Thursday, January 9, 2014

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Get Schooled: Why the arts and arts teachers enrich schools
University of Georgia professor Peter Smagorinsky has been writing a Great Georgia Teacher series for the blog. Here is his latest installment on Michelle Thorne of Heritage High School in Conyers. By Peter Smagorinsky Schools in Georgia face a challenge that reflects a national educational dilemma: Money is in ...



Transitional kindergarten expansion, early education not included in governor’s budget proposal - by Lillian Mongeau
While Democratic leaders in both houses of the state Legislature have cited expanding transitional kindergarten as a top priority in the coming year, Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed 2014-2015 budget did not mention the program – or include additional funding for early education of any kind. “The budget speaks for itself,” Brown said ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today webs
More money, no tuition hikes for state colleges and universities - by Kathryn Baron
Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal boosts funding by more than a billion dollars for all three public university and college systems, although that’s not as much as California State University and the University of California had hoped for. UC and CSU each wanted a 10 percent increase in state funding; they ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full links, ot
Budget proposal calls for extended outreach to get more children into the dentist chair - by Jane Meredith Adams
With student dental disease one of the most widespread public health issues in schools, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday put a new focus on early dental health outreach in his proposed budget for the coming year, praising prevention as a way to keep down future medical problems and costs. But in ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit the Edsource Today website for full links, other content, and
Starr proposes paying back Montgomery special education students
The Montgomery County schools chief has proposed making payments to more than 100special education students whose work-study money was withdrawn from school-arranged bank accounts in recent years. Superintendent Joshua P. Starr’s proposal comes as the Montgomery state’s attorney’s office investigates complaints alleging financial improprieties at Rock Terrace, a public school in Rockville for spec


State budget plan includes $10 billion more for schools
An improving economy and a voter-approved tax increase will pay faster dividends for California schools than expected, resulting in a $10-billion funding boost over last year under the governor’s proposed budget .


City Study Tracks Transfers By Charter School Students
Pupils are not more likely to leave charter schools than their counterparts at traditional public schools, but that is not the case for special education students, a study found.    


On DCPS education budgets. Trying to do our jobs with nothing. @valeriestrauss @dcpublicschools
I teach in Ward 8.  A clerical error lead to the District rescinding our budget until it’s sorted out. So, as of right now, one of the neediest schools in the entire District is operating with no money. And when I mean no money, I mean nothing, nada, zilch, zippo, nothing. We paid for the […]


Video You’ve Probably Seen Already: “Thank You, Mom — Pick Them Back Up”
You’ve probably already seem this commercial that I’m adding to The Best Sites For Learning About The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games:
This Is Not Good: After Basically Forcing People To Join Google+, Now Everyone Else On It Can Send You An Email
Over the next few days: Google will soon allow people to send anyone an email, even if they do not have the person’s email address, as long as both people have a Gmail and Google Plus account. You can read more about it at the previous link (a NY Times article) and at this piece in Slate, Google Is About to Let Total Strangers Email You. Here’s How to Opt Out. Google says they’ll be sending an em
From The Archives: “Get Organized Around Assets”
I’ve recently re-started an effort I’ve tried to do previously by regularly highlighting previous posts and articles I’ve shared in previous years that I think might be worth a second look. Today, I’m highlighting an article I wrote for ASCD Educational Leadership a couple of years ago about teaching English Language Learners. It’s called Get Organized Around Assets. Here’s an excerpt:


Court warns lawmakers to move faster on public-school funding
The State Supreme Court urged lawmakers Thursday to make more progress toward increasing education spending this year.



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 Nite Cap UPDATEUPDATE UPDATE UPDATE UPDATECORPORATE ED REFORM NYSUT President Iannuzzi Calls For No-Confidence Vote On SED Commissioner KingFrom the State of Politics blog:In an exclusive Capital Tonight interview, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi revealed he will soon ask his Board of Directors to bring an apparently unprecedented vote of no confidence on state Education Commissioner John King in r
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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 CAPSeattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133 | Seattle EducationSeattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133 | Seattle Education: Seattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133Our first Meetu

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From the State of Politics blog:In an exclusive Capital Tonight interview, NYSUT President Dick Iannuzzi revealed he will soon ask his Board of Directors to bring an apparently unprecedented vote of no confidence on state Education Commissioner John King in response to what the union feels is a failure to respond to the growing concerns over the Common Core curriculum. “The frustration level is ov


Musical Media for Education (MME): The Learning Groove
Public schools in the US are changing rapidly. The new Common Core curriculum has increased standardized testing, scripted teaching and screen/computer based instruction. As educators are pressed to implement Common Core teaching methods, multisensory and experiential project oriented work are being displaced.  MME provides innovative music based resources which engage the interests and natural cu



Number of substandard Texas schools surges
The number of campuses on the annual list of the worst public schools in Texas surged this year as a new school rating system kicked in, pushing hundreds of schools below minimum achievement levels. The Texas Education Agency reported … [visit site to read more]



Students outraged by sudden closure of vocational school
Dozens of students gathered outside a South Los Angeles trade school Thursday, angry that the college where they had been taking classes -- and had paid thousands of dollars to attend -- had shut without notice.



Governor Brown’s budget pumps billions more into school funding
After years of “drought” Governor Jerry Brown wants to make it rain on the state’s public schools. Brown’s budget proposal unveiled today for the 2014-15 fiscal year dedicates an extra $10 billion to K-12 schools, plus an additional $6 billion to wipe out the debt to schools accumulated over several years of recession cuts. It’s the the second year in a row education spending has gone up. For LAUS

Oregon schools short on teachers for science, Spanish, math, special ed and ESL, feds say
Teacher shortages are certified by the U.S. Department of Education for purposes of federal financial aid deferrals or forgiveness

Corruption as Government: Public schools. High stakes testing. Jobs. Pensions. Bridges.
“There is a trick among the dishonest to offer sacrifices that are not needed, or not possible, to avoid making those that are required.” - Ivan Goncharove, novelist and Official Government Censor in Czarist Russia during in the 1870s That is as true today in America as it was during the period of decaying and corrupt Czarist Russia prior its dissolution and fall. What is impacted today by the bip


Fairfax schools chief calls for $96 million in budget cuts; proposal increases class sizes
Fairfax County’s class sizes could balloon, teachers could face layoffs and parents might have to pay new testing fees next year under a budget Schools Superintendent Karen Garza unveiled Thursday. The proposal includes $96 million in cuts that would eliminate about 730 staff positions from Virginia’s largest school system. Read full article >>    


For a school that helped start New York’s charter movement, a moment of truth
As the Beginning with Children Charter School board meeting entered its third hour, the remaining parents in the middle school auditorium in Williamsburg were fidgeting in their seats. Recently told the school would be closing at the end of the year, parents had come looking for clarity, but gotten little of it. Ellen Eagen, a Syracuse-based lawyer who specializes in education law, then walked to


Almost one-fifth of Forest Grove adults don't have a high school diploma, according to survey data
In Cornelius, about 32 percent of adults don't have a high school education, according to the 2010 American Community Survey.
Popular Beaverton teacher faces dismissal while students protest
Teacher Bert Stafford said the district is not following its own practice, which would allow him to take enough unpaid leave to meet licensure requirements, essentially holding his job for him until he's able to finish the required coursework
Portland Public Schools teachers: How are you feeling about negotiations? (survey)
We're interested in talking to Portland Public Schools teachers about how they are feeling about negotiations.

Governor Brown's $10 billion increase gets mostly applause
File: School desks. ; Credit: Photo by Jonathan/Night Owl City via Flickr Creative Commons Governor Jerry Brown's budget proposal Thursday to increase education funding next fiscal year by $9.7 billion made a lot of fans - but didn't please everyone. Public schools would get $61.6 billion in the 2014-15 fiscal year under the governor’s plan. The Legislature would have to approve the plan. Los Ang
LA Unified Inspector General probing free iPads given to staff
; Credit: Cindy Schwartz/Flickr The Los Angeles Unified School District's Office of the Inspector General is looking into staff members acceptance of free iPads at a pitch by curriculum developer Pearson about a year before at least one of those employees approved a $30 million contract with Apple and Pearson, according to district officials.  "While we don't believe there is technically any
A federal jury Thursday acquitted former charter school operator Dorothy June Brown on six fraud counts, but said they were deadlocked on 54 others. Prosecutors vowed a retrial, and a juror interviewed said the vote was 9-3 in favor of conviction on charges that Brown had defrauded four charter schools that she founded of more than $6.7 million. The jury had deliberated for seven days after hearin


Question of the Week: Would you hire a high school dropout?
Last week’s blog post about the societal costs of high school dropouts drew a strong response from readers. According to a 2011 study from Columbia University, the average dropout imposes a lifetime cost of about $235,680 in welfare payments, food stamp, criminal justice and med

The Gates Foundation, for the first time in many years, is making a major move in California by funding substantial professional development efforts in two school districts and suggesting that they’ll making similar grants in the coming months. According to the post in Ed Source by John Fensterwald, Gates is giving several million to the Fresno and Long Beach districts to develop this professiona


Nite Cap 1-9-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #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 CAPSeattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133 | Seattle EducationSeattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133 | Seattle Education: Seattle Education Meetup on Student Privacy and House Bill 2133Our first Meetu

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