Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School — The Civil Rights Project at UCLA

Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School — The Civil Rights Project at UCLA:




Opportunities Suspended: The Disparate Impact of Disciplinary Exclusion from School



Authors: Daniel J. Losen, Jonathan Gillespie, Foreword by Gary Orfield
Date Published: August 07, 2012

The first in an ongoing series of national studies by the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the Civil Right Project.


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FOREWORD


The Civil Rights Project (CRP) is proud to publish this important report by Daniel Losen and Jon Gillespie. It is the first national study by our Center for Civil Rights Remedies, which is headed by Dan Losen. Since its founding 16 years ago, CRP’s central focus has been on racial and ethnic inequalities in educational opportunities, and on policies that could remedy the resulting inequalities in school outcomes. We have published studies and books on segregation in schools, inequality in choice programs, issues of equity in testing, discrimination in special education placement, the dropout crisis, and the school-to-prison pipeline, as well as many studies on college access. Losen has done pioneering work on issues of unequal treatment within schools, including the widely cited book, Racial Inequity in Special Education (Losen & Orfield, 2002), and on dropouts.

One thing that has become very clear through our work at the Civil Rights Project is that it is critically important to keep students, especially those facing inequality in other parts of their lives, enrolled in school. This relates directly to the common and often highly inappropriate policy of punishing students who are already at risk of dropping out by suspending them from school. Because suspension increases a young person’s probability of both dropping out and becoming involved with the criminal justice system, it is difficult to justify, except in extreme situations where safety or the educational process of the school is directly and seriously threatened. For the vast majority of cases, however, the challenge is to find a way to address the situation with better practices, more alternatives, and more effective training of school personnel.
The findings in this study are deeply disturbing. Students who are barely maintaining a connection with their school often are pushed out, as if suspension were a treatment. The statistics on the use of suspension for African American and special education students are cause for great concern. We already know that African American males are disproportionately placed into categories of special education that are associated with extremely poor outcomes. We now see that these same students face incredibly high rates of suspension. Every dropout costs society hundreds of thousands of dollars over the student’s lifetime in lost income, and removing a large number of students from school undermines a community’s future. In a society that is incarcerating a large number of African American young men, with terrible consequences for their families and communities, these results are simply unacceptable. We can and must do better for young people whose future is at stake.
Thinking about this data should create a sense of alarm about this group of students and others experiencing high rates of suspension. Putting students who face serious challenges on a path that leads them to detach from school or cut the already weak ties that prevent them from dropping out is a misguided practice. It is not enough, of course, to simply blame the schools. These patterns often reflect a lack of knowledge about how to work effectively with these groups of students and a lack of systems for solving real problems within schools. It is clear that exclusion is not a cure, but nor is overlooking unacceptable behavior.
There is a better course. The encouraging finding in this report is the very good news that   hundreds of districts do not have highly differentiated suspension rates and/or use suspension only rarely. This indicates that discipline problems are being successfully addressed by some educators in some districts. We need to challenge those districts that have high rates of suspension and inequitable treatment of their students to find similar solutions, and provide them with the resources and training they need to implement them. Effectively addressing problems in the schools when children are still young, including finding solutions with professional help and training, can prevent students from taking a path toward lifelong failure.
We hope that the nation’s educators will respond to the very serious issues raised by this report and that community organizations will insist that better answers be found, as critically important rights are at stake. Therefore, educators, the press, community leaders, and civil rights organizations need to press for better and more positive solutions.
Gary Orfield
August 2012

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Poverty Counts & School Funding in New Jersey « School Finance 101

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Report pinpoints high-suspension districts | EdSource Today

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Jersey Jazzman: Perth Amboy: Lots of Questions

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Jersey Jazzman: Perth Amboy: Lots of Questions: Perth Amboy: Lots of Questions by Duke Let's see what's happening these days in Perth Amboy, the new center of reformyness in New Jersey. When we last visited, superintendent and anti-tenure crusader Janine Caffrey was ratcheting up the war between herself and the Perth Amboy Board of Education. The majority of the board wants to fire her, but NJDOE Commissioner Chris Cerf has stepped in and stayed her termination while a mediator reviews the case. As I've pointed out, it's more than a little hypocritical that Caffrey, who calls tenu... more »

How Does #Edchat Connect Educators? « My Island View

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How Does #Edchat Connect Educators? « My Island View: How Does #Edchat Connect Educators? by tomwhitby For educators who have been connected since the early days of social media, it is difficult to understand the reason people would ask, “What is #Edchat?” We must remember that many educators using social media for professional reasons have joined only recently. The idea of using social media for professional reasons is a relatively new concept. One would hope that it is having a positive effect because the Department of Education declared August Connected Educators Month. In our ... more »

SOS: Helping Each Other! « Deborah Meier on Education

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Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Grantees Named - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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Corporate America wants inexperienced teachers in the classroom « Talking Union

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Corporate America wants inexperienced teachers in the classroom « Talking Union: Corporate America wants inexperienced teachers in the classroom Posted on August 1, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator by Bob Simpson It’s true! The big money people want to put the rookie squad into our classrooms. Corporate funded attacks on public education and teachers’ unions have portrayed higher paid, more experienced teachers as the villains of the current financial crisis. It’s good-bye, Mr. Chips and sayonara, Ms. Frizzle. In 1987-88 the typical primary or secondary teacher had 15 years of experi... more »

Arne Duncan Says… « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Arne Duncan Says… « Diane Ravitch's blog: Arne Duncan Says… by dianerav I hesitate to inflict this interview on my readers. You trust me to inform you and even on occasion to make you laugh with a good satire or parody. I try to shield you from pain and double-speak. But I must share this with you. Here is the latest interview with the Secretary of Education. It begins with a stomach-turning but accurate admission that education is the one thing that President Obama and the teacher-bashing governor of New Jersey Chris Christie agree on. How’s that for a reassuring opening? When as... more »

A Sociological Eye on Education | Why teachers quit—and why we can’t fire our way to excellence

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A Sociological Eye on Education | Why teachers quit—and why we can’t fire our way to excellence: Why teachers quit—and why we can’t fire our way to excellence by Aaron Pallas In the past few weeks, two major reports on teacher turnover and retention have been released. One was rolled out with extensive media coverage, and has been the subject of much discussion among policymakers and education commentators. The other was written by me, along with Teachers College doctoral student Clare Buckley. The first report, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in Americ... more »

Analysis Examines Disabled Students’ Suspensions - NYTimes.com

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Analysis Examines Disabled Students’ Suspensions - NYTimes.com: Disabled Students Almost Twice as Likely to Be Suspended, Analysis FindsBy MOTOKO RICHPublished: August 7, 2012 - FACEBOOK - TWITTER - GOOGLE+ - E-MAIL - SHARE - PRINT - REPRINTS - Students with disabilities are almost twice as likely to be suspended from school as nondisabled students, with the highest rates among black children with disabilities. [image: Schoolbook] News, data and conversation about education in New York. - Join us on Facebook » - Follow us on Twitter » According to a... more »

Louisiana Educator: Voucher and Charter Abuses

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Louisiana Educator: Voucher and Charter Abuses: Voucher and Charter Abuses by Michael Deshotels The Baton Rouge Advocate carries a story this morning that stumbles upon a common practice of both voucher and charter schools called skimming. This story is about a child who received a voucher to attend a religious school in Ascension Parish. Upon attempting to enroll her child in the school, the parent found out that the school required an entrance interview and the taking of an enrollment test. Following the testing, the parent was notified by the school that her child would be re... more »

Yet Again: Principals as Instructional Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Yet Again: Principals as Instructional Leaders | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Yet Again: Principals as Instructional Leaders by larrycuban The constant chatter that principals should be innovative and tough-minded instructional leaders, on-top-of-everything CEOs, and smooth political tacticians reminds me of a photo* sent to me by a fellow blogger in Turkey. I have written numerous times on the DNA of principaling and how three roles–managing, instructing, and politicking–are essential to the daily work of principals. Researchers have observed elementary an... more »

Hilarious! What Kids Will Learn in Jindal Voucher Schools « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Hilarious! What Kids Will Learn in Jindal Voucher Schools « Diane Ravitch's blog: Hilarious! What Kids Will Learn in Jindal Voucher Schools by dianerav One of the reasons I love Twitter is that I find it a great source of information and stories. People send me links to stories in newspapers across the country and to magazine stories they know will interest me. I got several tweets today with this story. It is one of the best portrayals of what is taught in at least 19 of the schools that will get voucher students and about $4 million of taxpayers’ dollars. Every one of these dol... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: And More On Bullying

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Missouri Education Watchdog: And More On Bullying: And More On Bullying by Anngie The Department of Education, at its *annual* anti-bullying summit, unveiled an ad campaign, co-sponsored by the Ad Council and the Free to Be Foundation, advising kids to speak up if they see bullying at school. To stay silent is to be complicit in the bullying. Actually, the ads don't say that last part, but since this is an annual summit it can be assumed that it will continue to be held for many years. And since it is organized by the DoEd, who looks for continual improvement, or value added, it i... more »

Why Homeschoolers & Christian School Parents Should Be Concerned About the Common Core | Truth in American Education

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NYC Educator: What Does Governor Andy Have to Hide?

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NYC Educator: What Does Governor Andy Have to Hide?: What Does Governor Andy Have to Hide? by NYC Educator Accountability is for the little people. When Governor Andy 1% Cuomo takes money from people, the public has no business knowing who he takes it from, and it's all perfectly legal. Ethics, shmethics. So who knows whether or not the charter lobby has bought him off. Has the Society for Performing Unnatural Acts in Public Places got the ear of our Governor? We'll never know. What we do know is, as a matter of principle, this governor killed a millionaire tax while our schoolchil... more »

The strange take on SOS by Education Week. Who wasn’t there? « Fred Klonsky

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The strange take on SOS by Education Week. Who wasn’t there? « Fred Klonsky: The strange take on SOS by Education Week. Who wasn’t there? by Fred Klonsky *John Dewey wasn’t there. He was somewhere else.* *SOS Event Draws Small Crowd* said the headline in Ed Week Teacher. They went on to say, *“In sharp contrast to last summer’s celebrity-attended rally and march to the White House, the Save Our Schools gathering this year proved a quiet, 150-person affair.”* Well yes. And in sharp contrast to the Million Man March, the dinner party at my house proved a quiet, 6-person affair. Did so... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: The California Museum, originally named the Golden State Museum, opened in June 1998 as a unique public/private partnership. Under the development of the Secretary of State’s office with state bond funding for the facility and the opening exhibits, the Museum was to display contents of the vast and various state archives. Private contributions, augmented by proceeds from admissions and the Museum store, continue to fund the Museum’s programs and operations. Education Headlines *Tuesday, August 7, 2012* Chaffey district placing ... more »

Spread the Word, Share the Blog « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Spread the Word, Share the Blog « Diane Ravitch's blog: Spread the Word, Share the Blog from Diane Ravitch's blog by dianerav A retired teacher emailed me and said she found this blog to be extremely informative. She asked her union to put a link to the blog on its website. She thinks that other teachers will not only appreciate the opportunity to learn what is happening in other districts and states, but will find moral support and encouragement in our discussions. It is no accident that I constantly remind teachers how valuable they are. With all the negativity today in the medi... more »

Raising Successful Children - NYTimes.com

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Raising Successful Children - NYTimes.com: Raising Successful Children Lizzy Stewart By MADELINE LEVINEPublished: August 4, 2012 - FACEBOOK - TWITTER - GOOGLE+ - E-MAIL - SHARE - PRINT - REPRINTS - PHRASES like “tiger mom” and “helicopter parent” have made their way into everyday language. But does overparenting hurt, or help? Related - Sunday Book Review: ‘Teach Your Children Well’ by Madeline Levine (July 29, 2012) Related in Opinion - Room for Debate: Are Olympic Parents Supportive or Overbearing? (August 2, 2012) While parents who a... more »

Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch Says: Get Democracy out of Board of Education! - Wait, What?

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Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch Says: Get Democracy out of Board of Education! - Wait, What?: Bridgeport Mayor Bill Finch Says: Get Democracy out of Board of Education! by jonpelto After working for more than a year, Mayor Bill Finch has finally succeeded in ensuring that the voters of Bridgeport will have the opportunity to change their City Charter, this November, and wipe out Bridgeport’s democratically elected board of education once and for all. According to Finch, the initiative’s strongest supporter, shifting control of Bridgeport’s Schools away from democratically elected citi... more »

Florida Big Charter Schools and Pro-Voucher Groups Trying to Defeat Former Teacher in Senate Race | Scathing Purple Musings

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Florida Big Charter Schools and Pro-Voucher Groups Trying to Defeat Former Teacher in Senate Race | Scathing Purple Musings: Florida Big Charter Schools and Pro-Voucher Groups Trying to Defeat Former Teacher in Senate Race by Bob Sikes The state’s journalists are on to the targeted political activities of Florida’s big for-profit charter schools and the nation’s richest pro-voucher group. From the *Orlando Sentinel’s *Bob Shaw: A handful of ECOs — short for “Electioneering Communication Organizations,” shadowy entities that often disguise huge special-interest contributions un... more »

I’m going to keep saying it isn’t so. « Fred Klonsky

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I’m going to keep saying it isn’t so. « Fred Klonsky: I’m going to keep saying it isn’t so. by Fred Klonsky It now appears that the special session of the Illinois General Assembly that the Governor has called for August 17th to address the pension issue may be a bust. On the other hand, these folks have been known to do great damage in less time than it takes to microwave some popcorn. If not August 17th, they will come back to a post-election session where there will be even less popular constraints on these crooks and liars. As a result you would think all of our attention would... more »

Schools Matter: The Parent Trigger on the Suicide Bomb

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Schools Matter: The Parent Trigger on the Suicide Bomb: The Parent Trigger on the Suicide Bomb by Jim Horn *The Parent Trigger on the Suicide Bomb* Jim Horn The idea, all along, was to use the tests, as Senator Judd Gregg mused in 2001 during final mark up of NCLB, to show that public schools are failing and, thus, to usher in* “market solutions”* and charter schools to replace the “failed” public schools. Since No Child Left Behind became law, schools where there are lots of poor kids have been turned into brutal testing factories, where the focus is on raising test scores rat... more »

Expert: Charter schools face growing backlash unless quality is increased | MLive.com

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Expert: Charter schools face growing backlash unless quality is increased | MLive.com: Expert: Charter schools face growing backlash unless quality is increasedPublished: Tuesday, August 07, 2012, 8:00 AM [image: G1201AVIATION 05.JPG]Katie Greene | MLive.comStudents have lunch last year at West Michigan Aviation Academy located at the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Grand Rapids. The charter school has an aviation theme. GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Charter schools in general have not produced the dramatic results predicted when the movement started, and a brewing backlash should force authorizer... more »

Diane Ravitch Is First Speaker In Hunter Lecture Series - 08/06/2012 - Chattanoogan.com

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Diane Ravitch Is First Speaker In Hunter Lecture Series - 08/06/2012 - Chattanoogan.com: Diane Ravitch Is First Speaker In Hunter Lecture Series Monday, August 06, 2012 The George T. Hunter Lecture Series (Hunter Lecture Series) celebrates its fifth year with the announcement of the speakers for 2012-2013: education historian and former Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch; Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and columnist for the New York Times, Thomas Friedman; urban farming activist and MacArthur “Genius” award winner, Will Allen; and host and producer of the radio show ... more »

Government Information » For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success Volume 4 of 4

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Government Information » For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success Volume 4 of 4: For Profit Higher Education: The Failure to Safeguard the Federal Investment and Ensure Student Success Volume 4 of 4 *Posted at* 9:36 am on Wednesday, August 1, 2012 Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Education-Higher,Govt Finance, Statistics http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CPRT-112SPRT74953/pdf/CPRT-112SPRT74953.pdf Discusses the commercial sector of higher education, the recruiting of students, and the performance of students who enroll. Al... more »

Charter Schools USA Has No Profit Limits at Indiana Takeover Schools | Scathing Purple Musings

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Charter Schools USA Has No Profit Limits at Indiana Takeover Schools | Scathing Purple Musings: Charter Schools USA Has No Profit Limits at Indiana Takeover Schools by Bob Sikes But no minimum requirement on classroom spending either. From the *South Bend Tribune:* INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A company hired by the state to take over three Indianapolis public schools says it could lose money in the deal in the first two years even though its contracts don’t set minimums for classroom spending. Similar contracts cover private operators now running a Gary high school and another Indianapo... more »

UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-7-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Debating Testing by dianerav The New York Times recently ran a feature debating testing today. There were my favorites in the debate. This by Leonie Haimson. This by Pedro Noguera. Both make excellent points. Tests are overused and misused, as Leonie says; and accountability should be for those at the top, not just those in the classroom as Pedro says. Standardized testing as mis-used today has become an obstacle to good education. Judging teacher quality by these flawed measures is ruining education. Do First... more »

City College of San Francisco told to do less | EdSource Today

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City College of San Francisco told to do less | EdSource Today: City College of San Francisco told to do less - by Kathryn Baron by Kathryn Baron California Community College Chancellor Jack Scott told a roomful of people at City College of San Francisco something they didn’t want to hear: They’ll have to prioritize, ration and do less from now on. At a special meeting of the college’s Board of Trustees last night, called to discuss the school’s accreditation crisis, Scott offered help and advice. “We’re limited in what we can do, but anytime you want to consult us we will be avai... more »

School Tech Connect: The New Messaging

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School Tech Connect: The New Messaging: The New Messaging by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Glen Brown has a nice post up illustrating the very recent tone change in the messaging from TRS. Over the years, TRS has educated the state with wonderful articles and letters to the editor, correcting the factual errors and false narratives that are constantly being put forth by interested parties. Mainly these pieces were written by TRS's Dave Urbanek, but Dick Ingram was writing them too, until recently, when he unilaterally announced "the new reality." I'm not sure there's been a co... more »

Special Education Services After High School Uncoordinated, Unmonitored, GAO Finds

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Special Education Services After High School Uncoordinated, Unmonitored, GAO Finds: Special Education Services After High School Uncoordinated, Unmonitored, GAO Finds by Joy Resmovits Thirty-six hours after Marlyn Wells gave birth to Anna, she learned her daughter had Down syndrome. Just a few years later, the family started talking about Anna's career. In pre-school, Anna had said she wanted to be a "fire truck" when she grew up. But 20 years later, the family hit roadblocks trying to help find paid work for Anna. One program responsible for helping Anna find a job only kicks in... more »

7,000 Children Left Behind | The Jose Vilson

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7,000 Children Left Behind | The Jose Vilson: 7,000 Children Left Behind by Jose A couple of weeks back, newspapers across the city reported that around 7,000 students were wrongly sent to summer school because of their ELA or math test scores. I’m almost certain a few of those include my own (former) students. For those of you who don’t know the inner workings of how these officials make their decisions, the ELA and Math tests have two basic elements: the multiple choice and the extended response. The multiple choice questions are (obviously) given a different weight than the exte... more »

Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans That Lower Payments, Forgive Debt - US News and World Report

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Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans That Lower Payments, Forgive Debt - US News and World Report: Federal Student Loan Repayment Plans That Lower Payments, Forgive DebtFind out if one of these options makes sense for you. By KATY HOPKINS August 7, 2012 RSS Feed Print [image: Borrowers should research repayment options to find the best plan for them.] Borrowers should research repayment options to find the best plan for them. If you're borrowing to help pay for college, exhaust all your federal student loan options first, many experts recommend. Going with a government option means ... more »

The Innovative Educator: Flip your classroom and more with TedEd videos

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The Innovative Educator: Flip your classroom and more with TedEd videos: Flip your classroom and more with TedEd videos by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) *Guest post by Shawn Rubin* * TedEd is a a new resource from TED talks with a focus on the flipped classroom model. The idea behind TedEd is that teachers can take the best of YouTube or create their own videos then flip them, which means adding titles, directions, questions and links to other resources. These videos then live on the TedEd website. They each have their own unique URL and can be sent around to the general publi... more »

What science can — and can’t — do for education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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What science can — and can’t — do for education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: What science can — and can’t — do for education By Valerie Strauss This *was written by cognitive scientist Daniel Willingham, professor and director of graduate studies in psychology at the University of Virginia and author of “Why Don’t Students Like School?” His newest book is “When Can You Trust The Experts? How to tell good science from bad in education.” This appeared on his Science and Education blog.* By Daniel Willingham Steven Levitt, of Freakonomics fame, has unwittingly provided an ... more »

Does Bill Grundfest Love Collies?.southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: Does Bill Grundfest Love Collies? by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Oh the last 24 hours has been fun. Last night, I wrote a response to Campbell Brown's WSJ column in which she has quoted RheeFirst sycophant Michael Loeb. Then today, failed writer, Bill Grundfest decided to chime in on what little he knows of the United States Constitution, the 14th Amendment, due process, and of course, education. Originally I had wished to give Bill a public civics lesson on why government employees are afforded due process and private sector employees are ... more »

West Seattle Blog… » Followup: Middle College HS, K-5 STEM will not share Boren

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West Seattle Blog… » Followup: Middle College HS, K-5 STEM will not share Boren: Followup: Middle College HS, K-5 STEM will not share BorenAugust 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments West Seattle’s smallest public high school, *Middle College HS*, will not be sharing the *Boren Building*campus in Delridge with the new K-5 STEM elementary school after all – another location for MCHS has been found instead. That’s according to an announcement by West Seattle’s school-board rep *Marty McLaren*, confirmed by *Seattle Public Schools* spokesperson... more »

Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant

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Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant: Get Tested Or Get Out: School Forces Pregnancy Tests on Girls, Kicks out Students Who Refuse or are Pregnant By Tiseme Zegeye, ACLU Women's Rights Project at 12:33pm In a Louisiana public school, female students who are suspected of being pregnant are told that they must take a pregnancy test. Under school policy, those who are pregnant or refuse to take the test are kicked out and forced to undergo home schooling. Welcome to Delhi Charter School, in Delhi, Louisiana, a sch... more »

Credentials and Teaching

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Credentials and Teaching: Credentials and Teaching Many jobs require certain skills in order to perform them in a competent manner and teaching is no exception. Teachers are required to have at least a BS in education, and many states require secondary teachers to have, if not a major, then a given number of courses in the subject in which they will be licensed. In addition, many states require teachers to obtain a Masters degree in order to obtain tenure, the belief being that more formal education for the teacher will make them a better instructor in the classroom. Over the cour... more »

Senate report finds large cost gap between for-profit, public colleges | California Watch

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Senate report finds large cost gap between for-profit, public colleges | California Watch: Senate report finds large cost gap between for-profit, public colleges Erica Perez Jeramey Jannene/Flickr Among the findings of a U.S. Senate committee’s recently released investigation of the nation’s for-profit college industry is a stark assessment of the huge gap between what it costs to get a degree or certificate from a career college and the price tag of a comparable program at a public college or university in California. The two-year investigation [PDF] by the U.S. Senate Health, Educ... more »

Louisiana charter school kicks pregnant students out of class | The Raw Story

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Louisiana charter school kicks pregnant students out of class | The Raw Story: Louisiana charter school kicks pregnant students out of classBy Eric W. Dolan Monday, August 6, 2012 20:03 EDT [image: Woman in approximately the 20th week of pregnancy via Shutterstock] Topics: ACLU ♦ american civil liberties union ♦ Delhi Charter School The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Louisiana on Monday warned a public K-12 charter school in Louisiana that its policy violated federal laws and the U.S. Constitution. Delhi Charter School’s policy manual states that the school ... more »

Modern School: Let Them Eat Jelly Beans—Summer School Lunches Going Uneaten

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Modern School: Let Them Eat Jelly Beans—Summer School Lunches Going Uneaten: Let Them Eat Jelly Beans—Summer School Lunches Going Uneaten by Michael Dunn With most states slashing K-12 education budgets to close their deficits, many have asked why the feds don’t step in to help. However, the feds have always kicked in a little toward state education programs, and continue to do so—the National School Lunch Program being one of the more well-known examples. Yet even some of this federal funding is being wasted as a result of state and local program cuts. According to a recent repo... more »

Banned from the Students for Education Reform Facebook Page « NIKHIL GOYAL

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Banned from the Students for Education Reform Facebook Page « NIKHIL GOYAL: Banned from the Students for Education Reform Facebook Page*Posted:* August 6, 2012 | *Author:* Nikhil Goyal | *Filed under:* Posts |Leave a comment » Today, I was banned from posting on the Students for Education Reform Facebook page. I was merely pointing out and informing their fans that the organization promotes a corporate agenda. All I said was: “Don’t get tricked by SFER tactics! It promotes a corporate agenda! It’s hurting millions of kids around the country. Read: http://teacherunderconstruction.co... more »

Grassroots coalition submits signatures for voter referendum on elected School Board | catalyst-chicago.org

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Grassroots coalition submits signatures for voter referendum on elected School Board | catalyst-chicago.org: Grassroots coalition submits signatures for voter referendum on elected School Board - Share on windycitizenShare on facebookShare on email *By: *Sarah Karp / August 06, 2012 *Tags: *CPS administration parent and community engagement Organizers hand petitions for a referendum on an elected School Board to a staff member at the Chicago Board of Elections. A coalition of community groups pushing to get an elected school board believes they have enough signatures to g... more »

Pass / Fail : Cal State severely cuts transfers they will accept in 2013 | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : Cal State severely cuts transfers they will accept in 2013 | 89.3 KPCC: Cal State severely cuts transfers they will accept in 2013 by By Vanessa Romo *A sky view of Cal State Fullerton. In addition to class shortages and annual tuition inflation, Cal State campuses are severely limiting enrollment for Spring 2013. Credit: Ari Lynn Day/Flickr* The list of woes for California's community college transfer students just got a little longer. In addition to class shortages and annual tuition inflation, Cal State campuses are severely limiting enrollment for Spring 2013. ... more »






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