Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Schools Matter: The Four Year Expectation

Schools Matter: The Four Year Expectation:


The Four Year Expectation

Sent to the Miami Herald, January 22, 2013

To the editor:

The US Department of Education’s announcement that the nation’s high school graduation rate is the highest since 1976, but more than a fifth of students are still failing to get their diploma in four years, (“Study: High school grad rate highest since '76,” Jan 21) sends the message that those who take longer than four years to finish high school are somehow failures.

Graduating in more than four years often requires perseverance and determination. Many students need to work after school, and a longer stay in high school makes sense for them. We must allow working students to take a reduced course load or even an occasional leave of absence. Susan Ohanian has commented that the four year high school expectation is an assault, intended or not, on the working class.

During the depression, the father of a colleague of mine alternated working a year and going to high school a 

NYC Educator: Governor Cuomo and His Grand Experiment

NYC Educator: Governor Cuomo and His Grand Experiment:


Governor Cuomo and His Grand Experiment

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proclaimed himself the student lobbyist. This is, apparently, because no one else in the state cares about students. Certainly teachers don't care. They're so utterly worthless they can't even be trusted to grade the tests of students in their buildings. And parents don't care either. So it's on Andrew Cuomo, alone, to take on this monumental task.

Oddly, Governor Cuomo pontificates about what schoolchildren need, but refuses to do any homework himself. Were he doing homework, he'd know there is no research to suggest his latest miracle drug, a longer school day, would improve education. Were he doing homework, he'd know that class size is what parents want. He'd also know there's plenty of research to suggest 

Why STEM Education and Minority Achievement gaps are Interlinked | NewsTacoNewsTaco

Why STEM Education and Minority Achievement gaps are Interlinked | NewsTacoNewsTaco:


Why STEM Education and Minority Achievement gaps are Interlinked

stem educationvoxxiBy Hope Gillette, Voxxi
Economists agree – science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education is critical to the future success of the United States.
Yet even at the K-12 level, these subjects are not being given the emphasis they deserve. According to a Huffington Post blog by Stephen M. Coan, president of the Sea Research Foundation, early education has focused primarily on reading and basic math, ignoring the importance of advanced STEM education.
“For those who stay in school, most flock to non-STEM tracks because these subjects turned them off at an early age. To prepare students for the workforce or higher 

Jersey Jazzman: Reformy All-Stars!

Jersey Jazzman: Reformy All-Stars!:


Reformy All-Stars!

Been there...
This Sunday, an all-star congregation of the reformyest of the reformy meets in New Jersey to sing the praises of "choice." And the lead tenor will be none other than the Pavarotti of privatization, Education Commissioner Chris Cerf:

New Jersey School Choice Summit

In commemoration of National School Choice Week, please join education reform leaders and supporters from across New Jersey for a timely, important, and uplifting meeting about education reform and school choice in the Garden State. 
Get your two dollar ticket now. This event will sell out.
Speakers will include:

Seattle Schools Community Forum: KUOW Report on the Alliance for Education

Seattle Schools Community Forum: KUOW Report on the Alliance for Education:


KUOW Report on the Alliance for Education

It's a doozy.



The first head of the Alliance, Sue Tupper (who coincidentally ran the No on 1240 campaign for the WEA), said this:

"When the organization started, there was great sensitivity to needing to take the cues from the school district, rather than coming up with an agenda and then imposing that agenda on the school district," Tupper said.

Exactly.

I get some air time and then comes in Sara Morris, the current head of the Alliance.

When the district introduced its memorandum of understanding with the Alliance for school board approval last 

Got Choice? Ubetcha! - Celebrating National School Choice Week



National Association of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA) Group: 1 in 5 charter schools not doing well enough to stay open
A group that oversees more than half of the nation's 5,600 charter schools said
 as many as one in five U.S. charter schools should be shut down because of 
poor academic performance. 
http://seattletimes.com/html/nationworld/2019784379_charterschools29.html

CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS


A compilation of news articles about charter schools which have been charged with, or are highly suspected of, tampering with admissions, grades, attendance and testing; misuse of funds and embezzlement; engaging in nepotism and conflicts of interest; engaging in complicated and shady real estate deals; and/or have been engaging in other questionable, unethical, borderline-legal, or illegal activities. This is also a record of charter school instability and other unsavory tidbits.


Couldn't Find Your Own Special Charter School Scandal
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CHARTER SCHOOL SCANDALS


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SPECIAL** Nite Cap 1-22-13 #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


19 Year Old Zack Kopplin Challenges Public Funding of Creationist Schools

You may have heard recently about a 19 year old activist who has been shaking things up in Louisiana. Zack Kopplin cares about science, and when creationists attempted to sway the science textbook process in 2010,he got involved. More recently he has been fighting the diversion of public funds to schools that teach creationism. A press release he sent out this week stated the following:
Over 300 schools in school voucher programs across the country are teaching creationism as science and receiving tens of millions in public money.
These schools are in nine states (Florida, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Colorado, Utah, Wisconsin) and the District of Columbia and were put in a database oncreationistvouchers.com.
A few of these creationist voucher schools are:
Liberty Christian School, in Anderson, Indiana, teaches from a creationist ABeka and ASCI curriculum. They also take trips to the Creation Museum.
Rocky Bayou Christian School, in Niceville, Florida, in its section on educational philosophy, says 

The very hungry Caterpillar eats our pensions.

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From Mike Klonsky’s blog: Schooling in the Ownership Society.
How much do Illinois’ largest corporations pay in state income taxes? It’s a complex question, but the answer is simple: Nobody knows. Well, almost nobody. The companies know, but they’re not telling. Tax collectors know, but they’re not allowed to tell. That leaves the rest of us with just one 

Oshkosh Newspaper Editorial Opposes Voucher Expansion

Democracy in the way of vouchers

Jan 19, 2013   TheNorthWestern.Com Editorial (Oshkosh News)
Leave it to Sen. Mike Ellis to hit the nail on the head: The expansion of school vouchers is a non-starter in northeast Wisconsin. In our view, such is the case across Wisconsin. The Senate president, in typically blunt language, called last week for local referendum votes on any expansion of the state’s school voucher program outside of Milwaukee and Racine.
One can only hope his act of outspoken courage helps fuse the spine of fellow senators and pushes this partisan plum off the Republican agenda during biennium budget discussions. The school choice movement is little more than an employment agency for former Republican lawmakers who continue to push for taxpayers to foot the bill for private education. There is no evidence the voucher experiment in Milwaukee has produced results better than 

Parents to hold rally to oppose school closure proposals

Saturday's 12 p.m. rally will be held before a community forum at Jefferson High School that will run from 1 to 3 p.m.

National Graduation Rate Rises

From the Washington Post:

The percentage of students at public high schools who graduate on time has reached its highest level in nearly 40 years, according to the most recent federal government estimates released Tuesday.
Based on data collected from the states for the Class of 2010, the National Center for Education Statistics estimated that 78 percent of students across the country earned a diploma within four years of starting high school. The graduation rate was last at that level in 1974, officials said.

Asian students had the highest graduation rate, with 93 percent of students finishing high school on time. White 

Reaching the “Inadvertent” Audience

Perhaps you can help us figure out how to reach and engage the “inadvertent audience,” the people who tune in for coverage of politics or the economy, stumble across an education story, and get hooked.

Ali Burke at City Hall

Ali Burke, a member of the Trumbull Elementary LSC, spoke at today's city hall press conference and put in a nutshell the problem that schools are facing all over the city: the CPS view of "utilization" is inaccurate, bureaucratic, and unjust.

I myself would call the CPS utilization formula far worse than that: it's a vision statement for "schooling for the poor." No suburban district I am familiar with would look at a school's utilization with this framework. Of course, people in the suburbs are enfranchised with a quaint little thing we call "the vote."

Popout

So many schools across the city could tell the same story at this point. It's like there's a district-sponsored 

Inaugural Education

Yes, President Obama again spoke of a poor girl being given the same opportunities to grow and develop and succeed in America – equal rights for all.
Well, the attack on public education continues. As President Obama delivered his second Inaugural Address with words that sought positive directions for America, hope and change were at the forefront – much needed and much sought changes. “For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.”
Obama II
Yes, President Obama spoke of a poor girl being given the same opportunities to grow and develop and succeed 

Maybe ‘What do you want your students to do?’ is the wrong question

Kidsoncomputer
Laptops. iPads (or other tablet devices). Chromebooks. Maybe even netbooks or ultrabooks… As more schools and districts move toward 1:1 computing, one of the most common questions is ‘What device should we get for our students?’ The typical response is another question: ‘Well, what do you want your students to do?’ I wonder, though, if that’s the wrong question…
Here’s a short list of what most educators want their students to be able to do with a computing device:
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Can Davis Guggenheim Redeem Himself With “The Dream Is Now”?

An organization called The Emerson Collective has partnered with infamous director Davis Guggenheim (see The Best Posts & Articles About The Teacher-Bashing “Waiting For Superman” Movie & Associated Events) to formThe Dream Is Now.
The Dream Is Now site lets undocumented immigrants tell their story in video (without giving easily identifiable names and locations) in an attempt to build support for immigration reform and The Dream Act. It appears that 

The Coming Influenza Pandemic Part II


In Part I, I discussed the deadly flu pandemic of 1918-1919 and started to explain the biology and morphology of Influenza. In Part II, we will look more at the genetics and morphology of Influenza as well as its etiology (how the disease progresses in humans) and its ecology.
From Wikipedia
 The first step to any viral infection involves adherence to the host cell. Influenza does this by using its hemagglutinin to bind to sialic acid sugars on surface of epithelial cells in the nose, throat and lungs of mammals or intestine of birds.7 Host proteases (enzymes that break down 

Citizens, We Shape the Debates | The Crucial Voice of the People


“You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.”    President Obama

If ever there was an enduring ideal, universal education is it! And quality matters! How about we shape a debate around that? By what means do we deliver on that promise, Mr. 


A BIG EDUCATION APE NITE CAP




Special Mid Day Banana Break 1-22-13 #soschat #edreform

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*Big Education Ape - Mid Day Banana Break* Caterpillar: Why IL Dems go after teacher pensions by Mike Klonsky Slowpoke Comics *How much do Illinois' largest corporations pay in state income taxes? It's a complex question, but the answer is simple: Nobody knows. Well, almost nobody. The companies know, but they're not telling. Tax collectors know, but they're not allowed to tell. That leaves the rest of us with just one safe guess: as little as legally possible*. -- Chicago Tribune If you're looking for clues as to why a Democratic governor and House Speaker as well as a Dem-contr... more »

Diane in the Evening 1-22-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

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Diane Ravitch's blog: Danger: Privatization in Texas by dianerav The new leadership of the Texas legislature has a plan. State Senator Dan Patrick, the new chair of the Senate Education Committee, wants vouchers, more charters, and a fast track for closing down public schools. He and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst want to shorten the time that schools have to improve or close–from five years to only two. That should clear the way for lots of vouchers and charters! Allen Weeks, who heads the Save Texas Schools coalition in the state, wrote an article about the privatization agenda. H... more »

Gates Foundation $$$ connections

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Gates Foundation $$$ connections: Parents, Beware Gates $$$$ Connections! Teachers, You’d Better Watch Out Too by Susan Ohanian [image: gates2] * Three Little Questions:* *To Parents:* This is the massive data collection system funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will put your children’s up for auction. Why hasn’t your PTA told you about any of this? *To Teachers:* This is the massive data system funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation that will put your students’ data up to the highest bidder* and*eat you alive. Why hasn’t your union told you about any o... more »

Idealist Blog » Blog Archive » How a New York City teacher stays committed to social change

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Idealist Blog » Blog Archive » How a New York City teacher stays committed to social change: How a New York City teacher stays committed to social change posted by Allison Jones on January 22, 2013 Filed under: Careers and Community [image: joseonlinephoto] Photo via Jose Vilson *Jose Vilson’s journey as an educator began during his senior year in college when, after leading a workshop on Cesar Chavez, he decided to forgo his intended career as a computer scientist and enter the field of teaching. **According to **a McKinsey study**, 14 percent of teachers leave after one year, and ... more »

Where’s the ‘collective action’ in Obama education policy?

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Where’s the ‘collective action’ in Obama education policy?: Where’s the ‘collective action’ in Obama education policy? Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 22, 2013 at 12:40 pm - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: (by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)] (by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) President Obama’s second term now officially begins, and in his inaugural address he spoke about the need for “collective action” to solve America’s problems. Here’s an argument that his own education po... more »

High Stakes Testing Ground Zero...And the Revolution that Followed - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard

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High Stakes Testing Ground Zero...And the Revolution that Followed - Lily's Blackboard | Lily's Blackboard: [image: Lily's Blackboard Rotating Header Image] High Stakes Testing Ground Zero…And the Revolution that Followed Jan 22nd, 2013 by Lily. [image: IMG_5815] Norma de la Rosa didn’t sleep the night before because she was afraid. Norma is the president of the El Paso Teachers Association and she’s not afraid of much. Not politicians or reporters or giving speeches before hundreds of people, but *she was about to do something no one in El Paso had done before.* She had invited... more »

Words Can Hurt: No Name-Calling Week 2013 — Whole Child Education

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Words Can Hurt: No Name-Calling Week 2013 — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Kristen Pekarek]Words Can Hurt: No Name-Calling Week 2013 January 22, 2013 by Kristen Pekarek Inspired by the young adult novel, *The Misfits*, where characters work together to create a no name-calling day in their schools, this annual event aims to end name-calling of all kinds in schools and communities everywhere. The No Name-Calling Week Coalition, created by whole child partner the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, provides students and educators with opportunities and r... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The party's over...

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: The party's over...: The party's over... by Mike Klonsky *"For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class."* -- Pres. Obama *“One day we must ask the question, ‘Why are there forty million poor people in America?’ And when you begin to ask that question, you’re raising a question about the economic system, about *

School Tells Mother To Get Daughter Breast Reduction After Harassment | FOX2now.com – St. Louis News & Weather from KTVI Television FOX2

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School Tells Mother To Get Daughter Breast Reduction After Harassment | FOX2now.com – St. Louis News & Weather from KTVI Television FOX2: School Tells Mother To Get Daughter Breast Reduction After Harassment Posted on: 6:34 pm, January 17, 2013, by Shawndrea Thomas, *updated on: 07:34pm, January 18, 2013* * * * * * * * * * * MOLINE ACRES, MO (KTVI) — A north St. Louis County mother claims her 13-year-old daughter is being harassed because of her breast size and was floored by the response she got after calling the school district. Tammie Jackson says her daughter Gabrielle is being s... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: MAP Updates

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: MAP Updates: MAP Updates by Melissa Westbrook - Rally for teachers/parents/students against MAP tomorrow, Wednesday, the 23rd, at 4 pm (just before the School Board meeting). It's billed as "Scrap the MAP; Students are not Test Scores." Also of note, there was another press conference yesterday at Garfield with some updates from teachers. - Noted national educators added their support; Diane Ravitch, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, Jonathan Kozol and professor Nancy Carlsson-Paige (Matt Damon's mom; he also supports the e... more »

New Arguments-and Arguers-in Bridging Differences - Bridging Differences - Education Week

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New Arguments-and Arguers-in Bridging Differences - Bridging Differences - Education Week: New Arguments-and Arguers-in Bridging Differences by Deborah Meier *Bring 'em on...* Dear Readers, and Alfie, Forty years ago Diane Ravitch and I wrote scathing reviews of each other's written work. It would be nice to think that blogging together on Bridging Differences is what "bridged" the differences. (I was brought up in a near-mystical belief in the power of *The Word* to set us free.) But the truth is we'd come together on many things long before we blogged. And, as many of you know, ... more »

Teachers could be next to retire en masse | The Columbus Dispatch

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Teachers could be next to retire en masse | The Columbus Dispatch: Teachers could be next to retire en masse *By Charlie Boss* The Columbus Dispatch Sunday January 20, 2013 6:47 AM - Comments: 7 - - Enlarge Image EAMON QUEENEY | DISPATCH Dick Noble, 56, has taught and coached at Groveport Madison Junior High School for 35 years. He’ll retire this year because of pension changes. The first wave of public-employee retirements struck during the past three months, a dash to the exits before changes to the state’s public pension systems took effect last week. Another wave ... more »

UPDATE: FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: Oakland's American Indian charter schools one step closer to closure Education Headlines *Tuesday, January 22, 2013* Schools watching governor's education funding proposal closelyLocal school districts are cautiously optimistic about a new funding formula Gov. Jerry Brown announced last week that will distribute state funds based in part on the degree to which districts serve poor students and English learners. Transitional kindergarten hailed as successThis is transitional kindergarten in the Lodi Unified School District, and by a... more »

NYC Public School Parents: The testing rebellion & opt-out movement in NYC has a supporter -- inside Tweed

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NYC Public School Parents: The testing rebellion & opt-out movement in NYC has a supporter -- inside Tweed: The testing rebellion & opt-out movement in NYC has a supporter -- inside Tweed by Leonie Haimson Lisa Nielsen A nationwide backlash has erupted against the obsession with standardized testing. In February 2012, the Texas Commissioner of Education, Robert Perry, announced that testing had become a "perversion of its original intent.” Over the last year, 86 percent of Texas school boards representing 91 percent of the state’s students, have passed resolutionsagainst the use ...more »

Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center

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Best of the Ed Blogs | National Education Policy Center: Best of the Ed Blogs *Best of the Ed Blogs* features a frequently updated selection of interesting and insightful blog posts on education policy. The views expressed by the bloggers on our blog roll are thoughtful, original, and entirely their own. We hope you make *Best of the Ed Blogs* your first stop for concise takes on today's most important education topics. New Hope for School Integration Best of the Ed Blogs Joe Bower January 22, 2013 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the Purpose of Education Best of the Ed Blogs Diane... more »

Class War Goes from Classroom to School Bus in New York City | Dissident Voice

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Class War Goes from Classroom to School Bus in New York City | Dissident Voice: Class War Goes from Classroom to School Bus in New York City by Peter Rugh The wheels on New York City’s school buses aren’t going round. In what’s becoming a familiar song these days in America: education workers resisting attempts to balance budgets on their backs at the expense of students learning. The current school bus strike in the Big Apple is no exception. Last week’s walkout follows a successful strike by the Chicago Teachers Union last year against layoffs and the knotting of pay to standard... more »

Dying Mainstream Media Slams Pro-Homeschool, Anti-Testing, NY State DOE Employee | Grumpy Opinions

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Dying Mainstream Media Slams Pro-Homeschool, Anti-Testing, NY State DOE Employee | Grumpy Opinions: Dying Mainstream Media Slams Pro-Homeschool, Anti-Testing, NY State DOE Employee [image: Share] [image: download (56)] *BY LINDA DOBSON* *Parent At The Helm* It was only a matter of time. In her previous work for the New York State Department of Education, Lisa Nielsen was charged with helping students and families who were having schooling (not necessarily education) problems. After putting the needs of individual children before the comfort of the system in which they were flounde... more »

The Achievement Racket | EduShyster

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The Achievement Racket | EduShyster: The Achievement Racket by edushyster2012 An inspirational sign greeting students and teachers at a struggling Massachusetts elementary school. Here’s a dirty little secret for you. You know that word ‘achievement’? While it used to have something to do with heroic deeds and accomplishments, today achievement refers to one thing and one thing only: test scores. And schools across the country are taking increasingly desperate measures to raise them. Today we visit some schools where students are under virtual test-prep lockdown, practicing the art... more »

UPDATE: The inbox + No university affiliation. « Fred Klonsky

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No university affiliation. « Fred Klonsky: Make me a wedge issue. by Fred Klonsky [image: 5777734-seed-covered-bagel-isolated-on-a-white-background] We had the family over for bagels yesterday morning during the inauguration. I had it streaming with the sound off. It may have been the best way to to watch it. Although it meant we missed George Stephanopoulos thinking Bill Russell was Morgan Freeman. Well. *You know.* It meant I had to read Obama’s speech later. Oh. Did I mention that Anne and I consider Al Green’s *Let’s Stay Together* our song. Whatever “our song” No university... more »

Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow | Seattle Education

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Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow | Seattle Education: Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow by seattleducation2011 Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow Posted on January 22, 2013 by seattleducation2011 | Leave a comment [image: Protect.Your.Education.02.Illustration] *Scrap the MAP! Rally Tomorrow, January 23rd* Educators, parents and students are opposing the MAP Test at many Seattle Schools at this time. *Why?* · The test isn’t based on school curriculum or state standards. It does not test critical thinking or creativity. · The test is being misused for student placement and evaluating teachers, d... more »

2013 Speaking Engagements for Feminist Teacher: Ileana Jiménez « Feminist Teacher

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2013 Speaking Engagements for Feminist Teacher: Ileana Jiménez « Feminist Teacher: 2013 Speaking Engagements for Feminist Teacher: Ileana Jiménez by feministteacher [image: I presented at the National Women's Studies Association Conference in 2012 (photo credit: Veronica Arreola).] I presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in 2012 (photo credit: Veronica Arreola). I have an exciting line-up of presentations and speaking engagements this spring. Please join me at one of these events and make teaching for social justice through feminism and activism a realit... more »

Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in New “Ask Arne” Video Series | ED.gov Blog

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Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in New “Ask Arne” Video Series | ED.gov Blog: Duncan Addresses Gun Violence in New “Ask Arne” Video Series Posted on January 22, 2013 by Dan Brown As a teacher and a parent, what our nation’s education leaders think, really matters to me. And with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about to begin a second term, it matters even more. Today, we’re excited to announce the launch of a new #AskArne video interview series, where the Secretary addresses the hot topics and burning questions in education today. In light of the President’s announcement to addre... more »

» MUST WATCH: In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face

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» MUST WATCH: In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face: MUST WATCH: In MLK Award Acceptance Speech at WI Capitol, Woman Gives Gov. Walker Hell to His Face This. Is. Awesome. In a public ceremony yesterday at the Wisconsin Capitol, Dr. Margaret Rozga accepted the MLK 2013 Heritage Award for her husband, the late Father James Groppi. She used her acceptance speech to deliver a pointed attack on Governor Scott Walker as he sat just feet from her Among the countless highlights of this messaging coup is this gem: “Anyone who works to curtai... more »

Modern School: Education Dollars at Work: The DOE’s Private Arsenal

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Modern School: Education Dollars at Work: The DOE’s Private Arsenal: Education Dollars at Work: The DOE’s Private Arsenal by Michael Dunn Huck/Konopacki Labor Cartoons In the wake of the Sandy Hook massacre, there has been considerable talk about how to make our schools safer, including the NRA’s proposal to put armed guards in every school. However, this is not why the U.S. Department of Education’s (DOE) Office of Inspector General bought 27 new Remington Model 870 police 12-gauge shotguns in 2010. Nor were these weapons purchased to improve graduation rates or close the achieveme... more »

Ed Notes Online: MORE's Brian Jones, Secretary of Department of Education, Will End TFA Contracts and Repeal NCLB and RTTT

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Ed Notes Online: MORE's Brian Jones, Secretary of Department of Education, Will End TFA Contracts and Repeal NCLB and RTTT: MORE's Brian Jones, Secretary of Department of Education, Will End TFA Contracts and Repeal NCLB and RTTT by ed notes online In his spare time Brian is running for UFT Secretary on the MORE slate in the upcoming UFT elections. The Indypendent newspaper "appointed" me US Secretary of Education and asked me "what would you do?" My reply will be in the print edition that comes out soon, and is online here:http://www.indypendent.org/ 2013/01/21/no-school-left-behi... more »

No Name-Calling Week Focuses on Anti-Bullying Awareness | NEA Today

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No Name-Calling Week Focuses on Anti-Bullying Awareness | NEA Today: No-Name Calling Week Focuses on Anti-Bullying Awareness by twalker *By Edward Graham* Every day, thousands of children in schools across America fall victim to bullying at the hands of their peers. It’s an epidemic that threatens the emotional development of students, and can lead to long-term health and mental issues if left unaddressed. But bullying is not just a physical act, as many students experience the painful and often invisible scarring brought on by verbal abuse. That’s why educators and concerned organi... more »

Get Active and Move More in School (and Have Fun) | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights

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Get Active and Move More in School (and Have Fun) | LFA: Join The Conversation - Public School Insights: Get Active and Move More in School (and Have Fun) by NEA Health Information Network *By Nora L. Howley, Manager of Programs, NEA Health Information Network* February is American Heart Month, and NEA HIN believes that schools can help build the heart health of students and staff by making the school day more physically active. From physical education to recess, there are many ways for schools to become more “active.” read more

Joy Resmovits: Obama's Inaugural Education Mentions, Test Prep Bankruptcy: Ed Today

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Joy Resmovits: Obama's Inaugural Education Mentions, Test Prep Bankruptcy: Ed Today: Obama's Inaugural Education Mentions, Test Prep Bankruptcy: Ed Today by Joy Resmovits *So There Was An Inauguration...* As you might have heard, this weekend, President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term. And at the inauguration, he gave a speech. The Washington Post's Valerie Straussteased out O's references to education. (Hint: There weren't many. For the most part, Obama lumped in education with other domestic policy issues in need of reform). More here from Politics K-12. *Test Pr... more »

Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Dolls « The Core Knowledge Blog

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Though I Walk Through the Valley of the Dolls « The Core Knowledge Blog: Though I Walk Through the *Valley of the Dolls*by Linda Bevilacqua *January 22nd, 2013* Tags: 6/6/41, Carol Jago, reading, Will Fitzhugh, writing Posted in Literacy, No category, Students | No Comments » Many years ago, when my now-grown daughter was in fifth grade, I had a brief exchange with her teacher that left me very concerned. I am sad to say those concerns are still with me. It was the zenith—or nadir—of whole language in that particular public school, but my daughter had already overcome that barrier ... more »

Ex-workers claim cyber-charter operator manipulated enrollment figures | Philadelphia Public School Notebook

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Ex-workers claim cyber-charter operator manipulated enrollment figures | Philadelphia Public School Notebook: Ex-workers claim cyber-charter operator manipulated enrollment figures by thenotebook *By Benjamin Herold for NewsWorks, a Notebook news partner* Dozens of former employees claim that K12 Inc, a for-profit education company, used dubious and sometimes fraudulent tactics to mask astronomical rates of student turnover in its national network of cyber charter schools. K12 manages Agora, the second largest cyber charter in Pennsylvania. The company is also involved in pending a... more »

Daily Kos: But here we are, talking about legacy, not race. Which is simply amazing.

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Daily Kos: But here we are, talking about legacy, not race. Which is simply amazing.: But here we are, talking about legacy, not race. Which is simply amazing. by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) That is the final line of The black president no longer by Eugene Robinson in today's *Washington Post* I am going to strongly recommend that you take the time to read it. It begins like this: President Barack Hussein Obama’s second inauguration was every bit as historic as his first — not because it said so much about the nation’s long, bitter, unfinished struggle with issues of race, as wa... more »

The Language and Lies Two-Step of Education: The Lie Module « Cooperative Catalyst

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
The Language and Lies Two-Step of Education: The Lie Module « Cooperative Catalyst: The Language and Lies Two-Step of Education: The Lie Module by Brent Snavely “We the educated” are liars. lie: (verb) (1) to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive (2) to create a false or misleading impression. “It’s not our fault” – we were led to believe from our earliest years that one must attend school to receive an education. We were led to believe “education” leads to success, eliminates poverty, equalizes the races and even more. We have no intent to deceive because education “wor... more »

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 1-22-13 Diane Ravitch's blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] How to Get a Docile Workforce by dianerav Some people have wondered what happened to the much ballyhooed film “Won’t Back Down.” Recall that it was featured on NBC’s “Education Nation,” which is the showcase for the corporate reform movement; one of its stars was interviewed on “Ellen”; it had an elegant opening party at the New York Public Library; Michelle Rhee hosted showings at the two national political conventions. Should have been a big hit, right? Wrong. It opened in 2,5000 theaters An Assessmen... more »

Graduation Rate Hits Record High For High School Students: Government Report

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Graduation Rate Hits Record High For High School Students: Government Report: Graduation Rate Hits Record High For High School Students: Government Report by Joy Resmovits More U.S. high school students than ever are graduating on time, according to new information released by the research arm of the U.S. Education Department. The percentage of students who graduated from high school within four years of starting ninth grade in the 2006-2007 school year hit a record high, according to the report. "What we see is an increase," Jack Buckley, who directs the Education Department's ... more »

Daily Kos: Leading Educators Support Teacher Test Boycott

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Daily Kos: Leading Educators Support Teacher Test Boycott: Leading Educators Support Teacher Test Boycott by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) Date: January 21, 2013 Contact: Brian Jones, Teacher and Doctoral Student, bjones2@gc.cuny.edu Wayne Au, Professor of Education, wayne@rethinkingschools.org *LEADING EDUCATORS SUPPORT TEACHER TEST BOYCOTT* By now there have been several posts here about the teachers in Seattle who have refused to give a state test. They are now beginning to gain widespread support. Yesterday there was a Press release, the heading of w... more »

Why all high school courses should be elective

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
Why all high school courses should be elective: Why all high school courses should be elective Posted by Valerie Strauss on January 22, 2013 at 6:00 am - [image: Smaller Text] [image: Larger Text] Text Size - Print - Reprints - Share: - - - More » [image: Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post] (by Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post) The rise of the Common Core State Standards has fueled a long national debate about what courses students should be required to take and when. Here’s an unconventional look on the subject, from Marion Brady, a classroom teache... more »

NYC Educator: No Two Troublemakers Are the Same

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
NYC Educator: No Two Troublemakers Are the Same: No Two Troublemakers Are the Same by NYC Educator *by Recovering ATR * You know how sometimes it seems as if 99% of your problems whittle down to two students? That's the case this year with a Terrible Twosome that I'll call Johnny and Bobby, for the sake of anonymity. On the surface, Johnny and Bobby are very similar in personality and behavior. They're streetwise, and probably could be very successful if they ever directed their energies towards something positive. As it stands now, they spend all their time being disrespectful, r... more »

How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model | Scathing Purple Musings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model | Scathing Purple Musings: How $1.9 Million From the Race to the Top Grant Was Used as a Propaganda Tool For the Florida Model by Bob Sikes Jeff Solochek of *Gradebook *calls attention to those reading scores everyone’s been bragging about for the last month. Florida’s fourth graders are the second-best readers in the world, Gov. Rick Scott claimed during a recent discussion with black lawmakers. That’s pretty great news, right? Well, hold on just a second. Our friends at PolitiFact... more »

The Educated Reporter: States Push Ahead With Plans to Arm Teachers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 11 hours ago
The Educated Reporter: States Push Ahead With Plans to Arm Teachers: States Push Ahead With Plans to Arm Teachers by Emily Richmond In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, lawmakers are moving quickly to respond to the public outcry to do more to ensure schools are safe. But will arming teachers – or putting an armed guard at every school in the nation, as the NRA has suggested – make a meaningful difference? Or would it actually increase the risk of harm, as some gun control advocates contend? Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recently addressed those concerns with a degree ... more »

Teachers’ test boycott draws growing support | Education | The Seattle Times

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 19 hours ago
Teachers’ test boycott draws growing support | Education | The Seattle Times: Teachers’ test boycott draws growing support Support is growing for Garfield High teachers in their boycott of a district-required test. Seattle Public Schools officials, while saying the test has value, also are acknowledging that some of the teachers’ concerns have merit. By Linda Shaw Seattle Times education reporter [image: Rachel Eells is among Garfield High School teachers who are refusing to administer the school district-required MAP test to their students. Eells, who teaches language arts, says t... more »

UPDATE: Emboldened Mischief Makers Schools Matter: Young People of the World: Adults Will Not Save You

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Schools Matter: Young People of the World: Adults Will Not Save You: Emboldened Mischief Makers, Part One by Storm Part One There is a post today in Slate about "Creationism" in Colorado--that is, the Colorado legislature is proposing a bill which will direct teachers to create an environment that encourages students to intelligently and respectfully explore scientific questions and learn about scientific evidence related to biological and chemical evolution, global warming, and human cloning. The author of this post, an astronomer and writer, says The antiscience bill HB 13-108... more »

Fools rush in, where wise men never go: SFCC and the destruction of the public commons through accreditation hustlers

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Fools rush in, where wise men never go: SFCC and the destruction of the public commons through accreditation hustlers: Fools rush in, where wise men never go: SFCC and the destruction of the public commons by Danny Weil *[image: sfcc]A Letter from Tom Brown to California Elected Officials* Leader Pelosi’s office has already been contacted by “Save CCSF” activists and reports are that the staff response revealed a lack of understanding of what’s happening at CCSF. We’re told that someone in the Leader’s office responded by saying “City College tries to do too much” (with its limite... more »

Georgia-Backed Scholarships Benefit Schools Barring Gays - NYTimes.com

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Georgia-Backed Scholarships Benefit Schools Barring Gays - NYTimes.com: Backed by State Money, Georgia Scholarships Go to Schools Barring GaysBy KIM SEVERSONPublished: January 20, 2013 - FACEBOOK - TWITTER - GOOGLE+ - SAVE - E-MAIL - SHARE - PRINT - REPRINTS - ATLANTA — As the nation works its way through the debate over vouchers and other alternatives to traditional public education funding, a quieter battle over homosexuality, religious education and school tax money is under way in Georgia. Enlarge This Image Rich Addicks for The New York Times Steve ... more »

Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Engaging Parents In School… » This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter: This Week’s #PTchat On Twitter by Larry Ferlazzo Guest Post by Joe Mazza Image credit: vle.bexley.ac.uk *1/23/13 #ptchat hosted by Dana Sirotiak* In order to monitor and scaffold a student’s growth progress, regular communication between the home and school is imperative to assure that students are appropriately developing academically, socially, and emotionally. Student Learning Plans (SLPs) should ensure strong adult-student relationships within the school whereby each student should have an adult mentor to assist them... more »

Jersey Jazzman: National Research Council Should Investigate DC Cheating

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Jersey Jazzman: National Research Council Should Investigate DC Cheating: National Research Council Should Investigate DC Cheating by Duke Last we checked in on Michelle Rhee, she had lawyered up in response to a request for documents related to the Washington, D.C. cheating scandal that unfolded on her watch. This request came from journalist John Merrow, who has conjectured that Rhee is in possession of a memo that shows, contrary to her claims, that she was well-aware of the potential for widespread cheating across the district. At this point, it's quite clear that the cheatin... more »

Oregon Save Our Schools: Dartmouth v. College Board

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Oregon Save Our Schools: Dartmouth v. College Board: Dartmouth v. College Board by Kris Alman This duel may not have registered a spark of interest, but leave it to Dartmouth to shoot down the College Board! (No worries! Corporations don't suffer mortal blows.) Beginning with the class of 2018, Dartmouth will no longer offer college credit for good Advanced Placement (AP) scores, claiming these courses aren’t as rigorous as their college courses. Dartmouth, you see, is not for commoners. In 1819, their trustees won a landmark Supreme Court decision over the New Hampshire legisl... more »

Pension. A correction. « Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
Pension. A correction. « Fred Klonsky: Pension. A correction. by Fred Klonsky [image: beautiful-oops] In a post addressing what would happen if the Illinois General Assembly passed a bill impacting retiree COLAs and any anticipated court action that would arise from that, I wrote that TRS would freeze COLAs in place. I was wrong. Here is the paragraph from a letter to all TRS members which is in question: *TRS cannot predict if, or when, the General Assembly may alter the state law regarding the COLA. It is certain, however, that if the laws governing the TRS COLA are changed, the m... more »

Let’s bring the Brown Act into the 21st century | EdSource Today

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Let’s bring the Brown Act into the 21st century | EdSource Today: Let’s bring the Brown Act into the 21st century ** January 21st, 2013 | 1 Comment | By Seth Rosenblatt [image: Seth Rosenblatt] Seth Rosenblatt Both lauded and maligned—and perhaps occasionally violated—the Brown Act has been an integral part of California politics for over half a century. TheRalph M. Brown Act, often referred to as California’s “open meetings law,” was first passed in 1953 to ensure that work of publicly-elected bodies was done openly and transparently. It also remains one of the most confusing pie... more »

Mississippi Will Struggle With Common Core Implementation | Truth in American Education

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Mississippi Will Struggle With Common Core Implementation | Truth in American Education: Mississippi Will Struggle With Common Core Implementation by Shane Vander Hart [image: MDOE-Seal]I had written earlier that Arizona has funding issues with the Common Core. Iowa’s Department of Education doesn’t even have statutory authority to implement the SBAC tests. Now *The Sun Herald* in Biloxi, MS reports that schools in Mississippi will have a hard time with implementation: All U.S. students in second through 12th grades, under the newly adopted Common Core State Standards, will take... more »

Good press on two PURE stories Parents United for Responsible Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Parents United for Responsible Education » Blog Archive » Good press on two PURE stories: Good press on two PURE stories by admin New blog site DNAInfo Chicago had a great story on our UNO complaint here. UNO has 13 charters in the Chicago Public Schools, and 12 received funding increases in the2013 budget for a total outlay of $55.6 million. That’s tied directly to school attendance, but Woestehoff suggested that’s part of the problem, that UNO uses students as “collateral” in its loans. A Standard & Poor’s report in September 2011 gave the school bonds a BBB- rating, warning of “... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools This Week: Seattle Schools This Week by Melissa Westbrook It's a fairly quiet week around SPS this week. *Tuesday, January 22nd* Call into the Board office (or e-mail) if you want to sign up for the Speakers list for the Board meeting on Wednesday. Frankly, you will not be changing anyone's mind if you choose to speak BUT if you want to make a point, out loud and in public, now's the time to go on record. 252-0040 or boardagenda@seattleschools.org *Wednesday, January 23rd* Rally to support teachers against MAP at 4:00 p.m. This o... more »

Ed Notes Online: Supporting Lisa Nielson: Leading DOE Official Shael Polokow-Seransky Affirms Parent Right to Opt Out

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Ed Notes Online: Supporting Lisa Nielson: Leading DOE Official Shael Polokow-Seransky Affirms Parent Right to Opt Out: Supporting Lisa Nielson: Leading DOE Official Shael Polokow-Seransky Affirms Parent Right to Opt Out by ed notes online When I first heard the NY Post was exposing a DOE official for supporting the opt-out movement I thought they must have come across the video I made of Shael affirming the rights of parents to opt-out. Maybe the Post should take a look at this video. Popout http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmfOOJkBlds But of course the Murdoch-owned Post would be... more »

NYC Public School Parents: Jonathan Kozol on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., poverty and class size

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
NYC Public School Parents: Jonathan Kozol on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., poverty and class size: Jonathan Kozol on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., poverty and class size by Leonie Haimson Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. birthday, I try to honor this man’s great memory on this blog. Today I watched Obama’s inauguration; he gave a great speech, particularly on issues like climate change, and probably the most progressive since he was elected; except for a gaping hole when it comes to education. During the last campaign, Obama spoke about cuts to public schools... more »

When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today by Gary Rubinstein I came across, recently, as I’ve been scanning in some of the ‘clutter’ I’ve had in boxes in storage, the the cover letter and the two essays I wrote for my TFA application. The deadline for applying to become a part of the second ever Teach For America cohort was in January of 1991. As this was exactly 22 years ago, this is the first time that these essays are approximately the same age as the soon-to-be Teach For America 2013 cohort. I thou... more »

UPDATE: Schools Matter: Because of the common core, do it wrong

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Schools Matter: Because of the common core, do it wrong: Embracing the common core = “Drinking poison to quench thirst” by skrashen Yvonne Siu-Runyan: “Once you told me a great idiom from China called, ‘Yin Zhen Zhi Ke: Drinking poison to quench thirst.’ Would you please explain why you used this Chinese idiom when speaking about American education?” Yong Zhao: “Well, the Chinese saying is to warn people not to take measures that may appear to solve an urgent problem in the short term but in effect the solution is more damaging than the problem.“ From: Yong Zhao in Conversation: Ed... more »




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