Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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Quick action contemplated on new assessments, API rewrite

The state commission charged with overhauling the Academic Performance Index may have recommendations ready as soon as May, officials said Thursday.

Why The Rich Need To Scapegoat Teachers

Every once in a while, the corporate media goes too far and gives away the game:
So this is apparently a real thing from the Wall Street Journal.


The Onion couldn't top this. Whether it's the sad faces of all these put-upon dejected rich people, or the elderly minority couple who is depressed despite not paying extra taxes (or was that the point?), or the distressed single Asian lady making $230,000 who might not be able to buy that extra designer pantsuit this year, or the "single mother" making $260,000 whose kids presumably have a deadbeat, indigent dad just like any other poor family, or that struggling family of six making $650,000 including $180,000 of pure passive income and wondering how to make ends meet, 

Who Cares What Teachers Think?

I cannot tell you all how much this crap makes me nuts:

TED is coming to a television near you.

On April 16, PBS will air the very first televised TED event, TED Talks Education. The event, which will be filmed in New York on April 4, will bring together an hour of speakers and performers with a deep-rooted passion for education. The first three speakers booked: Bill GatesSir Ken Robinsonand Geoffrey Canada of the Harlem Children’s Zone – and watch for more announcements in coming weeks. With fresh thinking and bold ideas, the speakers and performers will discuss how we can curb the high school dropout crisis.

TED Talks Education will be broadcast nationally in the U.S. and will be produced by 

Report Criticizes School Discipline Measures Used in Mississippi

Less than three months after the Justice Department sued Meridian, Miss., over discipline procedures, a report said that “overly harsh” policies were common throughout the state.

New York Legislators Propose Giving Illegal Immigrants Access to College Financial Aid

The bill would open up several state tuition-assistance programs at colleges and universities and create a scholarship fund, but it would not create a path to citizenship.

Moody’s Gives Colleges a Negative Grade

The credit reporting agency said it had revised its financial outlook for colleges and universities, assigning a negative rating to the entire field.

Compare and Contrast

From Notre Dame’s official statement on the apparent hoaxing of their star player by a woman pretending to be his online girlfriend:
“While the proper authorities will continue to investigate this troubling matter, this appears to be, at a minimum, a sad and very cruel deception.”
From Notre Dame’s football coach’s official statement on the suicide of a nineteen-year-old who had nine days 

Poor News Network: Accreditation is the vehicle for privatization

by Terrilyn Woodfin, Poor News Network Bay View-just posted this piece as well- Students didn’t mince words at a protest to save City College at the [...] The post Poor News Network: Accreditation is the vehicle for privatization appeared first on DailyCensored.com - Breaking Censored News, World,...

Schedule of Events for the 57th Presidential Inaugural

According to NBC.com, the following is the updated schedule of events for the 2013 inauguration of President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
Note: All times are Eastern.
SATURDAY, JAN. 19
National Day of Service Summit on the National Mall
Location: The National Mall
Start Event: 9:30 a.m. ET
The First and Second families are issuing a call to action for all Americans to join together in service to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As part of the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the 2013 Presidential 


Grayslake teacher strike into second day.

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Grayslake teachers (District 46) on strike.
Lake County Federation of Teachers, Local 504 members hit the picket lines this morning after no agreement was reached in a last-ditch mediation session that ended late last night.
You can show your solidarity by joining the teachers at Frederick School located at 595 Frederick Road, Grayslake.



The Return to the Neighborhood – Mr. D is back!

I'm Back by popular demand!It took quite a while, but the Neighborhood is back in business!
To be honest, I was really expecting to post at least once a week when I started my new position.  However, this year I learned of a new kind of exhaustion.
My new school, in all fairness, is such a refreshing change from my old situation that my exhaustion was barely noticed.  It’s a charmed life: a K-8 neighborhood school in a Bronx neighborhood reminiscent of my ancestral 






Midtown may lose Washington Elementary School

One of Midtown's few remaining primary schools is on the chopping block for closure, along with 10 other sites in the Sacramento City Unified School District.
The school – Washington Elementary School at 520 18th Street – is between the Mansion Flats and New Era Park neighborhoods, and was built in the 1950s. It was nearly closed in 2009, amid a budget crisis.
The reason for the schools' potential closures is due to declining enrollment, and because they're operating at 

Take This Quiz: Are You As Well-Read As A 9th Grader?

A throw back to 10th grade English. It's fun and makes you remember the good old days of annotating and spotting imagery

From Good Girl to Feminist

There was nothing ambiguous  about how I was raised. What my parents expected of me was crystal clear, as were the expectations of my teachers and my church.  Always serve yourself last, my mother said. Make sure, wherever you are, that everyone else is taken care of before you think of yourself. Don’t raise your hand in class, even if you know the answer, because boys don’t like smart girls. I remember the humorless face of my fifth grade teacher as she intoned “Girls must be perfect, their clothes, their hair, their manners. Absolutely perfect.” Don’t call attention to yourself. Don’t be proud of yourself, or people will think you’re stuck up and you won’t have any friends. Don’t make waves, don’t cause a scene, lower your voice, and sit down. It doesn’t matter whether 

Seattle teachers resist standardized testing

As some of you might have heard, Seattle teachers at 2 high schools have refused to administer a junk science standardized test mandated by the district.  This is a brave action and a powerful action.  From all appearances this seems like a rank and file organized protest with deep roots at the school site level [...]

Student Navigates Alternate Routes to School

Hear how one family navigated the commute during the school bus strike
Jack Podvesker Hoffard is a lanky fifth grader who had both parents helping him get ready for school on Wednesday. He usually needs help but this was an unusual morning; because of the school bus strike Jack would take the subway.
Lynn Hoffard and Lori Podvesker help Jack get ready for school.
Normally, Jack took a yellow school bus from the door of his Clinton Hill home to school at P.S. K77, a school 

High Stakes Testing and Opting Out Webinar



High Stakes Testing and Opting Out

Originally posted at Parents Across America on January 16, 2013
You are invited to discuss high-stakes testing at an upcoming webinar. Register here. Share. Attend. The event is being hosted by Parents Across America.
Jan. 27 Testing Webcast with Fair Test Monty Neill, United Opt Out’s Tim Slekar and Shaun Johnson with special guest Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian on high stakes testing and opting out
The term “high stakes testing” refers to standardized tests that are taken by students and used to evaluate a teacher and/or principal’s performance or that of a school.
Many times these tests have been used more as a weapon rather than a tool, causing the wholesale firing of teachers and the closing of schools, many times converting those closed schools into charter schools.
This type of testing also creates additional stress for students who many times feel that how they perform on a test may affect the future of a well loved teacher or school.
Another outcome of high stakes testing is the unfortunate focus on a small amount of information that is anticipated being on the test rather than studying a subject with a broad overview and providing the opportunity to understand the subject within a context and relate it to other subjects.
Many school districts, and even states have unfortunately been a part of the high stakes testing phenomenon and school communities have suffered greatly from it. Due to the damage that has been done, many principals, teachers, school districts and superintendents have pushed back on high stakes testing and said that “enough is enough”. See High Stakes Testing and Opting Out: The Push Back.
On January 27 at 1:00 PM PST, 3:00 PM Central and 4:00 PM EST, Parents Across America will be hosting an online seminar on high stakes testing and opting out of such tests.
Our guests will be:
Jesse Hagopian, teacher at Garfield High School and part of the MAP test boycott
Shaun Johnson, a former public school teacher, current teacher educator and online radio show co-host of At the Chalk Face who is a founder of United Opt Out National.
Monty Neill, Executive Director of the National Center for Fair & Open Testing (FairTest). Dr. Neill authored Implementing Performance Assessments: A Guide to Classroom School and System Reform, and Testing Our Children: A Report Card on State Assessment Systems, the first comprehensive evaluation of all 50 state testing programs.
Tim Slekar, a former public school teacher and now an associate professor of teacher education. Dr. Slekar is also co-host of At the Chalk Face and a founder of United Opt Out National.
There will be a discussion on:
  • How high stakes testing got started.
  • Methods to fairly evaluate a teacher in the classroom.
  • Opting your student out of high stakes testing, why and how.
Each guest speaker will have an opportunity to talk about these subjects and then it will be opened up for questions and discussion.
To sign up for this event, go to Eventbrite. You will be notified of instructions on how to sign onto the webinar a few days before the event.
We can accept a maximum of 100 guests.
If you have any questions, please leave your question in the comment section of this post.
~ Dora Taylor


PURE, LSC members call for investigation of UNO charter network finances






NEWS RELEASE *** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *** January 17, 2013
CONTACT: Julie Woestehoff, Parents United for Responsible Education (PURE) – 773-715-3989
Rosemary Sierra, President, Pilsen Academy Local School Council – 312-719-2740

Chicago parents call on Illinois Executive Inspector General
to investigate UNO finances

Up to $133 million taxpayer dollars flow to politically connected charter network on shaky financial ground
while neighborhood schools face massive cuts and closures

CHICAGO- Today, representatives of Parents United for Responsible Education and Chicago Local School Councils will meet with the Illinois Office of the Executive Inspector General to ask for an investigation of the financial conditions of the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) and its use of millions in taxpayer funds.
The Illinois General Assembly was on the verge of considering Senate Bill 24 on January 3rd, 2013, before they adjourned the lame duck session. Sponsored by Senator Heather Steans, the bill would give UNO charters another $35 million appropriation beyond the $98 million they have already received.
Parents are concerned that the legislature will approve this money without considering the risky financial practices of UNO and its UNO Charter School Network, even though Chicago is preparing to close as many as 137 schools due to alleged underutilization. And things could get much worse. Governor Quinn announced yesterday that state education funding may have to be cut as much as $400 million.
If SB 24 is approved by the state legislature, UNO and CPS would each be in line for the $35 million in state appropriations, which would result in approximately $5,415 in funding for each UNO student and $2.7 million per school, compared to approximately $89 in funding for each Chicago Public School (CPS) student and $54,405 for each school.
“It is outrageous that UNO is slated to receive the same amount of money as the entire Chicago school district will receive, when UNO runs only 13 schools,” said Julie Woestehoff, PURE executive director. “We call on the Illinois Inspector General to investigate how this politically-connected organization is able to amass such a large amount of taxpayer dollars without accountability to the public. Certainly UNO should not receive any more money until it is clear to the public that the money is being used properly, for improved education for Chicago children and not UNO’s ambitious real estate portfolio.” PURE has raised concerns before about the state’s largess toward UNO.
UNO has received nearly $100 million in legislative earmarks, and nearly $70 million in tax-exempt bonds to buy land, build schools and meet its lenders’ and bondholders’ expectations for the charter operator’s growth in enrollment and revenue. These bonds and direct state handouts were issued for the purchase of land and construction for UNO’s rapid expansion program, and enabled the growth needed to meet debt payments and growth commitments to UNO’s lenders and other bondholders in a complicated financial shell game.
Our school has never gotten the programs and supplies our children need. Now CPS is planning to close a lot of schools, supposedly to save money. At the same time, UNO keeps getting millions of dollars to pull students from our school and put us in danger of being closed,” said Rosemary Sierra, local school council president at Pilsen Community Academy. “We thought the state had a budget crisis, but they seem to be able to find millions for the politically-connected people at UNO. Meanwhile, some of UNO’s schools have the lowest rating in CPS.”
Despite massive political favoritism, tens of millions in state subsidies and millions more in additional credit supports from bodies such as the Illinois Facilities Fund and Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Standard & Poor’s still rated UNO’s 2011 series tax-exempt bonds BBB-, which is one step above “junk” status.
UNO Board Chairman Juan Rangel and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel are longtime allies. Rangel recently served as finance chairman of Emanuel’s mayoral campaign, and he and other appointed-not elected-UNO leaders have strung together multiple taxpayer-subsidized and tax-exempt financial transactions to pay off private bank loans and private bondholders. UNO is using this largesse to engineer a rapid buildup of not only its student enrollment, but of substantial real estate holdings as well.
A breakdown of three years of UNO tax-exempt bonds is attached. It shows that, with each successive transaction, the financial burden has resulted in higher debt-per-student costs as UNO has nearly no other source of revenue other than public transfers via direct subsidies, publicly issued bonds and government contracts. If UNO fails to secure more buildings and more students, the growing financial burden will likely have an adverse impact on its students as per-pupil classroom spending will suffer due to an increasing portion of the network’s income being diverted to cover debt payments.
We are pleased that the Office of the Executive Inspector General recently launched a Grant Review Initiative Team to look into state grants like these. We are meeting with an intake investigator right after this press conference.
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Details of UNO bonds from public sources:
Series 2006 Bonds: The Illinois Finance Authority issued $17.3 million in tax-exempt bonds for both UNO and the Noble Network of Charter Schools. UNO used $6 million in tax-exempt bond proceeds-plus $1.15 million in taxable bond proceeds-to finance renovations at three properties leased from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Student enrollment was projected to be 1,813 students for the 2006-07 year, and the debt-per-student was calculated at $4,429 ($8,028,994 in total funds divided by 1,813 students).
Series 2007 Bonds: The Illinois Finance Authority issued $15.8 million in tax-exempt bonds for UNO. UNO used the bond proceeds-plus $200,000 in taxable bond proceeds and a $1.6 million deposit from lender IFF-to finance the acquisition and renovation of a school from the Archdiocese of Chicago. Student enrollment was projected to be 2,376 students for the 2007-08 year and the debt-per-student was calculated at $10,781 (Series 2006 balance of $7,658,406, plus $17,957,714 in total funds, divided by 2,376 students). This is an increase of 143 percent from the previous year.
Series 2011 Bonds: The Illinois Finance Authority issued $35.85 million in tax-exempt bonds for UNO. UNO used the $35.85 million-plus $495,000 in taxable bond proceeds-to pay off a private bank loan. Student enrollment was projected to be 5,424 at the start of the 2011-12 year and the debt-per-student was calculated at $12,500 ($67,800,000 in outstanding debt per the November 13, 2011 S&P Ratings Report, divided by 5,424 students]. This is a 16 percent increase from 2007.
Attachment:
Standard and Poor report on UNO Finances



“American’s Didn’t Always Yearn for Riches.” « Deborah Meier on Education

“American’s Didn’t Always Yearn for Riches.” « Deborah Meier on Education:


“American’s Didn’t Always Yearn for Riches.”

Dear readers
I’ve noticed that even amongst my allies on school reform that tracking by so-called ability (test scores of some sort nowadays) is now back in fashion, and charter schools are another way to make it happen. The arguments for the practice, now conducted by essentially separating kids by test scores as early as possible, has probably never been more popular. In some ways it was our victory over earlier forms of tracking that led to using test scores, which are unbelievably sensitive to race, gender. social class and ethnicity/ When I arrived in NYC with three elementary grade children in 1966 I immediately enrolled them at PS 9 (in Manhattan’s west side). They were placed, by the school, ) in the top class in grades one, three and five–although no one tested them or 

Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings

Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing | Scathing Purple Musings:


Florida Chamber of Commerce Legislative Goals: Merit Pay, Union Busting and Protecting High-Stakes Testing

After cutting through lofty platitudes in their legislative agenda the FCOC include these talking points about education.
First in their letter to “Letter to Florida Business Leaders”
*Education reform is hurting because union leaders make it about the adults when it should be all about kids. Union dues enable them to have thousands of people working against making America more competitive.
*Mandates in the classroom continue to increase costs in an education system where too much goes into bureaucracy and not enough goes to good teachers and into the classroom.
And these legislative goals:
*Pass parent empowerment legislation that lets a majority of parents attending failing schools 

Report: Savings marginal after D.C. Public Schools closes schools | WashingtonExaminer.com

Report: Savings marginal after D.C. Public Schools closes schools | WashingtonExaminer.com


Report: Savings marginal after D.C. Public Schools closes schools

January 15, 2013 | 8:00 pm 


Rachel Baye

Staff writer - Montgomery County





Closing 20 DC Public Schools will save the school system barely more money than it will cost to close them, according to a report released Tuesday by the DC Fiscal Policy Institute, or DCFPI.
While closing the proposed schools could save DC Public Schools $10.4 million in the 2013-2014 school year, consolidating them could cost $10.2 million, significantly reducing the overall savings, the analysis by D.C. education finance analyst Mary Levy found.
When the District closed 23 schools in 2008 -- the last time the District shuttered a large group of schools -- the process cost the school system $39.5 million, roughly $30 million more than anticipated, according to a D.C. audit released in September.
Source: DC Fiscal Policy Institute
The price of education
Cost savings for 15 proposed school closings
WardSchoolEstimated savings
7Ronald H. Brown Middle School$772,832
7Davis Elementary School-$78,121
8Ferebee-Hope Elementary School$615,165
2Francis-Stevens Education Campus$1,563,610
2Garrison Elementary School$256,100
8Johnson Middle School$369,438
7Kenilworth Elementary School$101,840
4MacFarland Middle School$441,182
8Malcolm X Elementary School$413,764
5Marshall Elementary School$463,856
1Shaw Middle School-$193,537
7Smothers Elementary School$90,550
5Spingarn High School$2,846,851
8M.C. Terrell/McGogney Elementary School$537,284
7Winston Education Campus$1,474,990
DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson proposed in November closing 20 schools at the end of the current school year to conserve resources, but she has not said how much money she expects to save with the plan. The final list of school closings is scheduled for release this week.
Henderson spokeswoman Melissa Salmanowitz did not return requests for comment.
"One of the main arguments in the DCPS proposal for school closure and consolidation is that the small schools are inefficient and require additional funding from the school system to operate," the DC Fiscal Policy Institute's report says. However, the difference in per-pupil costs at a small school compared with those at a large school turn out to be 

UPDATE: Tips from the Trenches and 21st Century Skills and the Common Core — Whole Child Education

21st Century Skills and the Common Core — Whole Child Education:


Stephen Sroka

Tips from the Trenches: Student Services

During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I contacted some of them and asked them to comment on working in education in these difficult times. I asked them to share some take-away messages, so that, if they were speaking, what would they want their audience to remember? Read the first installment in the series: school safety.
Students are more than grade-point averages. Often they are faced with many barriers to effective education. Dealing with the whole child, and not just the academic child, can help facilitate learning. Safe and healthy students learn more. Here are some "Tips from the Trenches" about the value of supporting students.
Howard Adelman and Linda Taylor, codirectors of whole child partner Center for Mental Health in Schools at UCLA:
  • "School improvement policy and practice continues to give short shrift to addressing barriers to learning and teaching and re-engaging disconnected students. As a result, critical factors interfering with student 


Andrew Miller

21st Century Skills and the Common Core

21st century skills are quickly becoming taught and assessed in schools across the nation. Whether through explicit instruction or models like project-based learning, educators are quickly realizing that lower level content comprehension is not enough. The Whole Child Initiative calls for tenets that rely on these skills. We create a safe environment through collaboration. Critical thinking creates rigor and challenge. Communication can create engagement with the community. 21st century skills, when paired with content can create powerful and meaningful learning. The Common Core State Standards explicitly call for these skills, so through uncovering the 3 C's in the Common Core, we can see how educators must teach and assess them.
Collaboration
In every grade level of the English language arts common standards, you will find the common standard that calls for "collaborative discussions." I do mean every! This means that at each grade level, we must not only be teaching and assessing the skill of collaboration, but we must think about how it looks different from grade level to grade level. We know that group work and collaborative work can be effective, but now collaboration is more than just an instructional tool. It is a skill that needs to be taught and assessed.
Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
Roland Case has done some great work on unpacking the concept of critical thinking into quality indicators. One of these quality indicators is perseverance, being able to complete a challenge and work through the obstacles. In the mathematics common standards, there are specific mathematical practices that are mentioned. One of these is "make sense of a problem and persevere in solving them." This is an explicit call in the Common Core to teach and assess one facet of critical thinking. In addition, as you unpack the Common Core, you will still thinking skills and related language for critical thinking. From being able to 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 1-16-13 #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



Education - LA Daily News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 26 minutes ago
Education - LA Daily News: Hebrew-English charter school in Van Nuys approved by LAUSD By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer at Mobile_Education - 57 minutes ago A proposed Hebrew-English charter school in Van Nuys won the approval Tuesday of the LAUSD board, which also OK'd the renewal of two landmark charters and the conditional approval of a third. LAUSD Superintendent John Deasy warns suspending standardized tests would hurt at-risk students By Barbara Jones, Staff Writer at Mobile_Education - 57 minutes ago Los Angeles Unified Superintendent John Deasy has fired off a letter to the C... more »

What Teachers Are Trying to Tell Us About Guns in Schools - National - The Atlantic Wire

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 30 minutes ago
What Teachers Are Trying to Tell Us About Guns in Schools - National - The Atlantic Wire: What Teachers Are Trying to Tell Us About Guns in Schools by David Wagner No matter what Obama says about putting armed police officers in schools, the NRA keeps on criticizing him. The President announced 23 executive orders aimed at limiting gun violence today, even offering to fund armed police officers for schools that request them. But that still wasn't enough to meet the NRA's demands for more guns in schools, and the pro-gun group accused him of "ignoring children." Lost in all that s... more »

California Adopts Modified Math Standards - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 35 minutes ago

California Adopts Modified Math Standards - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): California Adopts Modified Math Standards to Restore Local Decision Making *Required by Legislation, Move Allows Progress Toward Common Core* SACRAMENTO—The State Board of Education today voted to modify the California Additions to the adopted Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). The Board's action will help the state continue its progress toward implementing the Common Core State Standards, and provides options for accelerating to higher mathematics in middle school while maintaining the... more »



President Obama’s Plan to Make Our Schools Safer | ED.gov Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
President Obama’s Plan to Make Our Schools Safer | ED.gov Blog: President Obama’s Plan to Make Our Schools Safer Posted on January 16, 2013 by Cameron Brenchley Earlier today, President Obama introduced a new plan to keeps guns out of the wrong hands, make schools safer, and increase access to mental health services. “While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge,” President Obama said during the announcement. “Protecting our children from harm shouldn’t be a divisive one,” he said. [image: now is the time image]Admitting that we won’t be able to stop every violent act, the... more »

Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online - Ian Bogost - The Atlantic: Inequality in American Education Will Not Be Solved Online inShareJAN 16 2013, 4:27 PM ET 1 *With funding tight, the state of California has turned to Udacity to provide MOOCs for students enrolled in remedial courses. But what is lost when public education is privatized?* [image: 6036909731_cb40773ae4_z.jpg] Unlit road at night (MRBECK/Flickr) One night recently, it was raining hard as I drove to pick my son up from an evening class at the Atlanta Ballet. Like many cities, Atlanta's roads are in... more »

How important is preschool? If you are researching early education philosophies, not very. - Slate Magazine

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
How important is preschool? If you are researching early education philosophies, not very. - Slate Magazine: The Early Education RacketIf you are reading this article, your kid probably doesn’t need preschool. By Melinda Wenner Moyer|Posted Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013, at 1:56 PM ET [image: To go to preschool or not to go to preschool ... ?] To go to preschool or not to go to preschool ... ? Jupiterimages/Getty Images/Thinkstock. One morning last September, my husband dragged himself out of bed at 5 a.m. and rode his bike to a nearby preschool. The moonlit block was empty but for the fi... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the missing memo

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the missing memo: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and the missing memo Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 16, 2013 at 3:37 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: (by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post )] Former D.C. Schools chancellor Michelle Rhee. (by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post ) There’s a new twist in the story about whether or not there was cheating on standardized tests in D.C. public schools during the period when Michelle Rheewas ... more »

Report on CUNY Protest Buries Evidence of Police Violence «

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Report on CUNY Protest Buries Evidence of Police Violence «: Report on CUNY Protest Buries Evidence of Police Violence January 16, 2013 in Administration, Campus Protests, Civil Liberties, Occupy Wall Street,Organizing, Police, Student Power, Tuition and Fees A new report on a 2011 CUNY protest that saw more than a dozen arrests leaves core questions unanswered while misrepresenting evidence of police violence. On November 21, 2011, City University of New York students and faculty assembled with others at Baruch College for a public meeting of the CUNY board of trustees. The gathe... more »

Using the Power of Litigation to End the Addiction to Testing and to Further Student Voice « Cooperative Catalyst

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Using the Power of Litigation to End the Addiction to Testing and to Further Student Voice « Cooperative Catalyst: Using the Power of Litigation to End the Addiction to Testing and to Further Student Voice POSTED BY JABREEL CHISLEY ⋅ JANUARY 16, 2013 ⋅ LEAVE A COMMENT Now that educators and parents are on a full revolt against the addiction to testing in the United States when it comes to public education, we have to arrive at a point where we have to consider the possibility of suing the U.S Department of Education and a few SEA’s. The suits would occur on the premise that NCLB ... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Quinn's speech on education: high and low points

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
NYC Public School Parents: Quinn's speech on education: high and low points: Quinn's speech on education: high and low points by Leonie Haimson Speaker Christine Quinn, thought to be thefrontrunner in the race to replace Mayor Bloomberg, gave a major speech on education yesterday at the New School. The full transcript is here; there’s also a Video, including a brief Q and A by Clara Hemphill of InsideSchools. I highly recommend people read the speech and watch the video of the entire event. Some observations: The speech was pretty comprehensive and its strengths were that she... more »

UPDATE: Florida Charter Schools Are Trying to Exploit School Safety Issue + Pinellas SB Member on SB 736: “We are building on a very flawed and invalid system” | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Pinellas SB Member on SB 736: “We are building on a very flawed and invalid system” | Scathing Purple Musings: How Florida Charter Schools Are Trying to Exploit School Safety Issue to Get More Funding by Bob Sikes From Sherri Ackerman’s post in *redefinED*: Some charter school supporters, meanwhile, are worried about the costs of new safety measures, especially if lawmakers mandate them. That could become a financial burden for charters, which already receive less in per-student funding than districts, and little in the way of capital outlay dollars, said Lynn Norman-Teck of the F...more »

Diane in the Evening 1-16-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: Over 300 Schools Teaching Creationism with Public Funding by dianerav Zack Kopplin was honored earlier by this blog for his efforts to expose the teaching of creationism in voucher schools in Louisiana. He is a student at Rice University. He is not letting up on his efforts to expose the abuse of science by schools receiving vouchers. Here is a press release sent by him: Over 300 Schools Teaching Creationism on the Taxpayer Dime *Over 300 Schools Teaching Creationism on the Taxpayer Dime* *For Immediate Release* *Contact:* *Zack Kopplin* Zsk1@rice.edu www... more »

Higher-Education Attainment Racial Gap: UNCF Chief Weighs In

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Higher-Education Attainment Racial Gap: UNCF Chief Weighs In: Education Is the 21st-Century LiberatorBlack Leaders on Education: UNCF's chief notes today's freedom struggle, 150 years after slavery. - By: Michael Lomax | Posted: January 16, 2013 at 12:12 PM Thinkstock (Special to *The Root*) *-- Continuing their historical practice of working together to address issues of concern to the African-American community, the NAACP, National Urban League, United Negro College Fund and NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund are working cooperatively to improve educational opportu... more »

District shares rationale behind each school closing recommendation | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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District shares rationale behind each school closing recommendation | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: District shares rationale behind each school closing recommendationby Dale Mezzacappa on Jan 16 2013 Posted in Latest news ="" style="color: rgb(76, 153, 72); cursor: pointer; float: left; padding: 0px 2px;">Share on email COMMENTS (2)PRINT At the three regional community meetings held so far on school closings, the District has been displaying information explaining the reasons for each decision. Wednesday morning, officials shared three PowerPoint presentations and have poste... more »

Teacher Takes on StudentsFirst Machine in Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Back Yard - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Teacher Takes on StudentsFirst Machine in Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Back Yard - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Teacher Takes on StudentsFirst Machine in Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee's Back Yard by Anthony Cody Michelle Rhee has made her home in Sacramento, ever since she married the city's mayor, former basketball player Kevin Johnson. Since landing here, she has been working to expand the influence of her lobbying group, StudentsFirst. Last fall, a school board member resigned in nearby West Sacramento, too late to be replaced in the fall election... more »

How the privatizers work: SFCC: a teacher speaks out!

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How the privatizers work: SFCC: a teacher speaks out!: How the privatizers work: SFCC: a teacher speaks out! By Danny Weil on January 16, 2013 5:43 pm / no comments [image: gates2] I recounted the very recent past employment of the interim chancellor because the new things I’ve learned about her have led me to believe that she is part of the effort to privatize CCSF and all community colleges. Her consulting job with ACCT right before coming to CCSF shows her clear connection with and membership in a group funded by the very corporations that are trying to take control of and, I b... more »

Sen. Scott Schneider reintroduces bill to withdraw state from Common Core standards | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com

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Sen. Scott Schneider reintroduces bill to withdraw state from Common Core standards | Indianapolis Star | indystar.com: Sen. Scott Schneider reintroduces bill to withdraw state from Common Core standards [image: Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Jamie Gass, director, Center for School Reform, Boston, Mass. (foreground) along with Indiana State Senator, Scott Schneider (R-Indianapolis), and Williamson Evers, held a news conference in support of Senator Schneider,s new proposal to withdraw Indiana schools from Common Core State Standards. (The news conference was held within Statehouse Se...more »

Arming teachers will not make schools safer | Lily's Blackboard

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Arming teachers will not make schools safer | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] An alternative to arming teachers…Con mucho gusto by Lily An alternative to arming teachers…Con mucho gusto Jan 16th, 2013 by Lily. We are struggling to make sense of the senseless violence in an elementary school in Connecticut. *Good people all over the world are thinking about how to prevent another tragedy* and coming to very different conclusions. A friend, a devoted father, said he’d been thinking. “So, what’s wrong with just arming a few teachers in every schoo... more »

UPDATE: Seattle Schools Community Forum: In The News

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: In The News: Seattle Student Senate Supports MAP Opposition by Melissa Westbrook From Dexter Tang, President of the Seattle Schools Student Senate from their meeting at Ingraham High School: *The Seattle Student Senate, the main student advocacy organization of Seattle Public Schools, supports the opposition to the MAP test. * *The MAP test inefficiently uses district resources and consumes valuable instruction time. We support alternative methods of student evaluation. We encourage the district o explore alternative methods of assessing student... more »

UPDATE: FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Wednesday, January 16, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: *11 elementary schools could be shuttered in Sacramento City Unified district* Education Headlines *Wednesday, January 16, 2013* Sadness, solidarity on display as classes resume at Taft Union High SchoolSadness, anxiety and even some hope were evident Tuesday as Taft Union High School resumed classes for the first time since Thursday's shooting left a student in critical condition and another facing attempted murder charges. Lodi Unified administrator's 'out-of-the-box' promotion saves $175,000The Lodi Unified School District has... more »

UPDATE: Vallas walks out and Damn it’s that poverty thing again… - Wait, What?

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Damn it’s that poverty thing again… - Wait, What?: Vallas walks out on Bridgeport BOE (Again), CT Post implies it is the Board’s fault. by jonpelto At 11:41 pm on January 14, 2013, CT Post reported Linda Lambeck posted a story to her blog entitled, “Yes, Bridgeport BOE will still keep talking when staff and audience walk out.” The CT Post reported, “Three hours into the city school board meeting Monday, and the panel still had not gotten to the heart of their agenda, which included a request to approve $200,000 in grants to help facilitate the opening of the district’s new high s... more »

UPDATE: The inbox. Ralph Martire in Crain’s. A pension fix. and Tim Furman takes over WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. « Fred Klonsky

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Ten minute drawing. Tim Furman takes over WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. « Fred Klonsky: The inbox. Ralph Martire in Crain’s. A pension fix. by Fred Klonsky Crain’s By: Ralph Martire January 16, 2013 There was much wailing and gnashing of teeth when the recent *lame-duck session in Springfield ended.* Why? No action was taken to address the $95 billion in debt owed to the state’s five pension systems. This leaves the systems with just 40 percent of the funding they should have currently, which is well below the 80 percent generally deemed healthy for public systems. Good government group... more »

Mother Crusader: Dear Bernie, An Open Letter About Consolidation To A Charter Cheerleader. From, Darlene

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Mother Crusader: Dear Bernie, An Open Letter About Consolidation To A Charter Cheerleader. From, Darlene: Dear Bernie, An Open Letter About Consolidation To A Charter Cheerleader. From, Darlene by darciecima My post about the hullabaloo in East Brunswick attracted a new sparring partner named Bertin Lefkovic. He has responded to my post both on Marie Corfield's Facebook page (sorry Marie!) and Diane Ravitch's blog (you can read the whole exchange there.) I decided to post my latest response to him on my blog, well, because I have one and I can, but also because he brings up an ... more »

Tucker Takes Zhao in Just One Round « The Core Knowledge Blog

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Tucker Takes Zhao in Just One Round « The Core Knowledge Blog: Tucker Takes Zhao in Just One Round by E. D. Hirsch, Jr. Tucker Takes Zhao in Just One Roundby E. D. Hirsch, Jr. *January 16th, 2013* Tags: Common Core State Standards, Marc Tucker Posted in Education Theory, Educational Policy | No Comments » High praise for Marc Tucker’s thoughtful response to Yong Zhao’s well-meaning, but terribly misguided, critique of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Since I’ve decided to judge this boxing match, I’m calling a TKO. Tucker won round one so easily that it would be dangerous for ...more »



Louisiana Educator: Privatizing counseling services?

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Louisiana Educator: Privatizing counseling services?: Privatizing counseling services? by Michael Deshotels Jindal & White want to *empower* local school boards to privatize counseling services and library services. The changes in Bulletin 741 proposed by White would have made professional counselors and librarians optional for local school systems and will eliminate the need for public schools to be accredited by outside accrediting agencies such as the Southern Association. It would seem that these two issues are not related but I think they are. You see, accrediting agencies ... more »

A Few Thoughts on MET :: Frederick M. Hess

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A Few Thoughts on MET :: Frederick M. Hess: A Few Thoughts on MET *by Frederick M. Hess • Jan 16, 2013 at 9:37 am Cross-posted from Education Week* I've been preoccupied the past few weeks while the Gates Foundation issued its big, final Measures of Effective Teaching report. A lot has already been said summarizing and discussing the findings. No need for me rehash all that. Instead, thought I'd just take a moment to offer three thoughts on the whole thing. First, as much fun as it is to pick on Gates, I found MET a pretty exemplary case of strategic foundation investment in scho... more »

UPDATE: Joy Resmovits: Texas Zeroes Out Standardized Testing, Can Tablets Replace Textbooks? Ed Today

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Joy Resmovits: Texas Zeroes Out Standardized Testing, Can Tablets Replace Textbooks? Ed Today: Obama On Guns: School Police Should Be Funded By Federal Government, But Not Required by Joy Resmovits President Barack Obama's recommendations in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting leaves questions about school safety mostly to schools to answer. "We won't be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation -- all of us -- to try," Obama said in a statement. According to guide... more »

Your Privatization Score Card - 2013 Charter Law Ranking Chart

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2013 Charter Law Ranking Chart: Public Charter Schools Reach New Milestone: Record 6,000 Schools Are Serving 2.3 Million Students *Data from Current School Year Shows 80% Growth in Enrollment Over Five Years* *Washington, D.C.* — The number of public charter schools operating in the United States has surpassed 6,000 for the first time in the 20-year effort to provide innovative alternatives to traditional public schools, the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools announced today. These new figures are based on estimates from the 2012-13 school year. The 6,000 public cha... more »

Modern School: California Flunks Rhee’s Reform Ratings—Badge of Honor?

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Modern School: California Flunks Rhee’s Reform Ratings—Badge of Honor?: California Flunks Rhee’s Reform Ratings—Badge of Honor? by Michael Dunn Image adapted from Flickr image by Calsidyrose Michelle Rhee’s Students First advocacy group issued its ratings of state reform efforts last week. California was ranked 41st nationally, with an overall score of F, according to the Los Angeles Times. According to Students First, California has been asleep at the wheel with respect to the “reforms,” failing to limit teacher tenure and require student test scores to evaluate teachers. Richard... more »

Jersey Jazzman: It's Always Good To Be Chris Cerf's Friend!

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Jersey Jazzman: It's Always Good To Be Chris Cerf's Friend!: It's Always Good To Be Chris Cerf's Friend! by Duke NJ Education Commissioner Chris Cerf has a history of taking care of his buddies. He got fellow Broad Superintendents Book Club Academy alumnus Marcia Lyles her job in Jersey City, complete with company car and a hefty relocation bonus. Another fellow Broadie, Mike Myles, was pulling down big bucks as a consultant in Paterson. Broadie Penny MacCormack was getting $1,000 a day as an NJDOE consultant before she was confirmed. Cerf's old pal from NYC and Edison, Joel Ros... more »

CP: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee on Charters, Vouchers and StudentsFirst as a Political Player | Pith in the Wind

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CP: Michelle Rhee on Charters, Vouchers and StudentsFirst as a Political Player | Pith in the Wind: *CP*: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee on Charters, Vouchers and StudentsFirst as a Political PlayerPOSTED BY STEVEN HALE ON MON, JAN 14, 2013 AT 2:55 PM Over at *The City Paper*, Andrea Zelinski sits down with former Washington, D.C., schools chancellor and StudentsFirst leader Michelle Rhee. Rhee has been a major player in the national education debate for several years, and more recently she has gotten particularly involved in Tennessee, where she is a part-time resident. (Als... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-16-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] New Legal Challenge to Tax Credits in New Hampshire by dianerav Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union have filed a lawsuit challenging a state law that allows tuition tax credits, saying it subsidizes religious schools. Where are the lawsuits in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Louisiana to challenge voucher programs that directly $50 Million. 3 Years. No Clue. by dianerav Gary Rubinstein, the brilliant math teac... more »

Wall Street Behind Charter School Push | toteachornototeach

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Wall Street Behind Charter School Push | toteachornototeach: Wall Street Behind Charter School Push by aristotlethewise [image: 4405267323_e29c8d4a7d_o]*Wall Street Behind Charter School Push* by Jason Stanford About a quarter of the kids in the San Antonio Independent School District attend charter schools. Most are the low-income, minority students we think about when we imagine providing innovative opportunities for kids stuck in failing public schools in bad neighborhoods. For a long time, school reform has targeted only kids from poor families. You know, the lucky ones who get ... more »

Daily Kos: So you know what is at stake in Virginia

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Daily Kos: So you know what is at stake in Virginia: So you know what is at stake in Virginia by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) We now know the lay of the land. The only candidate for the Republican nomination for Governor will be Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The Democratic nominee will be former DNC chair Terry McAuliffe. Many already know about Cuccinelli's extreme positions on abortion, his attempts to oppose scientific research into global climate change, and so on. Perhaps it is time to take a look at who is supporting him financially. This Huffington Post pice provides s... more »

The Innovative Educator: This is how Democracy Ends Part II: Dispelling 6 Common Myths of the #CCSS

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The Innovative Educator: This is how Democracy Ends Part II: Dispelling 6 Common Myths of the #CCSS: This is how Democracy Ends Part II: Dispelling 6 Common Myths of the #CCSS by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) By Kris Nielsen. Originally posted at Middle Grades Mastery. *This is the second installment in the This is How Democracy Ends series. Part one is here. This is How Democracy Ends–Part II –Reality Check–will give an abbreviated version of why the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is worse than we think and why it has been pushed so hard on states, district... more »

Online education: a leg up for high school kids? - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools

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Online education: a leg up for high school kids? - The Education Report - Katy Murphy's blog on Oakland schools: Online education: a leg up for high school kids? By Katy Murphy Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 3:36 pm in Uncategorized. [image: 20130115__sjsuonline~2_300] *photo by Gary Reyes/Bay Area News Group* I’ve been at San Jose State today, learning about an online education experiment that could affect high school and college students – and would-be college students – alike. The latest idea is to offer three entry-level or remedial courses online, for CSU credit, at $150 each. S... more »

Pop quiz on standardized testing

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Pop quiz on standardized testing: Pop quiz on standardized testing Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 16, 2013 at 4:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - - - - *[image: test1]Here’s a short quiz on the latest developments in the world of standardized testing, written by Lisa Guisbond of the National Center for Fair and Open Testing, also *known as FairTest, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending the abuse and misuse of standardized tests. By Lisa Guisbond If you are surprised at the surge of support for S... more »

Schooling in the Ownership Society: The up and down sides of privatization

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Schooling in the Ownership Society: The up and down sides of privatization: The up and down sides of privatization by Mike Klonsky *“If what gets measured is what gets managed, then what gets managed is what gets done.”* -- From, "The Org: The Underlying Logic of the Office," by Fishman and Ellis. There are instances in which privatization can help achieve broad social goals, writes Eduardo Porter in today's NYT, "When Public Outperforms Private in Services", but while profit is one of the most potent incentives known to man — it also has dangerous drawbacks. Drawing on Fishman &... more »

Rick Scott’s Not Fooling Florida Educators | Scathing Purple Musings

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Rick Scott’s Not Fooling Florida Educators | Scathing Purple Musings: Rick Scott’s Not Fooling Florida Educators by Bob Sikes *Tampa Bay Times *columnist Steve Bousquet was in the audience when Governor Rick Scott addressed a group of school administrators and he recognized the air skepticism: “Education changed my life,” Gov. Rick Scott said Monday. His young life, yes. His political life? Not yet. Two years in junior college led Scott to the Navy, then a four-year degree on the GI Bill and a law degree led to success in business. “Education was the ticket,” Scott told 200 members... more »

NYC Educator: Inside the Top Secret UFT Evaluation Committee

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NYC Educator: Inside the Top Secret UFT Evaluation Committee: Inside the Top Secret UFT Evaluation Committee by NYC Educator We have come into possession of this top-secret recording and transcribed it for you below. *Please come to order. Thank you. Do I hear a motion to approve the minutes? * * **So moved.* * **Second.* * **All in favor? Opposed? The minutes are approved. Please place them in the shredder, Mike Shulman.* *I'm Mike Shulman, dammit! Mike Shulman used to be vice-president of UFT!* *Thank you for sharing that, Mike. Are there any opening comments? * * **How can we use... more »

Florida – Fund Education !! – Call To Action -> Phone List #CallToday ! « Continuing Change

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Florida – Fund Education !! – Call To Action -> Phone List #CallToday ! « Continuing Change: Florida – Fund Education !! – Call To Action -> Phone List #CallToday ! by gatorbonbc *The House Education Appropriations Subcommittee meets today (1/16) at 9 am. Please call them and give this message:* I am a registered voter in Florida and I respectfully request you fund education in accordance with the Constitution of the State of Florida! *K-12 Subcommittee Chair *** - *Adkins, Janet H.* R (850) 717-5011* ***K-12 Subcommittee Vice Chair *** - *Renuart, Ronald “Doc”** R (8... more »

Privatization: The Black & White of Education in Chicago's Public Schools Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública

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Coalition for Public Education/Coalición por la Educación Pública: *Privatization: The Black & White of Education in Chicago's Public Schools * *Black & White of Chicago Ed* *FROM http://www.ctunet.com...* The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) released on December 1st 2012 a report on the “underutilization crisis” in the Chicago Public Schools system, a crisis that has been manufactured largely to justify the replacement of neighborhood schools by privatized charters. The study, titled *The Black and White of Education in Chicago’s Public Schools*, analyzes the mechanisms and effects o... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 1-15-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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*Nite Cap UPDATE**UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* LAUSD's Crenshaw High to become three magnet schools Vanessa Romo | January 15th, 2013, 8:14pm [image: Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy sp] AFP/AFP/Getty Images Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy, seen here in a file photo, told Crenshaw parents "the quality of instruction is not what it needs to be.” LA Unified voted Tuesday to revamp Crenshaw High School – one of the worst performing schools in the district. But the plan has some parents and teachers up in arms. Crenshaw’s 1,500 students will be split into three separate magnet ... more »

Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’

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Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’: Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’ by Server Poorly Supported Assertions Undermine Report on ‘High-Achieving, High-Poverty Schools’ *Review of Failure Is Not an Option* *Contact: * Mark Paige, (508) 910-9037, mpaige@umassd.edu William J. Mathis, (802) 383-0058, wmathis@sover.net URL for this press release: http://tinyurl.com/akgwcur BOULDER, CO (January 15, 2013) – A recent report attempts to identify common attributes of successful schoo... more »

H.R.209: To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom... OpenCongress

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H.R.209: To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom... OpenCongress: Bill Introduced: H.R.209 To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children. To authorize the appropriation of funds to be used to recruit, hire, and train 100,000 new classroom paraprofessionals in order to improve educational achievement for children. Bill Introduced: H.R.86 Cybersecurity Education Enhancement Act of 2013 To autho... more »

If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem | The Jose Vilson

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If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem | The Jose Vilson: If Every Other Word Out Of Your Mouth Is “Common Core”, You’re The Problem by Jose Vilson [image: Oh come on now! Really, Kentucky? REALLY?!]Oh come on now! Really, Kentucky? REALLY?! Do me a favor and stop it. Just stop it, you. Yes, you. You’re ridiculous now. Every other word out of your mouth is “Common Core.” That’s enough out of you. I’m all for people having a voice, a seat at the table, and entitlements to opinions and such, but you’re not going to sit there and use the words “Comm... more »

New Board Executive Director Appointed - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education)

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New Board Executive Director Appointed - Year 2013 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates Governor's Nominee to State Board of Education Executive Director Post SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today congratulated Karen Stapf Walters on her nomination by Governor Jerry Brown to the position of Executive Director of the California State Board of Education: "It gives me great pleasure to congratulate Karen Stapf Walters on her nomination to direct the Board of Education," Torlakson said. "For many years, she has been... more »

Daily Kos: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools?

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Daily Kos: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools?: Why Not Ask Teachers How They Would Improve Our Schools? by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) *crossposted from Our Future*. We were sitting in a Starbucks in Arlington, Va. It was our first meeting. Previously, Iowa governor Tom Vilsack and I had talked by phone and exchanged blog posts on education. His campaign staff had reached out to a number of educational bloggers, as he was seriously considering running for president and thought education was a good issue for him. Since he was going to be in my neighborhood, ... more »

Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. « Fred Klonsky

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Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. « Fred Klonsky: Contact Mayor Bloomberg today at 1-888-833-7428. by Fred Klonsky Popout

Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community

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Jersey Jazzman: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community: Charter Schools: The Best Way To Destroy Your Community by Duke [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] There is a heck of a fight brewing in East Brunswick, NJ, over a "Hebrew immersion" charter that wants to move to an industrialized zone some residents say is inappropriate for a school. The school, Hatikvah, was granted a variance by the local zoning board, but that was overturned by the township council. Supporters of the school say the fight isn't really about zoning; it's about wheth... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates and Events

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Updates and Events: Updates and Events by Melissa Westbrook In what is an interesting coincidence of stories, I learned today that Rainier Beach High School, after three long years of work, is on the cusp of receiving their endorsement to be in IB school. Good for them. That now makes three Seattle public high schools with IB; Ingraham, Chief Sealth and RBHS. What is the coincidence is that tonight, at 7 p.m., the Lakewood/Seward Park Community Club is having a forum about education featuring discussions of the RBHS IB program and charter scho... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-15-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Philly Youth Do Zombie Flash Dance to Protest Closings by dianerav Members of the Philadelphia Student Union performed a Zombie flash dance in front of school district headquarters to protest school closings. The district leadership insists it needs to save money by closing Matt Damon and Nancy Carlsson-Paige to Garfield Teachers! by dianerav This is a personal message from actor Matt Damon and early childhood educator Nancy Carlsson-Paige, addressed to the teachers of Garfield High: *We are writing to support all of the teachers at Garfield High School. ... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army?

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army?: An assault weapons ban for Arne's Army? by Mike Klonsky Arne bought 27 of these military-order, Remington Model, 870 police 12/14P Mod GRWC XS4 KXCS SF. RAMAC #24587 GAUGE: 12 BARREL: 14" - Parkerized choke: modified sights: Ghost ring rear, WILSON COMBAT shotguns in 2010.*Arne Duncan* using his bully pulpit to call for an assault weapons is a hopeful sign. For one thing, while he's busy rallying the gun-control troops, he's got no time to think of new ways to close neighborhood schools, or to fire teachers in ... more »

The Missing Memo | Taking Note

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The Missing Memo | Taking Note: The Missing Memo by John Merrow What follows is the story of a missing memo, numerous attempts to unearth it using the Freedom of Information Act, confidential sources, apparently lost email, and new questions about Michelle Rhee’s decision not to investigate widespread erasures on an important standardized test during her first year in Washington, DC. Readers of this blog know that our Frontline film, “The Education of Michelle Rhee,” has stirred up the conversation about Chancellor Rhee’s tenure in Washington, DC. Debate continues about the ‘wr... more »






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