Friday, August 17, 2012

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 8-17-12 #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



When Comic Journalism Meets Education Reform « Diane Ravitch's blog

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When Comic Journalism Meets Education Reform « Diane Ravitch's blog: When Comic Journalism Meets Education Reform by dianerav What do you do when you want to reach the public but you have no money and no access to the mainstream media? Here’s what: Some very brilliant educators decided to try a novel way to explain the issues to the public. They used comic journalism, a simple, direct means of communicating complex ideas. What do you think? Is it an effective medium? Pre-K Standards in Common Core by dianerav A reader does some Internet searching for pre-K standards and comments: ... more »

TO STUDENT LOAN OR NOT TO STUDENT LOAN, THAT IS THE QUESTION (A préstamo de estudiante o de no prestar ESTUDIANTE, ESA ES LA CUESTIÓN) - Perdaily.com

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TO STUDENT LOAN OR NOT TO STUDENT LOAN, THAT IS THE QUESTION (A préstamo de estudiante o de no prestar ESTUDIANTE, ESA ES LA CUESTIÓN) - Perdaily.com: TO STUDENT LOAN OR NOT TO STUDENT LOAN, THAT IS THE QUESTION (A préstamo de estudiante o de no prestar ESTUDIANTE, ESA ES LA CUESTIÓN) by Leonard Isenberg [image: Student Loan Default.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) **Somebody just sent me a post about student loans and the necessity of getting a cosigner. It got me thinking about the whole issue of st... more »

UPDATE: Just back from Springfield, Illinois. Friday, August 17th, 2012. « Fred Klonsky

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Just back from Springfield. « Fred Klonsky: Springfield, Illinois. Friday, August 17th, 2012. by Fred Klonsky Just back from Springfield. by Fred Klonsky At about noon the rumor was that a deal might have been worked out to take the language of HB1447 and apply it to all the state pension systems in exchange for dropping the pension cost shift. The HB1447 language was to create a forced choice of health care for a cost of living adjustment. Originally HB1447 only applied to a certain group of state employees. Arriving home from our trip to the state capital, it now appears that t... more »

Schools Matter: Public Education Being Set on Fire

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Schools Matter: Public Education Being Set on Fire: Public Education Being Set on Fire by Judy Rabin Colleges of education can no longer hide the truth about what's in store for future public school teachers.Barbara Madeloni at UMASS Amherst led the fight against Pearson but the corporate control over schools of education continues. Who will want to teach in the new Walmart version of education? A Student and Future Teacher’s Voice about “Teachers Rock” POSTED BY STEPHRRIVERA ⋅ AUGUST 17, 2012 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT *FILED UNDER* BLOG, EDUCATION, EDUCATORS, MEDIA, NEWS, OPINION, PERSON... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SOS PRESS RELEASE

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: SOS PRESS RELEASE: SOS PRESS RELEASE by Mike Klonsky SOS National Press Release; Ongoing Organizing Roles, Platforms, Action *Save Our Schools: A National Call to Action* www.saveourschoolsmarch.org For Further Information: Bob George (708) 692-5818 *For Immediate Release August 16, 2012* SAVE OUR SCHOOLS PLANS ONGOING ORGANIZING ROLE; RELEASES FIRST SET OF EDUCATION PLATFORM PLANKS; ANNOUNCES INITIAL CAMPAIGN OPPOSING “PARENT TRIGGER” SCHEME Energized by the scores of grassroots leaders from across the nation who attended its national convention in Wa... more »

The in box. Teacher MiC concludes his letters to Governor Quinn. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. Teacher MiC concludes his letters to Governor Quinn. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Teacher MiC concludes his letters to Governor Quinn. by Fred Klonsky In this third letter to Governor Quinn Teacher MiC explains why it isn’t pensions that need reforming. It is Springfield that needs to be reformed. *Dear Governor Quinn,* *I saw on the news that you visited the state fair the other day and were booed off the stage. Even after this interaction you said “I think the people of Illinois are with me.” If the people of Illinois are with you Governor, who were those people in t... more »

When the Common Core=Teaching Reading Strategies 2.0 « The Core Knowledge Blog

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When the Common Core=Teaching Reading Strategies 2.0 « The Core Knowledge Blog: When the Common Core=Teaching Reading Strategies 2.0by Rachel Levy *August 17th, 2012* Tags: Common Core State Standards, Literacy, reading strategies, Teaching Posted in Education Practice | No Comments » According to its advocates, the Common Core Standards will usher in an era of equal opportunity to higher quality education via better, richer, and more career and college relevant standards. But if the account presented in this post on Education Sector’s *The Quick & The Ed* is any indication, I fear ... more »

Dick Meister: The billionaire's bill of rights | SF Bay Guardian

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Dick Meister: The billionaire's bill of rights | SF Bay Guardian: Dick Meister: The billionaire's bill of rights 08.16.12 - 8:53 pm | (3) - [image: Print]Print - Share *By Dick Meister** * *Dick Meister, former labor editor of the SF Chronicle and KQED-TV Newsroom, has covered labor and politics for more than a half-century. Contact him through his website, www.dickmeister, which includes more than 350 of his columns.* Billionaire corporate interests and other well financed anti-labor forces are waging a major drive to stifle the political voice of workers and their uni... more »

Fake special ed vendors stole $1.5 million from city, probe finds | GothamSchools

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Fake special ed vendors stole $1.5 million from city, probe finds | GothamSchools: Fake special ed vendors stole $1.5 million from city, probe findsby Geoff Decker, at 6:08 pm Two men used shell companies and forged signatures to charge the Department of Education for sign language services that students didn’t need, an investigation found. The fraud ran for more than two school years and cost the city at least $1.5 million. The brazen scheme involved claiming payment for services to students who were not enrolled in city schools and, in some cases, offered as proof that services... more »

Schools Matter: Common Core Comments Tell Different Story

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Schools Matter: Common Core Comments Tell Different Story: Common Core Comments Tell Different Story by Judy Rabin Reading through the comments on the National Governor's Association (NGA) Report on *Public Feedback on Common Core Standards **(2*010) you would never know the public would like to see a well-rounded curriculum, less testing and assessment in math and reading, and age level appropriate curriculum that doesn't include standardized testing. Despite repeated concerns about these and other issues in the report, however, these concerns are being ignored by policy makers a... more »

RheeFirst! » Three interesting findings in the RomneyFirst report

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RheeFirst! » Three interesting findings in the RomneyFirst report: Three interesting findings in the RomneyFirst report by admin The RomneyFirst report released yesterday by New Yorker for Great Public Schools, contains a few findings that are worth highlighting on their own. - According to the report, StudentsFirst has overwhelmingly endorsed Republicans—according to the report, 68% of StudentsFirst endorsements went to Republicans (page 3). - A PAC connected to StudentsFirst is run by a former Bush-Cheney 2004 communications staffer (page 3). - StudentsFirst... more »

Schools Matter: Parents, Teachers and Citizens Organize to Save Public Education

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Schools Matter: Parents, Teachers and Citizens Organize to Save Public Education: Parents, Teachers and Citizens Organize to Save Public Education by Judy Rabin * * *With three months before the election, parents, teachers and citizens join in fight to save public schools and end the reign of high stakes testing as a weapon of mass destruction. Instead of just one tool, or measurement of ability in a particular area, the tests have produced a steady stream of cash for those who sell them and track the data and a way to close down failing public schools and replace them with for pr... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Shopping Spree Continues In Florida - Orlando Sentinel

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School choice Florida: 'School choice' measure hinges on outcome of Senate races - Orlando Sentinel: 'School choice' measure hinges on outcome of Senate races 1:36 p.m. EST, August 17, 2012|Aaron Deslatte, Capitol View TALLAHASSEE –Legislative elections this fall may have outsized importance for the future direction of public schools, charters and school vouchers -- and the unions, for-profit companies and education advocates attempting to gain sway. In last week's primaries, one aim of the "school choice" organizations working under the banner of Florida Federation for Children w... more »

Jersey Jazzman: StudentsFirst & B4K: What's The Connection?

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Jersey Jazzman: StudentsFirst & B4K: What's The Connection?: StudentsFirst & B4K: What's The Connection? by Duke Yesterday, I wrote about how New Yorkers for Great Public Schools is trying to tar StudentsFirst with its connections to Mitt Romney (or is it the other way around?). SF is Michelle Rhee's anti-union, anti-tenure, reformy group which gets lots of support from Rupert Murdoch, Eli Broad, and other wealthy conservative funders. Today, I read the Rhee/Romney report, put out by a group under the name "Alliance for Quality Education." As a Jersey boy, I was especially intrigu...more »

Your Summer PD: School Improvement — Whole Child Education

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Your Summer PD: School Improvement — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]Your Summer PD: School Improvement August 17, 2012 by Klea Scharberg [image: 2012 ASCD Whole Child Virtual Conference] ASCD conducted its second Whole Child Virtual Conference in May. This free conference showcases schools, authors, and research about implementing a whole child approach for a worldwide audience. View and share archived session recordings, presenter handouts, and related resources at www.ascd.org/wcvirtualconference. Gain insight into ways to implement comprehensive,...more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Resistance to Common Core State Standards Gaining Steam

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Resistance to Common Core State Standards Gaining Steam: Resistance to Common Core State Standards Gaining Steam by Anngie Utah leads the effort to push back against Common Core Standards and all of their associated regulations and requirements. Their state school board has already voted to withdraw from SBAC, the consortium developing the assessments. The fight continues however, as this vote was only step one in divesting themselves of CCSS. Predictably the USDoE is not going to make backing out of the consortia easy. They are the third and final hur... more »

Mother Crusader: The Reformy Double Bind

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Mother Crusader: The Reformy Double Bind: The Reformy Double Bind by darciecima Jersey Jazzman has a great piece today about the fact that the NJDOE has yet to release the names of the schools participating in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program for the 2012-2013 school year. In his post he points out a potential pitfall with the program: "I am concerned, however, that IPSC creates the same trap that charter schools do: the kids who will use it are going to be the kids with fewer special needs, fewer language issues, and aren't as poor as the kids staying in their home ... more »

How Not to Get Kids Ready for the First Day of School -

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How Not to Get Kids Ready for the First Day of School -: *How Not to Get Kids Ready for the First Day of School* AUGUST 17, 2012 Last school year, I saw a young mother and father in the Decatur Public Library leaning forward over a small table at their three-year-old daughter as she tried to put together the puzzle of an alligator with 26 green pieces A to Z. The A-piece belonged at the nose and Z at the tip of the tail. Their intensity was disturbing. They talked at her constantly as if their willpower could get their daughter to put the alphabet in order. “Everyone knows” that the... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: I agree with GOP on this

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: I agree with GOP on this: I agree with GOP on this by Mike Klonsky As thousands of teachers and other public employee unions gather in Springfield to oppose the big

Ed Roundup for 8-17-12 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education)

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Ed Roundup for 8-17-12 - Year 2012 (CA Dept of Education): Education Roundup for the Week Ending August 17, 2012 SACRAMENTO—The California Department of Education (CDE) today issued this week's Education Roundup of education-related announcements of public interest. California Students Win Awards and Scholarships State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated four California students for winning medals and scholarships last month at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) National Leadership Conference held in Florida. Two other Cali... more »

UPDATE: CNN Interview Airs Saturday @8:40 am EST« Diane Ravitch's blog

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My Interview on CNN « Diane Ravitch's blog: CNN Interview Airs Saturday @8:40 am EST by dianerav Just got airtime. CNN interview on Newsroom tomorrow at 8:40 AM EST Who Should Be Held Accountable? by dianerav A reader–a parent and teacher–writes. Does she refer to the way that education policy is made by non-educators? Or to the reduction of education to data? Or the reduction of children to data points on a graph? Or the indifference to the developmental needs of children and adolescents? Or to the arrival of greedy for-profits into managing schools? Or the galloping Who Should... more »

No-Bid contracts may be “The Vallas Style,” but they are illegal in Connecticut. - Wait, What?

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No-Bid contracts may be “The Vallas Style,” but they are illegal in Connecticut. - Wait, What?: No-Bid contracts may be “The Vallas Style,” but they are illegal in Connecticut. by jonpelto During the first eight months that Paul Vallas worked as the Superintendent of the Recovery School District in New Orleans, he spent about $3 million on personal service contracts. According to an investigation by the *Times Picayune *newspaper, most of those consultants had worked with Vallas when he was the CEO of the Philadelphia and Chicago schools systems. The paper also discovered that “th... more »

Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Kids’ State Dinner | ED.gov Blog

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Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Kids’ State Dinner | ED.gov Blog: Behind the Scenes: Getting Ready for the Kids’ State Dinner Posted on August 17, 2012 by Guest Blogger *Cross-posted from the Let’s Move! blog.* * * We’re all pretty excited to greet 54 amazing young chefs at the White House on Monday, August 20, when First Lady Michelle Obama will host the first-ever Kids’ State Dinner. Joining us will be the talented young people (and their parents) whose recipes submitted for the Healthy Lunchtime Challenge most impressed the judges, and best met all the criteria: A health... more »

District Race to the Trough Is Off and Running | Truth in American Education

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District Race to the Trough Is Off and Running | Truth in American Education: District Race to the Trough Is Off and Running by Shane Vander Hart [image: sheep-feeding-trough]The Department of Education announced last week that it is accepting applications for District Race to the Top funds. They have allocated $400 million for the program with a $25 million award cap. The grading system has changed compared to what was originally proposed. *Education Week* reports what the new contest rules and grading system consists of: In addition to meeting the 2,000-student threshold, to be ... more »

Vouchering an Educational Adventure | Dissident Voice

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Vouchering an Educational Adventure | Dissident Voice: Vouchering an Educational Adventure by Walter Brasch I hadn’t talked with Marshbaum for a couple of years, ever since he left newspaper journalism for more lucrative work in the fast food industry. But here he was in my office to ask if I would publicize his new educational adventure. “That’s great!” I said. “You’re finishing the last three years of college.” “I own the school. CEO of Little Minds Charter and Voucher Corp. We’re on the leading edge of the trend to privatize schools.” “How does mumbling into a broken speaker box m... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Yet Another NJDOE Secret: Interdistrict Choice

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Jersey Jazzman: Yet Another NJDOE Secret: Interdistrict Choice: Yet Another NJDOE Secret: Interdistrict Choice by Duke We have a program in New Jersey called Interdistrict Public School Choice. It's an interesting idea: a student can go to another appoved school district, within 20 miles. Ostensibly, the student will choose to leave their "worse" home district and choose to go to a "better" district; most of the migration is going to be away from the cities and toward the suburbs. I have mixed feelings about this. There's no denying that New Jersey's schools are highly segregated;... more »

FCMAT » CALI Education Headlines Friday, August 17, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Anthony Cody Anthony Cody spent 24 years working in Oakland schools, 18 of them as a science teacher at a high needs middle school. He is National Board certified, and now leads workshops with teachers focused on Project Based Learning. With education at a crossroads, he invites you to join him in a dialogue on education reform and teaching for change and deep learning. For additional information on Cody's work, visit his Web site, Teachers Lead. Or follow him on Twitter. Education Headlines *Friday, August 17, 2012* Baron: Ch... more »

Nashville school board to revisit charter decision | The Tennessean | tennessean.com

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Nashville school board to revisit charter decision | The Tennessean | tennessean.com: Nashville school board to revisit charter decision [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Nashville school officials will reconsider a controversial charter school application in September when a new group of board members takes office. Outgoing school board Chairwoman Gracie Porter, who continues in her role until the end of August, and system Director Jesse Register jointly decided to add the application from Great Hearts Academies to the September agenda, said Meredith Lib... more »

DPS school board plans to sue the state, reinstate teachers | City of Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

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DPS school board plans to sue the state, reinstate teachers | City of Detroit | Detroit Free Press | freep.com: DPS school board plans to sue the state, reinstate teachers [image: Image 1 of 2,] In its first meeting since regaining some authority, the Detroit Board of Education voted Thursday evening to sue the state, shake up the district's organizational chart and ensure that teachers get school assignments soon. The suit seeks to replace more than $200 million in deficits that accrued during the first five years of state takeover of the school district, from 1999 to 2005. The... more »

Guess what Arne’s lying about now Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Guess what Arne’s lying about now: Guess what Arne’s lying about now by admin We’ve caught him lying about turnaround schools and charter schools, and his overall track record. But apparently this bad habit has former Chicago Public Schools CEO and current Education Secretary Arne Duncan mythologizing himself, too. A friend alerted me to this recent New Jersey Star-Ledger interview where Duncan makes this claim: When I was in high school in the South Side of Chicago, my friends could drop out and get a

UPDATE: What’s Wrong with Privatization? « Diane Ravitch's blog

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What’s Wrong with Privatization? « Diane Ravitch's blog: What’s Wrong with Privatization? by dianerav Someone tweeted me a few days ago and asked “what’s wrong with privatization?” I didn’t have time or space to respond in 140 characters, but fortunately someone else has done it for me. See this article. Let me be clear. I believe in the value and strength of the private sector. Long ago, I traveled in the Soviet Union and in China, and I developed a deep respect for the efficiency of the private sector in supplying goods to markets for consumers. But I believe that a healthy and ... more »

New Assessment for Teacher Candidates Launching Nationwide | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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New Assessment for Teacher Candidates Launching Nationwide | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: New Assessment for Teacher Candidates Launching Nationwide by obriena A couple months ago, I wrote about a new assessment designed to address one of the ever-present challenges in teacher preparation: How do you ensure that those entering the classroom can teach effectively starting their first day as the teacher of record? Now called the edTPA (formerly the Teacher Performance Assessment (TPA)), the assessment was developed by Stanford University in collaboration with ... more »

NYC Educator: This Is School, and There Will Be No Enjoyment

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NYC Educator: This Is School, and There Will Be No Enjoyment: This Is School, and There Will Be No Enjoyment by NYC Educator It's incredible to read that even 4-year-olds are now taking tests, due to the brilliance of common core. No more of this play nonsense, no more discovery, and no more fun for children. Unless, of course, they go to schools like Sidwell Friends, where the president's kids, and the VP's grandchildren go. For the rest of us, it's get ready for a life of sheer drudgery as a Walmart associate, and no wonder the Walmart folks put their big bucks behind this. My d... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Students sit-in at SoJo

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Students sit-in at SoJo: Students sit-in at SoJo by Mike Klonsky Little Village hunger strikers and community members started the school.Teachers for Social Justice posted a summary of the issues behind yesterday's student sit-in at Social Justice High School. This small school within Little Village High School, was born out of community struggle -- a 19-day hunger strike by parents in 2001. *Sojo's very existence as a neighborhood public school serving low-income African American and Latina/o students with the vision of community self-determination-... more »

Ask an Expert: Helping your child’s teacher | EdNewsColorado

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Ask an Expert: Helping your child’s teacher | EdNewsColorado: Ask an Expert: Helping your child’s teacher from EdNewsColorado by Amy Turino *The back-to-school calendar is in full swing. Educator Amy Turino offers some tips on getting to know, and work with, your child’s teacher at this very busy time of year.* The start to any school year is hectic for everyone – including your child’s teacher. As you are trying to get to know a new teacher, a new classroom and new grade-level expectations, your teacher is trying to get to know 30 new students and their families. This can be overwh... more »

Parent Power & Education Advocacy :: Frederick M. Hess

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Parent Power & Education Advocacy :: Frederick M. Hess: Parent Power & Education Advocacy *by Frederick M. Hess • Aug 17, 2012 at 8:12 am Cross-posted from Education Week* Print Send RSS [image: Share] Share I recently moderated a fascinating discussion about parent engagement -- and not the kind that has to do with supervising field trips and providing extra classroom supplies. The focus was on how new organizations like DFER and 50CAN are seeking to mobilize parents when it comes to policy debates over school reform. This "parent power" trend is provoking some real questions a...more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-17-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] The Common Core for 4-Year-Olds by dianerav A reader writes: *As an early childhood teacher I saw first hand last year the effects of the Common Core on my pre-k students. The ELA was not so dreadful. It was more or less consistent with what I had been doing. The math was another story. Asking 4 year olds to master addition and subtraction while they were just trying to grasp basic math concepts such as one to one correspondence was stressful; not just for my students, but for me as well. How to make ... more »

The big business of charter schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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The big business of charter schools - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: The big business of charter schools By Valerie Strauss If you are wondering why you should add charter schools to your investment portfolios, here’s David Brain, head of a major investment concern called Entertainment Properties Trust, to tell you. This isn’t a joke. You may think charter schools are just one option for parents looking for an alternative to traditional public schools for their children, but they are big business in some quarters. What is Entertainment Properties Trust? According to its w... more »

Charters and state at odds over Transitional Kindergarten | EdSource Today

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Charters and state at odds over Transitional Kindergarten | EdSource Today: Charters and state at odds over Transitional Kindergarten - by Kathryn Baron by Kathryn Baron [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] The first lesson that the state’s youngest students may learn is about the meaning of words – specifically, words in the state education code that may or may not give these children access to Transitional Kindergarten in charter schools. The California Department of Education maintains that any charter school offering kindergarten must provide Transitional ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein Comes Clean

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Jersey Jazzman: Joel Klein Comes Clean: Joel Klein Comes Clean by Duke Nice to see Joel Klein finally confess to what the Common Core has really been about: The good news is that the *Common Core Standards, now adopted in 46 states, are creating incentives for innovation* at the heart of the system. At last there's a common definition of what "good" looks like for students and teachers, at least in core subjects like math and English. This helps explain why *venture capital is now flowing in record sums to startups seeking to serve K-12 schools*—and why larger firms (likethe one ... more »

This week, some guidance and support for new OUSD teachers - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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This week, some guidance and support for new OUSD teachers - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: This week, some guidance and support for new OUSD teachers Thursday, August 16th, 2012 at 4:54 pm in No Comments *New Oakland fourth-grade teachers take a break from lesson planning under the guidance of Piedmont Avenue Elementary School teacher Dana Graham during this week’s New Hire Induction Institute. (Photo courtesy of Margaret Dunlap/Oakland Unified School District)* Each year, on the first day of school, more than 100 teachers are experiencing their firs... more »

Troubled Oakland school padded enrollment, district finds | California Watch

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Troubled Oakland school padded enrollment, district finds | California Watch: Troubled Oakland school padded enrollment, district finds Will Evans Michael Short/California Watch St. Andrew pastor Robert Lacy and son Robert Lacy Jr. declined to speak with reporters outside a June school board meeting A controversial West Oakland private school, now reportedly drawing FBI scrutiny, has padded its roster sheets with public school students, according to an Oakland Unified School District investigation. The district's inquiry aims to determine whether leaders at St. Andrew Missionary B... more »

Central Valley district to alter program for students learning English - latimes.com

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Central Valley district to alter program for students learning English - latimes.com: Central Valley district to alter program for students learning English [image: Mark Rosenbaum, chief counsel for the ACLU of Southern California] A Central Valley school district will replace a program that was criticized as ineffective for students learning English, officials announced Thursday. Dinuba Unified School District, near Fresno, had become the target of litigation filed in May on behalf of two unidentified students, their parents and five teachers. The program, called Second Language Ac... more »

New evidence: Philadelphia test cheating is likely far worse than previously revealed | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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New evidence: Philadelphia test cheating is likely far worse than previously revealed | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: New evidence: Philadelphia test cheating is likely far worse than previously revealed by Paul Socolar *By Benjamin Herold and Dale Mezzacappa for WHYY/NewsWorks and the Notebook* The scope of the Philadelphia School District’s problem with suspicious erasures on state standardized tests is far more widespread than officials have publicly revealed. But so far state and District investigators have launched deeper probes into suspected cheating at only a third ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Who's More Unpopular: Rhee or Romney?

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Jersey Jazzman: Who's More Unpopular: Rhee or Romney?: Who's More Unpopular: Rhee or Romney? by Duke This is interesting: Hoping that New Yorkers will think of “Romney” as a dirty word, a coalition of labor unions and liberal advocacy groups is beginning a campaign on Thursday to tie the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to defenders of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s education policies. The coalition, New Yorkers for Great Public Schools, said it planned to highlight donors who supported both Mitt Romney and StudentsFirstNY, a political group formed as a counterweight ... more »

Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action « MomsRising Blog

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Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action « MomsRising Blog: Ten Reasons Young People Should Come Forward For Deferred Action by Congressman Luis V. Gutierrez On August 15, the first of perhaps a million or more people who qualify for the DREAM Act began stepping forward to apply and pay fees for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), a form of temporary deportation relief for undocumented immigrants who meet certain criteria. Each case will be evaluated individually, but I am encouraging those who meet the basic criteria to consider applying for DAC... more »

Meet the PAA founders: Leonie Haimson « Parents Across America

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Meet the PAA founders: Leonie Haimson « Parents Across America: Meet the PAA founders: Leonie Haimson by pureparents *This profile is part of an ongoing series of portraits of key PAA members.* In the beginning, there was Leonie Haimson. Leonie was a key force in the creation of Parents Across America, and remains at the heart of our activities. From her computer in her Greenwich Village office, she writes, researches, and stays in touch with activists and reporters across the country. After more than a decade of educational work, she has become an expert in the ins and outs of po... more »

Where My Fatherhood Comes From [It Turned Into a Poem] | The Jose Vilson

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Where My Fatherhood Comes From [It Turned Into a Poem] | The Jose Vilson: Where My Fatherhood Comes From [It Turned Into a Poem] by Jose My fatherhood is born of a desire to change everything that happened before me. Or before me. My fatherhood was born from not having a father figure present, and constantly seeking them in the form of priests, popular athletes, and men who only had time for a yearly visit. My fatherhood wasn’t prescribed, and, for all the reading I did, I knew I’d have to write this one out on my own. My fatherhood is an amalgamation of everything that went wrong with... more »





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