednesday. Judge Ethel Simms Julien awarded more than $1 million to seven people who filed the class-action suit against the New Orleans school board and the state. Her deci... more »

Oprah, Reagan and Mitt Romney’s Views on EducationPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View

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Oprah, Reagan and Mitt Romney’s Views on EducationPolitical News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View | Political News and Opinion from a Multicultural Point of View: Oprah, Reagan and Mitt Romney’s Views on Education [image: Oprah, Reagan and Mitt Romney’s Views on Education] Asked nearly half a dozen times whether or not he would overturnPresident Obama’s decision to stop deporting undocumented youth, affording them the opportunity to pursue higher education, careers in the armed services, and temporary work permits, Mitt Romney danced around the question as though he ... more »

Corporate Education Reform - Sacramento Style - What's Wrong With This Picture?

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*Corporate Education Reform - Sacramento Style * * What's Wrong With This Picture?* [image: ScreenHunter_33 Jun. 20 12.10] Joe Biden to raise money in Sacramento on Tuesday Vice President *Joe Biden*, in California for two days this week, is scheduled to attend a fundraiser at the Sutter Club in downtown Sacramento on Tuesday. Tickets for the afternoon fundraiser, to raise money for the Obama Victory Fund, start at $500. Biden was expected to speak earlier Tuesday in Los Angeles, at a convention of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. He is expected to a... more »

Hedge funders latest plan? More experimentation on CPS children Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Hedge funders latest plan? More experimentation on CPS children: Hedge funders latest plan? More experimentation on CPS children by admin The latest offer of “help” from the hedge fund crowd comes from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, which is establishing ELP Venture, a “venture philanthropy fund” to offer rewards for more education innovations to inflict on CPS students. According to the Sun-Times, “Rather than focus on proven reforms, the group hopes to develop ‘the new, yet-to-be-proven reform,’ said class member G... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: I Just Want to Teach: A Teacher's Plea!

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: I Just Want to Teach: A Teacher's Plea!: I Just Want to Teach: A Teacher's Plea! by Lisa M [image: Sad Smiley Clip Art] The other day I posted a status on FB, "They are sucking the joy out of teaching!" You know who "they" are. I have taught for 27 years, and never have I felt this way. It's not the new principal. It's all the next "new" things that have been lobbed at me from one day to the next. After I duck one, or get hit, depending on what innovative thing they have come up with, something new is thrown at me. I sat at our last meeting, ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: We're number worst!

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: We're number worst!: We're number worst! by Mike Klonsky Illinois gets a solid F grade and is rated number one worst of all 50 states when it comes to inequitable funding. This according to the Second Edition of the National Report Card on public school funding, *Is School Funding Fair*? The report lists the six states with the most regressive school funding systems in the nation. That is, where districts with higher poverty rates actually receive less funding than more well-off districts. The most regressive state is Illinois, followed by North Caro... more »

Will Ben Chavis be subjected to unorthodox and harsh methods of discipline like his students at the Gulag, ‘The Ameriican Indian Charter School’? | Dailycensored.com

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Will Ben Chavis be subjected to unorthodox and harsh methods of discipline like his students at the Gulag, ‘The Ameriican Indian Charter School’? | Dailycensored.com: Will Ben Chavis be subjected to unorthodox and harsh methods of discipline like his students at the Gulag, ‘The Ameriican Indian Charter School’? by Danny Weil Jill Tucker, a reporter for the SF Chronicle, wrote a good article in the SF Examiner on alleged crook, Ben Chavis, the charter school hooligan out of Oakland. Seems the whole Chavis family was dipping into the publicly subsidized charter school trough to line... more »

Connect, Direct, Solidify: Maximize Mass, Minimize Cash « Parents Across America

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Connect, Direct, Solidify: Maximize Mass, Minimize Cash « Parents Across America: Connect, Direct, Solidify: Maximize Mass, Minimize Cash by Lorie Barzano Lorie Barzano, Co-Chair, CoalitionSAUS (Strengthen Austin Urban Schools), PAA affiliate and grassroots, parent led group representing 20 public school campuses in Austin’s urban core, which has a vision of quality, accessible public education for all. You can contact Lorie at coalitionsaus@gmail.com. These days, it can seem like a new charter school pushes to open daily, state legislators sponsor ALEC-backed bills on a weekly b... more »

Disturbing Background for Founder of New “Charter Parents PAC” | Edwize

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Disturbing Background for Founder of New “Charter Parents PAC” | Edwize: Disturbing Background for Founder of New “Charter Parents PAC” from Edwize by Christina Collins [image: Thomas Lopez-Pierre]Thomas Lopez-Pierre The founder of the latest group to try to cash in on the big money flowing from Wall Street to New York City’s charter schools has a disturbing history. Potential donors and charter parents who received Thomas Lopez-Pierre’s recent email seeking $250,000 in donations to support his new “Harlem Charter School Parents PAC” (of which he will serve as treasurer and spokesma... more »

Daily Kos: Test-based Teacher Evaluation Earns an F, Again*

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Daily Kos: Test-based Teacher Evaluation Earns an F, Again*: Test-based Teacher Evaluation Earns an F, Again* byplthomasEdDFollow Share5 PERMALINK1 COMMENT Teacher quality is a growing national and state concern in education reform, including teacher evaluation and pay scales. That trend can be traced to and remains reflected in the *Los Angeles Times* repeated publication of value-added models (VAM) of ranking teacher quality. Catherine S. Durso’s National Education Policy Center review of VAM results calculated for and reported by the *Los Angeles Times* exposes that once again... more »

Editorial: Swamped by standardized tests? Blame Jeb | www.palmbeachpost.com

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Editorial: Swamped by standardized tests? Blame Jeb | www.palmbeachpost.com: Editorial: Swamped by standardized tests? Blame Jeb - COMMENT (2) - SHARE - FAVORITE - VOTE (0) By Jac Versteeg Palm Beach Post Staff Writer In her Monday commentary in *The Palm Beach Post*, Patricia Levesque disingenuously blamed local school districts for all the standardized tests in Florida that are angering parents and frustrating students. Ms. Levesque, who as an adviser to former Gov. Jeb Bush saluted every “bold” education scheme from FCAT-based school grades to vouchers fo... more »

STEM Task Force - Initiatives & Programs (CA Dept of Education)

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STEM Task Force - Initiatives & Programs (CA Dept of Education): STEM Task Force A volunteer group appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to explore the status of STEM (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) education in curriculum, instructional practices, professional learning, etc. ------------------------------ On May 24, 2012, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla convened 55 volunteers to become members of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force. Co-chaired by He... more »

Online Auction to Sell Items from Muskegon Heights Public Schools - FOX 17

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Online Auction to Sell Items from Muskegon Heights Public Schools - FOX 17: Online Auction to Sell Items from Muskegon Heights Public Schools - [image: Email] - [image: print] - Comments 0 - Share24 - - - [image: Online Auction to Sell Items from Muskegon Heights Public Schools] Shanda DeWittFOX 17 Producer 7:31 a.m. EDT, June 19, 2012 MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich.— The Muskegon Heights School District is selling all items not needed for the next school year at an online auction starting Tuesday, in an effort to try to get out of debt. You can access the ... more »

Green Dot Charter Schools and Freedom of Speech | Seattle Education

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Green Dot Charter Schools and Freedom of Speech | Seattle Education: Green Dot Charter Schools and Freedom of Speech by seattleducation2011 *The Green Dot charter franchise has been bandied about in the state of Washington as a charter school candidate due to the misguided hype of the corporate media. If charter schools were allowed in our state, what is happening in Los Angeles would be occurring in Seattle.* *Danny Weil has provided a great description of these schools in the following article that was originally published in The Daily Censored:* Los Angeles students and teachers n... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Wednesday, June 20, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Wednesday, June 20, 2012* Riverside County board OKs school bondsAfter a procedural mistake caused their first vote to be invalidated, Riverside County supervisors Tuesday re-approved the Coachella Valley Unified School District's planned sale of $55 million in general obligation bonds to fund new projects. Educators may owe pension paybacksDozens of retired Cajon Valley Union School District educators may have to return some retirement benefits because they were given more than they had coming. Central Valley ... more »

This Bridgeport Teacher Remembers His Elite Schooling, Wistfully « Diane Ravitch's blog

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This Bridgeport Teacher Remembers His Elite Schooling, Wistfully « Diane Ravitch's blog: This Bridgeport Teacher Remembers His Elite Schooling, Wistfully by dianerav In response to my letter to Jill Biden, this teacher remembers the school he attended with one of the Biden’s children. He laments that current “reforms” make it impossible to maintain the standards of excellence that he experienced when he was lucky enough to attend a private Friends school as a youth. *I attended a Friends school — one of the Biden’s kids was a few years behind me.* *At Friends we received a charac... more »

Daily Kos: Don't call yourself liberal or progressive

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Daily Kos: Don't call yourself liberal or progressive: Don't call yourself liberal or progressive by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) if you do not support unions. .. industrial unions .. service unions .. teachers unions .. ALL unions Yesterday a piece of news broke, that Change.org was going to end its relationship with two anti-union organizations, Michelle Rhee's Children First and Jonah Edelman's Stand for Children. While the former did not DIRECTLY attack teachers unions in their petitions on Change.org, there other activities and the words and actions of founder and CEO Michell... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: SUSPENDED CHARTER TEACHER CITES STUDENT TEST SCORES IN HIS DEFENSE: A teacher suspended from a Green Dot-run charter high school in Inglewood says his students' scores, and those of a fired colleague, merit consideration.

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4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: SUSPENDED CHARTER TEACHER CITES STUDENT TEST SCORES IN HIS DEFENSE: A teacher suspended from a Green Dot-run charter high school in Inglewood says his students' scores, and those of a fired colleague, merit consideration.: SUSPENDED CHARTER TEACHER CITES STUDENT TEST SCORES IN HIS DEFENSE: A teacher suspended from a Green Dot-run charter high school in Inglewood says his students' scores, and those of a fired colleague, merit consideration. BY HOWARD BLUME, LOS ANGELES TIMES | HTTP://LAT.MS/MLPU5GMark Friedman protests his suspension f... more »

Shanker Blog » Mind the Gap

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Shanker Blog » Mind the Gap: Mind the Gap by Esther Quintero We have been engaged in decades-long public policy debates on gaps and how best to close them: the income gap, the student achievement gap, gender-linked gaps in employment opportunities. But why do we care so much about gaps? In a land of diversity, why are subgroup differences such a concern? At a basic level, we care about gaps because (or when) our fundamental assumption is that, on a “level playing field,” there should be no systematic differences among people based on ascribed traits, such as race and gender, that... more »

More Thoughts on LAUSD, Standards and Evaluation « InterACT

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More Thoughts on LAUSD, Standards and Evaluation « InterACT: More Thoughts on LAUSD, Standards and Evaluation by David B. Cohen In my prior post, I explained why I’m not holding my breath with any expectation of huge changes in California following from the recent court ruling on teacher evaluations in Los Angeles Unified. In this post, I add some additional reflections on why the judge’s order won’t produce significant, statewide changes, at least in the next several years. I’ve already noted that despite the Stull Act’s provisions concerning student test scores in teacher evalu... more »

RheeFirst! » Following progressive outcry, Change.org drops StudentsFirst

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RheeFirst! » Following progressive outcry, Change.org drops StudentsFirst: Following progressive outcry, Change.org drops StudentsFirst by admin Written by Ryan Grim for the Huffington Post. Read the entire article here. “*In a surprising reversal, Change.org, the progressive online powerhouse that channels grassroots energy into petition-based activism, has dropped two anti-union clients, including Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst, according to multiple sources familiar with the decision.* *The move comes after intense pressure from the labor movement and other progressive allies, wh... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Change.Org dumps Rhee, Edelman

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Change.Org dumps Rhee, Edelman: Change.Org dumps Rhee, Edelman by Mike Klonsky Popout Here's a video about the petition drive that led to Change.org dumping Rhee & Edelman In response to an avalanche of protest, Change.Org, a progressive online website that enables activist groups to

Schools Matter: Ohanian on the Rotted Common Core and the Marginalizing of Imagination

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Schools Matter: Ohanian on the Rotted Common Core and the Marginalizing of Imagination: Ohanian on the Rotted Common Core and the Marginalizing of Imagination by Jim Horn by Susan Ohanian, posted at Daily Censored: In 20002, Business Week Revealed Why Common Core Disdains Fiction And the little very very very very very very very old man smiled, and looking at the faerie he said: ‘Why?’ —e. e. cummings, The Old Man Who Said Why This is the kind of writing primary graders savor. I speak from first-hand, on-the-spot observation here. Of course, teacher experience, knowledge, and ... more »

Will Weatherford, Like Levesque Ignores Crippling Remediation Rates in FCAT Spin | Scathing Purple Musings

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Will Weatherford, Like Levesque Ignores Crippling Remediation Rates in FCAT Spin | Scathing Purple Musings: Will Weatherford, Like Levesque Ignores Crippling Remediation Rates in FCAT Spin by Bob Sikes Defense of FCAT and Jeb Bush’s high-states test regime has been limited to his Gang of Four in policy wonk Patricia Levesque, former Bush ed commissioner John Winn, former Bush chief of staff and current BOE chair Kathleen Shanahan and embattled current education commissioner Gerard Robinson. Realizing they needed someone else, Florida speaker-in-waiting Will Weatherford was recru... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: School Boards Aren't Getting The Message

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Missouri Education Watchdog: School Boards Aren't Getting The Message: School Boards Aren't Getting The Message by Anngie * Cool Hand Luke* There seems to be an epidemic of communications breakdown between government and the people. It goes all the way to the President, who gave over 100 speeches in which he tried to get the public to see the beauty of the Healthcare bill. He was largely unsuccessful. It was seen in the state likes Arizona where the immigration law SB 1070 was supported by the majority of the AZ population, but is being prosecuted by the Justice Department. It c... more »

Why Do Doctors Make Excuses? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Why Do Doctors Make Excuses? « Diane Ravitch's blog: Why Do Doctors Make Excuses? by dianerav A reader sent in a comment about holding teachers accountable for test scores. He attended a “question and answer” luncheon hosted by the Lafayette, Louisiana, Chamber of Commerce, where Governor Bobby Jindal was the speaker. Jindal came late, spoke fast, and left without answering any questions. The reader, possibly the only educator in the audience, turned to the CEO of a hospital sitting next to him and asked “*if he ever pondered posting his hospital’s mortality rate outside its door*... more »

Debating Cuomo Plan for Teacher Ratings « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Debating Cuomo Plan for Teacher Ratings « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Debating Cuomo Plan for Teacher Ratings by dianerav Governor Andrew Cuomo has come up with a compromise on the issue of releasing teacher data rankings. He wants only parents to see the rankings and data reports for their children’s teachers, but to make public the data for individual classes and schools. This is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough. It doesn’t satisfy the tabloids, who want every teacher’s name and ranking to be published onl... more »

Wait, What? - Working to educate, persuade and mobilize through "perceptive and acerbic" observations about Connecticut Government and Politics

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 13 hours ago
Wait, What? - Working to educate, persuade and mobilize through "perceptive and acerbic" observations about Connecticut Government and Politics: “Education Reformers” spend over $2.6 million lobbying for Malloy’s “Education Reform” bill by jonpelto With the end of the 2012 Legislative Session, came the final lobbying reports from the corporate-funded “Education Reform” groups. From January through May 2012, Michelle Rhee, Patrick Riccards and the various corporate executives pushing Malloy’s education plan spent over $2.6 million in Connecticut. Overall, the corporate reformers ... more »

Smart policy decisions can only result from involving teachers | Thoughts on Public Education

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Smart policy decisions can only result from involving teachers | Thoughts on Public Education: Smart policy decisions can only result from involving teachers - by Liam Goldrick by Liam Goldrick Share Posted on 6/20/12 • Categorized as Evaluations, Teacher Development By *Liam Goldrick* As someone who engages in education policy advocacy and development for a living, it’s good to know opportunities abound for me and fellow policymakers to hear the voices of America’s teachers and to apply their perspective in crafting policy solutions to educationalchallenges. Apart from the tradit... more »

Daily Kos: A few thoughts on Obama and Immigration

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Daily Kos: A few thoughts on Obama and Immigration: A few thoughts on Obama and Immigration by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Republicans are howling that what the President did was political. Hell, anything a President does is political, because he is the nation's chief politicians. But let's be clear about something. The approximately 800,000 young people who will have a somewhat regularized status under this executive order will not be able to vote - they not only are not citizens, they are not under this plan yet legal residents. But they are allowed to have an ongoing status ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Tide Keeps Turning

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: The Tide Keeps Turning: The Tide Keeps Turning by Melissa Westbrook Remember how it has been reported that StudentsFirst, Michelle Rhee's organization, had petitions atChange.org that if you signed them, made you a member of StudentsFirst? Well, I guess Change.org had a change of heart because both StudentsFirst and Stand for Children have been booted out. The story at the Huffington Post is far more nuanced. *Change.org leaders, for their part, said they think some of the outrage resulted from a misunderstanding of the company's goal, which is ... more »

NYC Educator: Tough Days for Teachers

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NYC Educator: Tough Days for Teachers: Tough Days for Teachers by NYC Educator Open up any paper and look at the madness that's infected our nation. In Chicago, the government has reneged on an agreement to give teachers a 4% pay increase. Instead, they want to raise their number of hours worked, give them 2% the first year of a five-year contract, and have them hope for the best for the next four years. Now, the CTU has overwhelmingly authorized a strike. That doesn't mean there will be a strike, of course. If Chicago wants to work out something reasonable, it can be averted. Her... more »

Evaluating Teachers Using Student Test Scores: IMPACT (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Evaluating Teachers Using Student Test Scores: IMPACT (Part 2) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Evaluating Teachers Using Student Test Scores: IMPACT (Part 2) by larrycuban Since 2009, a new system of teacher evaluation has been put into practice in Washington, D.C. called IMPACT. The “Teaching and Learning Framework” for IMPACT lays out a crisp definition of “good” teaching in what D.C. teachers call the “nine commandments”: 1. Lead well-organized, objective-driven lessons. 2. Explain content clearly. 3. Engage students at all learning levels in rigorous work... more »

Kickin’ Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s butt in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky

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Kickin’ Michelle Rhee’s butt in Chicago. « Fred Klonsky: Kickin’ Michelle Rhee’s butt in Chicago. by Fred Klonsky There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get a bunch of petition requests on Facebook and on email. Some have been effective. Certainly the story of Trayvon Martin’s shooting received national attention in large part because of the petition campaign organized by Color of Change. But after a while so many petitions become just noise. And so some folks can be excused by being fooled into signing a petition that seemed to be supporting a settlement to the teacher contra... more »

The Innovative Educator: Criminalizing & profiting off students is wrong

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The Innovative Educator: Criminalizing & profiting off students is wrong: Criminalizing & profiting off students is wrong by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) Little has changed here in NYC since the Mayor decided we'd treat students like criminals, have em go through metal detectors and force em to give up their digital devices upon entering school. Since then I have written more than 100 articles, taught classes, and a written book about the benefits of harnessing the power of cell phones for learning. This especially made sense when the cell phone-banning city I work in was d... more »

Counting, measurement, and the Fraser Report « Cooperative Catalyst

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Counting, measurement, and the Fraser Report « Cooperative Catalyst: Counting, measurement, and the Fraser Report by alanthefriesen This year’s Fraser Institute report is in. For those of you unaware of what this means, the Fraser Institute is a private Canadian “think-tank” that concerns itself with education and statistics, attempting to create “a free and prosperous world through choice, markets, and responsibility” by ranking Canadian schools. Every year, the Fraser Institute releases “report cards” for both elementary and secondary schools, assessing high schools on “diploma ... more »

Change.org Drops Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives

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Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives: Change.org Drops Michelle Rhee Group Under Pressure From Progressives Posted: 06/19/2012 9:16 pm Updated: 06/19/2012 11:33 pm [image: Share on Google+] 203 183 29 660 *GET POLITICS ALERTS:* SIGN UP REACT: ImportantFunnyTypicalScaryOutrageousAmazingInnovativeFinally FOLLOW: Michelle Rhee, éducation, Michelle Rhee, Video, Politics News, Change, Change.Org,Changeorg, Michelle Rhee Dc, Politics News [image: Michelle Rhee] WASHINGTON -- In a surprising reversal, Change.org, the progressive online powerhouse that channels... more »

School Tech Connect: There He Goes Again...

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School Tech Connect: There He Goes Again...: There He Goes Again... by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) [image: Tim Furman]No Not Him ... ...defending the status quo. If I was running the world, I would severely reduce the accountability stakes for tests. I would certainly eliminate things like No Child Left Behind. I would probably take away the current waiver. Even if it looks better, sometimes it's still really the same wolf in different clothing. I would do away with standards, to be honest. Even though on paper they sound kind of cool, they assume all kids are the same and t... more »

Charter Schools Fall Short On Students With Disabilities

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Charter Schools Fall Short On Students With Disabilities: Charter Schools Fall Short On Students With Disabilities by Joy Resmovits [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Advocates, lobbyists and celebrities including Bill Cosby are rubbing shoulders in Minneapolis this week to celebrate 20 years of the charter school movement. But a report released late Tuesday confirms a flaw that charter critics have raised over the last two decades: charter schools don't enroll students with disabilities at the same rate as traditional public schools, despite federal laws... more »

The Not-So-Secret Secret [A Piece of My Manuscript] | The Jose Vilson

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The Not-So-Secret Secret [A Piece of My Manuscript] | The Jose Vilson: The Not-So-Secret Secret [A Piece of My Manuscript] by Jose For a while, you’ve been told of this magical manuscript in the works now for the last two years. If you’re still here after waiting that long, congratulations. As a gift for your perseverance and dedication, I present to you an excerpt of said manuscript, sponsored by Middleweb.com: One time I kept the kids after school because they kept uttering the n-word. Rosa Parks had died the day before, and I got so furious to hear it spoken aloud that I had a t... more »

The Special Olympics Are Coming to UC Davis Next Week - Davis, CA Patch

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The Special Olympics Are Coming to UC Davis Next Week - Davis, CA Patch: The Special Olympics Are Coming to UC Davis Next Week *By Shannon Watkins* *Special Olympics Northern CA* More than 900 athletes and volunteer coaches will convene at UC Davis to experience the thrill of competing against other athletes from all over Northern California. After weeks of training and participating in qualifying competitions, athletes will compete in Aquatics, Bocce, Tennis or Track and Field on the UC Davis campus. Summer Games will commence with the lighting of the cauldron. The cauldron will be...more »

Sumter SC schools are being subjected to Broad-style corporate reform « Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Sumter SC schools are being subjected to Broad-style corporate reform « Parents Across America: Sumter SC schools are being subjected to Broad-style corporate reform by leoniehaimson *This post is written by Parrish Rabon, founder of our new affiliate, Sumter Education Task Force (SETF) in Sumter, SC. She can be reached at parrishgrabon@gmail.com.* Corporate education reform and its responsible parties (Broad and Gates) were introduced to Sumter, South Carolina, in a fast and furious manner last year. Sumter County’s two former school districts consolidated to form the Sumter... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Tenure Confusion in NJ Eases; However...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: Tenure Confusion in NJ Eases; However...: Tenure Confusion in NJ Eases; However... by Duke So I got a copy of the actual Ruiz tenure bill here in NJ from someone in the know. I was worried because there was some confusion as to what was actually passed. I can tell you that the bill has some changes from thelatest version posted at NJ Spotlight. They are significant, but I wouldn't consider them earth-shattering. One change is that the state has to provide training not only on the evaluation rubrics, but also on "demonstrations of competence on the evaluation syst... more »

Last Stand for Children First: Students Deserve 100% from CTU

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Last Stand for Children First: Students Deserve 100% from CTU: Students Deserve 100% from CTU by Last Stand for Children Popout Many teachers last week rejoiced that with 91% of the teachers in the Chicago Teachers Union voting, they authorized a strike 98% to 2%. We at Last Stand for Children First recognize that this was an important

Strong Readers All: What Would It Take ... ? — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Strong Readers All: What Would It Take ... ? — Whole Child Education: Strong Readers All: What Would It Take ... ? June 19, 2012 by ASCD Whole Child Bloggers *Post written by Naomi Thiers, associate editor, Educational Leadership* [image: EL Summer 2012] What would it take to make all the children we serve strong readers? It's a bold question to ponder as you prepare for the coming school year. Sadly, according to the latest National Assessment of Educational Progress, U.S. students are*not* all strong readers. But authors in ASCD's *Educational Leadership* (EL) summer issue, "Strong ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Will Democracy Come to Jersey City?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Jersey Jazzman: Will Democracy Come to Jersey City?: Will Democracy Come to Jersey City? by Duke The circus train that is the NJ Department of Education pulled into Jersey City this week: Superintendent candidates Debra Brathwaite and Marcia V. Lyles made their first appearances at a public meeting on Friday, answering pre-selected questions on district issues at a four-hour special session attended by about 200 residents. But their appearance at School 11 seemed to take a back seat to drama that unfolded, centered on one candidate who failed to make the final cut – interim supe... more »

Request for Waiver of Provisions - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Request for Waiver of Provisions - Letters (CA Dept of Education): [image: California Department of Education (CDE) Seal] [image: California State Board of Education (SBE) Seal] *CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TOM TORLAKSON,* State Superintendent of Public Instruction 916-319-0800 *CALIFORNIA STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MICHAEL W. KIRST,* President 916-319-0827 1430 N Street Sacramento, CA 95814-5901 June 15, 2012 Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary Office of Elementary and Secondary Education U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Assistant ... more »

In 20002, Business Week Revealed Why Common Core Disdains Fiction | Dailycensored.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
In 20002, Business Week Revealed Why Common Core Disdains Fiction | Dailycensored.com: In 20002, Business Week Revealed Why Common Core Disdains Fiction by susano And the little very very very very very very very old man smiled, and looking at the faerie he said: ‘Why?’ —e. e. cummings, The Old Man Who Said Why This is the kind of writing primary graders savor. I speak from first-hand, on-the-spot observation here. Of course, teacher experience, knowledge, and intuition count for nothing. Education policy makers are deaf to my expertise. Unions are deaf to my expertise. NCTE, ... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: News Hot off the Presses

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: News Hot off the Presses: News Hot off the Presses by Melissa Westbrook This week, Orlando, FL is hosting the U.S Conference of Mayors. According to Reuters, "hundreds" of mayors endorsed "parent trigger" laws... *"...aimed at bypassing elected school boards and giving parents at the worst public schools the opportunity to band together and force immediate change."* Well, it does force change but is it change the only outcome parents create? Generally so. The adage *"be careful what you wish for" *surely applies here to those parents.* * I c... more »

Mayors Gone Mad « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mayors Gone Mad « Diane Ravitch's blog: Mayors Gone Mad by dianerav The annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors unanimously passed a resolution endorsing the so-called parent trigger idea. The parent trigger means that any 51% of parents at a school can sign a petition, and as the Reuters article about it, said “seize control” of the school. Once the parents have seized control, with the endorsement of the mayors, they can fire the staff or hand the school over to a charter corporation. In other words, they can seize public property and privatize it. This 



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