Sunday, January 26, 2014

New report fuels fears of decline of regional occupational programs | EdSource Today

New report fuels fears of decline of regional occupational programs | EdSource Today:



Jesus Lupian works on a framing project in his carpentry class in San Jose. Photo by Neil Hanshaw.
Jesus Lupian works on a framing project in a carpentry class at the Central County Occupational Center in San Jose. Credit: Neil Hanshaw
new report has raised concerns about the future of regional occupational programs that are geared to helping high school students explore career options and be prepared to enter the workforce after graduation.
The report, released this month by the California Department of Education, shows a 20 percent drop in the number of career technical high school teachers between 2011-12 and 2012-13. And only 38 percent of the state’s high school students took career tech courses in 2012-13, about 12 percent fewer students than the year before.
The decline “is staggering,” said Lloyd McCabe, author of the report and an education administrator for the education department’s Career Technical Education Leadership and Instructional Support Office. “You look at it and think it can’t be right. But I did the data twice.”

Shifting priorities

The decline reflects a shift in the state’s priorities away from traditional occupational classes such as auto shop or carpentry to career-oriented programs that put students on a college track. Some contend this shift is needed to ensure that students have as many options as possible when they graduate from high school. Others argue that the state has gone too far, overlooking students who are not college-bound and who need to be prepared to enter the work force or a short-term training program directly out of high school.
Career tech includes a broad range of courses from the basic high school automotive shop class to 

A teacher’s experience in a Gulen charter school | Seattle Education

A teacher’s experience in a Gulen charter school | Seattle Education:



A teacher’s experience in a Gulen charter school

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Is it about the money or spreading a political/religious belief?
The Gulen charter chain has submitted a proposal to establish a charter school in Washington State called the Coral Academy of Science. You can read more about the school and the Gulen charter chain at Another charter school applicant: Coral Academy of Science… and the Gulen Movement.
To follow is a description written by a teacher at a Gulen charter school about his experiences and observations about a Gulen  school where he taught, its philosophy and approach to education.
If you do not want to see these schools in our state or have strong reservations, contact joshua.halsey@charterschool.wa.gov. Mr. Halsey is responsible for sending on to the charter commission all communications from the public about the charter school proposals.
Matt Blair, a Ohio teacher, with experience in a Turkish Gulen charter school, provides 

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Newark NEW Caucus Update: The Mis-Adventures of Cami Anderson
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Schooling in the Ownership Society: California corporate 'reformers' file suit so they can fire teachers without due process

Schooling in the Ownership Society: California corporate 'reformers' file suit so they can fire teachers without due process:



California corporate 'reformers' file suit so they can fire teachers without due process

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Students Matter, a front group for corporate-style school "reformers" has filed suit in Los Angeles in an attempt to undercut statewide collective-bargaining agreements and to make it easier to fire teachers without due process.

The L.A. Times describes Students Matter as a group founded by Silicon Valley entrepreneur David F. Welch, a research scientist who went on to co-found Infinera, a manufacturer of optical telecommunications systems based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Welch is also a founder of the New Schools Venture Fund, a powerful force behind the growth of privately-run charter schools.
The suit, Vergara v. California, provides a way for the reformers to do an end run around the State Legislature where their moves would probably meet with strong opposition from labor-friendly Democrats.
The group is partly funded by organizations known for battling teachers unions. The foundation of Los Angeles philanthropist Eli Broad, which has backed numerous education initiatives, also supports it.
The group hired a high-profile legal team to argue its case. It includes Boutrous, a partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, and Theodore B. Olson, a former U.S. solicitor general in the George W. Bush administration. Olson argued Bush v. Gore, over the contested 

MPS and Independent Charters | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

MPS and Independent Charters | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:



MPS and Independent Charters

Filed under: Charter Schools — millerlf @ 8:46 pm 
Larry Miller 1/26/14

Charter Schools - Dividing Communities since 1991

The historic goal of the right-wing in America, as expressed by Milton Friedman, is vouchers for all. But because the voucher movement has suffered so many defeats, the right-wing has now advanced the independent charter movement as its main strategy to privatize and destroy public education.
I have sat on the New Charter Review Committee of MPS for years. We have rejected most proposals while advancing some. The original intention of charters, to infuse innovation and creativity into education, has been lost. Charters have become the main tactic of the so-called education “reform” movement, along with their Tea Party allies in government, to destroy public education.
The goal of the independent charter movement is to create and establish a dual school system, which will be separate and unequal: charter schools for the most motivated and able students and public schools as a repository for those unable to get into the charter system (special-ed, ELL, behavior problem students, low performing students—the list goes on).
The right wing’s goal is to create a new and separate school system — clearly stated by the CEOs of Rocketship and Kipp — through the use of nonprofit CMOs, charter management organizations.
This is privatization. A private organization/company running an independent school without public sector workers and few regulations is pretty much as private as you can get.
Some say these entities are nonprofit, therefore it’s not privatization. Would anyone say that Froedert Hospital or Aurora or the Catholic Church are public institutions? Hardly! They are all nonprofit organizations.
By the way, these nonprofit CMOs are not unprofitable for their CEOs and upper level management. Eva Moskawitz of Success Academy Charter Schools in Harlem earns $500,000/yr. Geoffrey Canada of 

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Bianca Tanis speaks at the state of public education forum -- Effects of Education Reform on Students with Disabilities.-- Ardsley, New York. January 23, 2014

Douglas County, CO Parents: Do Not Sign This District Opt Out/Refusal Form | United Opt Out National

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The Latest New Orleans Miracle | Gary Rubinstein's Blog

The Latest New Orleans Miracle | Gary Rubinstein's Blog:



The Latest New Orleans Miracle

Anytime there is a press release from the Louisiana Department of Education, I know I have some work to do.
Two years ago it was how the RSD had the highest percent growth even though that statistic is exaggerated for districts with low baseline scores.  One year ago it was the ‘growth’ of their ACT scores, which was flawed for similar reasons.  A few months ago it was the increased AP participation despite awful pass rates.
Today they announced the latest district and school ratings and, guess what? — the miracles keep on happening.  Some highlights from the press release on their website:
  • the percentage of students attending a failing public school is less than 6 percent, down from 65 percent in 2008.
  • Only 9 of the 88 public schools in New Orleans are failing
  • For 2013, the RSD New Orleans DPS was 71.9, earning the district a C letter grade for the first time.
Louisiana changed their method of calculation their scores this year to make them ‘simpler.’  Under the new system, out of 100 points, under 50 is considered ‘failing’ while under the old system, out of 150 points under 75 was considered ‘failing.’  How the scores are calculated has also changed so it is difficult to tell if the plummeting number of ‘failing’ schools is genuine or one of lowering the standards.  John White, in what may be a Freudian slip, is quoted on his ownLouisiana Department of Education website as saying “Changes made to the formula have led to real increases in student achievement.”  But changes to a formula can’t lead to ‘real’ increases 

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