Wednesday, August 29, 2012

On being on the edge of the possible, « Deborah Meier on Education

On being on the edge of the possible, « Deborah Meier on Education:


On being on the edge of the possible,

Fellow teachers past and present; and allies. I miss not being there in the schoolhouse next week. But I fear it’s not the kind of re-entry I nostalgically recall–as we all re-gathered together.
It hurts when I realize how hard it is and will be to get “the” public seeing the world of schooling as so many of us do. For example, read the Phi Delta poll, even recognizing the softness of poll data on complex issues, it’s pretty discouraging. The country seems split on whether students and parents who choose private schools should do so “at public expense.” 44% say they favor it and 55% oppose. That’s worrisome. 90% think common core standards would either improve eduction or have no effect. 58% think “illegal” students shouldn’t get a free eduction or free lunch or free anything. (My first instinct is to want to…do something evil to them!) On using 

THE FINAL BATTLE OVER DISCRIMINATION « Teachers Fight Back

THE FINAL BATTLE OVER DISCRIMINATION « Teachers Fight Back:


THE FINAL BATTLE OVER DISCRIMINATION

There remains one segment of our populace that continues to face discrimination and absolutely nothing has been done to prevent it. These people are treated like second class citizens. They stand very little chance of being accepted and welcomed in all segments of our society. I am referring to the “attractively challenged” people in our population.
This discrimination also goes on in our schools, and I believe it is one of the reasons why bullying continues for this segment of our student population. We in America are obsessed with beauty and attractiveness in our culture. The unattractive among us have an unfair burden when faced with competition from the ‘beautiful people”.
Fox News is a perfect example of what I am referring to. Look at the men and women employed by Fox News. Every woman is drop dead gorgeous or at least relatively attractive, almost every man is handsome and 

Back To School Badness | Mr. Teachbad

Back To School Badness | Mr. Teachbad: "t"


Back To School Badness

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 8-29-12 #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



More CNN Deletions

This morning there were 66 comments following my interview with Randi Kaye.
Now there are 24.
More CNN hocus-pocus, now you see it, now you don’t.
What gives?

Anyone? Will any Bridgeport official stand up for the children with special needs in your city?

Categories: BridgeportBudget CutsPaul VallasSpecial Education
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Mayor Bill Finch, the Bridgeport City Council and Bridgeport’s illegal Board of Education all voted for the education budget developed by Paul Vallas, Bridgeport’s interim superintendent of schools. As previously noted here at Wait, What?, the biggest cut in the entire Bridgeport school budget was for the funds needed to support Bridgeport students who require [...]
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California Democrats Robbing Kids to Enrich the Wealthy

Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons

Friends and colleagues often assume I’m a Democrat based on my criticisms of the Ed Deform movement or the political system. I try not to feel insulted by this name-calling, but then feel bad that my arguments were weak 

Modern School: It’s the Money, Stupid, Not the Teachers

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Modern School: It’s the Money, Stupid, Not the Teachers: It’s the Money, Stupid, Not the Teachers by Michael Dunn The results are in from the latest public opinion poll on teachers. According to the 44th annualPhi Delta Kappa/Gallup Poll of public attitudes toward the public schools, 71% of respondents say they have trust and confidence in the nation's teachers. 43% of parents and 35% of Americans in general say money is the biggest issue, up from 17% in 2002. While it is heartening to know that two-thirds of respondents are willing to pay higher taxes to improve the schools, it al... more »

SAYS BULLYING LAUSD, " WHY NOT TARGET INNOCENT TEACHERS FOR REMOVAL? UTLA WONT STOP US" - Perdaily.com

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SAYS BULLYING LAUSD, " WHY NOT TARGET INNOCENT TEACHERS FOR REMOVAL? UTLA WONT STOP US" - Perdaily.com: SAYS BULLYING LAUSD, " WHY NOT TARGET INNOCENT TEACHERS FOR REMOVAL? UTLA WONT STOP US" by Leonard Isenberg [image: targeted.jpg] *(**Mensaje se repite en Espa├▒ol) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post)* * Here's a story we hear more and more often from teachers and other **Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) employees, since the Miramonte sex abuse scandal, who have been caught completely off-guard, when LAUSD hits them with trum... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Duncan's darling Rhee shows up at GOP convention

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Duncan's darling Rhee shows up at GOP convention: Duncan's darling Rhee shows up at GOP convention by Mike Klonsky Duncan campaigned for Rhee and Fenty in 2010.Arne Duncan has long been one of Michelle Rhee's ardent fans. Violating all DOE protocols, Duncan went out on the stump for her and former D.C. mayor Fenty two years ago even at the risk of offending the district's African-American voters (they can't vote in the presidential election). So what did Obama and the Dems get in return for their unflagging support of Rhee? Her first stop after ... more »

A big grant to revamp online publishing | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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A big grant to revamp online publishing | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: A big grant to revamp online publishingby Dale Mezzacappa on Aug 29 2012 Posted in Latest news - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] The *Notebook* will be revamping its publishing and implementing new digital strategies for reaching parents and other core audiences, thanks to a two-year, $202,000 grant just awarded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The grant, through Knight's Community Information Challenge, will help the* Notebook* build its audience by producing more multimed... more »

My questions for Michael Williams, new TEA chief | The Education Front Blog

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My questions for Michael Williams, new TEA chief | The Education Front Blog: My questions for Michael Williams, new TEA chief 0 0 comments (0) By Rodger Jones/Editorial Writer rmjones@dallasnews.com 2:43 pm on August 29, 2012 | Permalink My friend Bill McKenzie put out four questions yesterday for the state’s new public education chief, Michael Williams. Here are four more, from me: 1) What’s your reaction to Arne Duncan’s invitation to Texas to apply for NCLB waivers? 2) Will the agency step up enforcement on alleged cheating on state tests? (The reference point is the El Paso IS... more »

Jersey Jazzman: America, Now You Know What NJ Is Stuck With

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Jersey Jazzman: America, Now You Know What NJ Is Stuck With: America, Now You Know What NJ Is Stuck With by Duke So last night was the big debut on the national stage for Chris Christie. I'm actually surprised at the number of poor reviews - and not just from liberals: Fox News host Chris Wallace had nothing but nice words for Ann Romney's speech at the GOP convention on Tuesday night, saying that it was "effective" and that "everyone afterward was buzzing" about it. But New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) convention speech? Not so much. "I have to say, personally, I thought it wa... more »

Ryan and Rahm. BFF? « Fred Klonsky

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Ryan and Rahm. BFF? « Fred Klonsky: Ryan and Rahm. BFF? by Fred Klonsky *Paul Ryan and Rahm Emanuel – Friendlier than you might think?* That’s what Carol Felsenthal, Chicago Magazine’s political reporter, asks. My answer is no. I am not the least bit surprised. Felsenthal taps Emanuel as a Democratic version of a Rockefeller Republican. She calls Emanuel a *Rahm Republican.* The Rockefeller Republican that Felesenthal is referring to is Nelson Rockefeller, former Governor of New York State and appointed VP after Nixon’s resignation. He is also noted for suffering a career-ending, actu... more »

Study: Shrinking wages tied to decline in union membership | The Raw Story

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Study: Shrinking wages tied to decline in union membership | The Raw Story: Study: Shrinking wages tied to decline in union membership By Stephen C. Webster Wednesday, August 29, 2012 16:09 EDT [image: Print] Share on facebookShare on redditShare on diggShare on twitterShare on farkShare on stumbleupon1 [image: Union members at an immigrants rights march. Photo: Shutterstock.com.] Topics: labor union membership ♦ union membership ♦ union workers Americans are working longer and harder for increasingly shrinking wages for a lot of reasons — but one of the most important is the deca... more »

Empathy for a Teacher

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Empathy for a Teacher: Empathy for a Teacher by Sam In the airy, sun-filled space that will house my son’s foray into formal education, I watched as a tow-headed classmate named Thomas patrolled the edges of the room, choking back tears. It was the first day of school – and my wife and I were already doing our best not to hover too closely over Leo, who was, thankfully, already hard at play in the newly discovered puzzle section. Leo’s co-teachers, Ms. Allison and Ms. Luz, were busy greeting (and consoling) parents, organizing materials, and helping the 28 children – each one their... more »

Bullying Prevention Summit: Peers Matter — Whole Child Education

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Bullying Prevention Summit: Peers Matter — Whole Child Education: [image: Sean Slade]Bullying Prevention Summit: Peers Matter August 29, 2012 by Sean Slade What was the key takeaway from this year's Bullying Prevention Summit, hosted by the Department of Education? *Peers matter.* It's not a revelation that we need to focus on the big picture, not just the incident. We need to be deliberate about influencing the environment and culture that allows bullying behavior to take place. As Phil Rodkin wrote in *Educational Leadership* after the 2011 Bullying Prevention Summit, "Peer relatio... more »

Creating Quality Jobs vs. Creating Quality Workers - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Creating Quality Jobs vs. Creating Quality Workers - Wait, What?: Creating Quality Jobs vs. Creating Quality Workers by jonpelto Having completed the task of dropping my child off at college, I’m reminded of the challenge that faces our chief elected officials, whether in Washington, or here at home in Connecticut. In particular, as the effects of the Great Recession continue to take its toll on the nation; those of us in the trenches are left to ponder about what is the proper balance when it comes to using public resources to create quality jobs versus creating quality workers. I... more »

Common Core Propaganda: Who Created the Standards Exactly? | Truth in American Education

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Common Core Propaganda: Who Created the Standards Exactly? | Truth in American Education: Common Core Propaganda: Who Created the Standards Exactly? by Shane Vander Hart [image: Common Core State Standards at Smekens Education] Propaganda has accompanied the Common Core State Standards, but now they it is being implemented expect it to come out even more. I wanted to point out an example that was emailed to me yesterday. From a piece written by Cammy Harbison at Voxxi.com. She writes about the benefits of the common core state standards, and right in the her overview of the st... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: Labor Day Rally for Jobs, Dignity and a Fair Contract w/ CTU

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Teachers For Social Justice: Labor Day Rally for Jobs, Dignity and a Fair Contract w/ CTU: Labor Day Rally for Jobs, Dignity and a Fair Contract w/ CTU by sarah-ji *Join the Chicago Teachers Union and labor allies Monday, Sept 3rd in Daley Plaza from 10:30am-12:30pm for a Labor Day Rally for Jobs, Dignity and a Fair Contract!* Chicago teachers are approaching a showdown with the mayor and the Chicago Board of Education. The fight for a fair CTU contract reflects the current climate of scapegoating union workers in an attempt to force us all to accept contract givebacks. Public se... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Reformy Alert! Booker Presents Dem Platform

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Jersey Jazzman: Reformy Alert! Booker Presents Dem Platform: Reformy Alert! Booker Presents Dem Platform by Duke *I'm here to save you teachers and parents from yourselves!* This is not a good sign: Newark Mayor Cory Booker will speak at the Democratic National Convention next month in Charlotte, N.C., President Obama’s campaign announced late Thursday night. Booker, one of a dozen speakers the Obama campaign announced, will present the party platform to convention delegates on Sept. 4. He will be joined by Retired Army Lt. General Claudia Kennedy and Rep. Barbara Lee of Californi... more »

Vocational Education and the Voices of Workers: Blast from the Past #2 | AMPS

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Vocational Education and the Voices of Workers: Blast from the Past #2 | AMPS: Vocational Education and the Voices of Workers: Blast from the Past #2 by Thomas J. Mertz *Rocky Mountain News*, 15 October, 1896. The Clash – “Career Opportunities” (click to listen or download). This is the second in a new series on AMPS: Blasts from the Past. The series is devoted to historical materials that comment on or illuminate contemporary issues in education. Today’s is about education, work and vocational education. There is so much going on in this area, especially here in Wisconsin, that ... more »

As long as they brought it up, a reminder. « Fred Klonsky

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As long as they brought it up, a reminder. « Fred Klonsky: As long as they brought it up, a reminder. by Fred Klonsky Not their fight. The fight. by Fred Klonsky *Not their fight. The fight*. Just Seeds.

Rally for Public Education Sept 3 & Sept 4 at the DNC in Charlotte NC « Parents Across America

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Rally for Public Education Sept 3 & Sept 4 at the DNC in Charlotte NC « Parents Across America: Rally for Public Education Sept 3 & Sept 4 at the DNC in Charlotte NC by leoniehaimson *MecklenburgACTS.org* **Our nation’s public schools face tremendous challenges. Parents, educators, communities and elected officials need to work TOGETHER to build the schools that will prepare our children to face a changing world. Unfortunately, too much precious time, energy and money has been sidetracked by policies that harm our schools rather than help them. These flawed policies have led to: *... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: .4 bump in Chicago tests scores 'phenomenal' says Brizard

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: .4 bump in Chicago tests scores 'phenomenal' says Brizard: .4 bump in Chicago tests scores 'phenomenal' says Brizard by Mike Klonsky Dizzy with success While Rahm and Brizard become delirious over a slight bump in ACT scores, Bob Schaeffer helps us understand why, "the stagnant trend in ACT college readiness scores just released is yet another piece of evidence that test-driven K-12 education in the U.S. is a sweeping, expensive failure." According to the Sun-Times, Chicago’s average ACT score "soared" to its highest level in at least 11 years, jumpin... more »

“Supplement, Not Supplant” Requirement Leaves States in a Bind | Truth in American Education

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“Supplement, Not Supplant” Requirement Leaves States in a Bind | Truth in American Education: “Supplement, Not Supplant” Requirement Leaves States in a Bind by Shane Vander Hart Unintended consequences, they always exist with well-meaning, but poorly thought out plans. The NCLB waivers and the Race to the Top funds are no different. It’s something we have warned about. These new policies that states put in place in order to satisfy the requirements to apply for either the waiver or the funds will place an additional fiscal burden upon the states. In essence, a brand spanking ... more »

Guest Blog: Emancipatory Education: Dena Simmons on Teaching for Social Justice in Middle School « Feminist Teacher

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Guest Blog: Emancipatory Education: Dena Simmons on Teaching for Social Justice in Middle School « Feminist Teacher: Guest Blog: Emancipatory Education: Dena Simmons on Teaching for Social Justice in Middle School by feministteacher Dena Simmons teaches middle school students social justice and activism (photo courtesy, Dena Simmons). *The following guest blog by Dena Simmons is the second in a three-part series on teaching for social justice featuring the work of educators in primary, middle, and high school classrooms.* *Dena Simmons is an activist, an educator, and student. Born... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: St Louis Fed Proposal for Charter School Funding

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Missouri Education Watchdog: St Louis Fed Proposal for Charter School Funding: St Louis Fed Proposal for Charter School Funding by Anngie The St. Louis Federal Reserve has developed a working paper that proposes a charter school tax credit, similar to Low Income Housing Tax Credits, to potentially end the perpetual cycle of experimentation that currently plagues the charter system. Their proposal is explained by Ian Galloway at StLouisFed.org. *Credits would be allocated to the states, which, in turn, would award them to high-performing charter schools. Upon receiving the credi... more »

Common Sense on the Common Core in Montana | Truth in American Education

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Common Sense on the Common Core in Montana | Truth in American Education: Common Sense on the Common Core in Montana by Shane Vander Hart I love this guest op/ed in *The Helena Independent Record* written by Barbara Rush, a retired teacher from the Helena Public Schools. An excerpt: According to the Montana Common Core Standards Document, issued by the Office of Public Instruction, the standards were written to “fulfill the charge issued by the states.” Where did this “charge” come from? The work was “led by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and the National Gove... more »

Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: What is the Purpose of K-12 Education? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: What is the Purpose of K-12 Education? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: [image: Living in Dialogue] Dialogue with the Gates Foundation: What is the Purpose of K-12 Education? by Anthony Cody Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody *This week, our exchange is focused on these questions: What is the purpose of K-12 education? How do we think about college and career readiness? How do the Common Core Standards fit in? This post is a response to one posted yesterday, authored by Irvin Scott of the Gates Foundation.* Irvin Scott of the Gat... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Wednesday, August 29, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Monterey Bay Aquarium is located on Cannery Row in Monterey, California.* Education Headlines *Wednesday, August 29, 2012* Opt-out form not an optionCiting advice from district lawyers, Tehachapi Unified School District's board did not take a vote Tuesday night to make available a form parents could sign to exclude their children from learning parts of a new and controversial anti-harassment curriculum. Special ed student left alone on Simi school bus for more than 4 hoursA Simi Valley special education elementary student was le... more »

NYC Educator: You're Never Just a Teacher

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
NYC Educator: You're Never Just a Teacher: You're Never Just a Teacher by Miss Eyre As the new school year approaches, I'm sure we're all starting to write lesson plans and welcome letters. Maybe some of us are stopping by our school buildings this week to check on classrooms. And that's all well and good, and incredibly important. But have you taken some time to remember how you're going to take care of yourself this school year? You are, of course, never just a teacher. You are a friend, a son/daughter, sibling, parent, or spouse. Maybe you are also a yogi, a writer, a danc... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter schools are for quitters

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Charter schools are for quitters: Charter schools are for quitters by Charlie Mas Charter schools represent resignation all across the board. To advocate for charter schools is to see the challenges in public education, to see the hard work needed, and to run away. Charter schools are for quitters. They are for the cowardly and weak. *Charter schools are not education reform - they are for people who quit trying to reform education.* Yes, there is excess bureaucracy, excess regulation, and mindless standardization in our schools. It's a real probl... more »

Kids Need More Than Reading and Math, Argues ASCD Executive Director in CNN Commentary — Whole Child Education

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Kids Need More Than Reading and Math, Argues ASCD Executive Director in CNN Commentary — Whole Child Education: [image: Melissa Mellor]Kids Need More Than Reading and Math, Argues ASCD Executive Director in CNN Commentary August 29, 2012 by Melissa Mellor "We can't narrow the focus of our schools into just math and reading and still expect to graduate students who are ready for college, a career and citizenship," writes ASCD Executive Director Gene Carter in hisspecial commentary for CNN's *Schools of Thought* blog. "A comprehensive education provides students the opportunity to di... more »

Here Comes Common Core, Ready Or Not « Diane Ravitch's blog

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Here Comes Common Core, Ready Or Not « Diane Ravitch's blog: Here Comes Common Core, Ready Or Not by dianerav A teacher in Florida wants to know how the Common Core standards are supposed to change her teaching, why she should drop literature for informational texts, which dominate other subjects, and what the PARCC assessments mean. Will states have the money they need to buy computers for the assessments? Will they have the funds to pay for professional development for the new standards and assessments? So much remains unknown. *If students are reading in their history and scien... more »

Big Education Ape Editorial: Can’t can’t do nothing*

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
*Can’t can’t do nothing* * *CAN* ** After listening to Chris Christie’s Key Note Speech, I thought what country is he talking about? Certainly not America. America is the land of CAN. Yet Gov. Christie seemed to be saying we can’t educate our children, can’t provide for the old and sick, we can have good jobs, we can’t have a middle class, we can’t have the America that we grew up in. It was as if he was saying that America can’t do anything, Sort of permanent recession. Since 1776 America has found ways to have a can do spirit, it is sort of built in our DNA. I believe that Ame... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 8-29-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Is This Ironic? by dianerav A reader comments on the fact that StudentsFirst–the Michelle Rhee organization that is raising $1 billion to attack teachers and public schools– is promoting the parent trigger film: Talk about Double Standards! by dianerav When any educator dares to challenge the conventional wisdom and say that our schools are not failing, they can expect to be excoriated by reformers. A reformer these days is someone who believes that the “system” is obsolete and broken and must be handed ... more »

Labor Day in Chicago this year. « Fred Klonsky

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Labor Day in Chicago this year. « Fred Klonsky: Labor Day in Chicago this year. by Fred Klonsky In Chicago the kids go back to school after Labor Day. In Park Ridge school starts two weeks before Labor Day. As a result, Anne and I always thought of it as a little extension of summer. We would try to get out of town. For many years our extended family would head up to Wisconsin to Lake Geneva. After a while we were joined by friends for all are part of the weekend. It became known as *Camp Klonsky.* It would include an annual grudge match of doubles ping-pong on the porch of the main... more »

Pension reform: top-paid administrators to take biggest hit | EdSource Today

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Pension reform: top-paid administrators to take biggest hit | EdSource Today: Pension reform: top-paid administrators to take biggest hit ** August 29th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services The retirement age for new teachers will be pushed back two years; they’ll have to fork over about another 1 percent of their pay into the retirement system. And their bosses – principals and administrators ­– will see a ceiling of $132,120 as the portion of their pay used to calculate retiremen... more »

Dropout Signs Can Be Spotted Early Among Frequent School Ditchers -- Report

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Dropout Signs Can Be Spotted Early Among Frequent School Ditchers -- Report: Dropout Signs Can Be Spotted Early Among Frequent School Ditchers -- Report by Joy Resmovits It's the second day of school in Chaparral High School, a day assistant principal Todd Peterson calls "the second happiest day in the world for all the kids." "They're measuring everybody up and they're making the decisions, one, if they like the teacher, and two, if they like the class," says Peterson, who leads the Las Vegas school. These measurements can be critical: Early first impressions dictate who comes... more »

Daily Kos: strongly suggest you read Nick Kristof this morning

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Daily Kos: strongly suggest you read Nick Kristof this morning: strongly suggest you read Nick Kristof this morning by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) His *New York Times* column is titled The Secret Weapon: All of Us, and it goes after the theme of the RNC, "We Built It." A preliminary caution - some here will not like Kristof taking Democrats to task for criticizing Romney for outsourcing, but he tempers that with writing about the “You didn’t build that — you destroyed it.” meme Democrats are pushing at Romney. Consider instead how he goes after the Republican claim to be job crea... more »

Retired teacher: Make admins teach. Reduce testing. Eliminate gifted. Restore recess. | Get Schooled

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Retired teacher: Make admins teach. Reduce testing. Eliminate gifted. Restore recess. | Get Schooled: Retired teacher: Make admins teach. Reduce testing. Eliminate gifted. Restore recess. by Maureen Downey Retired Atlanta Public Schools teacher Scott Stephens — he taught English for 15 years at Grady High School and taught for a decade in Fulton County — sent me a list of reforms. I thought it was a great list and have his permission to share it here: Courtesy of Scott Stephens: 1. All certified personnel at a school, including academy leaders, graduation coaches, instructiona... more »

Charter-school debate's 4th round no less intense | Local News | The Seattle Times

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Charter-school debate's 4th round no less intense | Local News | The Seattle Times: Charter-school debate's 4th round no less intense [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Initiative 1240, which would allow charter schools in Washington state, is similar in many ways to a pair of ballot measures that voters previously rejected. But the political realities around the contentious issue have shifted. By Brian M. Rosenthal Seattle Times staff reporter MOST POPULAR COMMENTS HIDE / SHOW COMMENTS Charters don't work - the data clearly shows that. I want to complimen... more »

GOP platform’s contempt for public education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
GOP platform’s contempt for public education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: GOP platform’s contempt for public education By Valerie Strauss It was obviously too difficult for the authors of the 2012 Republican Party platform to hide their contempt for public education, because it is evident throughout the section on schooling. What’s more, the education section is used to promote the party’s cultural values, going on at some length about support for abstinence (Jae C. Hong/AP)education and its opposition to using federal funds in “mandatory or universal mental health, psy... more »

Schools Matter: A lousy way to evaluate teachers

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Schools Matter: A lousy way to evaluate teachers: A lousy way to evaluate teachers by skrashen Letter: Remove the requirement (original title: Not the way to evaluate teachers) http://www.smdp.com/letter-remove-the-requirement/111188 Published in the Santa Monica Daily Press, August 28, 2012 State Assembly Bill 5 removes the requirement that increases in student test scores be included in teacher evaluations (“10th graders sail through exit exam,” Aug. 23). Good idea. A number of studies have shown that rating teachers using student test score gains does not give consistent resul... more »

Modern School: California Millionaires’ Organize Against Prop 30

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Modern School: California Millionaires’ Organize Against Prop 30: California Millionaires’ Organize Against Prop 30 by Michael Dunn Three business executives (Floyd Kvamme, David Marquardt, and Mark Stevens) recently sent out a fundraising appeal to their millionaire friends and colleagues seeking their support in opposing California’s Proposition 30, according to the California Progress Report. The initiative on November’s ballot, is supposed to bring in an extra $9 billion a year from increase taxes. These millionaires and their wealthy allies are upset that the legislation wou... more »

Why Are Women More Interested in Going to College Than Men? - Education - GOOD

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Why Are Women More Interested in Going to College Than Men? - Education - GOOD: Why Are Women More Interested in Going to College Than Men? by Liz Dwyer [image: women.college] It's been a generation since the gender balance on campus began to shift in favor of the ladies. More women than men have been going to college since the 1980s; since 1996, more women have been graduating; and last year U.S. Census data revealed that women now earn more graduate degrees. According to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics, the trend of women dominating higher educati... more »

The “Target” Approach to Better School Meals | California Progress Report

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The “Target” Approach to Better School Meals | California Progress Report: The “Target” Approach to Better School Meals by callen *By Dana Woldow* PEACHSF Wouldn’t it be great if many good causes - feeding hungry kids, organic farming, fighting global warming, growing small local businesses - could all be supported by school meal programs? In a perfect world, every worthy goal could benefit from these government funds. In the real world, underfunding of school meals by Congress means that schools must prioritize to ensure scarce resources are going towards feeding the most kids, and... more »

Back to School Supplies for Teachers.southbronxschool.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
http://www.southbronxschool.com: Back to School Supplies for Teachers by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) The beginning of the school year is almost here. Students and their parents are hitting Staples and Target to stock up the supplies that are on their lists. Teachers too are hitting the teacher supply stores as well. But teachers need more than the markers, bulletin board parer, boarders, chart paper, maps, charts, etc.. for their classrooms and to be effective teachers. In this day and age of "gotcha," teachers need much more. For the first time ever in the history of educa... more »

Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union will file 10 day strike notice tomorrow, Wednesday. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union will file 10 day strike notice tomorrow, Wednesday. « Fred Klonsky: Breaking: Chicago Teachers Union will file 10 day strike notice tomorrow, Wednesday. by Fred Klonsky [image: Parents Stand With CTU (CLICK ON PICTURE)] The Chicago Tribune is reporting tonight: The Chicago Teachers Union plans to file a 10-day strike notice Wednesday, meaning a teacher walkout could begin after the majority of the city’s students finish their first week of school, sources said.The union and CPS have been in talks for months but have failed to reach The in box... more »

Continuing to collectively bargain over teacher evaluation makes sense | EdSource Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Continuing to collectively bargain over teacher evaluation makes sense | EdSource Today: Continuing to collectively bargain over teacher evaluation makes sense ** August 28th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By Dean Vogel Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Dean Vogel] Dean Vogel As professionals, educators practice their vocation with seriousness and dedication with the single purpose of helping students. The California Teachers Association believes it is a primary part of our mission to improve the conditions of teaching and ... more »

On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson: On Why IDFAG About Dress Code … Kinda [Future of Teaching] by Jose Excerpt: Having a dress code matters in far too many schools. I know of schools where, on dress down days, kids wear *strictly* primary colors depending on their affiliations, or look down on one another for inexpensive wardrobe. It also sets a tone, teaching students early that coming to school is like coming to work in a way where looks matters, so dress appropriately. At least these are some of the arguments people use for dress code. ... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One…

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One…: National PTA Changes Stance On Charter Schools, & It’s A Disappointing One… by Larry Ferlazzo The National PTA now supports letting other bodies besides local school boards authorize charter schools. That’s a big disappointment, since charter school operators are now often making “end-runs” around local school boards who won’t approve them by going to county boards of education or other bodies. For example, here in Sacramento a charter chain couldn’t get any local school dis... more »

What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion? « Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion? « Diane Ravitch's blog: What Are the Bounds of Civil Discussion? by dianerav Earlier today I published a biting critique of John White and Bobby Jindal, who are doing their best to privatize public education in Louisiana. I happen to think the pair have turned the state of Louisiana into an international laughing stock and put the future of a generation of children at risk. The writer, who lives in Louisiana, called them vandals, said that John White is a hack, and referred to White’s staff as “the TFA Goon Squad.” Two people wrote to say ... more »

What GOP platform says on education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
What GOP platform says on education - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: What GOP platform says on education By Valerie Strauss Here’s what the 2012 Republican Party platform calls for regarding education: Education: A Chance for Every Child Parents are responsible for the education of their children. We do not believe in a one size fits all approach to education and support providing broad education choices to parents and children at the State and local level. Maintaining American preeminence requires a world-class system of education, with high standards, in which all s... more »

Diva Against Insanity: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer...

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Diva Against Insanity: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer...: A Revolution in our schools is not always the answer... This past weekend I saw the movie "Won't Back Down" with Viola Davis and Maggie Gyllenhall. It was a movie about a poor working class mother who can't afford a private education for her child so must send her to the neighborhood school. That school is failing, her daughter is not learning, and she believes she has no options. As she agonizes over her situation, she finds out about a provision in the law that says that parents and teachers can ... more »

Modern School: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Modern School: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises: Fuentes Caves to Insatiable Conservatives With More AB 5 Compromises by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons Felipe Fuentes, author of California’s new teacher evaluation bill, AB 5, has added more anti-teacher revisions to the legislation in an attempt to placate conservatives and win a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind law. The problem is that conservatives will never accept AB 5, no matter what compromises are made, as long as AB 5 continues to allow teachers to collectively barg... more »

In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen - New America Media

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen - New America Media: In Sacto. Schools, Heroes in the Kitchen *Story* tools Comments AAAResize Print Share and Email New America Media, Video, Peter Schurmann, Posted: Aug 28, 2012 SACRAMENTO - Gabriel Ramirez describes how he runs to get his first choice at the school cafeteria these days -- a far cry from when the only food served was "those little burrito things...I didn't even know what was in 'em." Ramirez, 17, spoke recently at a news briefing sponsored by the California Endowment, whose “Health Happens in Schools” initiative promo... more »

After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology - Education - GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology - Education - GOOD: After a Year Teaching High School, Tony Danza Says We Owe Educators an Apology by Liz Dwyer [image: danza] Don't be surprised if the nation's teachers start a fan club for actor Tony Danza. Unlike the countless policy makers and talking heads who offer up suggestions for improving education without ever teaching a day in their lives, during the 2009-2010 school year the actor ditched Hollywood for a gig teaching tenth grade English at Northeast High School in Philadelphia. Now Dan... more »











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