Monday, September 17, 2012

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Will President Obama Speak Out Against Act 10?

Four years ago, candidate Obama promised to break out his walking shoes and join the picket line if anyone threatened the collective bargaining rights of workers.
He forgot that promise when Governor Scott Walker stripped most public sector workers of their collective bargaining rights two years ago. He did not join the people who protested Act 10 in Madison.
And most people understand his unwillingness to inject himself into the Chicago teachers’ strike (which does not 

How Are You Behaving?


G'nite.

Grotesque

Could the Republicans have chosen a more vile candidate?  The thing that really irks me about Romney is that he's so bound-to-lose that it makes it difficult to get the message to the President that this Arne Duncan guy is a base-suppressor, and that Rahm Emanuel should be exiled.

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What's This Lying Around Shit?????

In the fall of 1962 Faber College senior and pre-med student Eric "Otter"Stratton received a phone call to from Babs Jansen that Mandy Peperidge wished to meet him at the Rainbow Hotel late in the afternoon. Sadly, Doug Niedermyer, Greg Marmalard, and the rest of Omega House were waiting for him and subsequently beat him, and the dozen roses, to a pulp.

Meanwhile across town in Dean Wormer's office, Flounder, Bluto, D-Day, Hoover, and Larry were being told that they, and all of Delta House, were bei








Chicago Teachers Refuse to Return to Work

A funny thing happened on the way to ending the strike.  The Chicago Teachers Union refused to vote on a tentative agreement and instead demanded to be able to read the agreement before voting.  This unreasonable demand meant that school children would be unable to return until Wednesday and earned the ire of several Chicago alderman.  The alderman had set a great example for the untrusting teachers by agreeing to several contracts like selling off Chicago's parking meters without reading the contracts.

Obviously, the greedy teachers are striking over pay and their own cushy jobs.  Mayor Emanuel attempted to get an injunction today, because the greedy teachers refused to negotiate over pay and instead attempted to 

Harvard Education Newsletter Covers Opt Out Movement in Colorado


Read the story here in the Harvard Education Newsletter

Andrew Sullivan: Did Romney Just Lose the Election? ctd

is the title of this blog post which has a lot of quotes from right wingers, and which went up before Romney's disastrous presser
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Here's the beginning:
A consensus is forming. From the most right-wing columnist in the Tory paper, the Telegraph:
Romney video: I think Obama just won the election. When was the last time a president fighting for re-election was handed such a gift? Remind me, someone: how did the GOP end up with this idiot as their candidate?
In presser, Romney doubled down, tries to say he was talking about the political process about winning the 

Sneaky Evaluators: Who Sent You, and Why are You Disrupting My Class?

Originally posted at educatedtodeath.com
There is a constant stream of evaluators and academic “coaches” streaming through the classrooms at my school. They come in driving unreasonably nice cars, and always look like they just came from a designer boutique and then a full service salon. They look like blooming movie star hopefuls or just well kept wives of the wealthy, noses pointed to the heavens and all. They’re interactions with us lowly teachers come in the form of a note in our box or a message through the principal that we need more of this or that or to put our objectives on a 

Harvard Education Letter: Opt-Out Movement Gains Steam

Opt Out coverage in The Harvard Education Letter.   The Coalition for Better Education is using billboards to encourage parents to opt-out of the Colorado state test, called the TCAP. Volume 28, Number 5 September/October 2012 Opt-Out Movement Gains Steam … MORE

Late Night: ‘You’re Not Supposed to Support the Strike’


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Look, I see where Miller’s going with this:
My friend, a widely known pundit, wanted to tell me that he didn’t believe the poll, which was conducted by We Ask America.
After some back and forth about what the pollster could’ve or should’ve asked, I finally told him that as an older, white person with no kids in the public school system, he’s not supposed to support the strike.
The poll, taken after three full days of no school, found that a 52 percent majority of whites 

Arrogance, The Gates Foundation & The “Remembering Self” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Arrogance, The Gates Foundation & The “Remembering Self” | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…:


Arrogance, The Gates Foundation & The “Remembering Self”

I’ve certainly been critical of the Gates Foundation and Bill Gates on many occasions. However, recently, I had been developing some response for both — Gates staff has been engaging in what appeared to me a productiveonline dialogue with my Education Week and Teacher Leaders Network colleague Anthony Cody and Bill Gates recently gave a surprisingly open-minded interview to The New York Times.
But in the last part of the dialogue with Anthony, Gates staff wrote an angry and ill-advised post that, at least for me — and I suspect for many other educators — lost them most, if not all, of the good will they had recently gained. If I were them, I’d go into damage control mode right away to ensure that their post is not what people 

Eugene Robinson: Standing up for teachers - The Washington Post

Eugene Robinson: Standing up for teachers - The Washington Post:


Eugene Robinson

Eugene Robinson
Opinion Writer

Standing up for teachers


Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.
It has become fashionable to blame all of society’s manifold sins and wickedness on “teachers unions,” as if it were possible to separate these supposedly evil organizations from the dedicated public servants who belong to them. News flash: Collective bargaining is not the problem, and taking that right away from teachers will not fix the schools.
It is true that teachers in Chicago have dug in their heels against Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s demands for “reform,” some of which are not unreasonable. I’d dig in, too, if I were constantly being lectured by self-righteous crusaders whose knowledge of the inner-city schools crisis comes from a Hollywood movie.
The problems that afflict public education go far beyond what George W. Bush memorably called “the soft bigotry of low expectations.” They go beyond whatever measure of institutional sclerosis may be attributed to tenure, beyond the inevitable cases of burnout, beyond the fact that 
FB RT: Randi Weingarten @rweingarten: Thank you @Eugene_Robinson for standing up for teachers&telling people to visit a school.".. http://t.co/DpIbWPHb"

Modern School: Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

Modern School: Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike:


Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons

The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) House of Delegates voted Sunday to reject the latest contract proposal and continue their strike, in a challenge to both the leadership of the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and the leadership of their own union, who had negotiated the tentative agreement.

The leadership of CTU is seen by many as a progressive, fighting leadership, willing to go toe to toe with their powerful parent organization, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), led 

Big Ed Ape Nite Cap SPECIAL STRIKE EDITION DAY #8 9-17-12 #faircontractnow #CTUSTRIKE #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."

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Chicago Teachers Strike 2012

Response: A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A "Science Coach" - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher

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Response: A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A "Science Coach" - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher: [image: Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo] Response: A Nobel Laureate Writes About Becoming A "Science Coach" By Larry Ferlazzo on September 16, 2012 1:01 PM ** *(Note: This is the first post in a several-part series on teaching science) * Last week's question was: *What is the best advice you would give to help an educator become better at teaching science?* I'll be posting a number of guest responses over the next two weeks, and invite readers to share ... more »

GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, They Need Revolution « Cooperative Catalyst

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GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, They Need Revolution « Cooperative Catalyst: GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, They Need Revolution by Nikhil Goyal Nominated for the U.S. Secretary of Education by Diane Ravitch and lauded as an “emerging voice of his generation,” at age 17, Nikhil Goyal is the author of One Size Does Not Fit All: A Student’s Assessment of School by the Alternative Education Resource Organization. This piece originally appeared on GOOD Education: Schools Don’t Need Reform, They Need Revolution In the summer of 2010 I took a three-week trip to I... more »

Daily Kos: "Whatever the cause, our society’s answer seems to be: Beat up the teachers."

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Daily Kos: "Whatever the cause, our society’s answer seems to be: Beat up the teachers.": "Whatever the cause, our society’s answer seems to be: Beat up the teachers." by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is a line from Standing up for teachers, the new *Washington Post* column by Pulitzer Prize winner Eugene Robinson, who seems to be one of the few major columnists who gets it. From the very beginning of his column, Robinson makes clear his viewpoint: Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Day 6

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Day 6: Day 6 by Mike Klonsky Out on the picket lines I saw teachers in small groups, reading the tentative contract, line-by-line and discussing it. Talk about your participatory democracy. Here it is, right on the mean streets of Chicago. No wonder Rahm and his corporate pals are horrified. No wonder he asking for an injunction. Reading a contract before you sign it is a concept so beyond anything that ever takes place in Rahm;s City Council or in Rahm's hand-picked Board of Education, it seems downright revolutionary. Or to quote Rahm, "a threat t... more »

This Week In Education: Thompson: Thin-Skinned Response From Gates

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This Week In Education: Thompson: Thin-Skinned Response From Gates: Thompson: Thin-Skinned Response From Gates by john thompson [image: Gates]During the Anthony Cody's five-part exchange with the Gates Foundation at*Living in Dialogue*, Cody presented a series of closely argued positions on school reform, while the foundation's representatives responded with sound bites. Even so, I was flabbergasted by the response in Impatient Optimistsby Irving Scott and Stacey Childress to Cody’s last post. So, I reread their "The Role of the Marketplace in Education," and Cody’s post to see wh...more »

Commit To Everything And All Things At Once (Or Rebel) [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson

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Commit To Everything And All Things At Once (Or Rebel) [Future of Teaching] | The Jose Vilson: Commit To Everything And All Things At Once (Or Rebel) [Future of Teaching] by Jose Balloon’s Emotions An excerpt from my latest: It might be the best description of the first week of faculty meetings for schools nationwide. The Common Core State Standards (and multiple intelligences, the workshop model, and the host of other initiatives I’ve seen) have brought along their own set of pseudo-experts coming in to tell teachers what to teach, how to teach, and, inevitably why. The last one ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Let's Tax Rhee's Dream Team

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Jersey Jazzman: Let's Tax Rhee's Dream Team: Let's Tax Rhee's Dream Team by Duke Michele Rhee's motto: If you're going to improve schools, get together a bunch of people who know nothing about how they are run. At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate *Bill Cosby*; • decorated television journalist *Connie Chung*; • *Jennifer Johnson*, an executive vice president and CEO for Franklin Resources, a... more »

Occupy Wall Street? or Work There? « Deborah Meier on Education

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Occupy Wall Street? or Work There? « Deborah Meier on Education: Occupy Wall Street? or Work There? by debmeier Isn’t it amazing–the members of an organization devoted to small government, low taxes, etc etc would rather work on Wall Street for a lot of money rather than work with OCCUPY as a volunteer? Amazingly, more than a fourth opted for OCCUPY!! Inside moles? A new bizarre front group for Wl Street pops up every day. *From: *Matthew Faraci *Subject: Occupy Wall Street? Millennials would rather work there* Occupy Wall Street? Millennials would rather work there [image: Genera... more »

Educators oppose test score-based teacher evaluation Parents United for Responsible Education

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Educators oppose test score-based teacher evaluation: Educators oppose test score-based teacher evaluation by admin 9/17/12 Media Release: For Immediate Distribution Contact information: Isabel Nunez, Professor, Concordia University Chicago, isabel.nunez@cuchicago.edu, 708-209-3518 Erica Meiners, Professor, Northeastern Illinois University, e-meiners@neiu.edu, 773-816-6561 Chicago, IL. As the Chicago Teachers Union begins the second week of their strike, some political leaders and media commentators are quick to blame teacher... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Merit Pay Fairy Sighted in Newark!

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Jersey Jazzman: Merit Pay Fairy Sighted in Newark!: Merit Pay Fairy Sighted in Newark! by Duke The Merit Pay Fairy has landed in Jersey! New Jersey and the Newark Teachers Union are negotiating a form of merit pay in the state-run district that would block poorly rated teachers from receiving automatic annual salary bumps that are now based solely on years of experience, union officials said. Only teachers evaluated as "effective" or "highly effective" on a new four-tier scale would be eligible for pay increases that are now tied to how many years they have worked, union President... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Our hipster alderman

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Our hipster alderman: Our hipster alderman by Mike Klonsky "All labor has dignity" Just got this missive from CTU's Kenzo Shibata: Good morning, Chicago Teachers Union Delegates voted to extend the strike until Tuesday, giving members time to review the tentative agreement before voting on it. Chicago is the city of the parking meter deal where aldermen voted to privatize parking meters before reading the

Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis pushed back — and won  - NY Daily News

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Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis pushed back — and won - NY Daily News: Chicago Teachers Union leader Karen Lewis pushed back — and won Feisty firebrand has emerged as new champion for millions of public school teachersComments (2)NEW YORK DAILY NEWS [image: Karen Lewis]ASSOCIATED PRESS Chicago Teachers Union head Karen Lewis has emerged as the new champion for millions of frustrated public school teachers. Karen Lewis, who last week led 29,000 Chicago teachers on a school strike heard across the nation, has suddenly emerged as the new champion for millions of frustrate...more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, September 17, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Monday, September 17, 2012* Troubled New Millennium charter school keeps getting second chancesThe school had opened in 1999 with the goal of providing a "last chance" for students on the verge of dropping out. Instead, by Fresno Unified's own reckoning, New Millennium was failing to meet the most basic education standards. Decision on Sweetwater superintendent awaitedIt may be more than a week before a clamoring community learns whether Sweetwater Union High School District’s interim Superintendent Edward B... more »

The in box. CReATE: Value Added Measures (VAM) are neither valid or reliable. « Fred Klonsky

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The in box. CReATE: Value Added Measures (VAM) are neither valid or reliable. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. CReATE: Value Added Measures (VAM) are neither valid or reliable. by Fred Klonsky *Media Release:* *For Immediate Distribution* *Contact information:* *Isabel Nunez, Professor, Concordia University Chicago,* *isabel.nunez@cuchicago.edu, 708-209-3518* *Erica Meiners, Professor, Northeastern Illinois University,* *e-meiners@neiu.edu, 773-816-6561* *Chicago, IL. As the Chicago Teachers Union begins the second week of* *their strike, some political leaders and media commentators are ... more »

Hip Hop Group Pens Track Praising Striking Chicago Teachers - Education - GOOD

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Hip Hop Group Pens Track Praising Striking Chicago Teachers - Education - GOOD: Hip Hop Group Pens Track Praising Striking Chicago Teachers Striking Chicago educators have received their share of criticism but political hip hop group Rebel Diaz is giving teachers some lyrical praise in their new track, "Chicago Teacher". The two brothers, Rodrigo "RodStarz" and Gonzalo "G1" Venegas, who make up Rebel Diaz currently run a community arts center in the South Bronx, but grew up on Chicago's North Side and attended the city's public schools. On top of thanking the teachers that taugh... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: SPS News and Updates

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: SPS News and Updates: SPS News and Updates by Melissa Westbrook This story from the Times on *Roosevelt's Rueben Van Kempen*, drama teacher and director extraordinaire who will be inducted into the Educational Theatre Association's Hall of Fame in San Diego this week. One interesting item that most don't know - RHS offers the only full-time theater program in SPS with multiple classes. His legacy (but he's not going anywhere) - this from a student: *"He instilled a belief in me, a belief in following my passions and dreams. Whether I'd gone on ... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Names New, High-Profile Board - Teacher Beat - Education Week

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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Names New, High-Profile Board - Teacher Beat - Education Week: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's StudentsFirst Names New, High-Profile Board by Stephen Sawchuk At long last, the education advocacy group begun by former D.C. Chancellor Michelle Rhee has named a new, permanent board of directors. In addition to Rhee herself, the board members include: • comedian and school choice advocate *Bill Cosby*; • decorated television journalist *Connie Chung*; • *Jennifer Johnson*, an executive vice president and CEO for Franklin Resources, ... more »

The 9th problem with the Common Core standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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The 9th problem with the Common Core standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: The 9th problem with the Common Core standards By Valerie Strauss The previous post, in support of the Common Core State Standards, is a response to an August piece by veteran educator Marion Brady that was highly critical of the standards initiative. Here Brady takes another wack at the standards. By Marion Brady On August 15, the Washington Post’s “The Answer Sheet” ran a column by me titled “Eight Problems with the Common Core Standards.” Marc Tucker, long-time major player in the current te... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Funding Concerns May Be Forcing a Scaled Down Version of the Common Core Assessment

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Funding Concerns May Be Forcing a Scaled Down Version of the Common Core Assessment: Funding Concerns May Be Forcing a Scaled Down Version of the Common Core Assessment by Anngie We reported that the State Chief Education Officers were concerned about continued funding for Common Core Assessments at their recent meeting in St. Louis. We just learned from Ed Week, in a portion of the conference not open to the public, that the consortia was discussing the possibility of having two versions of the Common Core Tests: the planned long version and now a s... more »

What Would You Do for Students in Poverty if you had Billions? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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What Would You Do for Students in Poverty if you had Billions? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: What Would You Do for Students in Poverty if you had Billions? by Anthony Cody Follow me on Twitter at @AnthonyCody Though our dialogue with the Gates Foundation has ended, some interesting questions continue to stir things up. In the comments that follow the Gates Foundation's last post in the series, a reader named JT posed this question: You might be right, but if you were giving away your money, how would you fix poverty? I would invest in education. What are the alter... more »

¡Qué Viva Horizonte! An Alternative School Were Students Move Forward - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard

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¡Qué Viva Horizonte! An Alternative School Were Students Move Forward - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] ¡Qué Viva Horizonte! An Alternative School Were Students Move Forward Sep 17th, 2012 by Lily. Some of the students at the Horizonte Center in Salt Lake City have painted a mural in the front entryway. It is magnificent. *It shows the faces of teachers, principals, support staff and community leaders who love them*. My friend, Susan McFarland’s picture is there. She gets puddle-eyed to show me. She is so proud to be in that pa... more »

Jersey Jazzman: The Many Faces of Cory Booker

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Jersey Jazzman: The Many Faces of Cory Booker: The Many Faces of Cory Booker by Duke *Cross-posted at Blue Jersey.* Cory Booker on vouchers: As for vouchers, which give people tax money to spend in private schools, Booker said he “doesn’t care” if districts are upset. “I don’t think vouchers are the solution, but how can I tell a parent that they have to stay in a failing system,” he said. “These kids are locked in a prison. Am I supposed to tell a parent, ‘You just wait until we get this figured out?’”

School Tech Connect: Something For The Mayor's Pipe

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School Tech Connect: Something For The Mayor's Pipe: And The Winner Is... by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Is there an award for Funniest Paragraph of the Year? Because I've found it. Maybe they are. Maybe the testing is a something that's better than a past nothing. But a lot hangs on these numbers. Just as they measure the presumed progress of the students, so with a little massaging do they also measure the presumed worth of the students' teachers. Do they? A lot of smart people want to think so. "Evaluations that rely in part on test scores really do identify the best tea... more »

Teamster Nation: Kochs spend $4M on Prop 32

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Teamster Nation: Kochs spend $4M on Prop 32: Kochs spend $4M on Prop 32 If California's Prop 32 is supposed to take money out of politics, why are the Koch brothers supporting it? They're the poster boys for the corporate takeover of our democracy. Short answer: Prop 32 is about taking *union* money out of politics. That's why they call it the "Billionaires' Bill of Rights." Here are the deets: The LA Times reported, A group with ties to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers has dropped $4 million to pass a ballot measure that would severely limit the political activity of l... more »

Schools Matter: In Search of An Accountable Education Editor at the New York Times

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Schools Matter: In Search of An Accountable Education Editor at the New York Times: In Search of An Accountable Education Editor at the New York Times by Jim Horn Brent Staples has long been the education editorialist at the New York Times, and his function as a rubber stamp for corporate education reform has assured his continuing tenure there. His opining never fails to parrot the Business Roundtable talking points on education, a subject for which the privatizers are the least prepared to talk about sensibly--other than ethics, of course. Staples does so in a unique patroniz... more »

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » You can’t wish it away

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Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » You can’t wish it away: You can’t wish it away by alicemercer [image: Caution Sign and Arrow] Simply, I believe all children can learn. I believe low-income children of color can learn when they have great teachers who believe in them, and treat them with the same passion, enthusiasm and intellectual rigor that they would treat their own children. And I believe in the skill and will of teachers, provided they are given the opportunity to teach, learn and lead as true professionals. I

New Developments in the CUNY Attack on the QCC English Department « Student Activism

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New Developments in the CUNY Attack on the QCC English Department « Student Activism: New Developments in the CUNY Attack on the QCC English Department by Angus Johnston A CUNY administrator’s threat to dismantle the Queensborough Community College English department is making waves across academic media this morning. The story, which I’ve been covering all weekend, involves a dispute over whether QCC will adopt a reduced contact-hour standard for composition classes demanded by CUNY central. When the department last week refused to cut students’ class time (and professors’ compe... more »

Modern School: Walker’s Anti-Labor Law Null and Void

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Modern School: Walker’s Anti-Labor Law Null and Void: Walker’s Anti-Labor Law Null and Void by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons The good news is that a Wisconsin judge has ruled Gov. Walker’s anti-labor law, Act 10, null and void, restoring collective bargaining rights to Wisconsin’s public sector workers and the right to collect dues through payroll deductions. The bad news is that even if his appeal is rejected Wisconsin’s public sector workers will be back to where they were prior to the enactment of Act 10. Key sections of Walker’s controversial anti-labor law were ru... more »

UPDATE: A funny kind of boss. « Fred Klonsky

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A funny kind of boss. « Fred Klonsky: The in box. Lake Forest. Strike breaking teaches its own lesson. by Fred Klonsky September 16, 2012 By Charles McBarron, IEA Communications Director *We don’t know how many Lake Forest High School students will report to LFHS Monday, but are sure that they will not be receiving the high quality education for which the school is well-known.* *The LFHS school board on Sunday sent an email to parents telling them that their students are expected to be in school Monday morning, despite the fact that the teachers will not be there.* A funny kind ... more »

Shanker Blog » "We Need Teachers, Not Computers"

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Shanker Blog » "We Need Teachers, Not Computers": “We Need Teachers, Not Computers” by Esther Quintero I’ve been noticing for a while that a lot of articles about education technology have a similar ring to them: “Must Have Apps for K12 Educators,” “What Every Teacher Should Know About Using iPads in the Classroom,” “The Best 50 Education Technology Resources for Teachers.” You get the drift. This type of headline suggests that educators are the ones in need of schooling when it comes to technology, while the articles themselves often portray students as technology natives, natura... more »

iPads and Reforming Classroom Practice: Deja Vu? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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iPads and Reforming Classroom Practice: Deja Vu? | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: iPads and Reforming Classroom Practice: Deja Vu? by larrycuban Listen to John Fontana, a journalist who blogs on such high-tech issues as digital identity, privacy and security. *iPad rollouts are significant when the school actually does something with them. My first-hand experience hasn’t been that good, I would like to hear what others have experienced. Perhaps I can use a good story or two to shake things loose at my son’s school.* *They rolled out iPads last year. They talke... more »

The Chicago Teachers Strike, Week 2 :: Frederick M. Hess

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The Chicago Teachers Strike, Week 2 :: Frederick M. Hess: The Chicago Teachers Strike, Week 2 *by Frederick M. Hess • Sep 17, 2012 at 8:39 am Cross-posted from Education Week* [image: Chicago Teachers Strike 2012] * * Up until Sunday, word on the street was that the Chicago strike would definitely end over the weekend. If you'd asked me on Thursday or Friday, I'd have put the likelihood that kids and teachers would be back in school today at better than 95%. (This is why I try to limit my gaming.) But the union decided not to accept the latest contract deal on Sunday night, and n... more »

Charters balk at new pre-kindergarten law

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Charters balk at new pre-kindergarten law: Charters balk at new pre-kindergarten law*September 17, 2012, 05:00 AM By Christina Hoag The Associated Press * * **[image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] * * * LOS ANGELES — A California law requires public schools to add a grade level this fall designed to give the very youngest students a boost when they enroll in kindergarten, but charter schools say the law does not apply to them, pitting them against the state Department of Education. The education department says the 2010 Kindergarten Readiness Act requiring transi... more »

What Would Diane Ravitch Say?

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What Would Diane Ravitch Say?: What Would Diane Ravitch Say? Diane Ravitch, the former assistant U.S. secretary of education, tells Miller-McCune what she thinks about No Child Left Behind now. Principal Sarah Ali, right, joins a third-grade teacher and a literacy intervention specialist to review student progress at Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy in Southern California. (Melinda Burns) August 22, 2011 • By Melinda Burns • 4 Comments and 10 Reactions In their embrace of testing, Sparks Middle School, Aspire Antonio Maria Lugo Academy and Wilmington Middle School reflect the data-d... more »

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-17-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] More About Bill Cosby by dianerav If I had read this article, I would not have been surprised to learn that Bill Cosby joined the board of StudentsFirst. I wonder if anyone told him that when Michelle Rhee left DC, it had the biggest black-white achievement gap of any urban district tested by NAEP. Like double the gap in other districts. Same for Hispanic-white gap. Sad. Worst News of the Day by dianerav A friend just informed me that Bill Cosby has joined the board of Michelle Rhee’s StudentsFirst. This is ... more »

Details of Chicago teachers strike - chicagotribune.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Details of Chicago teachers strike - chicagotribune.com: Chicago teacher strike: Issues at the center of contract negotiations - [image: Email] - [image: print] - 81 - - - [image: Strike continues] Chicago School Board President David Vitale, making a brief announcement regarding his disappointment with the decision of the Chicago Teacher's Union to continue with the strike. (Nuccio DiNuzzo, Chicago Tribune / September 16, 2012) By Diane Rado, Chicago Tribune reporter September 17, 2012 As the Chicago teachers strike moves into a second school week, the pr... more »

A defense of Common Core State Standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
A defense of Common Core State Standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] A defense of Common Core State Standards By Valerie Strauss I’ve published a number of posts critical of the Common Core State Standards (here’s one and here’s another), but but below is a piece by an award-winning teacher in support of the initiative. This was written by Sara Brown Wessling, the national 2010 National Teacher of the Year and an English teacher Johnston High School in Johnston, Iowa. She is also the Teacher Laureate for Teaching Channel and hosts “Teaching Cha... more »

Blended Learning, But To What End? | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Blended Learning, But To What End? | Taking Note: Blended Learning, But To What End? by John Merrow One high point of an interesting week was a meeting of The Philanthropy Roundtable, where a few hundred people were wrapping their heads around “Blended Learning,” the latest and most promising next new thing in education. Most in the audience were funders focused on education, and, judging from their body language and comments, most were sold on the idea. Quickly, blended learning is some mix of traditional classroom instruction (which in itself varies considerably) and instruction... more »

The Hidden Deceit Behind Ammendment 8 | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Hidden Deceit Behind Ammendment 8 | Scathing Purple Musings: The Hidden Deceit Behind Ammendment 8 by Bob Sikes *Pensacola News-Journal *reporter Erin Kourkournis spoke with Escambia county’s superintendent of schools about the misleadingly named Religious Freedom Amendment. Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said public schools have taken a big cut in funding in recent years, and if this amendment passes, he worries that public school districts will get less money. Escambia County Schools Superintendent Malcolm Thomas said public schools have taken a big

LAUSD: THIS AMERICAN LIE - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
LAUSD: THIS AMERICAN LIE - Perdaily.com: LAUSD: THIS AMERICAN LIE by Leonard Isenberg [image: This American Life.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) **In listening to the This American Life show entitleBack to School, it finally dawned on me what I dislike most about the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and public school districts like it around the United States: * *Vacuous rhetoric aside, those running these failure factories have *

Milner School given to Jumoke Academy: When Does Lying Become Criminal…? - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Milner School given to Jumoke Academy: When Does Lying Become Criminal…? - Wait, What?: Milner School given to Jumoke Academy: When Does Lying Become Criminal…? by jonpelto And what if the thing you are lying about hurts the future of children. One of the issues surrounding the Chicago Teacher’s strike is Mayor Emanuel Rahm’s plan to turn a number of public schools over to charter school management companies. Governor Malloy’s administration is engaged in a similar strategy here. In August, as part of his “turnaround” strategy, Commissioner of Education, Stefan Pryor, proposed a pla... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES Matt Farmer on Up with Chris Hayes, MSNBC Sunday Karen Lewis *"Delegates just didn’t trust Chicago Public Schools not to try to slip one over on them if they called off the first CTU strike in 25 years without more study and discussion of the offer. Please write ‘trust’ in big giant letters because that’s what the problem is.’*’ -- Sun-Times Alex Kotlowitz *It’s been too easy to see this dispute as one between two *

CTA Statement of Solidarity - California Teachers Association

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
CTA Statement of Solidarity - California Teachers Association: CTA Statement of Solidarity With Striking Chicago Educators *Contact: Mike Myslinski at 650-552-5324* * * BURLINGAME – Dean E. Vogel, president of the 325,000-member California Teachers Association, issued this statement of solidarity today as CTA’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to support striking Chicago educators in the nation’s third-largest public school district: “California’s educators stand in solidarity with the 30,000 striking Chicago Teachers Union members and their goals. What teachers want in Chicago... more »

Standing Up for Schools and Kids | The Forum for Education and Democracy

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Standing Up for Schools and Kids | The Forum for Education and Democracy: Standing Up for Schools and Kids by George Wood A couple of recent events, one on the state level and one very local, have given me hope and point out the way each and every one of us can stand up for our public schools. First, three superintendents and their school boards have decided to stand up publicly against the ill-conceived 'Third Grade Guarantee' here in Ohio. If you missed it, last spring the Ohio legislature, prompted by Governor John Kasich, decided that no child would be promoted to fourth grade... more »

Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement | FDL News Desk

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement | FDL News Desk: Chicago Teachers Strike to Last Couple More Days, as Union Mulls Over Tentative Agreement by David Dayen (photo: peoplesworld / flickr) Chicago public school students will not return to the classroom on Monday, as the Chicago Teachers Uniondecided to take more time to mull over a contract proposal. Students will not return to class until Wednesday at the earliest, according to the union. The delegates could vote to end the strike as early as Tuesday, as members want the addit... more »

Chicago mayor seeks injunction to end teachers strike | News - Home

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Chicago mayor seeks injunction to end teachers strike | News - Home: Chicago mayor seeks injunction to end teachers strikeRahm Emanuel asks city lawyers to file an injunction to immediately end the teachers strike Author: From Kyung Lah and Greg Botelho CNN Published On: Sep 16 2012 01:10:11 AM EDT Updated On: Sep 16 2012 09:10:03 PM EDT - - - - Print - Email - - - - - [image: Chicago teachers on strike 4] Kevin Myers/CNN CHICAGO (CNN) - The week-old teachers strike in Chicago's public schools will continue into the new week, after a repres... more »

School Tech Connect: Rushing A Vote

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
School Tech Connect: Rushing A Vote: Rushing A Vote by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) Let's not forget what happens when people are asked to vote quickly on complex documents. Popout

Students Last: The Tiniest Test Takers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Students Last: The Tiniest Test Takers: The Tiniest Test Takers by Students Last *New York City* - Pearson PLC, the world's leading learning company, announced a multi-million dollar deal with New York City's Department of Education that will allow the company to begin administering standardized tests to the city's youngest students - fetuses. Pearson-provided sonogram of fetus taking ELA exam. Sadly, test scores prove fetus is merely average.Flanked by both Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor of Education Dennis Walcott, Pearson CEO Marjorie Scardino gushed, "We couldn't be mor... more »

CTU President: We Are Still on Strike | NBC Chicago

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
CTU President: We Are Still on Strike | NBC Chicago: CTU President: We Are Still on StrikeTeachers from around the country will gather at noon on Saturday for a solidarity rally in Union Park Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 | Updated 12:11 AM CDT View Comments ( 11 ) | Email | Print [image: The Chicago Teachers Union hosted a] The Chicago Teachers Union hosted a "Solidarity Rally" in Union Park on Saturday afternoon, while officials from CTU and Chicago Public Schools hammer out the details for an agreement. Michelle Relerford reports from Union Park. PHOTOS AND VIDEOS [image: Negotiations Co... more »

Teachers For Social Justice: THE STRIKE IS STILL ON!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Teachers For Social Justice: THE STRIKE IS STILL ON!: THE STRIKE IS STILL ON! by sarah atlas It's not over yet-democracy in is action in the CTU, as the House of Delegates decides how to proceed with the tentative agreement (see below for the CTU website release on the HoD meeting today). Let's get back on those picket lines at the schools Monday morning and do other strike support as well. Watch the CTU & TSJ website for updates, and don't necessarily believe what you hear in the news! Solidarity!! *From CTU Website:* * House of Delegates to review new contract language this ... more »

Chicago Teachers Strike Continues Into New Week As Union, City Fail To Strike Deal

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Chicago Teachers Strike Continues Into New Week As Union, City Fail To Strike Deal: Chicago Teachers Strike Continues Into New Week As Union, City Fail To Strike Deal by Joy Resmovits [image: @CTULocal1 members march for "student needs, not corporate greed!] The Chicago Teachers Union delegates decided Sunday night not to accept a deal for a new contract from Chicago Public Schools and made plans to resume negotiations Tuesday, effectively prolonging the weeklong teachers strike and ensuring that school would not be in session for the city's public school students for the next tw... more »

NYC Educator: God Save Karen Lewis

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
NYC Educator: God Save Karen Lewis: God Save Karen Lewis by NYC Educator After hearing the CTU strike was nearing a resolution, I was surprised to hear that it was, in fact, going to continue for two more days. I was more surprised, though, at the rationale behind that decision. *“This union is a democratic institution, which values the opportunity for all members to make decisions together. The officers of this union follow the lead of our members,” President Lewis said.* Have you ever heard of such a thing? She's going to

College Education- Who Benefits? | educarenow

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
College Education- Who Benefits? | educarenow: College Education- Who Benefits? Posted on September 14, 2012 | Leave a comment I continue to be disappointed by the quality of questions the national media is asking around the issue of education. Latest case in point? The cover of Newsweek’s September 10 edition, which blares, *Is College a Lousy Investment? *Such a question assumes that the purpose of a college education is simply to provide an income. A college education is reduced to being a very personal choice (in that it is a choice that affects only the potential attende... more »

School Tech Connect: If You're Ready To Pounce

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
School Tech Connect: If You're Ready To Pounce: If You're Ready To Pounce by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) [image: Parents Stand With CTU (CLICK ON PICTURE)] I have now received my third text message asking me how I'm going to vote in the House of Delegates. Friends, relatives, countrymen---- I'm not even in the union. I work in Skokie. Let me say this, though. I've seen some bold advice around the blogosphere, and I'm sure that there are people ready to pounce on Karen Lewis and the delegates no matter what the outcome. I'll just say that it's one thing to have an opinion, b... more »

Democracy breaks out in Chicago. Many surprised, not having seen it before. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Democracy breaks out in Chicago. Many surprised, not having seen it before. « Fred Klonsky: Democracy breaks out in Chicago. Many surprised, not having seen it before. by Fred Klonsky *He’s an idiot.* I have negotiated many contracts. We went out on strike over one. The membership rejected one that our team brought back. I never make public judgments about what the union members anywhere decide to do about a bargained contract. Their contract. The Chicago CTU House of Delegates just voted minutes ago to take time to read the deal and vote on Tuesday.

Chicago Teachers Union | House of Delegates Votes to Continue Strike

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Chicago Teachers Union | House of Delegates Votes to Continue Strike: House of Delegates Votes to Continue Strike 09/16/2012 [image: Parents Stand With CTU (CLICK ON PICTURE)] Some 800 delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union duly elected from each school and workplace convened Sunday afternoon to discuss the framework established during negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Board of Education. Officers presented a 23-page document outlining the most important points of the agreement whose outline has been worked out






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