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How Standardized Testing Damages Education (Updated July 2012) | FairTest

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HOW STANDARDIZED TESTING DAMAGES EDUCATION
How do schools use standardized tests?
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) era has seen an unprecedented expansion of standardized testing and test misuse. Despite ample evidence of the flaws, biases and inaccuracies of standardized exams, NCLB and related state and federal policies, such as Race to the Top (RTTT) and the NCLB waivers, have pressured schools to use tests to measure student learning, achievement gaps, and teacher and school quality, and to impose sanctions based on test scores. This is on top of using tests to determine if children are ready for school; track them into instructional levels; diagnose learning disabilities, retardation and other handicaps; and decide whether to promote, retain in grade, or graduate. School systems also use tests to guide and control curriculum content and teaching.
Aren't these valid uses of test scores?
Measurement experts agree that no test is good enough to serve as the sole or primary basis for any of these important educational decisions. A nine-year study by the National Research Council (2011) concluded that the emphasis on 

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Schools Matter: Cigarettes : Nicotine :: Common Core Standards : High-Stakes Testing

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Schools Matter: Cigarettes : Nicotine :: Common Core Standards : High-Stakes Testing: Cigarettes : Nicotine :: Common Core Standards : High-Stakes Testing by Jim Horn Posted at CommonDreams.org: Addiction to High Stakes Testing is Killing US Education by Jim Horn Diane Ravitch, for whom I have a great deal of respect for leading the charge against the Billionaire Boys’ Club in recent years, has written on her blog that she is agnostic on the national curriculum standards project known as the Common Core. Ravitch reasons that I have neither endorsed nor rejected the Common Core nati... more »

Same Conversation, Different Location, Greater Impact — Whole Child Education

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Same Conversation, Different Location, Greater Impact — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Sean Slade]Same Conversation, Different Location, Greater Impact July 11, 2012 by Sean Slade *This post is the third in a series about the need to create connections with our students and see things from their perspective. Read "The Unknown Students" and "What the Kids Think."* "Get to know our stories." This was the most common response provided by kids when asked how teachers can show they care about their students (PDF). Other responses included - "Be there for us." ... more »

Are charter schools the answer to – or one reason for – Chicago’s violence? Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Are charter schools the answer to – or one reason for – Chicago’s violence?: Are charter schools the answer to – or one reason for – Chicago’s violence? by admin Twenty-four students were fatally shot during the school year that ended June 15, four fewer than in the 2010-11 year. But the overall shooting toll — 319 — was the highest in four years and a nearly 22 percent increase from the previous school year. The rise in shootings of CPS students compounds concerns over an alarming increase in the city’s homicide rate. Throu... more »

Life in Rahm’s Chicago. This doubling of the murder rate is killing the convention business. That’s what they’re worried about. « Fred Klonsky

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Life in Rahm’s Chicago. This doubling of the murder rate is killing the convention business. That’s what they’re worried about. « Fred Klonsky: Life in Rahm’s Chicago. This doubling of the murder rate is killing the convention business. That’s what they’re worried about. by Fred Klonsky Chicago’s chief of tourism let the cat out of the bag. The city is worried about the spike in the murder rate that is double that of last year and is leaving a trail of mother’s tears across this city’s poorest neighborhoods. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office swung into full damage-control mode Wednesday ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Thanks for the SOS plug, Diane Ravitch

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Thanks for the SOS plug, Diane Ravitch: Thanks for the SOS plug, Diane Ravitch from Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog by Mike Klonsky See what Diane Ravitch blog reader and others have to say about SOS and our upcoming conference in D.C. *I also look forward to hearing Jonathan Kozol speak. I believe the issue of civil rights is at the very core of education reform and Jonathan’s work will lead us to create a 21st century model that puts civil rights in the driver’s seat. While corporate reformers tout their ideas as a means of achieving civil rights, the... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: How Much Did It Cost To Get I-1240 on the Ballot?

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: How Much Did It Cost To Get I-1240 on the Ballot?: How Much Did It Cost To Get I-1240 on the Ballot? by Melissa Westbrook That would be about *$2.1M*, most of it going to a consulting company in California for "petition services." Yes, all very grassroots. Nearly $2,000 was spent on "meeting services" at the Washington Athletic Club. Because, of course, you want to meet somewhere nice (but couldn't Gates have offered up space for free at the Gates Foundation?) Understand, all the money that Gates and his wealthy friends have given? It's mostly ... more »

First Lady Michelle Obama's Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff | K-12 News Network

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First Lady Michelle Obama's Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff | K-12 News Network: First Lady Michelle Obama’s Summer Appearance at a School Sends GOP Partisans Over the Cliff by admin Today, First Lady Michelle Obama appeared at a Get-Out-the-Vote and voter registration event that happens to take place at a Miami-area high school — and it’s sent some GOP partisans into high dudgeon. Mind you, it’s summer. The school facilities are empty. The campaign is paying for the use of the space, not the school distrct. And, as the Miami Herald and the Interna...more »

OMG: Texas Charter Schools Allegedly Funneling Religion Into Lessons | TPMMuckraker

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Texas Charter Schools Allegedly Funneling Religion Into Lessons | TPMMuckraker: *Texas Charter Schools Allegedly Funneling Religion Into Lessons* [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Claiming that God “has given [her] the jurisdiction to operate with dominion” and that running schools was “a divine assignment,” Cheryl Washington has, according to the *San Antonio Current*, channeled millions in both federal and state funds into building the Shekinah Learning Institute, which she founded in 1996. The SLI now comprises 13 taxpayer-funded schools across the stat... more »

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: The "Teacher In Me"!: It's So Hard to Turn It Off!

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DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: The "Teacher In Me"!: It's So Hard to Turn It Off!: The "Teacher In Me"!: It's So Hard to Turn It Off! by Lisa M The other day my teacher-friend and I headed down to the beach. We make the journey once a week to sit on the beach and relax, enjoying the view of the ocean and the warmth of the sun. During the week, it's not too crowded, but people still have to sit pretty close to each other. We left the beach to grab some lunch, and by the time we returned, the family that was in front of us had been replaced. It was a family group, the grands, th... more »

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum - State EdWatch - Education Week

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Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum - State EdWatch - Education Week: Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum By Andrew Ujifusa on July 11, 2012 12:46 PM Among the elements of a good teacher evaluation system, some of the "most surprising" results can come from what students say about their teachers on surveys, said Microsoft founder Bill Gates, speaking at the Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy in Atlanta today. Delivering the keynote speech on support for high-quality teachers, Gates said, "Askin... more »

Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform? « School Finance 101

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Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform? « School Finance 101: Moneyball, Superman, Angry Royals Fans and Education Reform? by schoolfinance101 These past few days have been interesting, as I’ve followed more than usual, the festivities around the Major League Baseball All Star Game. I’ve followed the festivities in part because the game was in Kansas City this year and I lived in the Kansas City ‘burbs for 11 years up until 2008. I’m an east coast guy – born & raised Vermonter, livin’ in Jersey – college in PA, masters in CT, Doc in NYC… also taught in NH. I l... more »

Jersey Jazzman: A Nuclear Bomb Detonates in Perth Amboy

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Jersey Jazzman: A Nuclear Bomb Detonates in Perth Amboy: A Nuclear Bomb Detonates in Perth Amboy by Duke Holy cow: Watch Perth Amboy Superintendent Defends Actions, Will Stay in Job on PBS. See more from NJToday. I don't think I've ever seen a war between a superintendent and a school board like this one. It's incredible. So far, Caffrey has not been specific about how exactly she was pressured and for what positions. Personally, I see a difference between instructional and non-instructional jobs. If a school board says, "We want you to hire locally for bus drivers," I think th... more »

Aaron Sorkin Bungles the Sixties « Student Activism

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Aaron Sorkin Bungles the Sixties « Student Activism: Aaron Sorkin Bungles the Sixties by Angus Johnston Last Sunday on The Newsroom Aaron Sorkin’s anchor-hero Will McAvoy offered up a whirlwind tour of the history of Students for Democratic Society, the Yippies, and the Vietnam antiwar movement that managed to get pretty much everything completely wrong in the service of an analogy that made no sense. Here’s my take, because when else am I going to get a chance like this? • • • *“Back in 1968 when Rennie Davis and Hayden and their guys organized the SDS,* SDS was... more »

The Partnership for 19th Century Skills « Diane Ravitch's blog

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The Partnership for 19th Century Skills « Diane Ravitch's blog: The Partnership for 19th Century Skills by dianerav Yesterday the National Research Council released a report supporting the need to develop what it calls “deeper learning,” drawing on cognitive skills, interpersonal skills, and interpersonal skills. All of this sounds swell, excellent, worthy of doing and endorsing. I’m for it. Yes, yes, yes. But I could not help but be reminded of something I wrote a few years ago. It was in response to a great hullaballoo about 21st century skills. The hullaballoo grew so insistent ... more »

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Winners of Let’s Move! Video Challenge | The White House

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First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Winners of Let’s Move! Video Challenge | The White House: First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Winners of Let’s Move! Video Challenge *Faith and Community Leaders From California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, New York, Pennsylvania and Tennessee chosen for work to solve childhood obesity* WASHINGTON—First Lady Michelle Obama today announced the winners of the *Let’s Move!* Communities on the Move video challenge, which invited faith and community leaders to share their stories about their efforts to promote wellness and solve the problem of ch... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Student Surveys Have LIMITED Value

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Jersey Jazzman: Student Surveys Have LIMITED Value: Student Surveys Have LIMITED Value by Duke The Center For American Progress, liberal bastion of public school bashing, released a report purporting to show that American schools are too easy. Over at Diane Ravitch's blog, Ed Fuller pretty much destroys the methodology and conclusions of the report, and then bemoans the fact that this poor piece of research is sadly all too typical. It's worth mentioning that Bruce Baker's done plenty of work about CAP and how truly awful some of their work is. But there's one point I would like ... more »

Update: Gerard Robinson Repeats Scott’s Evasive Talking Points on High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings

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Gerard Robinson Repeats Scott’s Evasive Talking Points on High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings: Gerard Robinson Repeats Scott’s Evasive Talking Points on High-Stakes Testing by Bob Sikes From *Florida Times-Union *reporter, Kristopher J. Brooks: Florida’s top education official told a Jacksonville audience Tuesday that he knows changes in statewide testing have been a headache for local educators, but tweaking the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test was necessary. “We haven’t changed the FCAT in 10 years,” Gerard Robinson told an audience at City Hall. “We know it’... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Darling-Hammond responds to report on 21st Century Learning

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Darling-Hammond responds to report on 21st Century Learning: Darling-Hammond responds to report on 21st Century Learning by Mike Klonsky Darling-HammondA special report released yesterday by the National Research Council of the National Academies of Science in Washington was intended to define just what researchers, educators and policymakers mean when they talk about "deeper learning" and "21st-century. The committee found these skills generally fall into three categories: Cognitive skills, such as critical thinking and analytic reasoning; interpers... more »

Comments: The Save Our Schools March « Diane Ravitch's blog

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The Save Our Schools March « Diane Ravitch's blog: *[image: Ravitch]**LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH* Thank you, Diane, for taking the time to tell your readers about the Save Our Schools People’s Convention. I will be attending the Save Our Schools People’s Convention in Washington, DC again this year. One of the highlights last year was listening to you speak. You will be sorely missed this year AND we can hardly wait to read your new book! I also look forward to hearing Jonathan Kozol speak. I believe the issue of civil rights is at the very core of education reform and Jonathan’s work... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: What Knapp Says

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: What Knapp Says: What Knapp Says from Seattle Schools Community Forum by Melissa Westbrook [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] As you may recall, on the same day as the Creative Approach MOU was remanded back to the Board by a Superior Court judge, there was an interview in the Seattle Times with Jonathan Knapp, the new head of the SEA. It was quite a nice profile and had some telling bits. Here's Knapp on change in relationships: *"Simply saying 'no' is no longer an option," said Jonathan Knapp, a shop teacher who craft... more »

Blue Jersey:: NJ Doesn't Need Virtual Charter Schools

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Blue Jersey:: NJ Doesn't Need Virtual Charter Schools: NJ Doesn't Need Virtual Charter Schools from Blue Jersey - Front Page by KendalJames *PROUDLY SPONSORED BY* Con Academy Browse Con Academy library of over 3,100 educational videos... Today's *Star Ledger* features an opinion piece titled "State Has Virtually No Reason to not Give Virtual Charter Schools a Shot."*But that's inaccurate.* There are lots of reasons for us to avoid so-called virtual charter schools. In the case of what's being proposed for NJ: •* A virtual charter school would drain resources from neighborhood sc... more »

Move over, Sacramento, and give districts space to innovate | EdSource Today

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Move over, Sacramento, and give districts space to innovate | EdSource Today: Move over, Sacramento, and give districts space to innovate ** July 10th, 2012 | 1 Comment | By Jennifer Imazeki Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services Jennifer Imazeki Five years ago, then-Governor Schwarzenegger, then-State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, and the leadership of the Assembly and Senate commissioned a comprehensive summary and analysis of California’s school finance and governance systems. The result was the 23 report... more »

Update: An Important P.S. to the “Schools-Are-Too-Easy” Claim « Diane Ravitch's blog

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An Important P.S. to the “Schools-Are-Too-Easy” Claim « Diane Ravitch's blog: Romney Loves Charters by dianerav A reader writes: *I just finished watching Mitt Romney’s speech to the NAACP. I would say that more time was spent talking about education, and he used charter schools as the solution to the problem. It was essentially a “why charters are great” speech. I wish his people would read this post by you. If charters are so successful with these policies, why not grant traditional public schools the same privileges? Oh, it’s not about these policies. It is about busting the ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Virtually Cheating

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Jersey Jazzman: Virtually Cheating: Virtually Cheating by Duke *Dave, are you looking at Frank's paper?* Oh, my: But the design of the test had two potential flaws: first, students were informed in real time whether their answers were right or wrong; second, they could take the test anytime they wanted. Bob and several friends devised a system to exploit these weaknesses. They took the test one at a time, and posted the questions along with the correct answers in a shared Google document as they went. None of them studied, so the first one or two students often bombed the test, b... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Wednesday, July 11, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *The one-room schoolhouse in "Old Town" Sacramento, California * Education Headlines *Wednesday, July 11, 2012* Six Aspire charter schools in California could closeSix Aspire schools in California have one year to gain approval from local school districts or be forced to close. New Twin Rivers trustees face old wounds, tough tasksA superintendent search and grand jury response are among the top tasks being tackled by the newly elected Twin Rivers Unified School District trustees, but old wounds continued to show during Tuesday's fi... more »

More about the SOS March and Convention in DC « Diane Ravitch's blog

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More about the SOS March and Convention in DC « Diane Ravitch's blog: More about the SOS March and Convention in DC by dianerav I received this comment from one of the active members of SOS. I am glad she mentioned that Jonathan Kozol will be speaking at the SOS event, which takes place from August 3-5 in D.C.. Jon was riveting last year. And the great thing about hearing Jon is that he will make clear who is really leading “the civil rights movement of our time.” *Thank you, Diane, for taking the time to tell your readers about the Save Our Schools People’s Convention.* *I will b... more »

HARD CHOICE ON SCHOOL LOOMS FOR BRIDGEPOINT | UTSanDiego.com

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HARD CHOICE ON SCHOOL LOOMS FOR BRIDGEPOINT | UTSanDiego.com: HARD CHOICE ON SCHOOL LOOMS FOR BRIDGEPOINTAccreditation denial for Ashford means jobs might leave S.D. Bridgepoint Education soon may face tough decisions regarding its San Diego workforce after its Ashford University arm failed to win accreditation on Monday from a regional college certification agency. The fast-growing, for-profit education company must address shortfalls in its scholastic programs pinpointed by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, or WASC, analysts and education experts said. At the same... more »

NYC Educator: School's in for Summer

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NYC Educator: School's in for Summer: School's in for Summer by Miss Eyre I've never worked summer school before, but I've also found that a strange entropy seems to overtake me by the second week of August. I think it's because I don't have kids of my own and Mr. Eyre works in the Big City, so I'm alone for long stretches of time in the summer. On the surface I don't mind this, but I decided it might be better for my mental health to work at least a little this summer. So I'm teaching two weeks of summer school. This is not as bad as I feared it might be. I'm working a"Bridge ... more »

Shanker Blog » Cheating In Online Courses

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Shanker Blog » Cheating In Online Courses: Cheating In Online Courses by Dan Ariely *Our guest author today is Dan Ariely, James B Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, and author of the book *The Honest Truth About Dishonesty* (published by Harper Collins in June 2012).* A recent article in *The Chronicle of Higher Education* suggests that students cheat more in online than in face-to-face classes. The article tells the story of Bob Smith (not his real name, obviously), who was a student in an online science course. Bob logged in once a week fo... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Tonight's SOS Webinar with Barbara Madeloni

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Tonight's SOS Webinar with Barbara Madeloni: Tonight's SOS Webinar with Barbara Madeloni by Mike Klonsky *They Challenged and Conquered Corporate Education Reforms * *To Hear How Join Us Tonight!* *[image: SOSBdg] Save Our Schools Webinar* "Teacher Education/Social Justice" *with Professor Barbara Madeloni* and her Student Teachers Today, Wednesday, July 11, 2012 8 PM Eastern Daylight Time [EDT] *Please Join Us!* It is Time to Walk the Talk with the Many Who Do Corporate reformers, Stanford University, along with test publishing company Pearson,impl... more »

The Save Our Schools March « Diane Ravitch's blog

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The Save Our Schools March « Diane Ravitch's blog: The Save Our Schools March by dianerav [image: People’s Principles Convention (click picture)] Last year I participated in the first Save Our Schools March in D.C. It was a wonderful event. This year, there will be another Save Our Schools March in D.C. Some of the same speakers will return: my wonderful colleague Deborah Meier and the great teacher-educator Nancy Carlsson-Paige will speak, along with many others. I won’t be there because I am working hard on a new book and minimizing travel (and writing this blog, which is very tim... more »

Does It Help Schools to Fire Half Their Staff? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Does It Help Schools to Fire Half Their Staff? « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Does It Help Schools to Fire Half Their Staff? by dianerav The story below appeared this morning in the NY Post. It refers to a judge’s decision not to overturn the ruling of an independent arbitrator who stopped the Mayor from firing half the staff at 24 “turnaround” schools. The Mayor has had one very simple strategy to “help” schools and “save” students: He closes them. This time, to qualify for federal funds, he decided to “turn around” the schools by f... more »

Spoke at AAUW Release of Sexual Harassment in Schools Report (VIDEO) « Feminist Teacher

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Spoke at AAUW Release of Sexual Harassment in Schools Report (VIDEO) « Feminist Teacher: Spoke at AAUW Release of Sexual Harassment in Schools Report (VIDEO) by feministteacher Last fall, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) released a report titled Crossing the Line: Sexual Harassment in Schools at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The report presents new data on sexual harassment, including cyber-harassment, in middle and high schools based on a 2011 nationwide survey of students in grades 7-12. As part of the release, I participated in a panel along with... more »

MS 331 Bronx Watch Out For Citizen Schools New Campus Leader Ruben Brosbe.southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: MS 331 Bronx Watch Out For Citizen Schools New Campus Leader Ruben Brosbe by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Yesterday I wrote about Ruben Brosbe while lamenting the fact that I might be beating a dead horse and not really wishing to for Ruben is a waste of time. I spoke, or rather wrote, too soon. Please accept my apologies. After putting the blog post to bed, I felt pretty darn good that yet again Ruben, and all his minions, were exposed. I popped open my 10th Diet Coke of the evening and toasted to the good fortune of of being on the good side... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Boston Consulting Group -- Engineers of school privatization

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Boston Consulting Group -- Engineers of school privatization: Boston Consulting Group -- Engineers of school privatization by Mike Klonsky CEO Hans-Paul Buerkner of BCG. Where Romney got his start They're the Bain Capital of public education. Politically connectedBoston Consulting Group consultants are paid million of dollars, much of it from public funds that might ordinarily be used to fund public education. Instead they are financing the dismantling of public education, mainly in urban school systems, responsible for the education of primarily... more »

Schools Matter: Guest Post: Tough Educational Challenges Make for Bad 'Reforms'

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Schools Matter: Guest Post: Tough Educational Challenges Make for Bad 'Reforms': Guest Post: Tough Educational Challenges Make for Bad 'Reforms' by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene [image: Dr. John Thompson was an award-winning historian, lobbyist, and guerilla-gardener who became an award-winning inner city teacher after crack and gangs hit his neighborhood.]By John Thompson There is an old saying that, "Tough cases make bad law." Similarly, the New York Department of Education, due to its size, is a tough educational challenge. Ordinarily, Eric Nadelstern's "The Evolution of School Su... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Not About Program Placement

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Not About Program Placement: Not About Program Placement by Charlie Mas I swear, this post is not about Program Placement, but a lot of folks will think that it is. The District staff is making a new distinction, between things that are programs and services and schools that have a distinctive "curricular focus". All of the things that they will recognize as programs and services exist to address student academic needs. They are pretty much limited to special education, bilingual education, and advanced learning. Nothing else - including a lot of ... more »

Pension Tuesday. « Fred Klonsky

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Pension Tuesday. « Fred Klonsky: Pension Tuesday. by Fred Klonsky Readers shared with me some responses they received this week from legislators regarding our pensions. So, I’m sharing them with you. Senator Michael Frerichs from the downstate 52nd district wrote this to a constituent: *Members of the General Assembly have been expecting Governor Pat Quinn to call us back for a special session to address pension reform. I have been waiting for that call to communicate the current proposal from the Governor. * *It now seems like it will be a while before we are called back. It is p... more »

Save Our Schools Initiative | California Progress Report

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Save Our Schools Initiative | California Progress Report: Save Our Schools Initiative by megan *By Duane Campbell* The Sacramento Bee in both its editorial position on Sunday, July 8, and its news reporting name the fall initiative tax measure to preserve funding for our schools Governor Brown's Tax proposal. This naming, this framing, is selected to defeat the proposal. It is not Governor Brown's proposal- it is a proposal from all of us who worked on the Millionaires Tax, from teachers, union members, the majority in the California legislature and all of those who wish to save ... more »

The Educated Reporter: Reporters And Social Media: Do Newsrooms Need Rules?

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The Educated Reporter: Reporters And Social Media: Do Newsrooms Need Rules?: Reporters And Social Media: Do Newsrooms Need Rules? by Emily Richmond I was somewhat surprised to learn that the New York Times doesn't have a written policy to guide its reporters through the sometimes murky waters of social media. In an interview with the Poynter Institute's Jeff Sonderman, Times' associate managing editor for standards Phil Corbett explains that the overarching goal was not to discourage or hamper reporters from embracing social media as a tool. Too many rules might stifle innovation... more »

Glaring Comparison of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Treatment of MPS and Voucher Schools « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

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Glaring Comparison of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Treatment of MPS and Voucher Schools « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Glaring Comparison of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Treatment of MPS and Voucher Schools by millerlf *Some unnatural tilts in media coverage from vouchers to cops* *By Dominique Paul Noth* *Editor, Milwaukee Labor Press Posted July 5, 2012* The principal was already in hot water for abusing children and other practices that shut his school down in May. And then in June came a search warrant, a 22 page criminal record and an investigation for child entice... more »

GOOD Ideas for Cities: Developing Local Support for Portland's Public Schools - Cities - GOOD

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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Developing Local Support for Portland's Public Schools - Cities - GOOD: GOOD Ideas for Cities: Developing Local Support for Portland's Public Schools by Chappell Ellison When a team from Wieden + Kennedy confronted its challenge to engage the community in public schoolsfor GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, a surprising statistic came to the forefront: 85% of people in central Portland have no children of school age. With so few residents with a natural link to education, Portland’s public schools are struggling to develop community support. "Our research with... more »

Obama's Education Policy

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The State of Public Education in New Orleans: 2012 Report » Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives

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The State of Public Education in New Orleans: 2012 Report » Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives: The State of Public Education in New Orleans: 2012 Report The 2011-12 school year was, in many ways, the beginning of a new era in New Orleans’ public education landscape. The year was marked by momentous changes in leadership and strategy at both the state and local levels. Nonetheless, state and district leaders remain committed to a school reform model that espouses the central principles of school autonomy, choice, and accountability. At the same time, school and distri... more »

Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Part 2 « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Part 2 « Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? by dianerav The question often arises: Who are cyber charters for? I have gotten emails from people in the industry saying that children with special needs should be home in front of a computer, where a parent can help them. Or they say that cyber charters are good for sick children. Certainly they are attractive to home schoolers, who suddenly become eligible for state tuition money (which is Who Benefits from Cyber Charters? Pa... more »

Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools – SchoolBook

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools – SchoolBook: Judge Says City Must Reinstate Teachers at 24 Struggling Schools by Beth Fertig A state judge has declined, for now, to suspend a ruling that allows up to 4,000 city teachers to go back to their jobs at 24 struggling schools. Judge Joan B. Lobis of the New York State Supreme Court refused the city’s request for a temporary restraining order on the ruling by an arbitrator, Scott Buckhheit. He found that the city had violated the union’s contract by requiring the teachers to reapply for their positions a... more »

Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education - NPQ – Nonprofit Quarterly - Promoting an active and engaged democracy.: Diane Ravitch Takes Down Gates Foundation Role in U.S. Education WRITTEN BY RICK COHEN CREATED ON TUESDAY, 10 JULY 2012 13:22 [image: Ravitch] July 5, 2012; *Source: *Diane Ravitch’s Blog If you don’t know who Diane Ravitch is, you should. Be assured that the die-hard advocates of privatized approaches to education reform know this brilliant New York University education professor, who was once seen as generally supportive of the conservativ... more »


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