Friday, October 12, 2012

4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents | Connected Principals

4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents | Connected Principals:


4 Ways We Can Connect With Parents


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Recently I was asked about the idea of using specialized software to connect with parents so that they can login, see all of their child’s grades, marks, assignments, homework, and a ton of other information.  Although I believe that these systems are designed to help make our systems transparent and ensure that we connect with kids, are they really effective for learning and improving our relationships with parents?  If they are frustrated with the software, logins, etc., will this actually improve what is happening in our schools or do they actually perpetuate the “factory model” of school; go in, get information, and get out.  I think that with the ease of many technology that educators, students, and parents use, there are other ways that we can bring parents into our classrooms and schools.
Here are a few thoughts:
  1. Consider parents partners in learning.  Any information that you think can deepen the conversations at home about the learning that is happening in the classroom will only help improve the learning of the child.  The web levels the playing field that we all have access to the same information.  Take advantage. 

Jersey Jazzman: Homework: Training For Blind Obedience

Jersey Jazzman: Homework: Training For Blind Obedience:


Homework: Training For Blind Obedience

Leave it to the French to put homework into proper perspective:
French President Francois Hollande has been making good on a slew of campaign promises since taking office—like this, and this, and this—and now he's making headlines as he turns to education. The reason? He pledged this week to ban homework, reports France24. "Work should be done at school, rather than at home,” he said, adding that students who don't get much help from their parents at home end up at an unfair disadvantage in the classroom. He also plans to reduce the number of kids held back each year.
Think about it: the average 16-year-old on a college track in America spends seven to eight hours a day in 

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Diane in the Evening 10-12-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: This Principal Is a Hero of Public Education by dianerav No one has been more active in opposing untested evaluation methods than high school principal Carol Burris. Burris was a key figure in organizing New York principals to oppose the state’s test-based evaluation system, which has never been validated or worked anywhere. Burris has written articles frequently. She is tireless. I visited her school, South Side High School in Rockville Center, Long Island. It is an excellent and beloved community school that serves all the children of the community. it has no... more »

Big Education Ape - SPECIAL TGIF Mid Day Banana Break 10-12-12 #soschat #edreform

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*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Please Help a Deserving Candidate by dianerav A reader asked the other day if there was anything he could do for me. The answer is yes. Please send a contribution to Karran Harper Royal of New Orleans, a parent leader who is running for school board. I met Karran in New York City a year ago, and she explained what a farce “choice” is in Nola. “There’s one choice they deny every parent,” she said, “and that’s the choice to send your child to a neighborhood public Edushyster Unmasks the Miracle Rephormers by dianerav You need to sit down b... more »

Maryland Question 7 Pits Casino Against Casino In Debate On Education Dollars

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Maryland Question 7 Pits Casino Against Casino In Debate On Education Dollars: Maryland Question 7 Pits Casino Against Casino In Debate On Education Dollars by Joy Resmovits NEW YORK -- In the latest chapter of the Maryland gambling fights, it's casino vs. casino. A group called "Get the Facts Vote No on 7" will air an advertisement on television this weekend that argues against Question 7, Gov. Martin O'Malley's (D) ballot initiative that would allow table games at Maryland casinos and enable the creation of a new casino in Prince George's County. The ad joins a deluge of othe... more »

Ghost in the Machine | Truth in American Education

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Ghost in the Machine | Truth in American Education: Ghost in the Machine by Jenni White And this, my friends, is how it’s done. This is how Progressives/Liberals have changed America right in front of our faces – right before our very eyes. Recently, EdWeek ran this article, “National Service Can ignite School Turnaround Efforts”. “Oh, this sounds great!” you think as you begin to read. After all, what in the world could possibly be bad about “turning around” schools? We all know they are in horrible shape! Yes, yes, sending workers from the community out into the community t... more »

Louisiana Educator: Letter to the President

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Louisiana Educator: Letter to the President: Letter to the President by Michael Deshotels *To my readers:* *The following is a letter I am sending on behalf of myself and many Louisiana teachers to president Obama as part of a campaign sponsored by Diane Ravitch from her blog and Anthony Cody of the blogLiving in Dialog. I am urging any educator who would like to write a letter to the President to do so by sending a copy to Anthony Cody at the email address ** anthony_cody@hotmail.com**. Please send it before the deadline of October 17 so it can be included in the package to be ... more »

How Many is Too Many? « PWC Education Reform Blog

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How Many is Too Many? « PWC Education Reform Blog: How Many is Too Many? by pwceducationreform How Many is Too Many?October 12, 2012 — pwceducationreform [image: Image courtesy of LIFE magazine & Joe Munro.] Image courtesy of LIFE magazine & Joe Munro. No, this picture is not a PWCS classroom, but for many parents and teachers, the image isn’t far off. Many parents and teachers were shocked this year by the number of students in their children’s classrooms. Apparently PWCS planning was also surprised as some schools started the year with insufficient desks and chairs, and many scho... more »

Malala: One Courageous Voice We All Need to Listen to - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard

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Malala: One Courageous Voice We All Need to Listen to - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] Malala: One Courageous Voice We All Need to Listen to Oct 12th, 2012 by Lily. Malala Yousafzal is fourteen years old and lies unconscious in a hospital room with a bullet wound to her head. Taliban militants targeted this beautiful, delicate little girl for death. They stopped her school bus filled with giggling girls on their way to class in Pakistan. They boarded the bus and demanded her by name. Someone pointed her out, and a man shot ... more »

STOP THE GOP FROM HACKING OUR ELECTIONS/COVER LETTER TO ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL/CIVIL RIGHTS/VOTING - DELIVERED with PETITION full text

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TwitLonger — When you talk too much for Twitter: STOP THE GOP FROM HACKING OUR ELECTIONS/COVER LETTER TO ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL/CIVIL RIGHTS/VOTING - DELIVERED with PETITION full text October 9, 2012 The Honorable Thomas E. Perez Assistant Attorney General The United States Justice Department Civil Rights Division 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20530 Dear Sir: This letter covers a Petition signed by U.S. Citizens from every State in the United.States. They are distraught about the status of elections in the United States. They are appalled at the prevalence of m... more »

Educational summit targeting homeless students to be held tomorrow | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Educational summit targeting homeless students to be held tomorrow | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Educational summit targeting homeless students to be held tomorrowby thenotebook on Oct 10 2012 Posted in Latest news - COMMENTS (0)PRINT - EMAIL[image: ""] Tags: - after-school programs - student rights *By Charlotte Pope* [image: Homeless Family] * * * * More than 5,000 students are reported homeless annually in Philadelphia, and in Pennsylvania, only 40 percent of kids experiencing homelessness graduate from high school, according to the People’s Emerge... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Foreign investment pouring in for charter schools

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Foreign investment pouring in for charter schools: Foreign investment pouring in for charter schools by Mike Klonsky Reuters reports that wealthy individuals from as far away as China, Nigeria, Russia and Australia are spending tens of millions of dollars to build classrooms, libraries, basketball courts and science labs for American charter schools. *In Buffalo, New York, foreign funds paid for the Health Sciences Charter School to renovate a 19th-century orphanage into modern classrooms and computer labs. In Florence, Arizona, overseas investm... more »

Schools Matter: Expressing a Patriotic Core

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Schools Matter: Expressing a Patriotic Core: Expressing a Patriotic Core by Storm The intention of this post is to examine the brief "persuasive," personal narrative (fiction) and promotional piece in*The Atlantic Monthly* titled "How Self-Expression Damaged My Students" by Robert Pondiscio. Of course, it's hardly worth doing as it carries nothing but assertion and anecdote, exactly the sort of thing one ought to be opposed to when discussing how to analyse writing as an informational conveyance with very rigid rules for construction. And as Pondiscio seems only able to compose ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: IN TODAY'S MAIL

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: IN TODAY'S MAIL: IN TODAY'S MAIL by Mike Klonsky Hello all. Please consider coming and bringing students to this event: I've been assisting the 19th Ward Parents in hosting a forum on standardized testing and how to opt-out, to be held at Saint Xavier University, 7-8:30 pm, Friday, November 2. Monty Neill will keynote, and his talk will be followed by a panel including Julie Woestehoff from PURE, Jackson Potter and more. The focus will be on parents' and children's legal rights vis-a-vis school testing. Thanks to CreATers who authored the research b... more »

Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state

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Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state: Bill Gates, other billionaires funding charter effort in Washington state Posted by Valerie Strauss on October 12, 2012 at 11:25 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Bill Gates (Jeffrey MacMillan/FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) To get an understanding of how America’s wealthiest people are using some of their fortunes to drive school reform, take a look at a list of the contributors to the pro-charter school initiative on the Wash... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: What We Learn Going 100% Digital

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Missouri Education Watchdog: What We Learn Going 100% Digital: What We Learn Going 100% Digital by Anngie Hewlett Packard began creating computers over forty years ago. They entered the e-reader market almost six years ago and remain a consistent supplier of digital connectivity. Therefore they have great reason to be excited about Arne Duncan's latest comment about digital text books. “Over the next few years, textbooks should be obsolete,” said Duncan in an interview with the Associated Press. He has pledged to do away with printed the books in the coming years in favor of digi... more »

Rephormy Little Liars | EduShyster

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Rephormy Little Liars | EduShyster: Rephormy Little Liars by edushyster2012 *What Joel Klein’s “life story” tells about about Education Reform, Inc.* Low Expectations High Schools, which Joel Klein attended. A teacher rescued Klein from near certain mediocrity and launched him on his life-long crusade—against teachers. So Joel Klein’s father was not an illiterate turd farmer who once tore up the pages of young Joel’s only book and smoked them in his corn cob pipe—what’s the big deal??? When you are literally trying to close the achievement gap with your own bare hands, facts have a t... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Stephen Colbert on medicating kids rather than providing them with the resources -- and smaller classes -- that they need

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NYC Public School Parents: Stephen Colbert on medicating kids rather than providing them with the resources -- and smaller classes -- that they need: Stephen Colbert on medicating kids rather than providing them with the resources -- and smaller classes -- that they need by Leonie Haimson On Tuesday, there was a stunning article in the NY Times by Alan Schwarz, showing how many doctors are prescribing amphetamines to children, not because they have ADHD, but to try to counteract the inadequate conditions in their schools: “I don’t have a whole lot of choice,” said Dr. Anderson, a... more »

President of the Board of Regents resigns - Wait, What?

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President of the Board of Regents resigns - Wait, What?: President of the Board of Regents resigns by jonpelto *OUT!*“After taking some time to think about what is in the best interest of our state and this new organization, our colleges and universities, the faculty, staff, presidents and, of course, our students, I have decided to submit my resignation to Board Chairman Lewis J. Robinson this morning,” Robert Kennedy, Outgoing President of the Board [...] Last bipartisan legislative call for a resignation – was about John Rowland. by jonpelto The latest development in the “Regent... more »

RheeFirst! » Campaign for America’s Future: Rhee is Education’s Ann Coulter

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RheeFirst! » Campaign for America’s Future: Rhee is Education’s Ann Coulter: Campaign for America’s Future: Rhee is Education’s Ann Coulter by admin Written by Jeff Bryant for the Campaign for America’s Future. Read the entire post here. *“Although Rhee heads an organization called Students First, most of what she actually does is to advocate for specific types of legislation, i.e. lobby. In Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and numerous state capitals, Students First has focused its considerable resources—including many hundreds of thousands in donations to candidates for... more »

Debate on Success of New Orleans Recovery District « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

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Debate on Success of New Orleans Recovery District « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Debate on Success of New Orleans Recovery District by millerlf *New Orleans Education Reform: Pass or Fail?* By Jill Anderson 04/24/2012 ASKWITHFORUMS Do the numbers on New Orleans schools lie? It depends on who you ask. At a heated Askwith Forum, “New Orleans Education Reform: Pass or Fail?” participants went head-to-head debating issues like academic achievement, special education, teacher firings and unions, and governance. *Time* columnist and EduWonk blogger Andy Rotherham moderated... more »

FCMAT UPDATE » Cali Education Headlines Friday, October 12, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *California PTA Please Tell Molly Munger to* *Shut the H*ll UP* Education Headlines *Friday, October 12, 2012* Lincoln Unified OKs drug testingLincoln Unified's school board approved a mandatory random drug-testing policy for its athletes and cheerleaders late Wednesday. District could face severe budget cutsThe Murrieta Valley Unified School District is facing a deficit of at least $11 million for next year, and that could rise to $21 million based on the results of the November election, said Stacy Coleman, assistant superinte... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 10-12-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] HOW TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS by dianerav As a result of many comments on this blog, and in response to a great yearning to raise our voices, many teachers, parents, students, administrators and concerned citizens plan to join together in a mass letter-writing campaign to the President. We want all letters submitted here to this blog or to Anthony Cody no later than October 17. You may write to the White House directly, and the mail address is in the instructions link. But if you do, yo... more »

Is Teacher Quality a Bigger Influence Than Poverty? New Joel Klein Biography Sheds Some Light | Re:education in Baltimore

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Is Teacher Quality a Bigger Influence Than Poverty? New Joel Klein Biography Sheds Some Light | Re:education in Baltimore: Is Teacher Quality a Bigger Influence Than Poverty? New Joel Klein Biography Sheds Some Light by Edit Barry New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan visit with students at Explore Charter School in Brooklyn, N.Y. By U.S. Department of Education [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Joel Klein may be the mastermind behind the meme that teacher quality, not a student’s socioe... more »

The voters don’t like Quinn and Madigan or Emanuel. All approaching Blago approval levels. « Fred Klonsky

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The voters don’t like Quinn and Madigan or Emanuel. All approaching Blago approval levels. « Fred Klonsky: The voters don’t like Quinn and Madigan or Emanuel. All approaching Blago approval levels. by Fred Klonsky Democratic Party Chairman and House Speaker Michael Madigan prefers to keep a low public profile. But to know him is not to love him, according to the latest Chicago Tribune polls. He has a 16% approval rating state-wide. That’s about the level of support when Governor Blagojevich was indicted and impeached. Governor Pat Quinn is doing only somewhat better, although he is ... more »

Daily Kos: Lance Armstrong: All-American Bull$#!@

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Daily Kos: Lance Armstrong: All-American Bull$#!@: Lance Armstrong: All-American Bull$#!@ by rss@dailykos.com (plthomasEdD) *DISCLAIMER AND SPOILER:* If you are a Lance Armstrong advocate, please relax and read on. This isn't really about Lance, but it *is* about you, and you, and you, and the good ol' U.S. of A. In August, *The Onion* ran a brilliant faux-news story on the increasingly discredited Tour de France champion:"Lance Armstrong Lets Down Single Person Who Still Believed Him." On October 10, 2012, the USADA released a staggering report on not just Armstrong, but essential... more »

School Tech Connect: Bye Bye, Now

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School Tech Connect: Bye Bye, Now: Bye Bye, Now by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) I never met Mr. Brizard, and it looks like I may never get the chance. However, the revolving door to his office is a symptom of the basic lack of democratic legitimacy in the governance of our public schools. The thing needs to be run by an executive who reports to a fully elected, representative school board. The individuals on that board should be accountable to voters, not to one man who isn't honest about his agenda. All The Young Experts by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) It's the busy seaso... more »

Modern School: Parents Want Kids That Are Clean, Not Smart

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Modern School: Parents Want Kids That Are Clean, Not Smart: Parents Want Kids That Are Clean, Not Smart by Michael Dunn A recent survey conducted through the Intel Corporation found that parents are more comfortable talking with their kids about drugs than about science and math. Of course this may be due more to their own ignorance or fear of science and math than to a desire to keep their kids ignorant. Indeed, the data suggest this is part of the problem. According to the survey, 53% of parents admit that they have trouble helping their children with math and science homework.... more »

Step Right Up: Build or buy a charter school, get a Green Card… - Wait, What?

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Step Right Up: Build or buy a charter school, get a Green Card… - Wait, What?: Step Right Up: Build or buy a charter school, get a Green Card… by jonpelto [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Stephanie Simon, of Reuters News, has written extensively about the “education reform” movement, including articles about Connecticut’s new “reform” law. Today, the news is that wealthy individuals from China and other countries are, “spending tens of millions of dollars to build classrooms, libraries, basketball courts and science labs for American charter schools.” Sim... more »

Fisher v Texas Update « Student Activism

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Fisher v Texas Update « Student Activism: Fisher v Texas Update by Angus Johnston The transcript of Wednesday’s oral argument was released that afternoon, and it’s fascinating reading. So fascinating, in fact, that I think I’m going to make a project of writing about it next week — a series of posts excerpting and discussing the most interesting exchanges. In the meantime, I wanted to just highlight a couple of things. First, the justices were clearly paying attention to the “standing” issue — the question of whether Abigail Fisher has a case she’s properly situated to bring before... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Brizard was never more than Rahm's front man

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Brizard was never more than Rahm's front man: Brizard was never more than Rahm's front man by Mike Klonsky What we all knew months ago is now official. Jean-Claude ("Don't call me a puppet") Brizard is out. Barbara Byrd-Bennett is in. It was all so predictable. *J.C. Brizard* was never anything more than Rahm's front man. Just another of those itinerant, * what-do-you-want-me-to-do-boss*, bureaucrats who moves from job to job every couple of years collecting a fat pay check and a golden parachute. If he's *Arne-Duncan* lucky, he may even be primed fo... more »

Overusing test for special ed students inflates API scores | EdSource Today

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Overusing test for special ed students inflates API scores | EdSource Today: Overusing test for special ed students inflates API scores ** October 11th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By Doug McRae Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services [image: Doug McRae] Doug McRae California’s 2012 Academic Performance Index (API) results, released Thursday, in general show small but steady gains similar to the last four years. But a deeper look at the results shows not only inflation contributing to the gains but also a substantial policy shift towar... more »

History Literacy Failing Among American Students | toteachornototeach

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History Literacy Failing Among American Students | toteachornototeach: History Literacy Failing Among American Students by aristotlethewise *History Literacy Failing Among American Students, * *Study Faults Colleges Lack Of Core Subject Requirements* A recent study by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni titled “What Will They Learn?” graded 1,070 colleges and universities on the strength of their general education curriculum — as determined by the number of core subjects outside a major they require students to take in order to graduate. Those seven core subjects include co... more »

Ed Notes Online: Brizard Out: Substance Has the Scoop a Month Ago

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Ed Notes Online: Brizard Out: Substance Has the Scoop a Month Ago: Brizard Out: Substance Has the Scoop a Month Ago by ed notes online *Another Broad Superintendent* John Lawhead is kind enough to remind us: Substance reported that Barbara Byrd Bennett would replace JC Brizard over a month ago in George Schmidt's amusing 'race to the elevator' piece. http://www.substancenews.net/articles.php?page=3573 Eat your heart out Russo, who complained at the time that George had an advantage because he was in the building and able to get the Byrd Bennett photo. Russo of course reports on C... more »

VP Debate: Education Insiders Wait To Hear Whether Paul Ryan Sides With His Own Budget

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VP Debate: Education Insiders Wait To Hear Whether Paul Ryan Sides With His Own Budget: VP Debate: Education Insiders Wait To Hear Whether Paul Ryan Sides With His Own Budget by Joy Resmovits Mitt Romney shocked education insiders during the presidential debate last week when he promised not to cut education spending. Now, they're wondering if education will come up at Thursday night's vice presidential debate, and if so, whether GOP nominee Paul Ryan will reaffirm that promise -- at the risk of contradicting his own budget proposal. Last week, after President Barack Obama press... more »

Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO | catalyst-chicago.org

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Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO | catalyst-chicago.org: Emanuel: Brizard stepping down, Byrd-Bennett next CEO - Share on windycitizenShare on facebookShare on email *By: *The Staff of Catalyst / October 11, 2012 *Tags: *CPS administration *going, going, gone* Just after midnight, Jean-Claude Brizard sent out a statement, confirming that he will leave the helm of Chicago Public Schools. He said he does so with "great sadness." Brizard's departure was the subject of much speculation for several months. That speculation reached a fever pitch in late Aug... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » Sacramento Bee Calls On CA PTA To Contain Molly Munger

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Engaging Parents In School… » Sacramento Bee Calls On CA PTA To Contain Molly Munger: Sacramento Bee Calls On CA PTA To Contain Molly Munger by Larry Ferlazzo The campaign to fund or, in Molly Munger’s case, de-fund public education in California continues. Here are some excerpts from today’s Sacramento Bee’s editorial: *The California PTA and Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson are the most prominent supporters of Munger’s Proposition 38. On Wednesday, Torlakson called on Munger to cease the attack. The PTA ought to do the same. If she continues, they ought to con... more »

Sac City Unified Scores High | KTXL FOX40

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Sac City Unified Scores High | KTXL FOX40: Sac City Unified Scores High - [image: See bio, contact info, and more articles from Sabrina Rodriguez] 15 hours ago by Sabrina Rodriguez Reporter - Comments - - SHARE THIS UPDATE - - - The seven priority schools of the Sacramento City Unified School District The academic performance of the Sacramento City Unified School District is up across the board. The news comes from the release of the state’s academic performance index or API, which is obtained from standardized tests students ta... more »

Why the ‘market theory’ of education reform doesn’t work

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Why the ‘market theory’ of education reform doesn’t work: Why the ‘market theory’ of education reform doesn’t work Posted by Valerie Strauss on October 12, 2012 at 8:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » Modern education reform is being driven by people who believe that competition, privatization and other elements of a market economy will improve public schools. In this post, Mark Tucker, president of the non-profit National Center on Education and the Economy and an internationally known... more »

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: Family Symposium 2012

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Family Symposium 2012: Unfair Labor Practices... Again. by Charlie Mas It seems that Seattle Public Schools is found to have committed unfair labor practices just about every year. When it happens the Board has to read a notice from the Public Employee Relations Commission (PERC) into the record at a board meeting and promise to be good. Then they go ahead and do all of the things they promised to never do again. Well, it happened again. This time at Lawton. The original story is difficult to determine because the school district's narrative keeps ... more »

Report: Affirmative Action Ban in California Is Detrimental to Campus Diversity - Hispanically Speaking News

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Report: Affirmative Action Ban in California Is Detrimental to Campus Diversity - Hispanically Speaking News: Report: Affirmative Action Ban in California Is Detrimental to Campus Diversity October 11, 2012 | by HS News Staff [image: Report: Affirmative Action Ban in California Is Detrimental to Campus Diversity] Photo: Affirmative Action Click Here to Enlarge Photo The Civil Rights Project published important new data on the way in which California’s ban on affirmative action harms the University of California in comparison to the University of Texas, which still has affirmative a... more »

LAUSD CARPENTER COMMUNITY CHARTER'S WITCHHUNT? - Perdaily.com

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LAUSD CARPENTER COMMUNITY CHARTER'S WITCHHUNT? - Perdaily.com: LAUSD CARPENTER COMMUNITY CHARTER'S WITCHHUNT? by Leonard Isenberg [image: finkelstein.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) (For a national view of public education reform see the end of this blog post) **We were thrilled when our daughter got Mrs. Kevin Finkelstein, a 20+ year veteran at Carpenter Community Charter. Our kid was thriving...for four weeks, at which point, a boy in her class told his father that Mrs.Finkelstein punched him in the stomach. The majority of us have written the principal and his boss, Jack Ba... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Demand that the DOE be required to continue reporting on class size and trailers!

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NYC Public School Parents: Demand that the DOE be required to continue reporting on class size and trailers!: Demand that the DOE be required to continue reporting on class size and trailers! by Leonie Haimson *NOT* The Report and Advisory Board Review Commission, a body with four mayoral appointees and three City Council members, including Speaker Quinn, and Council Members Brewer and Comrie, will hold a public meeting on October 30, 2012, to vote on whether to eliminate 21 reporting requirements and advisory boards, including the DOE’s legally mandated reporting on class size ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Christie Hates Teachers, Not Just Unions

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Jersey Jazzman: Christie Hates Teachers, Not Just Unions: Christie Hates Teachers, Not Just Unions by Duke This is a zombie lie about Chris Christie that will not die: New Jersey Education Association secretary treasurer Marie Blistan says public schools are the gateway for kids to reach their fullest potential, but Christie, “Has put targets on teachers’ backs. He has made teachers the enemy of the general public. He is also working very hard to separate private and public unions……….He is putting us in a position where we all need to fight for our own memberships and while we’re... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Things Are Getting Interesting

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Things Are Getting Interesting: Things Are Getting Interesting by Melissa Westbrook District updates: *I asked the Board about their stand on I-1240* and received this reply from President DeBell: *A Resolution opposing I-1240 is on next week's agenda for introduction and action. It was recommended unanimously by the Executive Committee to the full Board at yesterday's meeting and will be posted tomorrow. * This follows the Renton School Board's rejection of I-1240 as well. So here how it is lining up against I-1240: Community groups, many ... more »

Who is Distorting the Truth About The Common Core? | Truth in American Education

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Who is Distorting the Truth About The Common Core? | Truth in American Education: Who is Distorting the Truth About The Common Core? by Shane Vander Hart David Musselwhite, the team leader of the Michigan PTA’s Common Core State Standards Initiative accuses critics of the Common Core State Standards of distorting the truth about the Core in an op/ed published this week. He writes: It isn’t difficult to find naysayers who lump the Common Core into arguments against what they call “corporate education reform.” Common Core critics, in their haste to paint anything related to stand... more »

IEA leadership stands by their silence in the face of membership outrage. « Fred Klonsky

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IEA leadership stands by their silence in the face of membership outrage. « Fred Klonsky: IEA leadership stands by their silence in the face of membership outrage. by Fred Klonsky Late this afternoon the IEA leadership posted the following on Charlie McBarron’s website: *IEA statement on controversy over TRS director’s comments* October 11, 2012 By IEA Communications *Statement from the Illinois Education Association October 11, 2012* *Members and leaders of the Illinois Education Association were disappointed and angered by the comments executive director Ingram made to Crain’s C... more »

Diane in the Evening 10-11-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: HOW TO JOIN THE CAMPAIGN FOR OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS by dianerav As a result of many comments on this blog, and in response to a great yearning to raise our voices, many teachers, parents, students, administrators and concerned citizens plan to join together in a mass letter-writing campaign to the President. We want all letters submitted here to this blog or to Anthony Cody no later than October 17. You may write to the White House directly, and the mail address is in the instructions link. But if you do, you will be required to disclose your identity in ful... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Reform = Disrespect

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Jersey Jazzman: Reform = Disrespect: Reform = Disrespect by Duke God bless Mildred C. Crump, Newark Councilwoman and patriot: The Camden Board of Education deserves congratulations for not bowing to pressure and for denying applications to build New Jersey’s first privately owned public schoolsuntil all questions were answered. We recently had a similar opportunity here in Newark, but the results were entirely different. The recommendations of the Advisory Board of Education in Newark were overturned by the state-appointed superintendent, Cami Anderson, supported by Gov. Chris Ch... more »

Is The Common Core Debate About to Go Nuclear? | Truth in American Education

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Is The Common Core Debate About to Go Nuclear? | Truth in American Education: Is The Common Core Debate About to Go Nuclear? by Shane Vander Hart [image: 250px-Operation_Upshot-Knothole_-_Badger_001]Neal McClusky asks this over at Cato @ Liberty: Proponents of national standards, as I’ve pointed outmany times, have made a concerted effort to avoid attention as they’ve insidiously—and successfully—pushed the so-called Common Core on states. They’ve insisted the effort is “state led,” even though states didn’t create the standards and Washington coerced adoption through Race to the ... more »

My letter in Sojourners Magazine re: real reform Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive »

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Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » My letter in Sojourners Magazine re: real reform: My letter in Sojourners Magazine re: real reform by admin *Sojourners Magazine* just published a blog comment/letter to the editor I wrote in response to a previous article by Nicole Baker Fulgham, “Beyond ‘Superman,’” which referenced “Waiting for Superman” in recommending that meaningful reform must involve all stakeholders having a stronger, more meaningful voice in school decision-making. Fulgham wrote: “As an African-American woman and a Christian, I have undergone my ow... more »

The Pioneer Spirit | Taking Note

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The Pioneer Spirit | Taking Note: The Pioneer Spirit by John Merrow John unpacks the ideas of blended learning and the Common Core. Full disclosure: The longer I work as an education reporter, the more skeptical and more bandwagon-adverse I am. And I am in my 38th year on the beat….so read on at your peril.) A clever ad for Xerox a few years ago showed an executive at his desk listening to a succession of pitches from unseen salesmen, all of whom ended their pitch by saying “It’s almost as good as a Xerox.” As the last salesman began his windup, the (by now exasperated) executiv... more »



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