Friday, December 7, 2012

State appointed administrator of Inglewood school district steps down - latimes.com

State appointed administrator of Inglewood school district steps down - latimes.com:


State appointed administrator of Inglewood school district steps down

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Kent Taylor, the state administrator in charge of the financially troubled Inglewood School District, resigned from the position Friday after the Department of Education learned of a tentative agreement he made with the local teachers union without approval from the state.
Taylor’s resignation comes months after he was appointed by State Supt. of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to lead the district — which was taken over by the state in September when Gov. Jerry Brown approved legislation granting $55 million in emergency loans to help the roughly 14,000-student district.
Torlakson has appointed La Tanya Kirk-Carter, the district’s assistant superintendent of business 

DeWitt Clinton – early engagement « JD2718

DeWitt Clinton – early engagement « JD2718:


DeWitt Clinton – early engagement

Thursday the Department of Education dragged itself (two representatives) to Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx – to plan the closure of DeWitt Clinton HS. Of course, this is early engagement – they did not announce their intent. But we knew. We all knew.
Early in the week I thought – and most of Clinton thought – that this would be the joint hearing, the spectacle at which a Deputy Superintendent would listen – or pretend to listen – and then announce the closure. But bad info. By the time we found out it was early engagement, many teachers were already planning to attend, some students still wanted to come, and it was not possible to uninvite alumni who had already committed. This accounted for a relatively high turnout (over half of their huge auditorium, only a handful in the balcony) disproportionate to the (relative un-)importance of the event.
Of course, full mobilization will dwarf Thursday night. DeWitt Clinton has been an institution, in the rock-solid 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 12-7-12 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2



James Baldwin said it best: 

"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."

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Schools Matter: Robert D. Skeels' Talk at Association of Raza Educators on December 6, 2012

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Schools Matter: Robert D. Skeels' Talk at Association of Raza Educators on December 6, 2012: Robert D. Skeels' Talk at Association of Raza Educators on December 6, 2012 by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene LAUSD District 2 candidate Robert D. Skeels speaking, and the following roundtable discussion at the December 6, 2012 meeting of the Association of Raza Educators Los Angeles. The topic was 'Reclaiming Education is a Human Right during this era of Neoliberalism.' The talk was in preparation for the anniversary of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, celebrated on the December 10... more »

NYC Public School Parents: With hubbub over teacher evaluation deadline, city escapes scrutiny for missing C4E deadline by months

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NYC Public School Parents: With hubbub over teacher evaluation deadline, city escapes scrutiny for missing C4E deadline by months: With hubbub over teacher evaluation deadline, city escapes scrutiny for missing C4E deadline by months *January 17, 2013* by Leonie Haimson There has been much public furor over the coming deadline for a new teacher evaluation system in NYC that will be based at least in part on student test scores. Though supporters like Commissioner King and Merryl Tischsay a new system is necessary to have a more objective basis for teacher evaluation, experts like... more »

Board Members Aim to ‘Cuff Supt? - LA School Report

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Board Members Aim to ‘Cuff Supt? - LA School Report: Board Members Aim to ‘Cuff Supt? by Samantha Oltman Board Member Richard Vladovic A controversial item on the LAUSD School Board agenda this week proposes drastically limiting LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy’s ability to seek funding for the district by applying for public or private grants. The resolution, initiated by School Board Members Richard Vladovic, Bennett Kayser, and Marguerite LaMotte, aims to give the school board veto power over grant applications made by the school superintendent in amounts over $750,000. According ... more »

Key state arguments in school finance case undermined by state witness | Education Blog

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Key state arguments in school finance case undermined by state witness | Education Blog: Key state arguments in school finance case undermined by state witness 0 0 comments (0) By Terrence Stutz/Reporter tstutz@dallasnews.com 3:52 pm on December 7, 2012 | Permalink The first expert witness called by the state in the school finance trial in Austin – paid more than $75,000 for his testimony – praised the performance of public schools at current funding levels this week, but also called into question two of the major talking points raised by state attorneys in defending the funding ... more »

Mother Crusader: Is CREDO "Part Of The Bandwagon?"

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Mother Crusader: Is CREDO "Part Of The Bandwagon?": Is CREDO "Part Of The Bandwagon?" by darciecima At Wednesday's State Board of Education meeting CREDO researchers presented the findings of their study, Charter School Performance in New Jersey. Commissioner Cerf introduced them by saying he was "nervous" to have CREDO perform the analysis of New Jersey's charter schools. He claimed CREDO was "not part of the bandwagon" and made a point to say that the national CREDO study is often cited by charter opponents. In an opinion piece today in NJ Spotlight Julia Sass Rubin asks fo... more »

Free Cooper Union Occupation Rolls On « Student Activism

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Free Cooper Union Occupation Rolls On « Student Activism: Free Cooper Union Occupation Rolls On by Angus Johnston The Cooper Union occupation in support of good university governance and a continuation of the college’s century-plus history of free tuition is now in its fifth day, and it shows no sign of fizzling out. Eleven students barricaded themselves inside the top floor of Cooper Union’s iconic Foundation Building in New York’s East Village on Monday, calling for reforms in the running of the college, a commitment to keep tuition free, and the resignation of Cooper Union pres... more »

RheeFirst! » Did Harry Jaffe write Michelle Rhee’s new book? Not according to StudentsFirst staff…

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RheeFirst! » Did Harry Jaffe write Michelle Rhee’s new book? Not according to StudentsFirst staff…: Did Harry Jaffe write Michelle Rhee’s new book? Not according to StudentsFirst staff… by admin The Washington City Paper has an interesting little piece out today about how columnist Harry Jaffe may have ghostwritten Rhee’s new memoir. The evidence for Jaffe’s involvement seems pretty solid: “Jaffe definitely worked on Radical to some extent. Examiner editor Stephen G. Smith, whose paper runs Jaffe’s column, says Jaffe told editors that he was working on the book. At the end of ... more »

THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: On the U.S. incarceration rate and prison labor

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THE PERIMETER PRIMATE: On the U.S. incarceration rate and prison labor: On the U.S. incarceration rate and prison labor by The Perimeter Primate *1. Declare a War on Drugs and change lots of laws to increase the number of prisoners.* *Click to enlarge* *2. Within a few decades, the "Land of the Free" achieves First Place!* * * Source: International Centre for Prison Studies, Data for 2003 (obtained From NationMaster). *3. Grow the*

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Preckwinkle: 'Rahm the emperor has no clothes'

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Preckwinkle: 'Rahm the emperor has no clothes': Preckwinkle: 'Rahm the emperor has no clothes' by Mike Klonsky Cook County Board President *Toni Preckwinkle* stuck her boot right up Rahm's rear end yesterday in a speech to the Union League Club. Of course Preckwinkle was simply saying what everyone in this city already knows about “miserable" state of public education under mayoral control and Rahm's failure to do anything meaningful about the alarming rise in gun violence in the city. *“Clearly this mayor and this police chief [Supt. Garry McCarthy... more »

Should High Schoolers Be Required to Read Executive Order 13423? | Truth in American Education

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Should High Schoolers Be Required to Read Executive Order 13423? | Truth in American Education: Should High Schoolers Be Required to Read Executive Order 13423? by Shane Vander Hart Ezra Klein asks this at WashPo’s Wonkblog: *Top story: Are we getting smart on education policy?* *Common core standards become a lightning rod.* ”The Common Core State Standards in English, which have been adopted in 46 states and the District, call for public schools to ramp up nonfiction so that by 12th grade students will be reading mostly ‘informational text’ instead of fictional literature. But... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-7-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: A Radical Right-Wing Idea: The A La Carte School by dianerav Stephanie Simon of Reuters continues to be the most industrious investigative education journalist in the nation. Here she reveals the outline of the free-market model of school, where students learn what they want, where they want, when they want, and pay for it with taxpayer dollars. She calls it “a la carte” schooling. It eliminates public schools as we have known them. It opens the door to private, for-profit vendors and anyone My Conversation with Tavis Smiley and Cornel West by dianerav I h... more »

Charter schools dividing communities rapidly in more U.S. cities | HechingerEd Blog

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Charter schools expanding rapidly in more U.S. cities | HechingerEd Blog: Charter schools dividing communities rapidly in more U.S. cities by Sarah Carr Charter schools now enroll more than 20 percent of public school children in 25 school districts across the country, according to a new report from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which tracks charter school growth annually. [image: Did you Vote for you Charter School Board?] Students at Akili Academy, a charter school in New Orleans. (Photo by Sarah Garland) Overall, charters enrolled more than two million studen... more »

America’s next education ‘crisis’ — and who benefits

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America’s next education ‘crisis’ — and who benefits: America’s next education ‘crisis’ — and who benefits Posted by Valerie Strauss on December 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » American public education seems to hurtle from one so-called crisis to the next. What’s the next one? Jeff Bryant, a marketing and communications consultant for nonprofits, explains. He is a marketing and creative strategist with nearly 30 years of experience – the past 20 on his own – as a freelance w... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Ghostwriter? - City Desk

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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Ghostwriter? - City Desk: Did Harry Jaffe Ghostwrite Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee’s Book? Posted by Will Sommer on Dec. 7, 2012 at 11:30 am *Radical*, the memoir by former D.C. Public Schools chancellor *Michelle Rhee*, doesn't come out until February, but it's already received its first negative review. My colleague *Alan Suderman*, working from an advanced copy, slammed the book for everything from Rhee's lack of self-reflection to her cartoonish description of *Marion Barry*. Rhee might not be the only one who deserves criticism for ho... more »

Penn State Admin’s Open Letter Re: Mexican Costume Flap | NewsTaco

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Penn State Admin’s Open Letter Re: Mexican Costume Flap | NewsTaco: Penn State Admin’s Open Letter Re: Mexican Costume Flap by NewsTaco By Latino Rebels The following is an open letter published by Penn State’s administration on the university’s official site in response to the Chi Omega Mexican costume controversy: An open letter to the Penn State community Thursday, December 6, 2012 To the Penn State Community: In recent weeks and particularly in the past few days, it has become clear that some Penn State students celebrated Halloween in costumes and in a manner that offended other... more »

Daily Kos: "Miracle" Schools Redux

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Daily Kos: "Miracle" Schools Redux: "Miracle" Schools Redux byplthomasEdDFollow Throughout the decade since the implementation of No Child Left Behind, the accountability reform movement has been driven by two powerful and connected narratives: claims of"miracle" schools posed as models for reform and "no excuses" ideologies that contend "miracle" schools exist because of the re-doubled effort of those who will not accept poverty as an excuse. I have been detailing for several years now that essential problems exist within these claims and perspectives: • "Miracle" schools almost a... more »

Survey finds high superintendent turnover in large California districts | EdSource Today

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Survey finds high superintendent turnover in large California districts | EdSource Today: Survey finds high superintendent turnover in large California districts ** December 7th, 2012 | Add a Comment | By Susan Frey Share on twitterShare on facebookShare on emailShare on google_plusone More Sharing Services During a period of eroding financial stability, many of the state’s largest districts also faced leadership instability. [image: Santiago Wood]Between 2006 and 2009, 71 percent of superintendents in California’s largest districts and 45 percent of all superintendents left their ... more »

The Silent Treatment: A Day in the Life of a Student in ‘No Excuses’ Land | EduShyster

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The Silent Treatment: A Day in the Life of a Student in ‘No Excuses’ Land | EduShyster: The Silent Treatment: A Day in the Life of a Student in ‘No Excuses’ Land by edushyster2012 Little Carolina is college bound, but to realize her dreams she must spend the next seven years at a college prep charter—in near complete silence. Meet Carolina. This college-bound fifth grader is fortunate enough to attend a charter school where expectations are high and innovation and excellence abound. There’s just one wee catch. In order to realize her goal of opportunity and the promise of independen... more »

Missouri Education Watchdog: Process vs. Content - Finding The Perfect Balance

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Missouri Education Watchdog: Process vs. Content - Finding The Perfect Balance: Process vs. Content - Finding The Perfect Balance by Anngie I think in the big picture of life, I tend to believe Buddha got it right. Balance is the key or, as Franklin said, all things in moderation. Education, the process of passing present knowledge on to the next generation, is looking for this balance between teaching process and teaching content. The scales had been tipped towards content but, in the name of reform, they are now tipping more heavily toward process with Common Core. In the Americ... more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

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Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center: Best of the Ed Blogs *Best of the Ed Blogs* features a frequently updated selection of interesting and insightful blog posts on education policy. The views expressed by the bloggers on our blog roll are thoughtful, original, and entirely their own. We hope you make *Best of the Ed Blogs* your first stop for concise takes on today's most important education topics. Joel Klein: Shameless Best of the Ed Blogs Jersey Jazzman December 7, 2012 un·der·uti·lize Best of the Ed Blogs Mike Klonsky December 7, 2012 Teacher Evaluation as L... more »

Democracy died in Michigan : blue cheddar

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Democracy died in Michigan : blue cheddar: Democracy died in Michigan by bluecheddar Tweet from Representative Barb Byrum: @BarbByrum “What we have today is a declaration of war. War on unions.” Rep Stanley #NoRTWMi “Well I’m not sure exactly what happened to pressure Snyder’s hand into strong-arming right to steal legislation in Lansing yesterday. The word is that he was under threat of primary and he was promised support by DeVos, Norquist, inc., and he folded like a crack house mattress.” - bloggingformichigan.com The drama that unfolded yesterday as Michigan protesters were ar... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Friday, December 7, 2012

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: [image: Home]15 candidates file to run for LAUSD school board seats Education Headlines *Friday, December 7, 2012* College of the Desert auditor ties questionedCollege of the Desert had questionably close ties to its auditing firm, which it hired for more than 50 years. Still, attendance-counting issues the firm reported to the school went uncorrected for at least six consecutive years. School buses to return to Indio HillsHigh school students living in Indio Hills will once again have buses to take them to and from school, Desert ... more »

Hartford’s Rep. Don Pridemore Named to Chair Assembly Urban Education Committee « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

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Hartford’s Rep. Don Pridemore Named to Chair Assembly Urban Education Committee « Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!: Hartford’s Rep. Don Pridemore Named to Chair Assembly Urban Education Committee by millerlf The “urban” center of Pridemore’s district is Hartford, a town with 14,000 residents. Following is a posting by Barbara Miner whose blog is *View From the Heartland*. Posted: 06 Dec 2012 *By Barbara J. Miner* This article is cross-posted at the *Milwaukee Journal Sentinel* Purple Wisconsin project. Dark days are ahead in Wisconsin politics. The Republican legislative... more »

Louisiana Educator: BESE Defies Court Decisions

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Louisiana Educator: BESE Defies Court Decisions: BESE Defies Court Decisions by Michael Deshotels Public education was subjected to more insanity this week from the Jindal and the ALEC controlled BESE. BESE, at the request of Superintendent John White, voted to approve 45 Choice Course providers to offer MFP funded private courses in the 2013-14 school year. Tom Aswell writes in the Blog, *Louisiana Voice*, that not only is this action in conflict with the recent State and Federal court decisions outlawing MFP funded vouchers, but several of the BESE members voting for this wind... more »

Courant’s Jon Lender sheds light on Malloy’s PAC - Wait, What?

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Courant’s Jon Lender sheds light on Malloy’s PAC - Wait, What?: Courant’s Jon Lender sheds light on Malloy’s PAC by jonpelto For Wait, What readers who were intrigued by yesterday’s blog post entitled, “If money is the “mother’s milk of politics”, Governor Malloy’s cup runneth over,” Jon Lender, the courant’s legendary investigative reporter, has taken an even more detailed look into the recent activities of Governor Malloy’s Political Action Committee…or the political action committee that appears to be connected with Malloy. As noted in my blog yesterday, Governor Malloy, and a n... more »

UPDATE: What’s happening in Michigan + The impact of benefit cuts to legislative districts and the state’s economy. « Fred Klonsky

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The impact of benefit cuts to legislative districts and the state’s economy. « Fred Klonsky: Ten minute drawing. Don’t f**k with my COLA! by Fred Klonsky [image: santa] The in box. Glen Brown comments on my post: The impact of benefit cuts. by Fred Klonsky *…If legislators can breach contractual obligations through legislation (such as HB 6258), the entire middle class will “pay” the consequences. There will be extensive and devastating economic outcomes for the entire State of Illinois if its public employees are robbed of their earned and constitutionally-guaranteed benefits. T... more »

Pass / Fail : LAUSD schools faces challenge of making arts part of the core curriculum | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : LAUSD schools faces challenge of making arts part of the core curriculum | 89.3 KPCC: LAUSD schools faces challenge of making arts part of the core curriculum by Tami Abdollah with Ricky O'Bannon [image: Greenway Arts Alliance - 1]*Students dance in the after-school Greenway Arts Alliance program, a magnet program within Fairfax high school. Credit: Mae Ryan/KPCC* Arts advocates and educators are excited that the Los Angeles Unified School District Board voted unanimously in October to make arts a "core subject." But making that desire a reality is complicated. Educat... more »

Forget the $300m Deal! Let’s talk $3.4 billion (or more)! « School Finance 101

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Forget the $300m Deal! Let’s talk $3.4 billion (or more)! « School Finance 101: Forget the $300m Deal! Let’s talk $3.4 billion (or more)! by schoolfinance101 [image: Slide1] Sometime last week or so, Sockpuppets for Ed Reform marched on City Hall in NY demanding that the city and teachers union come to a deal on a teacher evaluation system compliant with the state’s new regulations for such systems, so that the district could receive an approximately $300 million grant payment associated with the implementation of that system. Well, actually, it was more about trying to enrage th... more »

Ed Notes Online: Eva Destruction: Walcott/Bloomberg Willing to Destroy Kids to Let Success Charter Grow

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Ed Notes Online: Eva Destruction: Walcott/Bloomberg Willing to Destroy Kids to Let Success Charter Grow: Eva Destruction: Walcott/Bloomberg Willing to Destroy Kids to Let Success Charter Grow by ed notes online [image: Eva Moskowitz, who runs Success Academy Charter Schools.] *A high school for at-risk kids is facing eviction from its home to make room for a well-connected charter school to expand...the city is planning to create more space in the Brandeis building by moving the Innovation Diploma Plus school to a Washington Heights building that lacks science labs and a gym...Th... more »

The inconvenient truth about education | TBO.com

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The inconvenient truth about education | TBO.com: The inconvenient truth about education COMMENTARY [image: ED GRADS] By RICK OUTZEN | Florida Voices Published: December 07, 2012 » Comments | Post a Comment Despite what Gov. Rick Scott and his Department of Education may tell you, the Florida public education system isn't very good, especially when it comes to the percentage of students graduating from high school within four years. The U.S. Department of Education recently released data listing state four-year high school graduation rates for the 2010-11 school year — the first y... more »

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

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] What the CREDO Study of NJ Charters Really Said by dianerav Julia Sass Rubin, a professor of public policy in New Jersey, took a close look at the CREDO study of charter schools and made a startling discovery: the press release misrepresents the findings of the study. It recognized the dramatic demographic differences between the students in public schools and in charter schools (“the traditional public schools it looked at served four and a half times as many students with Limited English Proficiency and... more »

Common core sparks war over words | toteachornototeach

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Common core sparks war over words | toteachornototeach: Common core sparks war over words by aristotlethewise *Common core sparks war over words* [image: booksonbooks-body] By Lyndsey Layton As states across the country implement broad changes in curriculum from kindergarten through high school, English teachers worry that they will have to replace the dog-eared novels they love with historical documents and nonfiction texts. The Common Core State Standards in English, which have been adopted in 46 states and the District, call for public schools to ramp up nonfiction so that by 12t... more »

American Indian charter school parents speak out - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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American Indian charter school parents speak out - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: American Indian charter school parents speak out Thursday, December 6th, 2012 at 5:28 pm in No Comments *American Indian Model Schools supporters, seen here at an April Oakland school board meeting, before the final state report on the charter organization was published. Photo by D. Ross Cameron.* The fate of the American Indian Model Schools won’t be on Wednesday’s regular Oakland school board meeting agenda, but we can expect a large group of parents and students from ... more »

How one school ‘turnaround’ worked (without firing the teachers)

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How one school ‘turnaround’ worked (without firing the teachers): How one school ‘turnaround’ worked (without firing the teachers) Posted by Valerie Strauss on December 7, 2012 at 6:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » New data released by the Education Department shows that the results of its efforts so far to turn around the country’s lowest-performing schools are mixed. The Obama administration has been pushing its turnaround policy through the School Improvement Grant program, which requi... more »

Opinion: CREDO’s Study of Charter Schools in NJ Leaves Many Unanswered Questions - NJ Spotlight

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Opinion: CREDO’s Study of Charter Schools in NJ Leaves Many Unanswered Questions - NJ Spotlight: Opinion: CREDO’s Study of Charter Schools in NJ Leaves Many Unanswered Questions print | email | share By Julia Sass Rubin, Ph.D., December 7, 2012 in Opinion |3 Comments Last week, with much fanfare, a study comparing standardized test scores of New Jersey’s charter school students to those of their public school peers was released by the Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO). As a professor of public policy, a supporter of public education, and a parent of a charter scho... more »

State considers shorter service for under-prepared teachers | California Watch

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State considers shorter service for under-prepared teachers | California Watch: State considers shorter service for under-prepared teachers Joanna Lin Matt Kowal/Flickr Under proposals the state's teacher credentialing agency is set to consider today, school districts would need to show on a case-by-case basis that no fully credentialed teachers are available before they resort to less-qualified educators, and under-prepared teachers could serve a maximum of three years instead of five. The Commission on Teacher Credentialing is weighing the changes after expressing concern that un... more »

All Things Education: Sex, Shit 'n Standardized Testing!

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All Things Education: Sex, Shit 'n Standardized Testing!: Sex, Shit 'n Standardized Testing! by Rachel Levy First, there was this: "You get this rage up that we're wasting time testing, and you're making testing shorter and shittier," Coleman said at a Brookings panel Thursday. That's David Coleman, one of the architects of the Common Core English & Language Arts Standards, and president of the College Board. This isn't the first time Coleman has cursed when speaking publicly about education. Several months ago, he reportedly said in another public speaking engagement, “as you g... more »

Recent Books to Read About Schools! Part III « Deborah Meier on Education

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Recent Books to Read About Schools! Part III « Deborah Meier on Education: Recent Books to Read About Schools! Part III by debmeier On Purpose Before Twenty, by Adam Cox (Four Corners Press). A fascinating and deeply moving account of the author’s unique interviews with boys and young men as part of a two-year study on the subject. His focus is on “life purposes”—or, as he puts it, work. It’s a powerful examination (that applies as well to girls, he suspects) on the impact of disrespecting work, viewing it as “necessary” but unworthy of high ideals. It goes well alongside Mike... more »

People Who Write Open Letters To Obama Actually Want Him To Read Them [EdWeek] | The Jose Vilson

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People Who Write Open Letters To Obama Actually Want Him To Read Them [EdWeek] | The Jose Vilson: People Who Write Open Letters To Obama Actually Want Him To Read Them [EdWeek] by Jose An excerpt from a follow-up post I wrote for Education Week: “What it also means, though, is that your primary supporters feel like they should have a seat at your table from the very beginning when they don’t. At least not consistently. This dynamic matters especially with regard education, where the collective experience of participants and practitioners on the ground matter just as much as those... more »

Lessons: From Katrina: Raising Awareness… Raising FundsSave Our Schools

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Lessons: From Katrina: Raising Awareness… Raising FundsSave Our Schools: Lessons: From Katrina: Raising Awareness… Raising Funds by Server *Save Our Schools Webinar and Fundraiser* *Lessons: From Katrina: Raising Awareness… Raising Funds* *Louisiana Residents,* Educators Karran Harper Royal, Raynard Sanders *New Jersey and New York Residents,* Educators, Terry Moore and Rosalie Friend *Sunday, December 16, 2012 8:30 PM Eastern Time [ET}* *Please Join Us!* Lessons: From Katrina: Raising Awareness… Raising Funds*[This is Part One of a Two Part Hurricane Sandy Webinar/Fundraiser Series]*... more »

The Fatal Disconnects in Florida’s Education Accountability System and the Emerging Education Industrial Complex | Scathing Purple Musings

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The Fatal Disconnects in Florida’s Education Accountability System and the Emerging Education Industrial Complex | Scathing Purple Musings: The Fatal Disconnects in Florida’s Education Accountability System and the Emerging Education Industrial Complex by Bob Sikes When Florida’s interim education commissioner Pam Stewart took the stage yesterday before the Senate Subcommittee on Education Appropriations to spin the release of SB 736 teacher evaluation data, her focus was on form and nuance. The only voice coming from the thicket was that of Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee). This... more »

NYC Educator: All Aboard the Junk Science Express

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NYC Educator: All Aboard the Junk Science Express: All Aboard the Junk Science Express by NYC Educator It's mind boggling. Everywhere you read, oh no, it's an emergency! NYC can lose 300 million bucks if we don't agree on an evaluation system! The astroturf shills at E4E are rallying! How will the educators for excellent know whether or not they really are excellent if they haven't got a value-added system on which to base their self-styled opinions? Fellow astroturfers Students First NY are putting up wads of corporate cash to push it through. Bloomberg, predictably, blames the un... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie: Divisive Hypocrite

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Jersey Jazzman: Chris Christie: Divisive Hypocrite: Chris Christie: Divisive Hypocrite by Duke Post-fleece Chris Christie: *The Daily Show with Jon Stewart* Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook *(9:37) When you're trying to narrow people into corner, Jon, and call them names, it makes it much harder to get them to the table and compromise. And that's what we're supposed to be doing. People elected us to get things done, not to bloviate. * Pre-fleece Chris Christie: "Scaring students in the classroom, scaring parents with ... more »

Friday Thoughts on Data, Assessment & Informed Decision Making in Schools « School Finance 101

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Friday Thoughts on Data, Assessment & Informed Decision Making in Schools « School Finance 101: Friday Thoughts on Data, Assessment & Informed Decision Making in Schools by schoolfinance101 Some who read this blog might assume that I am totally opposed, in any/all circumstances to using data in schools to guide decision-making. Despite my frequent public cynicism I assure you that I believe that much of the statistical information we collect on and in schools and school systems can provide useful signals regarding what’s working and what’s not, and may provide more ambiguous sign... more »

Ed Notes Online: NY Times on The Wave and Rockaway Film: Together We Will Rebuild

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: NY Times on The Wave and Rockaway Film: Together We Will Rebuild: NY Times on The Wave and Rockaway Film: Together We Will Rebuild by ed notes online The NY Times has been doing some great articles on Rockaway. Today they made me kvell. I was so happy to see the first post storm issue last week. I just hope it survives the storm. City Room: Newspaper Born of a Fire Is Back in Ink After a StormBy VIVIAN YEE [image: The Wave, the weekly newspaper in the Rockaways, has resumed printing after Hurricane Sandy ruined its offices. On Wednesday, Susan Locke, the publisher... more »

Bobby or Brittne? | Taking Note

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
Bobby or Brittne? | Taking Note: Bobby or Brittne? by John Merrow When you watch a film, what moves you? What characters stay with you? I have no doubt that, when you watch our upcoming documentary “Rebirth: New Orleans,” (an extended cut trailer is embedded above) you are going to fall in love with some of the people (particularly the kids) in the film. You may find yourself rooting for the young principal of a charter high school, hoping that he will see the light. Or you’ll be crossing your fingers that Daniel, Kady and Colleston, the three young teachers from Teach for Americ... more »

School Tech Connect: We Need Better Democrats

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
School Tech Connect: We Need Better Democrats: We Need Better Democrats by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) How's everyone doing tonight? You know what I don't get? I don't get how Daniel Biss''s cash balance schemeposal doesn't exacerbate the difference between the haves and have-nots among Illinois school districts. Earlier in the year, Biss scolded a completely clueless Tom Cross about the opposite impact of TRS funding and the equalization formula. They're a bit at odds, he was explaining in plaintive tones. Cross was like* *Yeah, you're a smarty, aren't you? * *So, if the ... more »

VAM is a SCAM, said SAM I AM … Florida Teachers Chant #StopRTTT « Continuing Change

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 23 hours ago
VAM is a SCAM, said SAM I AM … Florida Teachers Chant #StopRTTT « Continuing Change: VAM is a SCAM, said SAM I AM … Florida Teachers Chant #StopRTTT by gatorbonbc *VAM is a SCAM said Sam I Am.**I do not want that VAM is a SCAM, * *I do not want it, says Sam I Am.* *.* *I will not take in lying down, I will NOT be treated like a clown.* *I will not take it sitting in a chair, I will not take it anywhere!* *I will not take that rotten VAM, you can shove it, says Sam-I-Am.* *.* *You can not fool me with your lies, your goal is just to privatize.* *You think that you are oh so slick.* *So t... more »

NAACP seeks to mount shakeup in US education - SFGate

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NAACP seeks to mount shakeup in US education - SFGate: NAACP seeks to mount shakeup in US educationBy SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated PressUpdated 2:52 p.m., Thursday, December 6, 2012 WASHINGTON (AP) — The NAACP is going on the offensive on education, deploying volunteers across the country in its biggest push for a public education overhaul since the nation's classrooms were ordered desegregated in 1954, the civil rights group said Thursday. The volunteers, who have been trained for the past two years, will lobby at the state and county levels for four educational priorities: — Ext... more »

Court overturns ruling giving more space to charter schools - latimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Court overturns ruling giving more space to charter schools - latimes.com: Court overturns ruling giving more space to charter schools [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] Los Angeles school district officials won a key legal battle with charter schools this week, when an appeals court struck down a ruling that could have opened up vast numbers of needed classrooms for charters, while also creating potential hardships for traditional neighborhood schools. The decision means that charter schools will receive space in much the same way as traditional schools: If... more »

LAUSD TO RECONSTITUTE CRENSHAW AND DORSEY HIGH- WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH - Perdaily.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
LAUSD TO RECONSTITUTE CRENSHAW AND DORSEY HIGH- WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH - Perdaily.com: LAUSD TO RECONSTITUTE CRENSHAW AND DORSEY HIGH- WHEN IS ENOUGH ENOUGH by Leonard Isenberg [image: Crenshaw High.jpg] *(Mensaje se repite en Español) * * * *Do African Americans and Latinos ever get tired of auditioning for human being status in a fundamentally racist and corrupt Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) non-public education system that clearly has no expectation that their children are educable? It is 58 years after Brown vs. Board of Education and de facto segregated LAUSD non-p... more »

A Progress Report on Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
A Progress Report on Teacher Evaluation — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Klea Scharberg]A Progress Report on Teacher Evaluation December 6, 2012 by Klea Scharberg In the past three years, 36 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have changed their teacher evaluation policies, mainly to qualify for federal Race to the Top funds or No Child Left Behind waivers. States are drafting, implementing, and using new systems that incorporate measures of student achievement, levels of performance, classroom observations, and performance-based tenure decisions. All these... more »

This Week In Education: Charts: Teacher Pay, Teacher Prestige

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
This Week In Education: Charts: Teacher Pay, Teacher Prestige: Charts: Teacher Pay, Teacher Prestige by Alexander Russo Everyone wants to pay teachers more, but no one's agreed how -- or whether higher pay or tougher qualifications and evaluations come first:[image: image from thelearningcurve.pearson.com] Ratio of average teacher salary at primary, lower and upper secondary levels over the average gross wage, selected countries, 2010 (Pearson)

If you are a public employee, active teacher or retiree in the Chicago north suburbs. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
If you are a public employee, active teacher or retiree in the Chicago north suburbs. « Fred Klonsky: If you are a public employee, active teacher or retiree in the Chicago north suburbs. by Fred Klonsky Pension Rally *Springfield Legislators introduced HB 6258 this week.* *If passed, this legislation will:* - *Increase your Retirement Age* - *Decrease your pay* - *Reduce your Cost of Living Adjustment* Join us in rallying at the Capitol on January 3, 2013. A bus will be leaving from the Church Street side of Golf Mill Shopping Center (near JC Penney)- 239 Golf Mill Cent... more »








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