Thursday, April 3, 2014

Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog 4-3-14

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Brazil attempts to end childhood prostitution
The Brazilian government has allocated $3.3 million to implement new laws, in the attempt to end childhood prostitution and human trafficking. In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is cracking down on childhood prostitution and teaming up with world class professional players David Luiz, Frank Lampard, and the coach of England's national team, Roy Hodgson to launch an anti- childhood prost








Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog 4-1-14
Ms. Jablonski's Class Blog: untitledResidents of a 12 mile zone in are being aloud to inhabit their homes after three years of recovery from Japanese nuclear power plant disaster that shook nearly three years ago. This decision to revitalize the zone affects nearly 117 households, and 357 people. It was decided that the radiation levels of the zone were low enough to be inhabitable, but many of th

NYC Public School Parents: NSA Snoops on ELA Test

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NSA Snoops on ELA Test

April 4, 2014 (GBN News): Pearson’s vaunted security was put to the test, so to speak, when the NSA reportedly spied on NY City schoolchildren taking this week's ELA exams. While Pearson, who designed theCommon Core tests, forbids teachers and principals from revealing any details, sources told GBN News that NSA agents have compiled a huge database of questions and answers, through the use of cameras hidden in students’ number 2 pencils.

It is unclear why the NSA, after revelations that it spied on everything from foreign embassies to German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone, would feel a need to spy on schoolchildren’s standardized tests. J. Fredrick Mugson, a national security consultant and recognized expert on educational espionage, feels that the agency may actually be targeting the teachers.

“Knowing that the common core tests are supposed to evaluate the teachers even more than the kids,” he told GBN News in a phone interview, “the NSA is probably just trying to evaluate which teachers may pose a national security threat.

“But the ironic thing,” he went on to say, “is that it will likely backfire. From what I hear, the ELA questions on this exam were so NYC Public School Parents: NSA Snoops on ELA Test:

Teachers Cleared of Heroin in Fallsburg NY southbronxschool.com

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Teachers Cleared of Heroin in Fallsburg NY

Last month we reported here on SBSB how 6 teachers and an aide in Fallsburg NY were accused of being heroin users while on school time.

On two separate occasions heroin was found in the teachers rest room at the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School. The teachers and aide were accused because the video surveillance equipment set up after the first discovery of the heroin revealed these 7 using using the rest room at the approximate time when it was speculated the heroin was being used in the bathroom.

These teachers and the aide were vilified across the nation in some of the most wing nut, bat s*** crazy places one can imagine. Worse, they were convicted, locked up, and the key thrown away in the very community they serve so honorably.

The police chief of Fallsburg NY, Simmie Williams proclaimed;
"If you got nothing to hide, give me some urine,"
Of course Chief Williams duty to uphold the laws and the Constitution of the United States means diddly as long as he can get pissed on.

Parents of the school and school district while rightly concerned, wanted to be judge, jury and prosecutor and deemed that the teachers were hiding behind the union and should either be fired or suspended without pay. But two interesting things happened along the way, only one of which was 

“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing | Seattle Education

“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing | Seattle Education:



“Listen: The Movie” challenging the culture of standardized testing

listen-the-movie
On TV, we have Bill Gates, Michelle Rhee, Arne Duncan and “Waiting for ‘Superman’” talking about failing schools, low standards, and China, but rarely do they ever talk about students.
Who is going to tell the story of public education? Is it going to be the corporate-education reformers who haven’t spent a day teaching, or is it going to be the students, teachers, and parents who live the realities of these policies every day in the classroom?
LISTEN is a documentary, created by a student, that attempts to tell those stories from the perspective of people most directly affected by education policy–the students.
Watch and listen.
Dora





Milwaukee: MMAC Uniting with Right-Wing to Run School Board Candidates | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!

Milwaukee: MMAC Uniting with Right-Wing to Run School Board Candidates | Larry Miller's Blog: Educate All Students!:



Milwaukee: MMAC Uniting with Right-Wing to Run School Board Candidates




Filed under: American Federation for Children,MMAC — millerlf @ 9:17 pm 
The MMAC and the right-wing American Federation for Children and Democrats for Education Reform are holding an all day training in an effort to run slates of candidates for political office including for MPS school board next Spring. Their intention is to make privatization of public education their central political theme.
The training will be held on Saturday April 12.
To see their advertisement go to:

Larry Miller I was part of a panel on April 1 at Marquette discussing  MPS and education in Milwaukee. (The panel starts at about the 2 hour mark.) To view the panel go to: http://law-media.marquette.edu/Mediasite/Play/1d46a0c949314bc8b9dcc01a0f6526a61d

Education Hackers: They’re Heeere | educationalchemy

Education Hackers: They’re Heeere | educationalchemy:



Education Hackers: They’re Heeere

Posted: April 3, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Here’s the basic rule of practice for reformers. When the truth is no longer is their favor, they resort to silencing and fear tactics to win their battle. After all, if you knew the truth, you might do something about it. Case in point: sometime over the weekend of March 29th-31st, during our Denver event, our United Opt Out website was hacked in such a wholesale fashion that every part of the website database was trashed,. Given that I need my nine year old to help me with my iPhone 6 you can imagine how much I understand about the world of hacking, but our tech savvy friends working on the problem have concluded that given the size and scope of the hacking job that “it is purely malicious…” The hacker crippled every single SQL table and left them unrepairable. The site is frozen more or less and inaccessible to administrate.
In spite of the headache this gives to us as the site administrators it does not deter us from our goals to take education back from the grips of federal and corporate interests, and to build a democratically-led effort for public education founded on human and civil rights for all children. When we started as a group three years ago, we had a simple goal in mind: Help parents opt their children out of high stakes standardized testing. As the political and educational landscapes became more rabid with harmful policies, bullying practices, and oppressive billionaire interests calling the shots, our movement has grown. We defined ourselves simply as “six pissed off radical educators with fifty dollars between us.” What we lacked in financial sponsorship, or political savvy, we made up for in knowledge and a passion for meaningful and sustainable education for all children. We still have little more than fifty dollars between us, Education Hackers: They’re Heeere | educationalchemy:

4-3-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum

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Seattle Schools Work Session Wrap-up - Transportation
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Common Core Testing: How's that Going?
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4-2-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
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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."


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