Monday, April 8, 2013

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Newark's Students Fight Back Tomorrow!

First things first: if any of the yahoos on talk radio or in the press decide to make a big stink about these kids cutting classes tomorrow, remind them of this:

This past week, pro-voucher forces in New Jersey bussed kids in from local Catholic schools to rally in support of a school voucher bill.

Quote Of The Day: “I Was Tired Of Giving In”

There’s an excellent review of a new biography of the late Rosa Parks in The New York Times, including this great quote:

What Then Must We Do?

My new book, What Then Must We Do? Straight Talk About the Next American Revolution is beginning to hit bookstore shelves, and should be available to ship online next week.  In the meantime, here’s an interview with Laura Flanders exploring the themes of the book:

You can read the transcript of the interview here.  And mark your calendars for May 12th, when I’ll be answering your questions in the FDL Book Salon.

Sunset High School principal and dad protests large class sizes

A 4-foot by 7-foot sign in the back of Sunset High School Principal John Huelskamp's truck tells drivers along NW Cornell Road that 52 kids in a class is too many

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Grassroots Report: Indiana Grassroots Member Writes Her Senators

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This letter was written by North East Indiana Friends of Public Education co-founder, Donna Roof, who will be sharing ideas this coming Saturday (April 13, 2013) about how to organize a grassroots group. Please join us. You can find more information here.
Here is a moving letter to our senators from NEIFPE .



Dear Indiana Politician:

I am a public school teacher. I am a breast cancer survivor. I dreamed as a little girl of the day I would be a teacher. I never dreamed as a woman that I would one day be a cancer survivor. So now I am both and proud that I am.
I write to you today as both, for you see there are times these days that my role as an educator are more challenging, more stressful, more worrisome than my days as a cancer patient/survivor. I never ever in my 


UCLA report: public school suspension policies do more harm than good

A report released Monday by UCLA's Civil Rights Project finds that suspensions affected as many as one-in-nine students beyond the elementary level. The report, titled "Out of School & Off Track: The Overuse of Suspensions in American Middle and High Schools" looked at U.S. Department of Education data for 26,000 schools across the country.
Researchers found that while suspension rates for Asian and white students remained largely unchanged between 1973 and 2010, suspension rates for African-American and Latino students doubled.
The study's co-author, Dan Losen, said the findings reminded him of his elementary school teaching days in Massachusetts 25 years ago.
"When I started teaching I was sending kids to the principal’s office right and left for all sorts of things," Losen said. It was mostly, he said, because he didn’t have good classroom management skills, and little training on 


National Urban League Calls Attention to Financial Aid Issues From African-American Perspective

Tapped by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to contribute to the Reimagining Aid Delivery & Design (RADD) project, the National Urban League (NUL) has released “Education Transforms Lives: Postsecondary Affordability Survey and Focus Groups,” a survey paper that largely discusses the views of African-Americans on financial aid and college access. The paper is intended to bring the views of African-Americans to the Gates Foundation-sponsored effort to shape reform of the U.S. college financial aid system, according to NUL officials.

“We know that we bring a needed voice to the conversation—on behalf of students who—due to income level, financial aid literacy, and historic underrepresentation—are most in need of higher education financial aid and 


Student Loan Rate Set to Rise, Despite Lack of Support

On Tuesday, student advocacy groups are releasing an issue brief charging that the government should not profit from loans, while more and more students bear a crushing debt burden.


Slight Dip in Number of Children Eligible for New York City’s Gifted Schools

The decrease comes after a change to the tests given by the Department of Education, which has been trying to address a surge in the number of students who qualified.


CourseSmart E-Textbooks Track Students’ Progress for Teachers

Educators from nine universities are testing technology from a Silicon Valley start-up, CourseSmart, that allows them to track their students’ progress with digital textbooks.


Another Nice Review Of My New Book

It’s written by educator Julie Dermody and appears in Middleweb.

Tin foil hatters unite!

PPP decided to poll people across the nation on 20 conspiracy theories. Did you know that 6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive? Or that 4% of voters say they believe “lizard people” control our societies by gaining political power? I find this one disturbing: 13% of voters think Barack Obama is the anti-Christ, including 22% of Romney voters I find this one comforting (in comparison to the anti-Christ one, anyway): 20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not Check out the rest of the results right here. You just finished reading Tin foil hatters unite!! Consider leaving a comment!Visit bluecheddar.net for more news and opinion. You can contact blue cheddar through twitter or facebook. Blue Cheddar is a progressive blog 


“How Code-Switching Explains The World”

How Code-Switching Explains The World is a great NPR story discussing code-switching, which they describe as:
In one sense, code-switching is about dialogue that spans cultures. It evokes the conversation we want to have here.
Linguists would probably quibble with our definition. (The term arose in linguistics specifically to refer to mixing languages and speech patterns in conversation.) But we’re looking at code-switching a little more broadly: many of us subtly, reflexively change the way we express ourselves all the time. We’re hop-scotching between different cultural and linguistic spaces and different parts of our own identities — sometimes within a single interaction.
It’s made for an IB Theory of Knowledge class discussing language. It includes some excellent videos, including 


Keeping Your Child's Data Safe and Private


Former Beaverton school board member, parent, electrical engineer, and member of Oregon Save Our Schools, Lisa Shultz (purple sweater, far left), testified today to the House Education Committee in Salem regarding HB 2666: Data Privacy.

Lisa has been following the escalation of the collection, sharing, and selling of our children's and teachers' data 

What GOP Education Committee Chair Tells Schools that Can't Cut Anymore: "The Pockets are Empty"

By Jud Lounsbury Republican State Senator Luther Olsen told the Oshkosh Northwestern over the weekend that if he’s asked for more money from schools that have already cut to the bone, he will tell them, “the pockets are empty.”* *Unless you’re a roadbuilder or are wealthy and looking for a tax cut.


Blogger Shines Light On State Fee Flim-Flam

Hat tip to the blog Jake’s Economics TA Funhouse for pointing out how the Walker administration is hanging on to obscure fees collected from phone and cable bills - – monies that could be returned to local governments to fund library or school communications services: This cut meant You just finished reading Blogger Shines Light On State Fee Flim-Flam! Consider leaving a comment!Visit bluecheddar.net for more news and opinion. You ca


An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters] | The Jose Vilson

An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters] | The Jose Vilson:


An Open Letter From The Trenches [To Education Activists, Friends, and Haters]


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To my fellow education activists:
I’ve come across a few pieces that concern me and others in the last few months, and we got some shit to talk about.
On normal days, I wake up at 5:30am hellbent on kicking butt at work, metaphorically of course. The stirring in my belly long after my butter toast and coffee is the passion with which I approach my students, whether or not they believe they’re ready to learn, or society thinks so for that matter. Despite the troubling nuances of advocating for a more holistic approach to assessment and schooling after work hours, I still have to work with the reality of keeping my job i.e. working with standards I didn’t write, administering tests I didn’t create, and yes, working in a system that consistently clashes with my ideals.
The key here is, whoever walks through my door, whenever, and however, I accept them. That’s how we build 

School 'Discipline Gap' Explodes As 1 In 4 Black Students Suspended, Report Finds

School 'Discipline Gap' Explodes As 1 In 4 Black Students Suspended, Report Finds:


School 'Discipline Gap' Explodes As 1 In 4 Black Students Suspended, Report Finds

For years, education advocates have highlighted the dire importance of closing the achievement gap of academic performance between students of different ethnic and socioeconomic groups. Now, another group of advocates is drawing attention to the discipline gap of unequal punishments to different groups of students.

The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at the University of California, Los Angeles Civil Rights Project, releasedtwo reports on Monday that show the increasing gap between suspension rates of black and white students.One million -- or one in nine -- middle school and high school students were suspended in 2009-2010, including 24 percent of black students and 7.1 percent of white students.

Most of the suspensions came not in response to violent behavior, but for minor infractions such as dress code violations or lateness. The research also found that suspensions increase the likelihood kids will drop out of school and commit crimes.

School districts that suspend students are hurting themselves, said Damon Hewitt, the director of education 

A collection of links from Occupy the DOE 2.0 #uoodc13 – @ the chalk face

A collection of links from Occupy the DOE 2.0 #uoodc13 – @ the chalk face:


A collection of links from Occupy the DOE 2.0 #uoodc13

As the dust finally settles on a great event, there’s still work to be done. Namely, collecting coverage of the event. I’m going to start posting links here. If I’ve missed any, please let us know in the comments. We’re expecting some long form pieces in the coming days, so they’ll be updated.
Democracy Now!
Mother Jones
Truth Out
MSNBC’s The Cycle [Although, I must say, that we at no point in any of our work contacted the United Way for any reason, so I have NO idea why they would have had someone from that organization on the show. I was in touch with a producer, offered to join them at their DC affiliate, but no dice.
The Washington Post Answer Sheet.
Education Opportunity Network
Education Week [although, this was a HUGE bunch of garbage]
The Marc Steiner Show (Baltimore)
The Rick Smith Show (PA) [Major shout out to them who came all the way down and got lots of great interviews)


It's a Wrap! California Father | Occupy DOE 2.0: The Battle for Public Schools unitedoptout.com #uoodc13

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
California Father | Educating Sullivan: [image: California Father] Watch live streaming video from califather at livestream.com *Look for More about Occupy DOE 2.0: The Battle for Public Schools * *http://unitedoptout.com/*

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Is Thatcher's ghost haunting the White House?

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: Is Thatcher's ghost haunting the White House?:


Is Thatcher's ghost haunting the White House?

Margaret Thatcher with her pal PW Botha in 1984. Botha was first leader of the Apartheid regime accorded the privilege of a state visit to UK since 1961, a diplomatic coup for the white supremacist regime in South Africa. via @Tobias Agricoltore
I know that diplomacy dictates that when a former head of state passes on, our president has to pay his respects and not say anything critical. But today's statement by Pres. Obama on the death of Margaret Thatcher went way beyond the diplomatic call. It was instead, a paean to racism and imperialism.
With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend...And as an unapologetic supporter of our transatlantic alliance, she knew that with strength and resolve we could win the Cold War and 

Sometimes truth is… – @ the chalk face

Sometimes truth is… – @ the chalk face:


Sometimes truth is…

Back a few weeks ago I created a quick graphic for a post asking for examples of test prep and Common Core assignments using an online graphic generator.  This picture went viral as parents and teachers passed it on via social media.
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I created this picture to gain a few laughs and make a statement about the amount of time that is lost to testing in our schools.  Detractors might say my creation is a piece of propaganda, but sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, or pretty darn close.  Schools in my state of New York will be starting their grueling two weeks of testing starting April 16.  So how much “real education” will take place from April 16 through May 1st?
Here is a look at what students in grades 3-8* will face:
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*The kind folks at NYSED decided to reduce grades 3 & 4 testing to 70 minutes for this year.  More appropriate for 8 and 9 year olds? No.
How much time is lost for real learning opportunities?  After students are burned out from testing are they ready for instruction in the afternoon?  Should they be?  If a student has art, music, library, or physical education 

Daily Kos: Principal warns parents: ‘Don’t buy the bunk’ about new Common Core tests

Daily Kos: Principal warns parents: ‘Don’t buy the bunk’ about new Common Core tests:


Principal warns parents: ‘Don’t buy the bunk’ about new Common Core tests

That is the title of this post at the Answer Sheet Blog of the Washington Post, run by Valerie Strauss.  The author is Carol Burris, an award-winning principal in Long Island who originally supported the idea of Common Core but has become increasingly concerned about the damage it will do as she has watched it take shape, particularly with respect to the assessments that will go with the Common Core.  As Burris puts it,
New York’s Common Core tests, designed to measure whether 8-14 year olds are on the path to college readiness, will soon begin. The stakes have never been higher, since teachers and principals are now being evaluated in part by student scores. Like the teacher evaluation system, Common Core testing is a plane being built in the air — a plane in which the passengers are children.
She warns parents not to be taken in, and offers four key points:

My discussion with Matt Barnum Part 1 | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

My discussion with Matt Barnum Part 1 | Gary Rubinstein's Blog:


My discussion with Matt Barnum Part 1

A few weeks ago I was invited by Matt Barnum to discuss various issues in education reform through a series of letters.  Matt is a TFA alum who is now in law school.  He has written several articles in various newspapers about the complexity of improving education.  Most recently he wrote something about how it is time for TFA to fold.
My first thought was that since we have so much in common, these discussions would not have enough conflict to make them very interesting reading.  Matt says that he is generally on the ‘reform’ side of these discussions, though, so I asked him to ‘start’ the exchange.  It is interesting to be on the receiving end of one of these ‘open letters’ as I’ve initiated so many of them.  I can see why so many people didn’t respond to mine.  By the nature of the process, the recipient is likely to feel and seem like he is on the defensive.
Here is his letter, followed by my response:
3/29/2013
Dear Gary,
It was about two and a half years ago that I started reading your book, ‘Reluctant Disciplinarian’. I had just finished TFA’s institute and was a couple weeks away from my first day teaching English at a middle school in Colorado. I remember thinking your book was a bit cynical and a bit negative.
Fast forward a couple months. I wished I’d taken your book more seriously, and I realized the 

Big Education Ape Nite Cap 4-8-13 #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



Zorn may think I’m contemptible. But he really hates CTU Prez Karen Lewis. I call that good company.

Fred Klonsky at Fred Klonsky - 17 minutes ago
Eric Zorn took a few minutes out of his busy schedule chasing down leads to send me an email calling me contemptible for objecting to his ugly discourse on race and school closings. Well, not exactly. He didn’t want to visit the race issue and how he addressed it in his online column. He wanted [...]









Ed Notes Online: Leonie Haimson Offers Parents Real Choice: Low class size, rich non-test driven curriculum

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 17 minutes ago
Ed Notes Online: Leonie Haimson Offers Parents Real Choice: Low class size, rich non-test driven curriculum: Leonie Haimson Offers Parents Real Choice: Low class size, rich non-test driven curriculum by ed notes online There is no little irony in the Daily News assault on Leonie Haimson for sending her son to a private school while supposedly denying choice to other parents without that option open to them. Leonie has been such a thorn in the side of the deformers, they must disparage her work. How interesting that they chose one of their funding darlings, Gotham Schools and wri... more »

Low test scores are the symptom, not “The Cause” | Crazy Crawfish's Blog

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Low test scores are the symptom, not “The Cause” | Crazy Crawfish's Blog: Low test scores are the symptom, not “The Cause” by crazycrawfish [image: Problem solved!] Problem solved! Recently my posting has started dropping off because of some nasty fatigue issues that seemed to come out of nowhere. (Hopefully you haven’t noticed the lull too much, as I have quite a few pieces I’m working on at any given time, and researching others.) Sometimes a recent event or flash of insight drives me to squeeze one out in the wee hours of the morning, so I assumed that was the cause of my fatig... more »

I’m Angry | Cooperative Catalyst

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I’m Angry | Cooperative Catalyst: I’m Angry by robinclane It’s Monday, and I’m angry. I’m angry because, after a weekend of careful planning, after differentiating an assignment for students who have mastered skills at different levels, after catching up on all of my grading, after getting my lesson plans in on time with the TEKS and the Reading Comprehension standards and the ELPS, I couldn’t print anything I needed for class because our copy machine is broken. *Again*. I’m angry because I had to make something up on the fly, putting my students further behind from where we sho... more »

Message from Mali: Sacramento City USD DAC April Agenda

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
*Message from Mali: Sacramento City USD DAC April Agenda * Open in full size window: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7wdDUUSR15dUGRoUHJaa1Y2YWM/edit?usp=sharing

Jersey Jazzman: Newark's Students Fight Back Tomorrow!

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Jersey Jazzman: Newark's Students Fight Back Tomorrow!: Newark's Students Fight Back Tomorrow! by Duke Now that's what I'm talking about: Popout First things first: if any of the yahoos on talk radio or in the press decide to make a big stink about these kids cutting classes tomorrow, remind them of this: This past week, pro-voucher forces in New Jersey bussed kids in from local Catholic schools to rally in support of a school voucher bill. [image: N.J. protesters rally in Trenton to support school vouchers] Chris Christie condemned that rally; he thinks it is wrong to take kids... more »

#StopCommonCore Twitter Rally | Truth in American Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
#StopCommonCore Twitter Rally | Truth in American Education: #StopCommonCore Twitter Rally by Shane Vander Hart Parent-Led Reform (@ParentLedReform) will host a Twitter Rally on April 16, 2013 which will start will go from 12:00p-2:00p (EST). We will discuss how the Common Core State Standards effect your family, community and schools? We invite you to participate. There will be an expert panel and several organizations that will discuss #StopCommonCore. So far I know the panel will consist of: - Me (@shanevanderhart) representing Truth In American Education ( @TruthinAmEd... more »

Obama to announce Tobacco Tax plan for funding Pre K | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 hour ago
Obama to announce Tobacco Tax plan for funding Pre K | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Obama to announce Tobacco Tax plan for funding Pre K by Deepa Fernandes [image: Smokers Could Face Tobacco Tax Increase] *White House confirms universal pre-K plan will call for increased cigarette taxes.; Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images* California is seen as a shining example of how tobacco taxes can be used to both dissuade smoking and also improve children’s health and readiness for school. Now President Obama is following California’s lead. When he presents his budget Wednesday, the president wil... more »

Parents:: We have a NEW fact sheet re: opting out of #highstakestesting! | Change the Stakes

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Parents: CHOOSE TO REFUSE! | Change the Stakes: Open link in full window : https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7wdDUUSR15dMXk0cHNyWHphNk0/edit?usp=sharing

Education's Greatest Common Factor — Whole Child Education

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Education's Greatest Common Factor — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Walter McKenzie]Education’s Greatest Common Factor April 8, 2013 by Walter McKenzie Are you tired yet of working to the lowest common denominator? Think about it. Every problem under discussion in public education boils down to it. Funding. Staffing. Standards. What's the least, the minimum we can expect everyone to accept? To make it sound reasonable, we reference "milestones" and "benchmarks" to suggest that anyone can go beyond these minimum expectations, but the reality is the lowest common ... more »

New York State Association of School Attorneys: Corporate #edreform Thugs? – @ the chalk face

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
New York State Association of School Attorneys: Corporate #edreform Thugs? – @ the chalk face: New York State Association of School Attorneys: Corporate #edreform Thugs? by Timothy D. Slekar Please read the document pasted below carefully. This is a legal *“opinion”* that actually tries to convey to parents that they DO NOT have an opt out right. [image: NYTESTING] What parents need to understand is that this is a legal opinion written by (lawyers) supporters of high stakes testing. Notice how they refer to people fighting corporate education reform as *ANTI -testing advocates*. No,... more »

As the Illinois House prepares to cut retired teacher pensions, remember the $100 M give-away to the CME? | Fred Klonsky

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
As the Illinois House prepares to cut retired teacher pensions, remember the $100 M give-away to the CME? | Fred Klonsky: As the Illinois House prepares to cut retired teacher pensions, remember the $100 M give-away to the CME? by Fred Klonsky The odds makers are placing money on the Illinois House voting to cut retired teacher pension benefits this coming week. But remember when they voted to give the Chicago Mercantile Exchange a one hundred million dollar tax break? Don’t you think it is rubbing our faces in it to announce today that the former CEO of that same CME paid its CEO $... more »

Joy Resmovits: Amplify, Rupert Murdoch's Education Subsidiary, Does Not 'In Any Way Endorse' Donkey Sex

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Joy Resmovits: Amplify, Rupert Murdoch's Education Subsidiary, Does Not 'In Any Way Endorse' Donkey Sex: Amplify, Rupert Murdoch's Education Subsidiary, Does Not 'In Any Way Endorse' Donkey Sex by Joy Resmovits On Sunday, the blog Slashdot posted a bit of news regarding Amplify Education, Inc., the education division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. Murdoch has said that he sees a multibillion dollar opportunity in the education sector, and has followed up on the goal of capitalizing on that market share by buying Wireless Generation and launching Amplify. News Corp. annou... more »

The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education | Connected Principals

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education | Connected Principals: The Problem With Black & White Statements in Education by Chris Wejr cc licensed ( BY NC SA ) flickr photo by the BCth: http://flickr.com/photos/bcii/4499830063/ I continue to hear how certain educational practices are harmful to kids. Things like homework, desks in rows, multiple choice questions, worksheets, and tests are stated as being “toxic” and “educational malpractice”. I think as educators we need to be careful when we make dichotomous statements like these as they tend to end the chance for a... more »

Video by former TFA- message to education policymakers | Parents Across America

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 2 hours ago
Video by former TFA- message to education policymakers | Parents Across America: Video by former TFA- message to education policymakers by pureparents A Former TFA teacher speaks PAA Board member Karran Harper Royal shared this video with the following comment: If another state or local education board votes to fund TFA after viewing this video, they should be arrested for conspiracy to commit child abuse. This video along with the Baye Cobb videos from Blackboard Wars shows how ineffective some of these young teachers can be. They should not be in a classroom as the only teach... more »

Diane in the Evening 4-8-13 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: Jeff Bryant on the United Opt Out Protest by dianerav Last weekend, United Opt Out sponsored a protest rally in front of the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. The event was called Occupy the DOE. Jeff Bryant of North Carolina reports on the protests here. I spoke on Thursday afternoon of the first day. The crowd was small, which was not surprising, because it was a workday and it is expensive to travel a distance. And the event organizers had no money for travel. Everything was handmade and impro... more »

A Part of Us is Dying in Chicago

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
A Part of Us is Dying in Chicago: A Part of Us is Dying in Chicago by Sam I can’t reconcile the deep sense of community that filmmakers Amy and Tom Valens have captured in their 10-part video series about a year in the life of a public school in Boston, with the painful public clashes we’re witnessing in Chicago – where 54 of the city’s schools will soon be shuttered. Indeed, although the nation’s attention is fixed on the historic fight for marriage equality in the U.S. Supreme Court, a part of us is dying in the Windy City – and no one in the mainstream media seems to care. No ... more »

Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation - LA Progressive

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 4 hours ago
Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation - LA Progressive: Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation By Mark Naison [image: united opt out 350 Why School Test Resistance May Be About to Sweep the Nation] Morna McDermott of United Opt Out, an Associate Professor at Towson University, Maryland When people decide to resist unjust policies that have overwhelming support and for which there are few antecedents in their lifetime, mast movements do not erupt overnight. They are often inspired by the accumulation of individual acts of protest, taken at... more »

Arooj Ahmed- Changing Education Student Voice

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Student Voice: Arooj Ahmed- Changing Education by admin Popout The need for education reform is evident. But what’s the practical solution? It is easy to point out the flaws of the current system, but it is much more difficult to come up with relevant, applicable solutions. And it is even more difficult for policy makers to bring about change. But it has to be done. The gaping flaws of America’s education system have to be dealt with. Students, teachers, administrators, and parents have to step out of their comfort zones and advocate for change. It has to be a collective effort ... more »

Hell in New Haven Education reformers convene | Yale Daily News

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Education reformers convene in New Haven | Yale Daily News: Education reformers convene in New Haven BY HANNAH SCHWARZ STAFF REPORTER Monday, April 8, 2013 - SHARE - TWEET - DISCUSS Last Thursday and Friday, New Haven’s Omni Hotel and Shubert Theater became home to hundreds of education reformers from around the country. The seventh annual Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference brought in roughly 700 attendees from organizations like Democrats for Education Reform, the KIPP Foundation, Teach for America, City Year and Achievement First. The two days in... more »

Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Friends Too Weird Even for Tennessee's GOP | Pith in the Wind

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Friends Too Weird Even for Tennessee's GOP | Pith in the Wind: Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee and Friends Too Weird Even for Tennessee's GOPPOSTED BY JEFF WOODS ON MON, APR 8, 2013 AT 8:20 AM WPLN's Blake Farmer reports this morning on the many so-called education reform bills that have died this legislative session. Despite an army of lobbyists and a massive TV and radio ad campaign, Michelle Rhee & Co. couldn't persuade even our Republican supermajority to make these radical changes. Among the casualties are school vouchers and makin... more »

Commissioner Pryor, where is your Department’s mandated report on school safety and bullying? - Wait, What?

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Commissioner Pryor, where is your Department’s mandated report on school safety and bullying? - Wait, What?: Commissioner Pryor, where is your Department’s mandated report on school safety and bullying? by jonpelto *It is one of the most important reports that the State Department of Education produces.* *It was supposed to include recommendations for how to create safer school environments.* *It WAS DUE February 1, 2012…almost fifteen months ago!* *Where is it?* Although Connecticut is learning the hard way that lawyers, with no classroom or education background, don’t make the b... more »

remnant 5: “an artist has an obligation to be en route” [George Carlin] | DISCOURSE as quilting

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
remnant 5: “an artist has an obligation to be en route” [George Carlin] | DISCOURSE as quilting: remnant 5: “an artist has an obligation to be en route” [George Carlin] leave a comment » It makes me immeasurably sad that George Carlin has died, as he had to, as we all must. I cried spontaneously and without warning for several days after Kurt Vonnegut died, as he had to, as we all must. And that sudden welling of tears and sadness came again at the end of this video of Carlin being interviewed by Jon Stewart: —– This is not an exaggeration: Beyond the great fortune of my having been ... more »

UPDATE: Silas Takes a Plea Seattle Schools Community Forum: Caroline Kennedy to Promote Poetry at Sanislo Today

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 6 hours ago
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Caroline Kennedy to Promote Poetry at Sanislo Today: Caroline Kennedy to Promote Poetry at Sanislo Today by Melissa Westbrook Caroline Kennedy will be at Sanislo Elementary today, visiting one of their 1st grade classrooms and meeting members of their school poetry club. Members of the club, as well as students from View Ridge will join her tonight to read from her new poetry anthology, "Poems to Learn by Heart." She will be the featured guest at an event tonight co-hosted by the Washington Center for the Book at the Seattle Public Library and Se... more »

Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES

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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES: WEEKEND QUOTABLES by Mike Klonsky *Just in case BBB's hearing problems are ongoing, this weekend's Quotables are all from Lauren Fitzpatrick's excellent reporting on the school-closing hearings in Chicago. * * * Alida Diaz, a bilingual teacher at King Elementary School shares her concerns about school closings at the first Chicago Public School hearings for the school, April 6, 2013 at Whitney Young High School. King Elementary School with close into Jensen Elementary. | Jessica Koscielniak ~ Sun-Times Nikkitoya Roberts one of the mo... more »

ASCD Forum: How Do We Define and Measure Teacher and Principal Effectiveness? — Whole Child Education

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ASCD Forum: How Do We Define and Measure Teacher and Principal Effectiveness? — Whole Child Education: THE WHOLE CHILD BLOG [image: Meg Simpson]ASCD Forum: How Do We Define and Measure Teacher and Principal Effectiveness? April 8, 2013 by Meg Simpson [image: ASCD Forum] Across the globe, nations, districts, schools, and individuals face a timely and complex issue: How do we define and measure teacher and principal effectiveness? Is there a definitive answer to this challenging question? We're not sure, but since January, ASCD has convened the ASCD Forum to focus educator conversati... more »

FCMAT » Cali Education Headlines Monday, April 8, 2013

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FCMAT » Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team: LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system Education Headlines *Monday, April 8, 2013* Coast Unified employees thinking about the unthinkableCambria schools, students and teachers could be safer now, thanks to a daylong in-service day Monday, April 1, at which Coast Unified School District teachers, administrators, coaches, bus drivers and other staff members were taught how to prepare for, act and react during an attack or an “active shooter†incident. Read more here: http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013/04/04/... more »

Share and Share Alike! | My Island View

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Share and Share Alike! | My Island View: Share and Share Alike! by tomwhitby I recently bumped into a friend at an education Conference. This friend is what I consider a thought leader in education. He is a well-known speaker and author and a person who many educators deservingly look up to for both guidance and wisdom. I thought that I would take advantage of the encounter by asking for a guest post for SmartBlog on Education, an education blog with which I am associated. He must have been having a bad day based on his response. “I am tired of teaching everyone”, he said. Knowin... more »

EduShyster Does Spring Break | EduShyster

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EduShyster Does Spring Break | EduShyster: EduShyster Does Spring Break by edushyster2012 *Thomas Friedman goes down best with a jello shot and other lessons from America’s choice-iest state* Greetings high achievers. While you were administering standardized tests, preparing to administer standardized tests or boldly disrupting our hopelessly stifled public schools, I spent last week chillaxing in America’s choice-iest state. That’s right, reader. EduShyster took the show on the road to Florida, USA in order to enjoy an old-school style spring break. My travels afforded me the opp... more »

Shanker Blog » On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth

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Shanker Blog » On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth: On Teacher Evaluations, Between Myth And Fact Lies Truth by Matthew Di Carlo Controversial proposals for new teacher evaluation systems have generated a tremendous amount of misinformation. It has come from both “sides,” ranging from minor misunderstandings to gross inaccuracies. Ostensibly to address some of these misconceptions, the advocacy group Students First (SF) recently released a “myth/fact sheet” on evaluations. Despite the need for oversimplification inherent in “myth/fact” sheets, the genre can be u... more »

The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” | School Finance 101

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The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” | School Finance 101: The disturbing language and shallow logic of Ed Reform: Comments on “Relinquishment” & “Sector Agnosticism” by schoolfinance101 Two buzz phrases have been somewhat quietly floating around reformyland of late, for at least a year or so. I suspect that many have not even picked up on these buzz phrases/words. They are somewhat *inner circle*concepts in reformyland. The first is the notion of the great *relinquisher* (a seemingly bizarre contradiction in... more »

Modern School: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers

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Modern School: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers: Protecting Children by Punishing Whistleblowers by Michael Dunn Carol Buchanan, a former Moraga School District teacher (in the SF Bay Area) was told by students in the 1990s that science teacher, Dan Witters, had been sexually abusing them. She reported it to school officials, but was ignored and punished, Cheryl Hurd reported last week. While she was never fired, Buchanon claims the district did strongly urge her to take a “leave of absence,” which she ultimately did, retiring after a 25-year career. Last year, Un... more »

Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring

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Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring: Occupy The Department Of Education Ushers In America’s Angry Spring ** No offense, but the Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education building in Washington, DC is not a pretty sight. Crossing the National Mall on 4th street, you pass between the glisteningly modern National Air and Space Museum and the sculpted brown stone of the National Museum of the American Indian to come face to face with what can only be described as a monument to bland austerity. It was at the base of this concrete and glass slab that a... more »

LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-8-13 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all

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Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: [image: Click on picture to Listen to Diane Ravitch] Who Put the State Education Departments in Charge? by dianerav American education has always been characterized by the principle of federalism–until now. Federalism meant a careful balancing among districts, states, and the federal governments. Schools had a fair amount of autonomy within that framework. The federal government role was to level the playing field by providing resources for the schools with large number of poor kids. The state set general guideli... more »

The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” | Fred Klonsky

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The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” | Fred Klonsky: The Chicago Tribune’s Eric Zorn writes: “You are contemptible. You want to be taken seriously?” by Fred Klonsky A week ago I criticized a recent post by Chicago Tribune writer Eric Zorn. He had written a pretty ugly piece mocking the suggestion that the Mayor’s school closings were racist. More than 90% of the students affected are African-American in a school district where 42% of the enrollment is African-American. Zorn responds instead to a post I wrote about his repo... more »

The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind | Scathing Purple Musings

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The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind | Scathing Purple Musings: The Florida Children Parent Trigger Leaves Behind by Bob Sikes Lost amidst all the bloviating by Florida’s republican legislators that Parent Trigger will finally give parents a seat at the table is the reality that some parents and children won’t. By Parent Trigger’s coercive petition, they become disenfranchised. No provision in Florida’s Parent Trigger bill address gifted, special needs or children who receive free or reduced meals. Florida’s for-profit charter school industry – who would be the pri... more »

UPDATE Ron Paul launches his own home-school curriculum Daily Kos: < 3 %

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Daily Kos: <3%: Ron Paul launches his own home-school curriculum by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) as you can read in this Daily Caller article. If you want, you can go directly to RonPaulCurriculum.com where you will read *Welcome to the Ron Paul Curriculum **Here, you and your children can get an education in liberty like no other. I invite parents to take courses and participate on forums -- to get the education they never had. Parents do not pay for the individual courses that they purchase for their children.* Here, students learn the basics of Western Civilization and Wester... more »

UPDATE: News Analysis: April taxes could ease passage of Brown’s school funding plan + UC, CSU systems revamping A-G criteria in advance of common core SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources

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SI&A Cabinet Report – News & Resources: News Analysis: April taxes could ease passage of Brown’s school funding plan As has been the practice in recent years, state controller John Chiang has once again opened web access to his office’s daily tally of personal income tax collections. While always popular – especially for government officials whose fiscal fate is so directly tied to the annual levy – the take this year may also inform developments in the political arena when it comes to reshaping how the state supports K-12 education. So far, the numbers are promising – the con... more »

Special Late Nite Cap UPDATE 4-7-13 #SOSCHAT #EDCHAT #P2

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*Nite Cap UPDATE* * * ** *UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE* ** *CORPORATE ED REFORM* Does Unity-New Action Really Want to Talk? by NYC Educator I was a little surprised to receive mass emails from Unity chapter leaders, including one I happen to know and like. Ironically, the first one was written in protest of mass email. It complained MORE chapter leaders had acquired an email list of chapter leaders, and have used it to communicate with them. Oddly, the Unity chapter leaders appear to have used the very same list to communicate with the same group. Apparently that is not objection... more »

The Educated Reporter: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide

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The Educated Reporter: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide: Beyond Victims and Villains: Covering School Bullying and Suicide by Emily Richmond In the wake of several high-profile cases involving students who took their own lives, states are focusing heavily on making bullying prevention programs mandatory in public schools. But how much of the responsibility really rests with educators, and what steps should the broader community be taking to help students make smarter choices about their own behavior on campus, after school, and online? On Tuesda... more »

MUST SEE! Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Vincent Precht’s Videos on Vimeo

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 20 hours ago
Vincent Precht’s Videos on Vimeo: *Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed* Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part from Vincent Precht on Vimeo. Vincent Precht’s Videos 18 Videos 0 Appearances 18 Total s****** ************************ Sort: Date / Alphabetical / Plays / Likes / Comments / Duration 1. Helen Moore at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part 5 hours ago 2. Malcolm London at Occupy the Dept of Ed Part 16 hours ago 3. Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed: Part 3 22 hours ago 4. Karen Lewis at Occupy the Dept of Ed: Part 2 1 day ago 5. Karen Lewis at Occupy ... more »

Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break

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Reflections on Teaching » Blog Archive » Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break: Week 26 and 27 Pre and Post Spring Break by alicemercer [image: Daisies] Spring has infected my classroom. Pollen has brought allergies, to students and myself, and my students need to check-in with peers appears bottomless. On top of that, I had two stomach flu cases in the classroom. I look down on folks who start “counting-down” the days this soon in the school year, but this was one of those weeks when I will admit to being tempted to look at the calendar add up those days. Be careful of what ... more »

EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. | Fred Klonsky

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EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. | Fred Klonsky: EXCLUSIVE: Former IEA President and retired teacher gets the good on Tom Cross, IPI and the Tea Party wackos. Intercepts pension-killing plan. by Fred Klonsky *State seems to be acting an awful lot like a big corporation, strange huh!* Who’s after teacher pensions? The dirty alliance between the corporate Illinois Policy Institute, the House Republican Leader Tom Cross and the crazies in the Illinois Tea Party. Former IEA Pr... more »

Daily Kos: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 21 hours ago
Daily Kos: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting: Learning to live with cancer - 9 weeks in and counting by rss@dailykos.com (teacherken) [image: scarf] First things first: if you read what makes this community great you saw the beautiful work of fineena, of which the scarf Leaves on the Current is wearing in the above photo is an example. fineena was kind enough to send it along as a gift and it is something that delights my beloved! It was 9 weeks ago that our lives changed. It has been my practice to offer an update at least weekly. We are continuing to learn how... more »

Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles | Classroom Struggle

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Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles | Classroom Struggle: Tony Smith leaves Oakland . . . in shambles by ClassroomStruggle *We’re offerring a piece by our retired teacher comrade Jack Gerson on the “legacy” of Tony Smith, the now resigned superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District. We will be posting more on this soon. Please send comments and suggestions. * *Tony Smith: What He Did to Oakland, What He**’**ll Try in Chicago* By Jack Gerson April 6, 2013 On April 4, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) Superintendent Tony Smith gave notice that he was r... more »

Netroots Nation 2013 Scholarship Contest

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Netroots Nation 2013 Scholarship Contest: [image: Dfa_nn_logo] Karran Harper Royal is ranked #25 of 59 [image: Image] I am a public school parent and education advocate determined to help parents have a voice in education policy making. Vote for Karran Harper Royal [image: Facebook] My Recent Supporters: - Karran H. - Julian D. - Gayle D. - Glennia C. - Susan S. - Elaine L. - Lew M. - Sue B. - Elizabeth J. - Amy L. - See all supporters My political story Public education today is political. As I work to improve public education I have come to ... more »

Jersey Jazzman: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites

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Jersey Jazzman: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites: NY Ed Commish: King of the Hypocrites by Duke *Is there a bigger reformy hypocrite than New York's Commissioner of Education, John King?* I doubt it: The Gates Foundation spent $100 million along with the Carnegie Corporation to create a massive database consisting of confidential information about students. The database will be created by Rupert Murdoch’s subsidiary Wireless Generation. It will go onto a “cloud” managed by amazon.com. Several states and districts have agreed to turn over their student data. Last year, the U.... more »

The Standardised Testing Racket – @ the chalk face

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The Standardised Testing Racket – @ the chalk face: The Standardised Testing Racket by Activism in paradise - Voices from down under Reposted from Save Our Schools Canberra. The Standardised Testing RacketMonday April 8, 2013 It is NAPLAN test week next month in Australia. It is also testing season in the United States which has coincided, once again, with another round of cheating scandals highlighted by the dramatic indictment of one of the nation’s top school superintendents on racketeering charges for cheating on test scores. Testing is now a national obsession in the US. Firs... more »

ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors - Salon.com

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ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors - Salon.com: ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtorsThe modern-day debtors' prisons push poor defendants further into destitutionBY ASSOCIATED PRESS [image: ACLU: Ohio illegally jailing debtors] (Credit: Shutterstock) COLUMBUS, Ohio — Several courts in Ohio are illegally jailing people because they are too poor to pay their debts and often deny defendants a hearing to determine if they’re financially capable of paying what they owe, according to an investigation released Thursday by the Ohio chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACL... more »

Ed Notes Online: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School

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Ed Notes Online: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School: Jia Lee - High Stakes Testing Meeting: April 8th Parent Meeting at The Earth School by ed notes online Please join us as we discuss our questions, concerns and develop a common understanding of the high stakes tests looming upon our children. Feel free to forward, print and distribute this flyer. I apologize for not being able to get it translated into other languages with the time constraints. Bring as many parents as possible, and they don't have to be in testing grades this yea... more »

Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children | The Jose Vilson

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Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children | The Jose Vilson: Short Notes: On The Backs of Black and Brown Children by Jose Vilson The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream) A few notes: [image: The Second Amendment (Rebuild The Dream)] - Sherman Dorn highlights some misconceptions about the Common Core State Standards. [Sherman Dorn] - Rania Khalel says public education reform is being done on the backs of Black and Brown children. I tend to agree. [Dispatches from the Underclass] - William Hood’s story about Dr. Martin Luther King gave me the jitters.... more »

CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois

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CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois: CTU Takes Lawmakers On Eye-Opening Bus Tour Of Communities Affected By School Closures (VIDEO) The Chicago Teachers Union led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for school actions Thursday, providing legislators, stakeholders and members of the press with a first-hand glimpse of communities they say are being “destabilized” by Chicago Public Schools’ (CPS) school closures. The Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) led a bus tour of blighted neighborhoods slated for sc... more »

Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan

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Seattle Schools Community Forum: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan: Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan by Melissa Westbrook Seattle Schools and their Strategic Plan You'd think after all the years that I've complained about parents being not included in district initiatives that I might have welcomed the planning for the new Strategic Plan. Nope. My first inkling of "Danger, Will Robinson" was this what? 50,60,70-person Strategic Plan Taskforce. I knew I wouldn't be applying for that one because I can only imagine a meeting with that many people. Second, isn't this... more »

83(R) HB 44 - Texas Bill To OPT OUT of STANDARDIZED TESTING

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83(R) HB 44 - Introduced version - Fiscal Note: LEGISLATIVE BUDGET BOARDAustin, Texas FISCAL NOTE, 83RD LEGISLATIVE REGULAR SESSION April 5, 2013 TO: Honorable Jimmie Don Aycock, Chair, House Committee on Public Education FROM: Ursula Parks, Director, Legislative Budget Board IN RE: *HB44* by Flynn (Relating to a moratorium on administering assessment instruments to public school students under the public school accountability system.), *As Introduced* *No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.* The bill would require the Texas Education Agency to develop... more »

LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system - LA Daily News

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LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system - LA Daily News: LAUSD board member seeks overhaul of 'teacher jail' system Plan would add team of professional investigators By Barbara Jones | barbara.jones@dailynews.com | @LADNschools on Twitter Posted: 04/07/2013 02:47:42 PM PDT Updated: 04/07/2013 02:56:50 PM PDT Los Angeles Unified would create a team of professional investigators to handle serious misconduct complaints against teachers as part of a new plan to overhaul the district's disciplinary process, which has been criticized as costly, unwieldy and unfair.... more »

Jersey Jazzman: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time...

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Jersey Jazzman: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time...: So Much To Debunk; So Little Time... by Duke Oy... NJ Gov. Chris Christie announced last week that the state will take over Camden’s long-troubled school system. The courageous move, the latest piece of Christie’s impressive education-reform agenda, could signal a turnaround for one of the country’s most dangerous and depressed cities. [...] Stanford University’s research team recently found that New Jersey charter schools posted “some of the largest learning gains we have seen to date.” This, when Stanford had found disap... more »

Understanding Hypocrisy | InterACT

coopmike48 at Big Education Ape - 1 day ago
Understanding Hypocrisy | InterACT: Understanding Hypocrisy by David B. Cohen This post may only be of interest to a select few people who follow education blogs and policy pretty closely, but I’ll fire off some quick thoughts here anyways. There’s been a spate of online bickering about whether or not it’s hypocritical for people engaged in public education policy debates to send their own children to private school, and how important it is for them to disclose where their children go to school. The recent exchanges began when the L.A. Times started asking where Michelle Rhee’s ... more »




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