Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Schools Matter: Duncan Promotes Resegregationist Policies in Topeka

Schools Matter: Duncan Promotes Resegregationist Policies in Topeka:


Duncan Promotes Resegregationist Policies in Topeka

Breathtaking hubris and moral bankruptcy
Arne Duncan is on another bus tour to promote the corporate education schemes that pit Wall Street hedge funders and the corporate foundations against the children, teachers, and parents of America.  Today Duncan made his most ironic stop yet, at Monroe School, Ground Zero for the fight against segregation in the early 1950s.

Duncan's speech did not explain or even mention how his support for the unimpeded spread of apartheid corporate charter schools has done more than any other administration in the past 60 years to increase, hasten, and intensify the resegregation of American school children.

He did not mention the 9-0 Supreme Court Decision in 1954 that declared that separate schools are inherently 

CTU votes to suspend strike. A wheel inside a wheel. « Fred Klonsky

CTU votes to suspend strike. A wheel inside a wheel. « Fred Klonsky:


CTU votes to suspend strike. A wheel inside a wheel.


About 40 customers, religious activists and teachers gather before a quiet demonstration in support of a living wage for Peet’s employees.
This afternoon at about 5:15 the Chicago Teachers Union House of Delegates voted to suspend their strike and move on to have the rank-and-file members go over  and then vote on the agreement.
The  members will vote on it at a later time.
The House of Delegates voted to suspend the strike by an overwhelming 98%. It was strong support for the 

Some Educators Love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse | The Jose Vilson

Some Educators Love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse | The Jose Vilson:


Some Educators Love The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse


Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
As a new father, I’ve memorized the theme songs to every Disney Channel show from Little Einsteins to Doc McStuffins. Personally, I’m a fan of Handy Manny and Octonauts, but only because my son smiles so hard at “Creature report! Creature report!” Frankly, I can’t hate on any of the aforementioned shows because I watch them pseudo-religiously.
Even The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse has its redeeming qualities. With characters that haven’t changed in decades, the MMCH’s cast has a favorite character for just about everything, and the show’s prompts don’t ask 

Diane in the Evening 9-19-12 Chicago Teacher Strike Ends « Diane Ravitch's blog

Can You Suggest Readings That Helped You? « Diane Ravitch's blog:


Can You Suggest Readings That Helped You?

http://dianeravitch.com/about-diane/
A reader asked for suggestions. I said I would ask for your ideas:
My sister is an experienced teacher struggling to keep her chin up in an impoverished district serving children whose parents are non-English speaking or meth addicts. She and her staff want to form a book study group this year – looking for ways to enhance their professional practice and their children’s lives – wanting desperately to have positive and productive conversations about this important work during these bleak times. Can you or any of your “followers” recommend some titles for them to consider? A retired teacher myself, I remain passionate about helping those who carry on.
Thank you for any and all suggestions.



Rev. Jesse Jackson Gets It Right

Who is hurting the kids? Reverend Jesse Jackson knows.
A lot of pious preaching came from reformers who opposed the Chicago teachers’ strike. They said, “You are hurting the children by keeping them out of school.”
We never hear them say that the Mayor and the school board are hurting the children by denying them small 


Chicago Teacher Strike Ends

You have heard the news by now that the strike is over. I was lecturing in Chattanooga and meeting with leaders of the community from 2 pm until now. My brother tweeted to ask why I was behind the curve. Oops, offline.
Pundits and commentators will be poring over the Deep Meaning of all this for weeks and months to come. There will be countless articles about Lessons Learned.
Personally, I think we have a good idea already about why the teachers went on strike. No, it wasn’t greed or money. The compensation piece was more or less settled before the strike. Pundits and talk-show hosts who 

Daily Kos: if you care about education and quality teaching

Daily Kos: if you care about education and quality teaching:


if you care about education and quality teaching

and want to be able to understand one of the key issues over which battles are being fought - including in the Chicago teachers' strike -  you need to understand Value-Added Methodology, and why it is NOT a silver bullet.
Fortunately for you, if you have 14 minutes, you can take advantage of the expertise of some professors oat Arizona State U (which has the nation's largest teacher preparation program -  full disclosure, I have done some consulting for them).
Here's the video.  I will offer some additional remarks in the tip jar
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The Contemporary Condition: Transmission From The Front: The CTU Fight For the Future

The Contemporary Condition: Transmission From The Front: The CTU Fight For the Future:


Transmission From The Front: The CTU Fight For the Future


Curt Maslanka
  Chicago Teacher 

  I will say this about myself. Many colleagues and I saw this strike coming several years ago. After Obama won the presidency in 2008, the anti-teacher rhetoric in the mainstream media skyrocketed. His campaign donors and the Gates and Walton Foundations knew he would give them the green light to scarf up as much of public education as they could in the biggest land grab since the Cherokee Strip.
  Their first line of attack was to drill into the public mind the grotesque caricature of the lazy school teacher sucking off the teat of taxpayer dollars, sheltered in his/her sloth by the powerful ,corrupt teacher’s union.
  Back then, mentioning these facts in liberal circles would go over about as well as a turd in a 

Chicago Teachers' Strike Ends: comparison between teacher contracts from 2003, 2007, and the contract agreed upon today, below- Hispanically Speaking News

Chicago Teachers' Strike Ends: Classes to Resume Wednesday - Hispanically Speaking News:


Chicago Teachers’ Strike Ends: Classes to Resume Wednesday

The Chicago Teachers Union has reportedly called off their strike.
Classes are to resume Wednesday after the Union’s roughly 800 delegates agreed to the latest contract proposal with the city.
Chicago is home to the nation’s third largest school district. The teachers strike, which began last week, was the first in 25 years.
Read more at the Chicago Tribune.
See a comparison between teacher contracts from 2003, 2007, and the contract agreed upon today, below.

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THE MESSAGES SENT BY THE CHICAGO STRIKE « Teachers Fight Back

THE MESSAGES SENT BY THE CHICAGO STRIKE « Teachers Fight Back:


THE MESSAGES SENT BY THE CHICAGO STRIKE

I’m not sure what the Chicago teachers won and what they lost, but I do know what messages were sent loud and clear to the Chicago School Board, Mayor Emanuel, Superintendent Bizard, teachers across the country, and the forces that would destroy public school teachers and their unions.
The Chicago teachers sent the following messages:
1. We are tired of being bullied and we’re not going to take it any longer.
2. We no longer trust administrators because of previous contract violations. Trust must come with verification.
3. Education is not a business and our students are not products. Stop trying to equate teaching with the world 

Teacher settles with school after being fired for pumping breast milk - The Denver Post

Teacher settles with school after being fired for pumping breast milk - The Denver Post:


Teacher settles with school after being fired for pumping breast milk

POSTED:   09/18/2012 04:51:40 PM MDT
UPDATED:   09/18/2012 05:24:38 PM MDT
By Megan Mitchell
The Denver Post

  A Jefferson County teacher who says she was fired for expressing breast milk at work won't ask for her job back, but a settlement in her claim against Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen sets precedent for other employers of working moms, the American Civil Liberties Union said Tuesday.
"This case is really just one of so many examples of employers simply being ignorant to what they're required to do to accommodate working mothers," said ACLU of Colorado Cooperating Attorney, Mari Newman.
Heather Burgbacher said her contract with the K-8 charter school was not renewed in Feb. 18, 2011, after she asked that her teaching schedule be changed to accommodate breast-milk


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School Tech Connect: Cornell, Northwestern....

School Tech Connect: Cornell, Northwestern....:


Cornell, Northwestern....

This guy's good at doubling down. You just keep repeating the message, and then it becomes true.
She also questions where Urban Prep graduates go to college. I have her answer: Cornell University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, Purdue University, Morehouse College, the University of Virginia and the University of Illinois are just a few of the colleges proud to enroll Urban Prep alumni.
I have no doubt that kids from this charter have been accepted into these prestigious universities, and I say more power to them. I hope we get full reports on how they're doing over time.

Nevertheless, if this is the academic profile of a typical Cornell "feeder" school....

Big Ed Ape Nite Cap Chicago Delegates Vote to Suspend Strike DAY #9 9-18-12 #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."

A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP


@CTULocal1 members march for "student needs, not corporate greed!

Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike | FDL News Desk

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 15 minutes ago
Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike | FDL News Desk: Chicago Teachers Union Votes to Suspend Strike by David Dayen (photo: Kevin Gosztola) The Chicago Teachers Union has agreed to suspend its seven-day strike and return to work. Classes will resume for more than 350,000 students on Wednesday. This does not mean they have agreed to the contract submitted by the Chicago Public Schools, only that they will complete the strike action while reserving the right to walk out again if the final resolution doesn’t meet with their satisfaction. The decision was made by the 700-odd m... more »

Stupid Strike | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 minutes ago
Stupid Strike | District 299: The Inside Scoop on CPS: Stupid Strike by Alexander Russo Stupid Strike by Alexander Russo The HOD has voted to end the strike, as you probably already know by now. Two extra days for ... a cooling off period, I guess. Lewis has spoken. Emanuel still to come. As with most contract negotiations, both sides got things important to them. At her press conference, Karen Lewis bragged about how CTU didn't have to "take" merit pay like in other cities. Indeed, reformers are disappointed in all the things Emanuel gave up or gave back. (They kept lanes!) I... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Why Chicago Strike Makes Reformies Nervous

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 25 minutes ago
Jersey Jazzman: Why Chicago Strike Makes Reformies Nervous: Why Chicago Strike Makes Reformies Nervous by Duke Uh-oh; the teachers in state-controlled Paterson are getting kinda... * uppity*. Watch Paterson Education Assoc. President Hopes to Avoid Walkout on PBS. See more from NJToday. Only working contract hours is called "work-to-rule." It is not pleasant; but in a state like New Jersey, where it is for all intents and purposes illegal to strike, it's one of the few options available. My guess is that the Paterson teachers and the union local are looking at the hit Chicago May... more »

Jersey Jazzman: A Mess In Perth Amboy

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Jersey Jazzman: A Mess In Perth Amboy: A Mess In Perth Amboy by Duke And the battle between the Perth Amboy school board and Superintendent Janine Caffrey grinds on and on... Watch Perth Amboy Superintendent Defends Job on PBS. See more from NJToday. First of all, others would take exception with Caffrey that the opening of schools was "incredibly smooth": Chiera and other union members said some high school students had schedules that didn’t match the academies where they were assigned. She also heard reports there were nearly 500 students at Shull Middle School

CPS Parent Matt Farmer Puts Penny Pritzker on Trial at CTU’s Stands Strong Rally | United Opt Out National

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
CPS Parent Matt Farmer Puts Penny Pritzker on Trial at CTU’s Stands Strong Rally | United Opt Out National: CPS Parent Matt Farmer Puts Penny Pritzker on Trial at CTU’s Stands Strong Rally by admin From CTU YouTube: *CPS parent Matt Farmer puts billionaire Board of Education member Penny Pritzker on Trial at CTU’s STANDS STRONG RALLY. Pritzker doesn’t seem to feel it is necessary to provide other people’s children with the same educational experience as hers.* This is simply one of those videos you cannot watch enough. Thank you Matt Farmer and CTU! This entry was posted in Uncate... more »

Heroes. « Fred Klonsky

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Heroes. « Fred Klonsky: Heroes. by Fred Klonsky *Members of the Chicago Teachers Union voting to suspend the strike. Photo: Michael Harrington* * * See if you can find the face of a teacher pensioner in this Mark Kirk video. They would be one of Mitt Baines Romney’s 47% losers and users. by Fred Klonsky Only concerned with credit ratings and avoiding any mention of taxing those who can most afford it, Republican Senator Mark Kirk’s office released a video on pension funding today. Classic. The video is filled with rolling scary black and white headlines, Fox News reports and music... more »

RFA: Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
RFA: Public Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant (CA Dept of Education): Request for ApplicationsPublic Charter Schools Grant Program Planning and Implementation Grant [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] ------------------------------ Projected Funding Profile: No due date information is available. The federal Public Charter Schools Grant Program (PCSGP) is administered by the Charter Schools Division. Grants are reviewed by peer evaluators and awarded on a quarterly basis to nonprofit entities and local education agencies that a... more »

Schools Matter: Kevin Huffman Huffs and Puffs: Nashville School Board Stands Strong

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Schools Matter: Kevin Huffman Huffs and Puffs: Nashville School Board Stands Strong: Kevin Huffman Huffs and Puffs: Nashville School, Stand Strong by Jim Horn Tennessee has been at the forefront of backwards thinking on education for the past 20 years, and it now has a governor and General Assembly that promises to push the state deeper into the past if possible. Bill Haslam, the quiet oil executive billionaire who serves as governor, continues a tradition begun during the Alexander Administration for using education as the whipping boy when the Business Roundtable gets riled up ... more »

PSAT for 9-18-12: Fingers crossed! Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » PSAT for 9-18-12: Fingers crossed!: PSAT for 9-18-12: Fingers crossed! by admin It has been a wild few days in Chicago. I was away for most of the time and got my news from a combination of WGN and the local Phoenix stations and newspaper. It was clear that the local story was incredibly rich and the national story was incredibly thin. National news fixated on how much Chicago teachers make, and how many students drop out. I had to t

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Day 7 Strike suspended. Big victory for teachers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Day 7 Strike suspended. Big victory for teachers: Day 7 Strike suspended. Big victory for teachers by Mike Klonsky [image: @CTULocal1 members march for "student needs, not corporate greed!] CTU's House of Delegates voted to "suspend" the strike and ask teachers to return to class tomorrow. “Everybody is going back to school,” said Jay Rehak, a delegate from Whitney Young High School. Delegate Mike Bochner said “an overwhelming majority” of delegates voted to suspend the strike. “I’m really excited, I’m really relieved,” said Bochner, a teacher at Ce... more »

Restraining students freedom of speech in the culture of cruelty | Dailycensored.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Restraining students freedom of speech in the culture of cruelty | Dailycensored.com: Restraining students freedom of speech in the culture of cruelty by Danny Weil Did you know that students are now the subject of draconian laws in North Carolina that would fine them for ‘tormenting teachers’? North Carolina is one of those confederate states where the reactionaries have taken over the seat of power with the help of multi-millionaire and racist Art Pope who buys politicians like you pruchase electricity. After years spent trying to shield students from online bullying by their pee... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Look who's attacking Chicago's striking teachers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Schooling in the Ownership Society: Look who's attacking Chicago's striking teachers: Look who's attacking Chicago's striking teachers by Mike Klonsky No, this strike feels more about attitude—"the mayor doesn't respect us"—than substance.It's none other than Rupert Murdoch's bag man. In an op-ed in Sunday's Wall Street Journal, News Corp. executive V.P Joel Klein attacked the ongoing teachers' strike in Chicago without disclosing his role in administering $4.7 million in educational testing contracts at the heart of the dispute. Media Matters reports that Klein, the former school... more »

A critical analysis of Common Core math standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
A critical analysis of Common Core math standards - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: A critical analysis of Common Core math standards By Valerie Strauss The Common Core State Standards, as you can tell from the contrasting pieces I published this week (here and here), are nothing if not controversial. Until now much criticism has been leveled at the English Language Arts Standards, but here’s a somewhat scary, detailed look at the math standards. It was published on the blog CCSSI Mathematics. The author of the blog writes anonymously. He is a former high school math teach... more »

Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point John Wilson Unleashed - Education Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
John Wilson Unleashed - Education Week: [image: John Wilson Unleashed] Yes, Teachers Do Have A Breaking Point We all remember the scene in the movie *Network *where a character throws open the window, sticks his head out, and yells, "I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore." Last week, about 30,000 educators in Chicago came to a similar breaking point. It was a fascinating week for watchers and listeners. The media pundits immediately went to union bashing as if 90 percent of the membership had not voted to assert their collective and legal right to go on strike. Sha... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Is There Real Ed Change Happen in Washington State?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 5 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Is There Real Ed Change Happen in Washington State?: Is There Real Ed Change Happen in Washington State? by Melissa Westbrook Yes, I believe there is. It's interesting because LEV and Stand for Children and DFER will all tell you Washington State is a backwater. We're "laggards" in education reform. You'd think we were Alabama or Louisiana. We're not. Let me start by saying - NO one is saying change doesn't need to happen or that we don't need to do better. No one. Moving on. [image: No on 1240 (click on picture)]

This is what Special Education (in America) Looks Like

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
This is what Special Education (in America) Looks Like: This is what Special Education (in America) Looks Like by Sam Imagine if the goal in America was to make every teacher a “special ed” teacher – and to give every student specialized attention? I bet we’d see less stigma, more individual and collective capacity to diagnose and meet the needs of each child, and a deeper investment in our nation’s teachers. If that sounds like a pipe dream, bear one thing in mind — that’s how Finland already does it. Why not us? [image: Special Education 101 Infographic]

Follow the money « Deborah Meier on Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Follow the money « Deborah Meier on Education: Follow the money by debmeier You and I think schools are important. So do those on the “other side”. Oddly enough, while the latest Billionaire Reformers claim the future of America–its economy, safety, world status, etc– rests on “reforming” schools, (especially for the poor since we already outscore the rest of the world if we eliminate low-income scorers) they always seem to have enough money for new military expenses–even more than the military asks for. Remember This Video Shows Up Bunk VAM by debmeier Ed professors, teachers, ... more »

What they don’t say, says more than what they do… - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
What they don’t say, says more than what they do… - Wait, What?: What they don’t say, says more than what they do… by jonpelto One of the biggest cheerleaders for “education reform” in Hartford is a group called Achieve Hartford. Lately, they’ve been spending time backing the effort by the Malloy Administration and the Superintendent of the City of Hartford to give the Milner School over to Jumoke Academy, a charter school in the city. Achieve Hartford is made up of leaders from the MetroHartford Chamber of Commerce and some of Hartford’s biggest corporations. The organization c... more »

Chicago Teachers Union | Strike Central

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Chicago Teachers Union | Strike Central: Strike Central Latest Information (10:40pm September 17) *NEW!* Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the tentative agreement. *NEW! *Click here to see the proposed steps and lanes. Click here for the latest copy of the On the Line daily strike bulletin. Click here for a new flier explaining to parents the gains for students in the tentative agreement. Some 800 delegates of the Chicago Teachers Union duly elected from each school and workplace convened Sunday afternoon to discuss the framework established during negotiatio... more »

Action Now | Working Families United For Change!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Action Now | Working Families United For Change!: Action Now President Michelle Young Speaks Out For Teachers; Members Join Huge Rally! Posted on September 11, 2012 Action Now with Chicago teachers at huge downtown rally on Monday! View of Monday’s rally from a helicopter On the morning of September 10, 2012, the first day of the Chicago teacher’s strike, Action Now President Michelle Young spoke at a press conference held by Grassroots Collaborative outside of CPS Headquarters to voice community support for striking Chicago public school

Governor Quinn is silent but his hands are dirty. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Governor Quinn is silent but his hands are dirty. « Fred Klonsky: Governor Quinn is silent but his hands are dirty. by Fred Klonsky Progress Illinois, the SEIU website, reports that Pat Quinn has been silent during the strike except for a few non-statements about being “for the kids.” But his hands are quite dirty in all of this. The teachers’ strike is often framed as a clash of two colorful personalities: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CTU President Karen Lewis. But as *Progress Illinois* has examined, it was the mild-mannered Quinn that signed in 2010 the Ten minute drawing... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Tuesday, September 18, 2012

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Education Headlines *Tuesday, September 18, 2012* School officials discuss possible spending cutsClasses could get bigger or the school year could get shorter next year at campuses in the Del Mar Union School District as officials look for ways to reduce spending. Some local school trustees receive monthly stipendsSchool board members are technically volunteers, but state law allows for them to get a monthly stipend. The cost of these benefits and salaries paid to part-time school board members in the region run the gamut, with r... more »

Teachers Don't Suck !: Should Classroom Observations Be Like A Play Review

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Teachers Don't Suck !: Should Classroom Observations Be Like A Play Review: Should Classroom Observations Be Like A Play Review by Walt S. *A Typical Observation Form Used in Teacher Evaluations* I don't see "Does the teacher know what he/she is talking about?" This is one of the most important things about the lesson! Having everyone "engaged" in the "show" and not providing accurate information is

UPDATE: Why schools alone can’t cure poverty - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
Why schools alone can’t cure poverty - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: The 9th problem with the Common Core standards by Valerie Strauss A post yesterday, 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. Read full article >> Meet Jack Andraka, 15-year-old cancer researcher by Valerie Strauss *This is one in an occasional series of quick profiles doing unusually interesting things.* Meet Jack Andraka, who was... more »

In Chicago, Imagining a Different Ending

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 8 hours ago
In Chicago, Imagining a Different Ending: In Chicago, Imagining a Different Ending by Sam As contract negotiations drag on in Chicago – and the city’s schoolchildren remain stuck at home for a second week – one thing seems unavoidably clear: even after the strike ends, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his city’s public school teachers will remain deeply divided, deeply mistrustful of one another, and deeply entrenched for the foreseeable future. The good news is that the rest of us can learn something from the mistakes both sides in this particular melodrama have made. In fact, there are ci... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Banda Road Show Empty Talk?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Banda Road Show Empty Talk?: Banda Road Show Empty Talk? by Charlie Mas I attended the first community meeting for Superintendent Banda at Mercer Middle School last night. I think this is the first time that he has actually been exposed to Q & A from the community. It was a grave disappointment. I don't know what I was expecting - a little candor would have been nice - but all of his answers were empty talk that sounded reassuring without actually giving any reassurance. It was political to an extreme, so slick you'd think the guy had been dipped... more »

Video: The nonsense of Value Added Measures (VAM) | Seattle Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Video: The nonsense of Value Added Measures (VAM) | Seattle Education: Video: The nonsense of Value Added Measures (VAM) by seattleducation2011 A peer-reviewed study:* The SAS Education Value-Added Assessment System (SAS® EVAAS®) in the Houston Independent School District (HISD): Intended and Unintended Consequences. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 20(12)* The introduction: The SAS Educational Value-Added Assessment System (SAS® EVAAS®) is the most widely used value-added system in the country. It is also self-proclaimed as “the most robust and reliable” system available, with i...more »

All Things Education: What's with many Democratic Party leaders supporting people who support people who support destroying the Democratic Party?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
All Things Education: What's with many Democratic Party leaders supporting people who support people who support destroying the Democratic Party?: What's with many Democratic Party leaders supporting people who support people who support destroying the Democratic Party? by Rachel Levy [image: DFER Fake Democrats for Education Privatization (click on Picture)] IT IS A RULE: YOU CAN'T BE AGAINST PEOPLE AND FOR CORPORATIONS AND CALL YOURSELF A DEMOCRAT...EVER! I'm going to steal a page out of Diane Ravitch's blogging book (stylistically). I'm still having a hard time understanding ... more »

In Chicago the chickens have came home to roost for the IEA leadership’s “teacher-led reform.” « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
In Chicago the chickens have came home to roost for the IEA leadership’s “teacher-led reform.” « Fred Klonsky: In Chicago the chickens have came home to roost for the IEA leadership’s “teacher-led reform.” by Fred Klonsky It was only a month ago that IEA’s Executive Director Audrey Soglin was still extolling the virtues of Illinois’ Senate Bill 7 at a meeting of the National Council of State Legislators. She was still claiming it as a national model of school reform. She was still calling it “teacher-led school reform.” There is no need to tell once more the story behind Senate Bi... more »

CUNY Administrator Apologizes to QCC Campus for English Dept Threat « Student Activism

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
CUNY Administrator Apologizes to QCC Campus for English Dept Threat « Student Activism: CUNY Administrator Apologizes to QCC Campus for English Dept Threat by Angus Johnston After the scandal surrounding a CUNY administrator’s threat to dismantle the Queensborough Community College English department broke wide in the academic media yesterday, that administrator — a QCC vice president — sent a letter of apology to the department’s chair. That apology, and an accompanying letter to the college’s faculty, went further than a Sunday letter from the QCC president to disavow her initi... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Taking a break from picket duty to read the contract

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Taking a break from picket duty to read the contract: Taking a break from picket duty to read the contract by Mike Klonsky Chicago teachers take break from the picket line to study the contract.America's Radio News has been providing good coverage of the strike by calling on sources other than Rahm's overworked and under-truthed PR squad. Yesterday they interviewed Katie Osgood who gave them an accurate assessment of Day 6. Today, I will be on at 11:15 a.m. CDT. You can listen live here. ***** With an eye on the Chicago teachers strike, D.C. council m... more »

Modern School: Report Calls for More Teacher Support and Less Testing

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Modern School: Report Calls for More Teacher Support and Less Testing: Report Calls for More Teacher Support and Less Testing by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor CartoonsIf California wants to improve student academic performance, it needs to emphasize recruiting, educating and retaining teachers, according to a new report by a state task force, the Los Angeles Times reported on September 9. The task force also rejected making any links between teacher evaluations and students’ standardized test scores. This latter finding is particularly salient in light of the recent Chicago te... more »

When Teachers Strike Nobody Wins | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
When Teachers Strike Nobody Wins | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: When Teachers Strike Nobody Wins by Cheryl S. Williams It seems everyone has an opinion about the teacher strike currently taking place in Chicago. I do too, but it’s not about who’s to blame. There’s plenty of that to go around. What I do know is that regardless of how this strike ends, nobody will have won— - Students will have missed valuable learning time - Teachers and their union will be vilified for selfishness - The mayor and school board’s judgment will be suspect - Parent... more »

Schools Matter: The MythBusters at OECD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Schools Matter: The MythBusters at OECD: The MythBusters at OECD by Jim Horn The next time you see one the series of teacher bashing TV ads from the global warming skeptics at Exxon-Mobil, please refer mentally to the myth busting summary shared below. It was posted at AlterNet, and it offers a link to the OECD report for skeptics, of global warming or otherwise. A *new international report* demolishes several deeply held myths about our educational system. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) report, which compares the

Morning UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 9-18-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Huffman Punishes Nashville for Defying His Order by dianerav Tennessee Commissioner of Education Kevin Huffman is withholding $3.4 million from the Nashville public schools as punishment for the defiance of the school board. The board voted four times to deny a charter to an Arizona company called Great Hearts, even though Huffman ordered the board to approve the application. Clearly, Huffman does not believe in local control. This seems to be an attitude of today’s reformers. Arne Duncan decided to rewrite NCLB to meet his own These Ed School Professors... more »

11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballot | EdSource Today

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11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballot | EdSource Today: 11 parcel taxes, 44 school bonds on November ballot ** September 18th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By John Fensterwald Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services Gov. Jerry Brown and attorney Molly Munger aren’t the only ones asking voters for more money for schools in November. Eleven districts are asking for parcel taxes and 44 districts have put school construction bonds on the ballot, according to Mike McMahon, a school consultant and Alameda Unified trustee who tr... more »

A rough start for Oakland’s special education students - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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A rough start for Oakland’s special education students - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: A rough start for Oakland’s special education students Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 5:20 pm in 1 Comment *Stacey Smith is an Oakland school district parent and volunteer who has served on the District GATE Advisory Committee, the school board’s Special Committee on School Based Management, and the Community Advisory Committee for Special Education. What she writes about does not reflect the view of any group.* The 2012-13 school year did not begin well for Oaklan... more »

Fighting bullies — one school community at a time - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post

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Fighting bullies — one school community at a time - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post: [image: Answer Sheet] Fighting bullies — one school community at a time By Valerie Strauss We hear a lot about the problem of bullying but less about programs that actually help curb the insidious problem. Here are some that have helped in different communities, written by John Gomperts, president and chief executive officer of America's Promise, a nonprofit network of organizations that helps promote volunteer action for young people. By John Gomperts As the school year starts, young peopl... more »

Schools Matter: Vancouver Sun gives me too much credit

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Schools Matter: Vancouver Sun gives me too much credit: Vancouver Sun gives me too much credit by skrashen Credit where credit is due. I am quoted in “Raise a Reader” (Vancouver Sun, Sept 17) as follows: “University of Southern California linguist, professor emeritus and literacy activist Stephen Krashen said … research suggests that a single “home run” book or series can create a voluntary reader. A study done by Krashen involving 214 fourth graders from three Los Angeles elementary schools found that over half of the students could identify the particular book that first interest... more »

Jerry Brown and Molly Munger both want to raise taxes to help schools - - but differ on approach - Gov. Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee

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Jerry Brown and Molly Munger both want to raise taxes to help schools - - but differ on approach - Gov. Jerry Brown - The Sacramento Bee: Jerry Brown and Molly Munger both want to raise taxes to help schools - - but differ on approach By Kevin Yamamura kyamamura@sacbee.com Published: Tuesday, Sep. 18, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 1A If Gov. Jerry Brown and civil rights attorney Molly Munger agree on one thing, it's that California needs to raise taxes to give schools more money. Voters who share that view now have to consider two distinctly different paths devised to accomplish the goal. O... more »

Is Poverty Destiny?: Ideology v. Evidence in Education Reform | Voices on the Square | National Education Policy Center

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Is Poverty Destiny?: Ideology v. Evidence in Education Reform | Voices on the Square | National Education Policy Center: Is Poverty Destiny?: Ideology v. Evidence in Education Reform | Voices on the Square P.L. Thomas September 17, 2012 - Gates Foundation [Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation] - Anthony Cody - Radical Scholarship Blog - Foundation Involvement in School Reform - Neo-Liberal Reform(s) - Poverty - School Reform and Restructuring In the spirit of his *Education Week* blog, Living in Dialogue, science educator and activist Anthony Cody ent... more »

NYC Educator: ATR Opportunity of a Lifetime!

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NYC Educator: ATR Opportunity of a Lifetime!: ATR Opportunity of a Lifetime! by NYC Educator * By special guest blogger Suddenly ATR* I was invited to a "Teacher Recruitment Fair." I spent the better part of the previous night printing out copies of my resume, recent observations, and fiddling with my portfolio. I got a rather troubling email though from the DOE, which said (and I quote): "Thank you again for registering for tomorrow’s Teacher Recruitment Fair at 4PM ET. As a reminder, this event will take place at Citi Field, located at 123-01 Roosevelt Ave., Flushing, NY 11368. ... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Do Home Schoolers "Belong to the Government"?

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Do Home Schoolers "Belong to the Government"?: Do Home Schoolers "Belong to the Government"? by stlgretchen Does being "missional" or "democratic" mean home schooling should be discouraged? Whose idea of "social contract" should apply in your childrens' education? A recent article (adapted from a blog *Strange Figures*) in the St. Louis Post Dispatch about home schooling raised interesting questions about the role of home schoolers in society, both from a religious and secular standpoint. The author, Sharon Autenrieth, questions the premise of a "so... more »

UTLA TEACHERS: THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING ON AT THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION - Perdaily.com

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UTLA TEACHERS: THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING ON AT THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION - Perdaily.com: UTLA TEACHERS: THERE'S SOMETHING SPECIAL GOING ON AT THE CHICAGO TEACHERS UNION by Leonard Isenberg *Imagine union leadership that truly represents rank-and-file interests and those of students...instead of themselves and the school district. * Strike Continues as Chicago Teachers Mull Contract's Gains and Losses Theresa Moran | September 17, 2012 Striking Chicago teachers will remain out of the classroom until Wednesday at least, as union members debate their tentative contract. The agre... more »

Big Education Ape Nite Cap UPDATE 9-17-12 #SOSCHAT #CTUSTRIKE

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*Nite Cap UPDATE* *UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* Today’s Update On The Chicago Teachers’ Strike by Larry Ferlazzo Here are the newest additions to The Best Resources On The Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Hearing Set in Chicago’s Bid to End Teachers Strike is from The New York Times. Rahm is suing to end the Chicago teachers’ strike. Does he have a case? is from The Washington Post. Standing up for teachers is from The Washington Post. The Chicago Teachers’ Balancing Act is from The American Prospect. Will President Obama Speak Out Against Act 10? by dianerav Four years ago, candidate Ob...more »

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

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

Eugene Robinson: Standing up for teachers - The Washington Post

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Eugene Robinson: Standing up for teachers - The Washington Post: [image: Eugene Robinson] Eugene RobinsonOpinion Writer Standing up for teachers - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - E-mail - Reprints By Eugene Robinson, Monday, September 17, 12:55 PM 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... more »

Modern School: Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike

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Modern School: Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike: Chicago Teachers Vote to Continue Strike by Michael Dunn 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 ... more »

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 »





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