Friday, September 7, 2012

CTU, Nitzberg - Perdaily.com

CTU, Nitzberg - Perdaily.com:


Contribute to the Chicago Teachers Union Solidarity Fund posted by Roy Nitzberg

The Chicago Teachers Union is currently on the front lines of a fight to defend public education. On one side the 30,000 members of the CTU have called for a contract that includes fair compensation, meaningful job security for qualified teachers, smaller class sizes and a better school day with Art, Music, World Language and appropriate staffing levels to help our neediest students.

On the other side, the Chicago Board of Education--which is managed by out of town reformers and Broad Foundation hires with little or no Chicago public school experience--has pushed to add two weeks to the school year and 85 minutes to the school day, eliminate pay increases for seniority, evaluate teachers based on student test scores, and slash many other rights.

Teachers, parents and community supporters in Chicago have fought valiantly--marching, filling auditoriums at hearings and parent meetings, even occupying a school and taking over a school board meeting. Most recently, 98 percent of our members voted to authorize a strike. But now we find ourselves facing new opponents--national education privatizers, backed by some of the nation's wealthiest people. They are running radio ads, increasing press attacks, and mounting a PR campaign to discredit the CTU and the benefits of public education.

We are asking you to support our struggle for educational justice. You and your organization can show your support by making contribution to our Solidarity Fund. All donations will be used to conduct broad outreach throughout Chicago and nation-wide. Specifically, we plan to print educational materials, to distribute information about our positive agenda, such as the CTU report The Schools Chicago Students Deserve, and to mobilize massive support for educators in rallies and gatherings throughout the city.

Any amount you can give will be a great help. You can donate using your credit card online at www.ctunet.com or write a check to the "Chicago Teachers Union Solidarity Fund" and mail it directly to the Chicago Teachers Union Solidarity Fund, 222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 400, Chicago, Illinois 60654.

If your organization or union would like to write a letter or resolution of solidarity, we would very much appreciate it. Thank you for your support.

In Solidarity,
Karen GJ Lewis, NBCT
CTU President

Teach For America Alumna Vanessa Lugo-Acevedo Receives Presidential Honor - Hispanically Speaking News

Teach For America Alumna Vanessa Lugo-Acevedo Receives Presidential Honor - Hispanically Speaking News:


Teach For America Alumna Vanessa Lugo-Acevedo Receives Presidential Honor

Teach For America Alumna Vanessa Lugo-Acevedo Receives Presidential HonorPresident Obama and the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics recognized Teach For America alumna Vanessa Lugo-Acevedo (Colorado Corps ’10) and 9 others as White House Champions of Change Latino Educators. The 10 honorees attended a special ceremony at the White House on Friday, August 31st. The White House Champions of Change program honors everyday Americans doing extraordinary things in their communities.
Lugo-Acevedo, whose parents emigrated from Mexico to Carpinteria in Southern California before she was born, is a 2010 graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles and the first in her family to attend college. As a Teach For America-Colorado corps member, she taught pre-kindergarten at Denver’s Cole Arts and Sciences Academy, where she continues
to teach today.
“I believe the Champions of Change honor can open doors for Latino youth in our nation and motivate them to 

No Fab Formula for Jalen Rose - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

No Fab Formula for Jalen Rose - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher:

Teacher in a Strange Land



No Fab Formula for Jalen Rose

Shortly after I retired from a 31-year stint as a public school teacher, I applied for a part-time job in a Detroit charter school. Why? Because they were seeking a twice-weekly middle school jazz band teacher plus someone to lead professional development for a crew of mostly novice teachers. I was, shall we say, highly qualified. Plus--I had spent nearly my entire career in a "safe"--and wonderful--small town district. I wanted the challenge of teaching in the center of Detroit, part of the "reform" zeitgeist.
At the interview, a few days before the school opened, the superintendent--who was not and never had been an educator--asked me about instructions she'd been given by the school's founder. He told her to direct all teachers to assign a heavy load of homework on Day One, due on the second day. Students who didn't 

LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer wants to strengthen oversight of charter schools - LA Daily News

LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer wants to strengthen oversight of charter schools - LA Daily News:


LAUSD board member Steve Zimmer wants to strengthen oversight of charter schools

Schools Matter: New York Principals Fight Continues

Schools Matter: New York Principals Fight Continues:


New York Principals Fight Continues

From Sean Feeney and Carol Burris:
 
We thank you for your support and would like to provide you with an update on activities since the end of the 2011-12 school year. As always, the most recent version of the APPR Position paper (with all signatures) is available at: http://www.newyorkprincipals.org/appr-paper  Given that the paper with signatures is over 140 pages long, we have also created a separate link for the four-page paper alone.
As of the beginning of this new school year, over 1500 New York State principals have signed the letter: that's nearly one-third of all principals in NYS! We have over 5800 total supporters right now. Be sure to check out our website for the most current information.
Our Work Continues
In the face of everything we

A Message from a CTU Member | United Opt Out National

A Message from a CTU Member | United Opt Out National:


A Message from a CTU Member

Public Education's Eight Ball: Student Poverty | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity

Public Education's Eight Ball: Student Poverty | National Opportunity to Learn Campaign | Education Reform for Equity and Opportunity:


Public Education's Eight Ball: Student Poverty

Posted on: Friday September 7th, 2012

Steve Strieker, Social Studies Teacher, Janesville School District
The following post was written by Steve Strieker, a veteran Social Studies teacher in Janesville, WI. This has been reposted, with Strieker's permission, from his blog "One Teacher's Perspective."
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As noted in an earlier blog, one of my summer reads was P.L. Thomas’ book, Ignoring Poverty in the U.S. It is one of the most important education books I have read. He has reframed my thinking.
Contrary to what too many scapegoaters claim, I've never believed public education to be the cause ofAmerica's socioeconomic ills. However, I had fallen into the trap of repeating the mantra that quality public education is the cure-all for the poor. Thomas’ research highlights what all of us should be repeating in our communities and schools over and over. This is now my Thomas-induced mantra:

Charter schools call proposed L.A. moratorium illegal - latimes.com

Charter schools call proposed L.A. moratorium illegal - latimes.com:


Charter schools call proposed L.A. moratorium illegal


Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991


Charter school advocates are mounting a campaign against a proposed moratorium on new charters in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The moratorium is one provision of a resolution, by school board member Steve Zimmer, that is scheduled for discussion on Tuesday.
Any moratorium would violate state law, according to the California Charter Schools Assn., in a Friday letter to L.A. Unified. The proposal “very clearly violates the Charter Schools Act,” wrote the group's general counsel, Ricardo J. Soto. “The Board of Education must continue to accept, hear, and take action on all charter petitions.”
Charter schools are independently operated and free from some provisions that govern traditional public schools. Most are non-union. L.A. Unified has more charters, 186, than any other school system in the country. The school district oversees and authorizes charter schools within its boundaries.
Zimmer has frequently decried the loss of students to charter schools. His proposal calls on all schools to share 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 9-7-12 #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



Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Address Statewide Hearing on School Discipline Policies, Discuss Equity in Education | U.S. Department of Education


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Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Address Statewide Hearing on School Discipline Policies, Discuss Equity in Education | U.S. Department of Education: Civil Rights Assistant Secretary to Address Statewide Hearing on School Discipline Policies, Discuss Equity in Education *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov *Event Date 1: *September 10, 2012 03:00 pm - 06:00 pm Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Russlynn Ali will address a statewide hearing on school discipline policies and education equity Monday in Los Angeles. Ali will discuss findings of her office'... more »

Pass / Fail : Manhattan Beach Unified offers teachers 3 percent raise, no health cuts | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : Manhattan Beach Unified offers teachers 3 percent raise, no health cuts | 89.3 KPCC: Manhattan Beach Unified offers teachers 3 percent raise, no health cuts by By Tami Abdollah [image: MBUSD Manhattan Beach]*The two-year contract includes a 3 percent raise without initially proposed cuts to health care. It's the first raise the teachers have seen in five years. Credit: Tami Abdollah/KPCC* Manhattan Beach Unified and its teachers' union reached a tentative agreement that includes a pay raise for teachers, officials said Friday. The two-year contract includes a 3 percent ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Knowles wants Chicago to be "Silicon Valley of education"

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Knowles wants Chicago to be "Silicon Valley of education": Knowles wants Chicago to be "Silicon Valley of education" by Mike Klonsky Rahm's vision, building on the legacy of the Daley regime, includes the privatization of everything public. Take away the last vestiges of democratic public decision making, weaken the labor unions and put everything into the hands of his corporate patrons. But Rahm's vision would remain unframed and unfocused without the help of his academic brain-trust. One of Rahm's closest such academic confidants, especially on e... more »

My Writings « Deborah Meier on Education

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My Writings « Deborah Meier on Education: Published Writings by Deborah Meier Books Book Chapters Book Forewords Articles Conference Proceedings Audio / Video Link to publisher *Books by Deborah Meier* (2010) (with Brenda Engel & Beth Taylor).*Playing for keeps: Life and learning on a public school playground.* New York: Teachers College Press.(2004) (Edited, with George Woods).* Many children left behind: How the No Child Left Behind Act is damaging our children and our schools*. Boston: Beacon Press. (link to excerpt by George Wood–html)(link to review-html) (2004) (with Ted & N... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE IN THE AFTERNOON 9-7-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Democrats Abroad Wrote Great Platform! by dianerav The Democrats Abroad platform unequivocally supports the strengthening of public education and the education profession. It opposes privatization of public education. It opposes charter schools and vouchers. It supports the use of tests for diagnostic purposes and opposes the use of tests to evaluate Why Teach-to-the-Test Wins by dianerav Arne Duncan reminded us In his speech at the Democratic National Convention that President Obama opposes teaching to tests. Duncan didn’t say whether he agrees. It’s har... more »

School’s Out for Teachers « MomsRising Blog

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School’s Out for Teachers « MomsRising Blog: School’s Out for Teachers by Katherine Gallgher Robbins By Abby Lane, Fellow, National Women’s Law Center We’re back this Friday with your monthly update on the BLS jobs numbers. Other things are back too – cooler temps are back, Monday night football is back, and kids are back to school – *but one thing that isn’t back are teachers*. Local education lost jobs last month, capping a year of losses totaling over 83,000. In fact, since the recovery started in June 2009, local education has lost 301,000 jobs. This is bad news for kids and for... more »

Teachers face layoffs around the country | The Raw Story

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Teachers face layoffs around the country | The Raw Story: Teachers face layoffs around the country By Kay Steiger Friday, September 7, 2012 15:11 EDT [image: Teacher via Shutterstock] Topics: Wisconsin In the state of Wisconsin, where many marched in protest last year to widespread cuts to education and attacks on collective bargaining under Gov. Scott Walker, things aren’t looking so great for teachers. “We hear from members anywhere from second-year teachers to people with 12 years of teaching experience who are uncertain about where they’re going to be,” Mary Bell, president of ... more »

Ten minute drawing. The Civil Rights issue of our time. « Fred Klonsky

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Ten minute drawing. The Civil Rights issue of our time. « Fred Klonsky: Ten minute drawing. The Civil Rights issue of our time. by Fred Klonsky

My limited understanding of public vs. charter schools « My Island View

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My limited understanding of public vs. charter schools « My Island View: My limited understanding of public vs. charter schools by tomwhitby I was a public-school educator for 34 years. While I recognize many of public education’s shortcomings, I am a staunch supporter. More than ever, I believe that this country needs its citizenry to be more than just educated, but also critical thinkers and lifelong learners. Our country is a representative democracy dependent on leadership, and the direction for our country is placed in the hands of our elected officials who are our politician... more »

In Chicago, the Whole World is Watching Once Again

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In Chicago, the Whole World is Watching Once Again: In Chicago, the Whole World is Watching Once Again by Sam In 1968, student protesters stationed outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago broke into a spontaneous chant that quickly crystallized the tenor of the times: “The whole world is watching!” It’s ironic, then, that one day after this year’s Democratic National Convention, rumors of a city-wide teacher strike in Chicago are reaching a similarly feverous pitch. As they do, I want to borrow that famous line from 1968 and re-purpose it for 2012. The whole world *sh... more »

Follow up on Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & and Misplaced Blame – New York City’s “Failing” Schools « School Finance 101

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Follow up on Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & and Misplaced Blame – New York City’s “Failing” Schools « School Finance 101: Follow up on Ed Waivers, Junk Rating Systems & and Misplaced Blame – New York City’s “Failing” Schools by schoolfinance101 About a week ago, I put up a post explaining a multitude of concerns I have with the current NCLB waiver process itself and how it is playing out at the state level. To summarize, what we have here is the executive branch of the federal government coercing state officials to simply ignore existing federal statutes, by granting waivers to... more »

Leonie Haimson: The Reality and the Hype Behind Online Learning and the 'School of One'

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Leonie Haimson: The Reality and the Hype Behind Online Learning and the 'School of One': The Reality and the Hype Behind Online Learning and the 'School of One' Leonie Haimson Executive Director, Class Size Matters *The Daily News* has a story about a new negative evaluation of DOE's much vaunted "School of One" program. This study, which found no significant achievement gains from the program, was quietly placed on the Research Alliance website in the middle of summer with no apparent outreach to the media or the public. This contrasts with the huge publicity machine promoting t... more »

Solutions, Not Suspensions | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Solutions, Not Suspensions | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Solutions, Not Suspensions by obriena Did you know that each year more than three million students are suspended from school? While some of these suspensions are the result of violent or other extreme behavior, others are the result of relatively minor infractions – dress code violations, being late for school and so on. Should we really be putting students through suspension for a minor infraction? Out-of-school suspension does not benefit schools in terms of test scores or graduation rates. And it c... more »

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Recognizes 269 Schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools | U.S. Department of Education

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Recognizes 269 Schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools | U.S. Department of Education: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Recognizes 269 Schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 *Contact: * Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.gov *Related Resources*[image: Related Resources icon]National Blue Ribbon Schools homepage[image: Related Resources icon]2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overal... more »

WHY ARE CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUSPENDING MORE STUDENTS THAN THEY GRADUATE? | The California Endowment Newsroom

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WHY ARE CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUSPENDING MORE STUDENTS THAN THEY GRADUATE? | The California Endowment Newsroom: WHY ARE CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUSPENDING MORE STUDENTS THAN THEY GRADUATE? Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg discussing his bill to reduce suspensions. LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- On September 10, The California Endowment will join the offices of California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson and California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris in sponsoring a statewide hearing titled “Why Are California Schools Suspending More Students Than They Graduate?” ... more »

The Democratic Convention. Bull Connor at the mic. And by the way, the guy has a dream. « Fred Klonsky

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The Democratic Convention. Bull Connor at the mic. And by the way, the guy has a dream. « Fred Klonsky: The Democratic Convention. Bull Connor at the mic. And by the way, the guy has a dream. SEPTEMBER 7, 2012 *If education is the Civil Rights Movement of our time, do you invite Bull Connor to the microphone?* For the past four years I’ve been listening to the Obama administration talk about education being *the Civil Rights Movement of our time.* Here’s what President Obama said about education last night. *For the first time in a generation, nearly every state has answe... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, September 7, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *Kamala Harris, California Attorney General @ DNC* Education Headlines *Friday, September 7, 2012* Alvord looks at contingency plansAlvord Unified School District could shorten this school year up to three weeks if voters reject tax initiatives on the November ballot under one contingency plan presented to the school board Thursday night, Sept. 6. 'Drug free' clubs launch at Santa Clarita high schoolsSanta Clarita teens who pledge not to use drugs and agree to random tests can join the DFYIT clubs, which offer social events. "We ... more »

Michael Geheren: Obama Puts Education Center-Stage

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Michael Geheren: Obama Puts Education Center-Stage: [image: Michael Geheren] Michael Geheren 16-year-old junior at Huntley High School in Huntley, IL Obama Puts Education Center-Stage As I enter my senior year in the public school system, I have grown to learn and appreciate the education I have recieved, from my kindergarten teacher to my seven teachers in high school and countless mentors I have today. The nation's leaders say that America is falling behind on a world wide stage when it comes to our technology, mathematics, medicine and science. The foundations of our count... more »

Webinar; Rita Solnet Speaks to Parents Who "Won't Back Down" :: Save Our SchoolsSave Our Schools

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Webinar; Rita Solnet Speaks to Parents Who "Won't Back Down" :: Save Our SchoolsSave Our Schools: Webinar; Rita Solnet Speaks to Parents Who “Won’t Back Down” *Save Our Schools Webinar* *Rita Solnet Speaks to Parents Who “Won’t Back Down”* *Friday, September 7, 2012 8:30 PM Eastern Daylight Time [EDT}* *Please Join Us!* Co-Founder of Parents Across America, Rita Solnet speaks to moms and dads, students, teachers, and any of us who *“Won’t Back Down.”* Rita understands the intensity of their feelings. As a mother herself, Ms Solnet would do anything within her power to ensure that chi... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Charter school mythology -- Part II, The myth of charter superiority

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Charter school mythology -- Part II, The myth of charter superiority: Charter school mythology -- Part II, The myth of charter superiority by Mike Klonsky By Mike Klonsky This is the second part of a three-part series of posts on Charter school mythology. The transformation of charter schools from in-district experiments in the early 1990s, to competitive, highly-privatized alternative networks a decade later, has had a major impact on the way we think about public education as well as on how learning outcomes are reported. Networks of charter ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Missouri Coalition Against Common Core

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Missouri Coalition Against Common Core: Missouri Coalition Against Common Core by Anngie We are joining the efforts of a growing number of grassroots groups in many states, who are seeking to rid themselves of Washington's control over the public education system. The Common Core State Standards are a necessary key to dial in US education to a global education and worker development system. They remove control for what and how our children are taught from our elected school boards. They, despite what the developers say, will direct the teachers how to t... more »

Pell Grant Outlays Are Down, But There’s A Silver Lining « Student Activism

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Pell Grant Outlays Are Down, But There’s A Silver Lining « Student Activism: Pell Grant Outlays Are Down, But There’s A Silver Lining by Angus Johnston Pell Grant expenditures by the federal government fell by more than six percent last year, according to new figures from the federal government, despite the fact that they were expected to rise by some $4.4 billion. The $2.2 billion (or $6.6 billion, depending on how you look at it) savings won’t be fully explained until more detailed numbers are released, but there are likely three overlapping explanations. The first, and likely la... more »

Remarks by the President at the Democratic National Convention | The White House

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Remarks by the President at the Democratic National Convention | The White House: Remarks by the President at the Democratic National Convention Time Warner Cable Arena Charlotte, North Carolina September 6, 2012 10:24 P.M. EDT MRS. OBAMA: I am so thrilled and so honored and so proud to introduce the love of my life, the father of our two girls, and the President of the United States of America -- Barack Obama. (Applause.) THE PRESIDENT: Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you so much. AUDIENCE: Four more years! Four more years! Four more years... more »

Hullabaloo

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Hullabaloo: *Howard Dean at the DNC takes on the assault on public education* *by David Atkins* Howard Dean had a small meeting with a bloggers and activists at the PPL blogger building here in Charlotte, where I'm spending most of my time (the people and activities are usually more interesting here than on the convention floor.) The meeting was started with AFT President Randi Weingarten speaking about the need for engagement in public schools so that all kids, not just a select few in charter schools, reach their potential. She then compared that need for everyone to have an e... more »

Middle-Class Parents In LA - LA School Report

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Middle-Class Parents In LA - LA School Report: Middle-Class Parents In LA by Alexander Russo Thirty percent of metro LA residents live in the central city (as defined by the census), and 30 percent of core city residents have college degrees, according to this chart dug up by Chicago Magazine: But only 23 percent of adults have college degrees and school-aged kids — not as steep a dropoff as, say, San Francisco, but not as strong a showing as New York City. The post Middle-Class Parents In LA appeared first on LA School Report.

HechingerEd Blog | From the convention: Obama says America can ‘out-educate and out-compete’ anyone

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HechingerEd Blog | From the convention: Obama says America can ‘out-educate and out-compete’ anyone: From the convention: Obama says America can ‘out-educate and out-compete’ anyone by Sarah Butrymowicz President Barack Obama had barely begun his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday before uttering a word Republican nominee Mitt Romney didn’t mention until he was three-quarters through: Education. 2012 Democratic National Convention (Photo by Sarah Butrymowicz) Obama addressed a handful of specific education goals, asking for help in recruiting 200,00... more »

Schools Matter: Weingarten Patrolling the Web to Urge Patience for Obama/Gates Agenda

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Schools Matter: Weingarten Patrolling the Web to Urge Patience for Obama/Gates Agenda: Weingarten Patrolling the Web to Urge Patience for Obama/Gates Agenda by Jim Horn This morning Mark Naison posted a thoughtful response to the President's corporate kowtowing and hope-turned-hype speechifying, and who else besides AFT's own CEO, Randi Weingarten, quickly responded with this: Mark- I normally agree w/ you-and as you know even in our endorsement of the President we specifically raised our concerns w/ the national policy's fixation with testing. What I don't get is when the Presiden... more »

Daily Kos: How Romney's advertising shows the shape of the race

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Daily Kos: How Romney's advertising shows the shape of the race: How Romney's advertising shows the shape of the race by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) A variety of news stories, including this piece at Talking Points Memo, describe how the Romney camp is goign forward with 15 new ads in 8 battleground states. By now we know that the Republicans have pulled their advertising out of PA and MI. It is interesting that this buy does not include WI and its 10 electoral votes. Let's presume for a moment that the Romney camp has given up on those 3 three states. The states in which they a... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-7-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Do You Believe in Academic Freedom? by dianerav Barbara Madeloni, a teacher at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst protested the field-testing of the Stanford-Pearson evaluation of her students. The New York Times wrote about her courage. She was fired (“given a letter of non-renewal”). Please consider adding your name to the petition demanding her reinstatement. Rick Roach in Florida is a Hero by dianerav Rick Roach is a school board member in Orange County, Florida. He took the state test, the FCAT,... more »

The President’s Speech and the 2012 election - Wait, What?

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The President’s Speech and the 2012 election - Wait, What?: The President’s Speech and the 2012 election by jonpelto Barack Obama’s speech to the Democratic National Convention, last night, was impressive, (as one would expect.) The President’s passion, dedication and commitment to putting the country on track were evident, and he provided a sense of hope that a Second term would see a true re-commitment to the ideal that got him elected four years ago. For many of us, it is that sense of hope that will lead us back to the polls to vote for him in November. The President’s speech ... more »

What Obama said about education in speech - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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What Obama said about education in speech - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] What Obama said about education in speech By Valerie Strauss Here’s what President Obama said about education in his speech (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)Thursday night to the Democratic National Convention: ... You can choose a future where more Americans have the chance to gain the skills they need to compete, no matter how old they are or how much money they have. Education was the gateway to opportunity for me. It was the gateway for Michelle. And now more than ever, it is the ... more »

Poverty’s Evil Twin | Taking Note

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Poverty’s Evil Twin | Taking Note: Poverty’s Evil Twin by John Merrow In this deeply polarized nation, I have found something that unites Republicans and Democrats: neither party talks about poverty, despite our current epidemic of child poverty and its consequences for the life chances of millions of children. From what this political junkie has seen and heard, both parties have studiously avoided talking about it at their respective conventions. Democrats in Charlotte talked incessantly about ‘the middle class,’ while in Tampa the Republicans gave off a distinctive vibe: “If ... more »

NYC Educator: What if You Can't Make a Living Teaching?

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NYC Educator: What if You Can't Make a Living Teaching?: What if You Can't Make a Living Teaching? by NYC Educator My guilty pleasure is watching cooking shows. I don't cook that much, but I'm fascinated by food competitions, and also by shows that try to help restaurants. One of the things I notice is that Gordon Ramsay, as nuts as he gets, never says, "The best way to save this restaurant is to close it and replace it with another one." Of course, when he gets to a restaurant, it's often on its last legs anyway. I was watching a show called Restaurant Stakeout, noticing that they... more »

Oakland Unified cuts off funds for private school, but troubles remain | California Watch

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Oakland Unified cuts off funds for private school, but troubles remain | California Watch: Oakland Unified cuts off funds for private school, but troubles remain Will Evans Michael Short/California Watch Oakland school board member Noel Gallo had called for a review of the district's oversight of funds for private schools. The Oakland Unified School District is cutting off federal funds benefiting a private school accused of abuse after determining that the church school inflated its enrollment numbers. The district also is increasing its oversight of the federal money it doles out... more »

The Educated Reporter: Democratic National Convention: Obama Outlines Education Goals

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The Educated Reporter: Democratic National Convention: Obama Outlines Education Goals: Democratic National Convention: Obama Outlines Education Goals by Emily Richmond President Obama highlighted a number of his education policy initiatives in his speech at the Democratic National Convention Thursday, although the official titles and acronyms were nowhere to be found. Obama briefly referenced the Common Core State Standards that are being ramped up in nearly all of the nation's states, a successful push to freeze college loan interest rates for millions of students, and even the ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Progressive Education Narrative

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 12 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: The Progressive Education Narrative: The Progressive Education Narrative by Duke David Atkins of Hullabaloo wrote a post that those of us in the edu-blogosphere need to pay attention to. Atkins was invited to a small meeting of influential bloggers and activists at the Democratic convention with former DNC Chairman Howard Dean and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. What happened at this meeting is important: if we are ever going to mount a real defense against corporate reforminess, we need to get people like Dean and Atkins on board. I'll... more »

Jonathan Kozol in Urbanite | Re:education in Baltimore

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Jonathan Kozol in Urbanite | Re:education in Baltimore: Jonathan Kozol in Urbanite by Edit Barry Thank you to Michael Corbin for bringing Jonathan Kozol’s voice to the pages of *Urbanite*: A good society cannot be based on the accident of selectivity or philanthropic intervention. This holds true not just for these lucky kids who got into these unusually good boarding schools, but is also true of the kids making it to the very few slots that are available to one of these heavily promoted charter schools. We cheer for those kids that are success stories, but it is just not the wa... more »

Last Stand for Children First: When Chicago Teachers Strike, It's Time for Replacements

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Last Stand for Children First: When Chicago Teachers Strike, It's Time for Replacements: When Chicago Teachers Strike, It's Time for Replacements by Last Stand for Children One of my very favorite movies is *The Replacements*. This cinematic gem came out in 2000 and starred the great Keanu Reeves as quarterback Shane Falco who leads a rag tag team of replacement players when the regular players get greedy and go on strike. Like a veritable Island of Misfit Toys, the team is full of players with major issues that would keep a pro team from ordinarily considering them. The kicker ... more »

Analysis Probes the Shape of the Teacher-Salary Schedule - Teacher Beat - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Analysis Probes the Shape of the Teacher-Salary Schedule - Teacher Beat - Education Week: Analysis Probes the Shape of the Teacher-Salary Schedule By Stephen Sawchuk on September 6, 2012 10:27 PM More school districts than previously thought are giving salary increases early on in a teacher's career, rather than the traditional "back-loaded" model, according to a new analysis of federal data published in *Educational Policy.* The analysis adds to a generally thin and understudied research base on this aspect of teacher compensation, and its authors hope it will awaken additional in... more »

Schools Matter: More Tests Don't Make Children Better Prepared for Life or College

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Schools Matter: More Tests Don't Make Children Better Prepared for Life or College: More Tests Don't Make Children Better Prepared for Life or College by Jim Horn From the Chalkface, by Tim Slekar September 6, 2012 by slekar Today, in the *Morning Call *(A newspaper in the Lehigh Valley) an article ran detailing the roll out of the new Keystone exams that 11th graders will be required to take in Pennsylvania this academic year. Students will be required to take Keystones (High Stakes Standardized Tests) in Algebra, Literature, and Biology. Great. New tests to replace the old tests... more »

Students Last: Bloomberg Calms a Nervous Walcott

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Students Last: Bloomberg Calms a Nervous Walcott: Bloomberg Calms a Nervous Walcott by Students Last *New York City *- During a press conference marking the beginning of the school year for students, Mayor Bloomberg revealed, “As I was walking down the street with the Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott towards the cameras, he asked me to hold his hand. He was so nervous because of the first day." Although

Standing Up to Bullying: Refusing to be a "Victim" — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Standing Up to Bullying: Refusing to be a "Victim" — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Bob Sullo]Standing Up to Bullying: Refusing to be a “Victim” September 6, 2012 by Bob Sullo Note: The issue of bullying is serious and multifaceted. I am in no way suggesting that we don't intervene. I am in no way suggesting that we "blame the victim" and withhold necessary support. My goal in wring this piece is simply to make sure that our attempts to help don't result in exacerbating an already horrendous problem. A teacher in Florida wrote and asked me to address the issue ... more »

To those union leaders who seem at a loss as to how to extend support to the CTU. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
To those union leaders who seem at a loss as to how to extend support to the CTU. « Fred Klonsky: To those union leaders who seem at a loss as to how to extend support to the CTU. by Fred Klonsky [image: @CTULocal1 members march for "student needs, not corporate greed!] To those union leaders who seem befuddled as to how to extend support to the Chicago Teachers Union, perhaps they can copy this. Sort of use it as a template. *AFT Statement in Support of Chicago Teachers Union**WASHINGTON—Statement of AFT President Randi Weingarten in support of the Chicago Teachers Union.* *“Yes... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm giddy in Charlotte as strike nears

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Rahm giddy in Charlotte as strike nears: Rahm giddy in Charlotte as strike nears by Mike Klonsky As the strike deadline draws near, I'm taken with image of Rahm Emanuel, last night, still in Charlotte,giggling like a little boy in front of the TV cameras and clapping wildly as his patron Clinton lectures the eager crowd.. For a moment I thought he was going to pee himself. Meanwhile back home, the CTU was not impressed. The union upped the ante yesterday, filing a charge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board accusing CPS, among other th... more »

K.J.’s dark money machine - Bites - Opinions - September 6, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
K.J.’s dark money machine - Bites - Opinions - September 6, 2012 - Sacramento News & Review: K.J.’s dark money machine Turns out, the mayor has his own lobbying group Read 1 reader submitted comment This article was published on 09.06.12. *If you managed to choke down SN&R’s 5,000-word report* on Mayor Kevin Johnson’s nonprofit network a couple weeks back, there’s more where that came from. Plenty more. First, a quick clarification. In that story, “*K.J. Inc.*” (SN&R Feature Story, August 16), we reported that Mayor Johnson was funneling his *leftover campaign money* into one of... more »

The Coalition for Better Education: Colorado | United Opt Out National

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
The Coalition for Better Education: Colorado | United Opt Out National: The Coalition for Better Education: Colorado from United Opt Out National by admin United Opt Out National just received the following report from Don Perl, President of the Coalition for Better Education in Colorado: *Yesterday I signed a contract with CBS Outdoor advertising for two billboards to go up after the first week of January 2013 and to run for a month. The billboards will once again alert parents that they have the right to exempt their children from the fraud of TCAP testing (formerly CSAP). One ... more »

Teaching Another 180 | The Jose Vilson

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Teaching Another 180 | The Jose Vilson: Teaching Another 180 by Jose *Last night:* Honestly, I’m nervous again. I know the routines, too. Sleep tight. Groom well. Come in with a tie. Introduce myself and the class I’m teaching. Announce names. Give out contact cards. Discuss the syllabus. Hope you don’t have a lot of time left over at the end. Leave without too much fanfare. Yet, I can never shake the first day feeling. I’m not scared of the kids. I just hope I can do right by them. They’ve had a whole summer to forget the process of schooling, and the routines I’ll establish throug... more »









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