Saturday, March 2, 2013

Missouri Education Watchdog: Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included?

Missouri Education Watchdog: Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included?:


Mandated Behavioral Assessments for Connecticut Students? Homeschoolers Included?

CT Senator Toni Harp introduces legislation for ALL children to undergo behavioral assessments.  Home schoolers included.


Do you think you can keep your children from government mandates if you home school?  It is increasingly doubtful you can shield your children from having to submit to governmental data mining of their personal information, even if you don't have your child enrolled in public education.  Government agencies want educational data as well as wanting to require information on your child's behavioral health.  Watch out for this type of legislation in your state.

From the Family Institute of Connecticut:

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Stop New Mandate Attacking Parental Rights
Stop S.B. 374, Mandated Assessments of Children 
In all the years we have been fighting for pro-family values at the state Capitol, we have never seen as 

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything."

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit: VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything.":


VIDEO - ZIMMER’S RESPONSE TO BILLIONARE BLOOMBERG: “If you have enough money you can say anything."

H.Res.92: Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. - U.S.... OpenCongress

H.Res.92: Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day. - U.S.... OpenCongress:




Bill Introduced: H.Res.92 Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day.

Encouraging people in the United States to recognize March 1, 2013, as Read Across America Day.

Bill Introduced: H.R.812 Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act

To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to improve education and prevention related to campus sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

Bill Introduced: H.Res.73 Congratulating Emporia State University for 150 years of outstanding service to the State of Kansas, the United States, and the world.

Congratulating Emporia State University for 150 years of outstanding service to the State of Kansas, the United States, and the world.

Bill Introduced: H.R.768 STELLAR Act

To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to require the establishment of teacher evaluation programs.

Bill Introduced: H.R.653 Students Voicing Opinions in Today's Elections (VOTE) Act

To direct the Election Assistance Commission to carry out a pilot program under which the Commission shall provide funds to local educational agencies for initiatives to provide voter registration information to secondary school students in the 12th grade.

Bill Introduced: H.R.618 Student Loan Default Prevention Act

To authorize the Secretary of Education to enter into voluntary, flexible agreements with certain guarantee agencies to provide delinquency prevention and default aversion services for borrowers and potential borrowers of Federal Direct Loans under the Higher Education Act of 1965, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: S.Res.27 A resolution designating the week of February 4 through 8, 2013, as "National School Counseling Week".

A resolution designating the week of February 4 through 8, 2013, as "National School Counseling Week".

Bill Introduced: H.R.822 Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act

To improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education.

Bill Introduced: H.R.791 Continuum of Learning Act of 2013

To amend titles I and II of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to strengthen connections to early childhood education programs, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: S.326 After School for America's Children Act

A bill to reauthorize 21st century community learning centers, and for other purposes.

Bill Introduced: S.322 Ready to Learn Act

A bill to set the United States on track to ensure children are ready to learn when they begin kindergarten.

Bill Introduced: S.274 Children Eating Well Act

A bill to strengthen nutrition education for elementary school and secondary school students to promote healthy eating choices through developmentally appropriate lessons and activities integrated into the school day.

Bill Introduced: H.R.700 ARPA-ED Act

To direct the Secretary of Education to carry out the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Education to fund directed development projects to support targeted breakthroughs in teaching and learning.

Bill Introduced: S.288 Women and Minorities in STEM Booster Act of 2013

A bill to increase the participation of historically underrepresented demographic groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and industry.

Bill Introduced: S.282 Counseling for Career Choice Act

A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to establish a new counseling program.

Bill Introduced: S.283 Investing in Innovation for Education Act of 2013

A bill to amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to invest in innovation for education.

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BESS ALTWERGER: WHY I AM COMING TO OCCUPY THE DEPT. OF ED. IN DC

How could I NOT come to Occupy the DOE in DC? At this pivotal moment in history when failure to act will mean the virtual collapse of public education there is nothing more important for any of us to do …MORE


PAM ZICH: WHY I AM COMING TO OCCUPY THE DEPT. OF ED. IN DC

I am coming to D.C. to report on the mockery high-stakes testing has made of individualized education for children with special needs. I will describe some of the bizarre practices taking place as educators attempt to mass produce passing test scores from a segment …MORE

Daily Kos: The need for reflection and downtime in education

Daily Kos: The need for reflection and downtime in education:


The need for reflection and downtime in education

I was provoked to offer my thoughts on this topic by reading Puttering, Responsibility, and Beauty, a blog post by Diana Seneschal that I highly recommend.
I add to this my friendship with Vicki Abeles who produced the important film Race to Nowhere, about how we overschedule and overburden many of our school students, sometimes with tragic consequences.
I will also note that my own teacher training in the Master of Arts in Teaching program at Johns Hopkins emphasized the need for reflective practice by teachers.
As a National Board Certified Teacher I was required as part of my application for that status to offer a great deal of reflection on the work I did and the artifacts I presented in support of my candidacy.  The fourth of the five core propositions upon which the National Board process is based is Teachers Think Systematically about Their 

School Tech Connect: Go Read Something Beautiful

School Tech Connect: Go Read Something Beautiful:


Go Read Something Beautiful




In my northern retreat there's no tv, no in-home internet, so if I post it'll be from this phone.

It seems that you really can't escape cell coverage anywhere. I'll never forget the first cell phone I ever saw--a "bag phone" hefted to play rehearsal by Mark Pomerenke, the smartest, nicest kid in Mesa, Arizona, circa whenever. That will never catch on, I decided, looking at the contraption. Mark took pity on my provincial ignorance.

Anyway, being somewhat addicted, I peeked at the Twitter today and saw the great Ken Bernstein

The Opt Out Update | Seattle Education

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Big Education Ape Nite Cap 3-2-13 #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."

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Students Last: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 minutes ago
Students Last: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore: Cherry-picking: It Isn't Just For Fruit Anymore by Students Last *Philadelphia* - Global Alliance Charter School is scrambling today to respond to questions from the School District of Philadelphia about its complicated and some say overbearing application process. Should charter schools be allowed to have barriers to admission?The application, which is more than 10-pages in length, requires a 3,000-word essay, responses to 20 short-answer questions, proof of citizenship for the child and parents, three recommendation... more »

Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside | Truth in American Education

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Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside | Truth in American Education: Crack the CCSS Egg to See What is Inside by chascherrie [image: OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA]After reading the article* Huntsville, Madison legislators back off of bill to revoke common core standards (updated*), I couldn’t help but think of the saying “There’s a sucker born every minute.” I encourage you to click on the link above and read the article. I don’t know if this is a situation with suckers, fools, people on the take, or something altogether different—possibly succumbing to groupthink. These two legisla... more »

Daily Kos: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago

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Daily Kos: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago: Revisiting something I wrote 6 years ago by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) What is in the blockquote below is from this February 18, 2007 diary It is my contention that if we lose the battle over public education, it will be that much harder to prevent a fundamentalist takeover of our nation. That fundamentalism may not be specifically religious - in fact many of those driving the process may well use religious terminology as a cover for far more selfish motives, although there are indubitably those who seek to hasten the final... more »

Jersey Jazzman: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing

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Jersey Jazzman: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing: New Mexico's Reformy Education Chief Gets Her Hearing by Duke There are several surprising parallels between New Mexico's education chief, Hanna Skandera, and New Jersey's head education honcho, Chris Cerf: - Skandera has been the ACTING Secretary of Education in New Mexico for two years, and is finally getting a hearing; Cerf was the ACTING Commissioner of Education for 18 months before his confirmation. - Cerf and Skandera are both members of Chiefs for Change, Jeb Bush's reformy group of state-level educat... more »

Mother Crusader: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids

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Mother Crusader: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids: NJ's Charter Closures; Ideology Trumps Kids by darciecima In a post today Jersey Jazzman searches for the logic behind the charter closures announced last week. In a follow up post he unveiled the common denominator between the shuttered schools. They have the highest percentages of special ed kids. This should come as no surprise. More special needs kids = lower test scores, and nowadays lower test scores = closure. Pretty simple. Gross, but simple. This is what happens when you allow ideology to guide your ac... more »

Is Your School Mascot Insulting Someone? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher

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Is Your School Mascot Insulting Someone? - Teacher in a Strange Land - Education Week Teacher: Is Your School Mascot Insulting Someone? by Nancy Flanagan I am pretty much the walking embodiment of political correctness. I think that a lot of what's sarcastically labeled "PC" is also, deep down, morally correct. *When it comes to school mascots,* however--and the ongoinglawsuit-based drive to rid high schools of their Native American/Tribal/American Indian mascots and nicknames--*I find myself wondering if this battle isn't the elevation of form over substance.* Don't get me wrong... more »

Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA? | toteachornototeach

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 3 hours ago
Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA? | toteachornototeach: Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA? by aristotlethewise *Why Are Walmart Billionaires Bankrolling Phony School ‘Reform’ In LA?* by Peter Dreier For years, Los Angeles has been ground zero in an intense debate about how to improve our nation’s education system. What’s less known is who is shaping that debate. Many of the biggest contributors to the so-called “school choice” movement — code words for privatizing our public education system — are billionaires w... more »

Georgia Religious Schools Skirt Constitution to Access Taxpayer Funds - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

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Georgia Religious Schools Skirt Constitution to Access Taxpayer Funds - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher: Georgia Religious Schools Skirt Constitution to Access Taxpayer Funds by Anthony Cody The constitution of the state of Georgia is clear. *"No money shall ever be taken from the public treasury, directly, or indirectly, in aid of any church, sect, cult, or religious denomination or of any sectarian institution."* In 2008, state legislators passed the Qualified Income Tax Credit, which allowed married couples to make deduct from their state taxes contributions up to $... more »

Daily Kos: A very brief thought on teaching, writing and more

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Daily Kos: A very brief thought on teaching, writing and more: A very brief thought on teaching, writing and more by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) A woman with whom I became friends had once told me that I brought out the gentleness in her. In fact, as I told her recently, because she reminded me of my own gentleness, all I did is provide a space in which she could be free to bring it out of herself. In a sense that is how I see the teaching role, both in the classroom and through my writing. All I can do a provide a space for the other person to bring out what is in him or her,... more »

#Pearson propaganda – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
#Pearson propaganda – @ the chalk face: [image: @TCF on Blog Talk Radio] #Pearson propaganda by Chris Cerrone So I am clearing out some files and emails today and come across this screen image grab from last spring. Pearson was circling its wagons from numerous mistakes and errors in its first year in creating the New York State Assessments, including the famous 8th grade talking pineapple reading passage. [image: PEARSON MEMO] As a result of the disastrous spring testing season for Pearson the corporate giant created a propaganda website and facebook page. Occasionally public... more »

Diane in the Evening 3-2-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Oregon: Fight to Protect Student Privacy Rules by dianerav This parent warns that BIG DATA is working its way into the schools, not only in Oregon but across the nation. Why do they want to know everything about your child? The most likely reason: for marketing stuff to them. We have already learned about the collaboration between the Gates Foundation and Rupert Murdoch to collect student data. Parents in Louisiana are worried about this. So should parents in New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky... more »

IEA returning to Springfield this year for Lobby Day. May 15th. | Fred Klonsky

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IEA returning to Springfield this year for Lobby Day. May 15th. | Fred Klonsky: IEA returning to Springfield this year for Lobby Day. May 15th. by Fred Klonsky Popout . Every once in a while it seems that somebody up there is listening. Last year the IEA called off their annual Lobby Day – a day in which several thousand IEA members jam the Capitol and legislative offices to push for public education issues. Why? It is still a mystery to me. They claimed it was because the Capitol was under construction. But that simply wasn’t true. We in the Park Ridge Education Association decided ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charters: Leaving Special Ed Kids Behind

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Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charters: Leaving Special Ed Kids Behind: NJ Charters: Leaving Special Ed Kids Behind by Duke The Christie Administration has just issued its decisions on New Jersey charter school renewals. Some have been approved and allowed to expand, some have been approved with no expansion allowed, some are on probation, and three must shut their doors at the end of the school year. As I wrote earlier, *there doesn't seem to be much correlation between each school's performance on state tests, relative to its student population, and whether or not it was approved*: a rela... more »

Why Are Walton Billionaires So Interested in Los Angeles Schools? | Diane Ravitch's blog

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Why Are Walton Billionaires So Interested in Los Angeles Schools? | Diane Ravitch's blog: Why Are Walton Billionaires So Interested in Los Angeles Schools? by dianerav [image: Mayor Bloomberg Your Money Sucks! (Learn More click picture)] The big school board race is this week in Los Angeles, and we know that the billionaires have lined up behind their slate. We know that Eli Broad wants to own his hometown’s school board and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tossed $1million into the race to help the same candidates that Eli wants. What is less well known is that one of the biggest foun... more »

How Much Does it Cost to Build a High School? | PWC Education Reform Blog

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How Much Does it Cost to Build a High School? | PWC Education Reform Blog: How Much Does it Cost to Build a High School? by pwceducationreform PWCS is looking at incurring $505 million in debt in the next 5 years for new school construction and renovations and expansions of existing schools. That’s a lot of money, money which will have to be paid back by taxpayers as debt service over the next 20 years. Debt service money, which is the interest and principal on the bonds we issue to pay for school construction, comes from the school division’s annual allocation of tax receipts fro... more »

Campaign: Final Push for Candidates - LA School Report

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Campaign: Final Push for Candidates - LA School Report: Campaign: Final Push for Candidates by LA School Report With only three days to go before the March 5 election, School Board candidates are hitting the pavement all over Los Angeles this weekend, hunting for votes. But judging from their campaign websites, some are more active than others. In downtown’s District 2, School Board President* Monica Garcia* is asking volunteers to sign up for a dawn to dusk GOTV (get out the vote) effort between now and Tuesday. One of her four opponents, *Robert Skeels* is holding an all day pr... more »

The Incredible, True (and Not at All Excellent) Adventures of a Teacher in Charterland | EduShyster

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The Incredible, True (and Not at All Excellent) Adventures of a Teacher in Charterland | EduShyster: The Incredible, True (and Not at All Excellent) Adventures of a Teacher in Charterland by edushyster2012 Meet Norah. Two years ago, this artist and professional story teller landed her dream job teaching performing arts at a Massachusetts charter school. But as Norah quickly discovered, dreaming is impossible when you don’t have time to sleep. Armed with a sense of humor and a prescription for Adderall, Norah works 100+ hour weeks and does her best to carry out an ever-changing a... more »

Civics 101: School Finance Formulas & the Limits of Executive Authority | School Finance 101

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Civics 101: School Finance Formulas & the Limits of Executive Authority | School Finance 101: Civics 101: School Finance Formulas & the Limits of Executive Authority by schoolfinance101 [image: CRAP Adjustment] This post addresses a peculiar ongoing power grab in New Jersey involving the state school finance formula. The balance of power between state legislatures and the executive branch varies widely across states, but this New Jersey example may prove illustrative for others as well. This post may make more sense if you take the time to browse these other two posts from the p... more »

BREAKING: First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses MomsRising.org’s Food Power Conference « MomsRising Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
BREAKING: First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses MomsRising.org’s Food Power Conference « MomsRising Blog: BREAKING: First Lady Michelle Obama Addresses MomsRising.org’s Food Power Conference by Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner *BREAKING NEWS:* First Lady Michelle Obama shared a warm video welcome to the MomsRising.org “Food Power” Conference. For this “Food Power” Conference, MomsRising.org, the online and on-the-ground grassroots organization with more than 1.1 million members, is bringing together moms, dads, bloggers, community activists, filmmakers, and artists to discuss action steps to ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charter Closings: Where's the Logic?

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Jersey Jazzman: NJ Charter Closings: Where's the Logic?: NJ Charter Closings: Where's the Logic? by Duke I am just starting to look at the New Jersey charter schools that either had their charters renewed or will be forced to closed in this latest approval round. But already, I fail to see any logic in the NJDOE's decisions: Oceanside opened in 1999, and Middleton has poured her heart and soul into the school. She acknowledged that test scores were not where they should be, but said she wished the state had given more consideration to the children she teaches; they come from so... more »

Schools Matter: WaPo Editorializes on KIPP Study and Forgets to Report the Findings

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 7 hours ago
Schools Matter: WaPo Editorializes on KIPP Study and Forgets to Report the Findings: WaPo Editorializes on KIPP Study and Forgets to Report the Findings by Jim Horn When Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. presented the final piece of a study commissioned by KIPP, Inc. the other day (*"KIPP Middle Schools: Impacts on Achievement and Other Outcomes"*, WaPo’s Editorial Board was quick to announce “KIPP Doubters Proven Wrong.” OFFICIALS OF KIPP(Knowledge Is Power Program) have become accustomed to the doubters who think the success of the fast-growing charter-school network is too goo... more »

Saturday coffee. | Fred Klonsky

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Saturday coffee. | Fred Klonsky: Saturday coffee. by Fred Klonsky [image: 69633_10200529817345930_754724205_n] *Fundraiser for Raise Your Hand last Wednesday night. Photo: Mike Klonsky* Does this happen to you? Some weekends you have nothing. No movies are playing that you want to see. No friends have invited you to dinner. Nothing on TV. Just nothing going on. And then there are the weekends that are packed. Everyone you know is having people over. And you have tickets to the Bulls and the Nets. And there is someone at the Old Town School that is really great. That’s tonight. My ni... more »

Things are about to get real, real around here… NYC peeps take note, at 92Y – @ the chalk face

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Things are about to get real, real around here… NYC peeps take note, at 92Y – @ the chalk face: Things are about to get real, real around here… NYC peeps take note, at 92Y by Chalk Face, PhD [image: Image] That’s me on the roster. I am a Black Sheep, indeed.

MORNING UPDATE: LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 3-2-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Why Are Walton Billionaires So Interested in Los Angeles Schools? by dianerav The big school board race is this week in Los Angeles, and we know that the billionaires have lined up behind their slate. We know that Eli Broad wants to own his hometown’s school board and Mayor Michael Bloomberg has tossed $1million into the race to help the same candidates that Eli wants. What is less well known is that one of the biggest founders of school choice–AKA, privatization–i... more »

Ed Notes Online: UFT Defends Its Charter Co-loco

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Ed Notes Online: UFT Defends Its Charter Co-loco: UFT Defends Its Charter Co-loco by ed notes online Really, there is nothing left to say. For once even I am speechless. For now. [image: Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991] From Gotham Schools. NEWS: In a twist, UFT gets attacked over its charter school co-locationThe strength of the United Federation of Teachers’ opposition to contested co-locations is being tested. The union has been so hostile to the city’s controversial space-sharing arrangements within school buildings — particularly those involving charter ... more »

Loaded question on a student survey | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Loaded question on a student survey | Gary Rubinstein's Blog: Loaded question on a student survey by Gary Rubinstein In New York City schools get an annual ‘progress report’ grade from A to F. Schools with an F, D, or three consecutive Cs can be slated for closure, and many school have suffered this fate, with about twenty more fighting for their lives this year. The progress report is based on test scores and, in part, on parent, teacher, and student surveys. I came across this poster recently with an example of one of the questions from the student survey. This is the problem, ... more »

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: The hottest posts everyone is reading

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: The hottest posts everyone is reading: [image: Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator] The hottest posts everyone is reading by noreply@blogger.com (Lisa Nielsen) Here’s the roundup of what's been popular on The Innovative Educator blog this week. Below you’ll see the top weekly posts along with the number of pageviews. I hope there's something that looks of interest to you. If it does, check it out. If you’re inspired, share it with others and/or leave a comment. Finally! Research-based proof that students use ce... Feb 16, 2013, 10 comments ... more »

BREAKING NEWS!!! Lucy Calkins and Her Failed Experiment Are Out at the NYC DOE!!!! southbronxschool.com

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http://www.southbronxschool.com: BREAKING NEWS!!! Lucy Calkins and Her Failed Experiment Are Out at the NYC DOE!!!! by noreply@blogger.com (Bronx Teacher) Like the Tenctonese (Newcomers) finally able to live free, the persecution of NYC's over 1 million students finally ceased with a whimper rather than a thud. The NYC DOE is; *...recommending a set of math and English curriculum options for grades K-8 and will spend the coming months supporting principals and teachers in becoming familiar with these new materials.* Now break out the champagne. None of these options involves Te... more »

solidaridad: South Central Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board

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solidaridad: South Central Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board: South Central Precinct Walking — Robert D. Skeels for School Board South Central Los Angeles Precinct Walking by Robert D. Skeels [image: Robert D. Skeels, a Social Justice Schoolboard Candidate]

NYC Educator: Cruisin' the Net--This Week's High and Lowlights

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NYC Educator: Cruisin' the Net--This Week's High and Lowlights: Cruisin' the Net--This Week's High and Lowlights by NYC Educator Sheldon Silver is working to block Governor Andy C. from stealing 260 million from our students. Philadelphia teachers are being offered a new contract with a 13% pay cut, among other goodies. In NYC, as a result of the Triborough Agreement, the terms of our old contract remain in force until and unless we sign a new one. In case you're still wondering what our impending junk science evaluations entail, here's a VAM primer. Upstart MORE caucus has a ne... more »

Ivy Academia founders' trial begins - LA Daily News

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Ivy Academia founders' trial begins - LA Daily News: Ivy Academia founders' trial begins By Mariecar Mendoza, Staff Writer Posted: 03/01/2013 08:02:29 PM PST Updated: 03/01/2013 08:04:53 PM PST A jury trial began Friday for a Tarzana couple who stand accused of misusing more than $200,000 in funds from the Ivy Academia charter schools they founded. Eugene Selivanov, 40, and his wife, 36-year-old Tatyana Berkovich, are standing trial in the downtown Los Angeles courthouse on accusations that they used school funds, which included public money, on lavish spending for their pers... more »

February 24 - March 2 : blue cheddar

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February 24 - March 2 : blue cheddar: The Weekly Cheddar March 2, 2013 By bluecheddar [image: Share] This is just my weekly round-up of political news and opinion from around Wisconsin. *Wisconsin Senate President Mike Ellis proposes $400 million more for schools*Apparently the Republicans are NOT going to keep bending over for Walker’s punishing agenda? This came out late on Friday. source=Milwaukee Journal Sentinel More on the agenda Ellis is attempting to thwart can be found at Walker’s Plan for Wisconsin Public Schools: Make Them Private by Giles Goat Boy *Federal panel opens GO... more »

Teaching Math: The Driftwood and the Vortex (Michele Kerr) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

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Teaching Math: The Driftwood and the Vortex (Michele Kerr) | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice: Teaching Math: The Driftwood and the Vortex (Michele Kerr) by larrycuban [image: vortexdriftwood] *Michele Kerr is a second-career teacher, credentialed in math, history, and English, with a master’s in education from Stanford University, She teaches math from CAHSEE prep to pre-calc at Kennedy High School in Fremont, CA. She also wrote about teaching English in an previous guest post.* “Ms K, I need to do my work with Ms. V. My education plan is my civil right!” Deo... more »

Schools Matter: New Jersey Targeting Special Ed Child Study Teams

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 9 hours ago
Schools Matter: New Jersey Targeting Special Ed Child Study Teams: New Jersey Targeting Special Ed Child Study Teams by Judy Rabin Looks like Governor Christie and his voucher pushing, charter cheerleaders and profiteers have found more ways to suck the life and last breaths out of the New Jersey Public School System -- cutting school child study teams. This includes psychologists, social workers and other professionals. Who will replace these services? Teachers of course. They will just have to fit it in between lock down drills, and target practice. And, if the teachers don't go... more »

4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 3-2-13

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*4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit:* *4LAKIDS - SOME OF THE NEWS THAT DOESN'T FIT* AB 1575: SCHOOL DISTRICTS CAN’T CHARGE PARENTS FOR BASIC EDUCATION, MUST CREATE COMPLAINT PROCESS. Deadline is March 1 (Today) smf at 4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit - 8 hours ago Vanessa Romo - Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC | http://bit.ly/XMEo6E Erika Aguilar/KPCC February 27th, 2013, 12:32pm :: Out of necessity, cash strapped schools have for years been asking parents to cover some of the most basic classroom needs: craft supplies, a copy of To Kill a Mockingbird, an Algebra boo... more »

Top Content this Week - 3-2-13 The Educator's PLN

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Top Content this Week - The Educator's PLN: 1[image: Edchat Twitter List]Edchat Twitter List Posted by Shelly Terrell on November 11, 2009 2[image: If students designed their own schools...]If students designed their own schools... Added by Thomas Whitby on February 20, 2013 3[image: 15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013]15 Education Technologies To Check Out in 2013 Added by Tess Pajaron on January 15, 2013 4[image: Instructional coaches]Instructional coaches Added by Carole Fuller on March 31, 2011 5[image: Media Matters]Media Matters Added by Thomas Whitby on February 24,... more »

This Week's Education Research Report 3-2-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Education Research Report: *THIS WEEK'S EDUCATION RESEARCH REPORT* * * Sex Education Requiremennts and Teen Pregnancy Jonathan Kantrowitz at Education Research Report - 50 minutes ago This brief from the Guttmacher Institute summarizes state-level sex and HIV education policies, as well as specific content requirements, based on a review of state laws, regulations and other legally binding policies. HIGHLIGHTS: General Requirements: Sex Education and HIV Education 22 states and the District of Columbia mandate sex education.  20 states and the District of Columbia mandate both sex ... more »

Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… 3-2-13 …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EF

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 10 hours ago
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL *LARRY FERLAZZO’S WEBSITES OF THE DAY* *LOOK FOR MY UPCOMING BOOK IN MARCH, 2013*[image: Ferlazzo200(1)] "Self-Driven Learning: Teaching Strategies for Student Motivation" will be a sequel to"Helping Students Motivate Themselves" This Week’s “Links I Should Have Posted About, But Didn’t” Larry Ferlazzo at Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 9 hours ago I have a huge backlog of resources that I’ve been planning to post about in this blog but, just because of time constraints, have not gotten around to doing.... more »

H.R.791: Continuum of Learning Act of 2013 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 22 hours ago
H.R.791: Continuum of Learning Act of 2013 - U.S. Congress - OpenCongress: Bill Introduced: H.R.822 Teaching Geography is Fundamental Act Open Congress : Major Bill Actions in Education - 2 minutes ago To improve and expand geographic literacy among kindergarten through grade 12 students in the United States by improving professional development programs for kindergarten through grade 12 teachers offered through institutions of higher education. Bill Introduced: H.R.791 Continuum of Learning Act of 2013 Open Congress : Major Bill Actions in Education - 2 minutes ago To amend titles... more »

Governor's Budget for 2013-14 - Letters (CA Dept of Education)

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Governor's Budget for 2013-14 - Letters (CA Dept of Education): GOVERNOR’S BUDGET FOR 2013–14 On January 10, 2013, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. released his proposed budget for the 2013–14 fiscal year. This letter, prepared by the California Department of Education (CDE), provides information on the Governor’s proposals that affect K–12 education and child development programs. Copies of this document, as well as other budget-related documents, are available through the CDE Education Budget Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/fg/fr/eb/. Official state budget documents, including prop... more »

'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem | Politics on GOOD

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem | Politics on GOOD: 'Oh, the Programs You'll Cut': A Dr. Seuss Sequestration Poem [image: dr.seuss] Thanks to Congress' failure to reach a compromise today, the staggering federal spending cuts of the sequestration are upon us. Even if you're one of the 59 percent of people who thinks the sequestration will only have a minor impact on your life, you should expect to see what the*Washington Post *calls an "era of deeper austerity" and a "phase of uncertainty for Americans who rely on the government for employment or servi... more »

Mother Crusader: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Mother Crusader: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools!: NJ's Latest Accomplishment; We Really Know How To Close Charter Schools! by darciecima Putting the interests of money above children... New Jersey's education system has a lot to brag about. Please check out the link to a New Jersey School Board Association overview of the many reasons we should be proud of our schools and our students. Here are some highlights: - *Among the nation's best reading scores:* New Jersey ranks among the best in the nation—tied for second—in the fourth-g... more »

Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) | Reclaim Reform

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) | Reclaim Reform: Actual Broad Foundation Manual: School Closure Guide (Plutocrats wage war against public schools) by kenpreviti Yes, there is a War Against Public Education. No, this in not merely another crazy conspiracy theory. Proof? Here is the “School Closure Guide: closing schools as a means for addressing budgetary challenges.” [image: Broad School Closing] Excerpt:This is a guide for school district operators considering school closures to address significant budgetary challen... more »









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