Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: A Year in Review - Higher Education

2012: A Year in Review - Higher Education:


2012: A Year in Review

20122012 was a tumultuous year in terms of higher education.
When historians review 2012 for its noteworthy moments, events and milestones, they will find the year was a trying one for the American higher education system, despite its being able to educate and enlighten thousands in search of more choices and preparation for adult self-sufficiency.
Many academicians and students worked for and celebrated the re-election of President Barack Obama to a second term. Obama’s re-election helped ensure higher education would continue having a strong advocate in the White House as the nation continues to navigate perilous economic waters that increasingly threaten public support for education. Also, Obama is expected to reinforce his DREAM Act agenda, building on his decision barring the deportation of undocumented immigrants who meet certain requirements outlined in the proposed 

12 Blogs I Loved In 2012 | The Jose Vilson

12 Blogs I Loved In 2012 | The Jose Vilson:


12 Blogs I Loved In 2012


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In my short notes series, I like to share things I’ve read from around the web, usually parsed out from the plethora of things I pick up on my social media networks. At times, I find gems that keep me coming back for more. The following list have been reliable sources for pieces to share all year. I’ve had some of these in my Google reader since I started blogging, and some of these are relatively new to me. Either way, check them out and tell them I sent you:
In no particular order:
BrainPickings.org
Maria Popova’s blog continues to be a source of inspiration for my writing. The curation of pieces is top notch.
NYC Educator
Not that people don’t already laud him for his blog, but recently, it feels like everyone’s

Jersey Jazzman: Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?

Jersey Jazzman: Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?:


Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?

Donate to CAP? Are You Serious?

I'm on the email solicitation list for the Center for American Progress, a "progressive" think-tank in Washington. And, apparently, they want my money - badly:
We need the Center for American Progress.

During my time in Congress, CAP provided the fuel that powered our hard-fought victories on issues like health care, the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and women’s health. Their side had money, and our side fought back with facts—and those facts came from CAP. Progressive champions at the local, state, and federal levels rely on CAP’s expertise, analysis, and 

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Dear Standardized Testing...

DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: Dear Standardized Testing...:


Dear Standardized Testing...

Teachers Don't Suck !: A New Approach to Classroom Discipline

Teachers Don't Suck !: A New Approach to Classroom Discipline:


A New Approach to Classroom Discipline



WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM - Perdaily.com

WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM - Perdaily.com:


WHAT'S WRONG AT LAUSD AND HOW DO WE FIX IT? TUNE IN TO 90.7 FM KPFK ON 1/1/13 AT 4 PM

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(Mensaje se repite en Español) 

On New Year's Day at 4 pm on 90.7 FM KPFK I will do a show on the deplorable state of public education at the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), how we got here, what's the nefarious agenda, and the rather straight forward means of fixing it. Hopefully, this show will be the first in a series laying out in the clearest of possible terms what is wrong at LAUSD and what we can do to turn this unacceptable situation around. After an initial introduction of the topic and our panel, we will take calls from you the listening audience.

PUBLIC EDUCATION WAS CLEARLY TARGETED IN THE NEOLIBERAL AGENDA. IT'S MAJOR GOALS ARE:

  1. THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN THIS COUNTRY HAS BEEN ESTIMATED TO BE WORTH AS MUCH AS 1.3 TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR TO THE HEDGE FUNDS THAT WOULD WIND UP REPLACING PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICTS. THESE HEDGE FUNDS COULD DOUBLE THEIR MONEY IN 7 YEARS, WHILE GETTING SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL AND STATE TAX BENEFITS. 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 12-30-2012 #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



Kimble's Corner: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced!

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Kimble's Corner: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced!: Profiles in Courageousness Mayan Apocalypse Winner Announced! by Representative Kimble I am pleased to announce the winner of the Ronald Reagan vs. Mayan Apocalypse winner. It wasn't an easy choice for our judges, but in the end we gave the nod to Jeffery Caldwell for his coining of the phrase "Morning in Mesoamerica". I will be contacting Jeffery tonight to let him know how to claim his rare free edition of the Profiles in Courageousness eBook. These were my favorite entries: Reagan foiled the ... more »

Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year

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Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year: Karen Lewis: The 2012 Education Person of the Year *Michael J. Petrilli / December 28, 2012* [image: Karen Lewis] Karen Lewis: the Anti-Ed-Reform Idol. *Photo from the Chicago Tribune*. If 2011 was the “year of school choice,” then 2012 was the “year of the resurgent teachers union.” And leading the comeback was Chicago’s Karen Lewis—fiery, forceful, and unabashedly oppositional. Call her the Anti-Education-Reform Idol. Lewis dominated the education news in 2012. First there were the skirmishes over an extended day in the Second Ci... more »

Hunger Strike This Wednesday!!.southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: Hunger Strike This Wednesday!! by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) I've thought long and hard about it. On the night of January 1, 2013 I will eat my last meal for a while. As soon as the clock strikes midnight I will officially be on a hunger strike to keep PS 154x from closing and to keep it out of the hands of the Empire. Also, to keep the bogus evaluation system to take place. I'll add other causes. But that is all. I'll be drinking plenty of water. A movement needs to happen.

NYC Educator: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York?

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NYC Educator: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York?: Who's Accountable in Mayor Bloomberg's New York? by NYC Educator Mayor Bloomberg loves talking about "accountability." That's what teachers need. It's important, therefore, that we establish parameters that will ensure they are fired for no reason. This, of course, is why we're having conversations about judging teachers by test scores. The methodology is absurd, and does not reflect on how good or bad teachers may be, but at least it will guarantee some of them will lose their jobs. It's another thing altogether when ... more »

Oregon Save Our Schools: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference

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Oregon Save Our Schools: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference: Education Reform (Real VS. Phony) and How Upcoming Events Will Help You Distinguish the Difference by Oregon SOS [image: Putting the Public Back in Our Public Schools!] Many of us involved in Oregon SOS are thrilled about a number of experiences this January that will help to create what we hope is a larger dialogue on the subject of public education reform. (With our personal interest being that this moves more people to press for and create reforms that a... more »

Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable - San Jose Mercury News

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Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable - San Jose Mercury News: Jackie Speier: I regret that I haven't done more to stop the unspeakable By Jackie Speier Special to the Mercury News Posted: 12/21/2012 12:41:49 PM PST Updated: 12/21/2012 04:04:11 PM PST Click photo to enlarge November 1978: Congressman Leo J. Ryan, right, and... (Greg Robinson, San Francisco Examiner) - - 1 - 2 - » Related Stories - Dec 23: - What will it take? Sandy Hook massacre elicits strong opinions on changing gun laws - Herhold: A cop's story abo... more »

Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie | Reclaim Reform

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Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie | Reclaim Reform: Ronald Reagan Exposes the Social Security Lie by kenpreviti [image: Reagan-refuses-to-lie-about-SS]Social Security that is unsocial and insecure. Pensions entrusted to state governments that cannot be trusted to govern a trust. Representatives who do not represent. Legislators who do not write or read legislation. Leaders who follow. Public services cut for corporate tax reduction. Public schools for private profit. The list goes on and on in the world’s wealthiest country that claims it cannot afford human services whic... more »

Ed Notes Online: PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz)

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Ed Notes Online: PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz): PEP Hearing, 12/20/2012 by SOSfromEVA (Save our Students from Eva Moskowitz) by ed notes online The Eva/Success scam exposed. Watch resources in the Success network flow to the rich white kids whose parents want to use public funds instead of paying for private school. Really, a brilliant business model to drain funding from public schools and remove those pesky kids of color from neighborhoods where they are not wanted. One day the parents in Harlem will see that very clearly. Great wor... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-30-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Time for Action by dianerav In response to Katie Osgood’s post, “A Message to Reformers,” Maureen Reedy wrote the following: “Katie, Diane and Friends, I am loving your article Katie, it is right on in every way. No more! No MORE!!! NO MORE!!!! I have contacted Ed Schultz, a production company in California, Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow who teaches at Ohio State, state senator and superintendents in Michigan, I have a panel ready to go with the media when we get someone to pick up the ball and run with it. I have been in touch with Paren... more »

First Focus: Will Congress push America's kids over the cliff? - California's Children

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First Focus: Will Congress push America's kids over the cliff? - California's Children: First Focus: Will Congress push America's kids over the cliff? [image: Fiscal cliff affect on kids chart]*December 27, 2012: First Focus*, a Washington, D.C.-based, bipartisan advocacy nonprofit dedicated to making children and families a priority in federal policy and budget decisions, released its analysis just last week on how the "fiscal cliff" -- also known as "sequestration" -- would affect specifically affect children in the U.S. At left is the graph, breaking out the specific cuts, total... more »

School House to White House Some of the Presidents attended neighborhood public schools, and some of them learned in rural classrooms

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School House to White House: School House to White House: The Education of the Presidents - - Larger Version - First-grader Richard Nixon sits at the end of the first row. (Nixon Library) Our modern Presidents received educations and participated in school activities in ways as diverse as their backgrounds and their political philosophies. Some of the Presidents attended neighborhood public schools, and some of them learned in rural classrooms; others studied under tutors and attended prestigious private schools. Many of the Presidents participated in extracurricular a... more »

School Tech Connect: Exciting New Choices...

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School Tech Connect: Exciting New Choices...: Exciting New Choices... by noreply@blogger.com (Tim Furman) There's a whole generation of kids of color who have grown up not having any idea what a comprehensive secondary education looks like. They get these things instead. Or these things. I'm really shocked that the elites have not moved back into the city to attend the lawyer-prep charter school. It's almost as if they think their kids deserve *more* than field trips to law firms. And I don't know how the private schools, or the selective enrollment public schools, stay in bus... more »

The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky

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The Sunday Mail. « Fred Klonsky: The Sunday Mail. by Fred Klonsky [image: 65145_10151196300791130_1690152841_n] *Close the School of the Americas.* Remembering Don Cornelius. In 1973 we would roll up the carpet at Dennis and Roberta’s Garfield Boulevard apartment on the South Side and dance to *Love Train.* *New Jersey’s Governor Christie started his rule attacking teachers.* It’s a gateway drug. *Poor kids don’t need Art and Music education.* *What?* *An online petition for an elected school board in Chicago*, the only Illinois school system that doesn’t have one. Sign it. Pass it o... more »

The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up | Parents Across America

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The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up | Parents Across America: The Weekly Update: Teachers Speak Up by DoraTaylor *The Weekly Update for the news and views you might have missed.* This week has been a slower news week than usual for obvious reasons but the internet is burning up with announcements of new Facebook pages sprouting up started by an array of parents and teachers from around the country standing with their teachers and students and against the privatization of their schools. Just this morning I was invited to like four Facebook pages related to education. They are: *Par... more »

Schools Matter: The Hoover Institute's Amazing Discoveries

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Schools Matter: The Hoover Institute's Amazing Discoveries: The Hoover Institute's Amazing Discoveries by John I previously characterized much of the research published by "reformers" as evidence-influenced, as opposed to evidence-driven. I cited criticisms by Bruce Baker and Julia Sass Rubin of the new Hoover Institute CREDO study of New Jersey charter schools. Today, however, I would like praise the conservative think tank. “Charter School Performance in New Jersey,” includes a repudiation of everything that the Hoover Institute has advocated. It compares outcomes for 77... more »

A City Education: Why Afterschool Programs Are Key to Student Success | Education on GOOD

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A City Education: Why Afterschool Programs Are Key to Student Success | Education on GOOD: A City Education: Why Afterschool Programs Are Key to Student Success [image: city.year] *In our A City Education series, City Year corps members share their experiences working as tutors and mentors in schools in hopes of closing the opportunity gap and ending the dropout crisis.* The hours after school can be very dangerous for students who do not have a structured space to go. Many students have parents who are still at work during afterschool time, and these students have free time to spe... more »

new years resolutions for parents of 2008 birthday children - my sidewalk chalk blog - nyc school help

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new years resolutions for parents of 2008 birthday children - my sidewalk chalk blog - nyc school help: new years resolutions for parents of 2008 birthday children SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2012 AT 10:14AM 1. *Don't panic.* There is no need and people who panic drown. Stay calm and centered and when "that mom" at the playground tells you that you are screwed because you didn't do this-and-such or didn't get into "the" school. Drop her. She is trouble and she is not correct, and your poor spouse will have to spend a week talking you down, when you should have been laughing with your chil... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: Charter schools have become huge business for CMOs

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: Charter schools have become huge business for CMOs: Charter schools have become huge business for CMOs by Mike Klonsky "What we are having now is private control of public schools." -- Prof. Gary Miron Eleanor Chute writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ("Charter schools now big business nationwide") about how charter schools have been transformed into huge, often profitable business enterprises since their inception in the early 1990's. *The early charter schools in Pennsylvania were largely the product of passionate parents or community gro... more »

Learning from Mick Wilz « Cooperative Catalyst

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Learning from Mick Wilz « Cooperative Catalyst: Learning from Mick Wilz by pamelamoran *“Don’t just talk about change. Show it.”* Mick Wilz’s post in *The New York Times* is a simple, but rich and complex, narrative that sense-makes the teaching and learning process from an alternative point of view. I’d like to think that any professional educator who takes the time to read his story would find both reinforcement for – and cause to question what s/he does each day. *“I WAS born in 1956. I should have been reading in grade school, but I’m dyslexic — I have trouble reading, writing... more »

UPDATE: Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day “Google Maps Streetview Player” Is Just What I’ve Been Looking For! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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“Google Maps Streetview Player” Is Just What I’ve Been Looking For! | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: “Google Maps Streetview Player” Is Just What I’ve Been Looking For! by Larry Ferlazzo I’ve written a lot, both here in my blog (see A Lesson Highlighting Community Assets — Not Deficits) and in one of my books, about one of my favorite lessons. In short, after students identify the qualities that are most important to them in where they want to live, they compare our lower-income school neighborhood with the Fabulous Forties, commonly considered the most wealthy area of Sa... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Rocketship: "Poor Kids Don't Deserve Music & Art!"

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Jersey Jazzman: Rocketship: "Poor Kids Don't Deserve Music & Art!": Rocketship: "Poor Kids Don't Deserve Music & Art!" by Duke As a lifelong music educator, this is one of the most despicable education stories I've ever heard: JEFFREY BROWN: Now we look to a California education experiment called the Rocketship Model that involves teachers, kids and parents and aims to expand one day to serve a million students. NewsHour's special correspondent for education, John Merrow, has our report. [...] JOHN MERROW: For about one hour every day, students practice math and literacy skil... more »

How’s your honeycomb? Collecting pollen and making honey #professionallearning | Connected Principals

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How’s your honeycomb? Collecting pollen and making honey #professionallearning | Connected Principals: How’s your honeycomb? Collecting pollen and making honey #professionallearning by Bo Adams Many – maybe all – schools send teachers to conferences. This practice seems important (otherwise, why do we do it, right?). It’s like collecting pollen for the hive. Curious, ambitious teachers venture out to conferences – ASCD, Learning Forward, NAIS, EduCon, SXSWedu, Solution Tree, etc. – to learn and grow. To collect pollen for the hive. How does your school work to transform that coll... more »

Miracle Schools!: Proceed with Caution

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Miracle Schools!: Proceed with Caution: Miracle Schools!: Proceed with Caution By P.L. Thomas on December 30, 2012 3:00 pm / no comments During her tenure as Secretary of Education (2005-2009), Margaret Spellings announced No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was proving to be a success based on a 7 point gain in NAEP reading scores from 1999-2005. The data evidence referenced by Spellings was factual as framed, but when Gerald Bracey and Stephen Krashen dug beneath that broad claim, Spellings’ claim fell apart since the gain occurred entirely between 1999-2002, before any implementation o... more »

The FBI coordinated the crackdown of Occupy with big banks | Seattle Education

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The FBI coordinated the crackdown of Occupy with big banks | Seattle Education: The FBI coordinated the crackdown of Occupy with big banks Posted on December 30, 2012 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment From the Guardian: *Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy* There is a new twist: the merger of the private sector, DHS and the FBI means that any of us can become WikiLeaks, a point that Julian Assange was trying to make in explaining the argument behind his recent book. The fusion of the tracking of money and the suppression of dissent means that a huge are... more »

Charter schools now big business nationwide - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Charter schools now big business nationwide - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: *Charter schools now big business nationwide* *Management firms bring money, clout to help operate them* *Again, It's about the Money* The early charter schools in Pennsylvania were largely the product of passionate parents or community groups, who sometimes planned their dream schools around the kitchen table. But the picture has changed dramatically since the charter school law was passed in Pennsylvania in 1997, with an expansion of education management organizations that bring big money and clout into the pic... more »

John Merrow: Is This Education Model Replicable?

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John Merrow: Is This Education Model Replicable?: Is This Education Model Replicable? Posted: 12/29/2012 11:47 am We produced a piece on PBS *NewsHour *last night, about the Rocketship Education model currently out of San Jose, CA. Rocketship Schools -- currently seven in all -- are among the top performing low income schools in the state. The dream, when founded, was replication. Although others have tried, nobody has successfully mass produced a high quality, cost effective school model. Will Rocketship be the first? I'd encourage you to watch the piece (embedded below) and offer ... more »

Why don’t more girls study physics? | The Raw Story

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Why don’t more girls study physics? | The Raw Story: Why don’t more girls study physics? By The Guardian Sunday, December 30, 2012 9:31 EST [image: confused woman in science class via Shutterstock] Topics: Alice Williams *Almost half of Britain’s co-ed schools have no female students taking A-level physics, but one London school is showing how it is possible to buck the trend.* Alice Williams is 16, and her eyes are gleaming. As she speaks, her face grows pink with excitement and her hands wave around expressively. You might expect her to be talking about the latest*Twilight* film ... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 12-30-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Do Poor Kids Need Art and Music Education? by dianerav This is one of the most important posts you will read this year–or next. The Rocketship charter chain hopes to be the mass-produced model for poor kids in America. It intends someday to enroll one million children. Jersey Jazzman takes a close look at John Merrow’s PBS episode about Rocketship charters. . The children in these charters get no music or art. None. The leaders of Rocketship don’t see this as a problem. In their view, poor kids need basic skill... more »

The New York Times Has Discovered The Perils Of Being Data-Driven — I Just Wish Arne Duncan Would, Too | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

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The New York Times Has Discovered The Perils Of Being Data-Driven — I Just Wish Arne Duncan Would, Too | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…: The New York Times Has Discovered The Perils Of Being Data-Driven — I Just Wish Arne Duncan Would, Too by Larry Ferlazzo I have written regularly about the dangers of being “data-driven” instead of being “data-informed.” In fact, I have a lengthy, and popular, post titled The Best Resources Showing Why We Need To Be “Data-Informed” & Not “Data-Driven.” Here’s my previously posted summary of how our school’s extraordinary principal, Ted Ap... more »

Revisiting Florida’s 2012 Charter School Scandals | Scathing Purple Musings

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Revisiting Florida’s 2012 Charter School Scandals | Scathing Purple Musings Revisiting Florida’s 2012 Charter School Scandals by Bob Sikes [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] *Tampa Bay Times *reporter Diane Steinle sees the unseemly details of a taxpayer-funded charter school as one of North Pinellas biggest stories of the year: Life Force Arts and Technology Academy, a publicly funded charter school in Dunedin, was open for only two years, but in that time it accumulated a lengthy list of shortcomings: mismanagement, misappropriation of funds, deviations fr... more »

SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: For public education

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SACRAMENTO PROGRESSIVE ALLIANCE: For public education: For public education by Duane Campbell Once social change begins, it can not be reversed. You cannot un-educate the person who has learned to read. You cannot humiliate the person who feels pride. You cannot oppress the people who are not afraid anymore. Cesar Chavez. Nov.9, 1984.

Parents and pupils worried about Philadelphia school closings take their concerns to City Hall - Philly.com

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Parents and pupils worried about Philadelphia school closings take their concerns to City Hall - Philly.com: Parents and pupils worried about Philadelphia school closings take their concerns to City Hall December 29, 2012|By Kristen A. Graham, Inquirer Staff Writer Image 1 of 3 View Gallery - [image: Khyrie Brown, 12, a seventh grader at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion, reads a letter he wrote asking Mayor Nutter to halt the closure. (KRISTEN A. GRAHAM / Staff)] Khyrie Brown, 12, a seventh grader at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion,… (KR... more »

Reforming Businesses, Reforming Schools: Outsourcing as a Fad | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Reforming Businesses, Reforming Schools: Outsourcing as a Fad | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Reforming Businesses, Reforming Schools: Outsourcing as a Fad by larrycuban [image: images-2] Readers over a certain age may recall reforms that cascaded through corporations in each decade since the 1960s. They might recall “zero-based budgeting,” “management by objectives,” “restructuring,” “management by walking about,” and “Quality Circles.” Sure, I could name more but that is enough. Opinion leaders beat the drums for each one as they rapidly spread through * ... more »

Less Time Teaching, More Time Learning | Connected Principals

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Less Time Teaching, More Time Learning | Connected Principals: Less Time Teaching, More Time Learning by George Couros *This post originally appeared on the “Education is My Life” site, which has several offerings aggregated by A.J. Juliani.* I don’t remember much about what I learned in elementary school, but I do remember how much I cared about my teachers, and inversely, how much they cared about me. The teachers that meant the most to me were the ones who understood that I was a very active kid who could not sit still for anything; and if you look back at any of the pictures ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: Blog Recommendation: NYC Educator

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Jersey Jazzman: Blog Recommendation: NYC Educator: Blog Recommendation: NYC Educator by Duke I have to apologize to a great edu-blogger: NYC Educator. I've been linking to his stuff for a good while now, but I stupidly left him off my blogroll. If you care about education, this blog is well worth your time. Here's an example: Hi, I'm Michelle Rhee. At a time like this, I think it's only fit we redouble my efforts to ensure our reforms reach every student in these United States. After all, people as wealthy as Broad, Gates, and the Walmarts are paying good money for these reforms, ... more »

Ed Notes Online: Irony: Randi's Call for Teacher Voices to Be Heard Attacked by Ed Deformer

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Ed Notes Online: Irony: Randi's Call for Teacher Voices to Be Heard Attacked by Ed Deformer: Irony: Randi's Call for Teacher Voices to Be Heard Attacked by Ed Deformer by ed notes online Groups like E4E which bans any dissenting view gives teachers more of a voice? And Randi arguing for teacher voice when she and her crew deny rank and file teacher voices all the time -- like at the recent Del Ass where they argued against allowing teachers to vote on any eval agree even though it is a contract item and required by UFT by-laws. the views of our [self-declared] good-and-great tea... more »

Schools Matter: Continuing skirmishes with CCSS cheerleaders on Diane Ravitch's blog

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Schools Matter: Continuing skirmishes with CCSS cheerleaders on Diane Ravitch's blog: Continuing skirmishes with CCSS cheerleaders on Diane Ravitch's blog by Robert D. Skeels * rdsathene *"There is no evidence that standards and tests improve school achievement. The money budgeted for standards and tests to enforce the standards should be used to protect children from the effects of poverty." — Professor Stephen Krashen* [image: Common Core State Standards (CCSS) means profits for corporations and reduced critical thinking skills for working class people]The following is my edited ... more »

Diane in the Evening 12-29-12 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Why Is John Deasy Reconstituting a Successful School? by dianerav This is a puzzling story. At Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, teachers, administrators, students, and the community leaders worked together to improve te school. It seemed to be working. The school made enormous gains. But then Superintendent John Deasey stepped in and pulled the plug. He will reconstitute the school, break it up into four small schools, fire the staff, and start over. The staff can reapply for heir old jobs, but half or more are not likely to be invited back. The school ... more »

Pass / Fail : California official says law setting federal education standards is 'null and defunct' | 89.3 KPCC

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Pass / Fail : California official says law setting federal education standards is 'null and defunct' | 89.3 KPCC: California official says law setting federal education standards is 'null and defunct' by Adolfo Guzman-Lopez *Duh!* One of California’s top education officials said the federal No Child Left Behind law is no longer credible or legitimate because too many states have been given a waiver. “They have already disowned the program in terms of the U.S. Department of Education by the secretary already declaring it null and defunct in effect in 33 states," said Michael Kirst... more »

Why Do We Need to Play? (My #rechat Reflection) « Cooperative Catalyst

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Why Do We Need to Play? (My #rechat Reflection) « Cooperative Catalyst: Why Do We Need to Play? (My #rechat Reflection) by John T. Spencer The kids are in the backyard blowing bubbles. The canister reads Miracle Bubbles and it seems, at first, like hyperbole. Joel pulls out the wand and creates a floating orb. Brenna jumps up and pops the first one in delight. Micah pulls out a wand (a fitting word for the magic that happens) and asks if blowing it slower will make the bubbles bigger or smaller. This leads to a test of small and large bubbles and eventually an impromptu game happens... more »






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