Sunday, April 6, 2014

Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs | EdSource Today

Under new law, school nurses aim to stop rise in vaccination opt-outs | EdSource Today:



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In her 33 years as a school nurse, Robyn Ettl has listened, sometimes quietly, sometimes not, to parents in rural Nevada County explain why their children don’t need vaccinations against contagious and potentially fatal diseases, including polio, diphtheria, measles and pertussis.
Now, with nearly a half a million 5-year-olds and soon-to-be-5-year-olds registering for kindergarten in the fall, school nurses like Ettl are more invested than ever in a delicate task: trying to change the minds of parents intent on opting out of school-entrance immunizations.
Under a state law that took effect Jan. 1, parents are required to consult with a health practitioner – doctor, naturopath or credentialed school nurse – before they’re allowed to obtain a personal-belief exemption from their child’s required immunizations. Prior to the legal change, parents could receive an exemption by stopping by the school secretary’s desk and signing the back of their child’s blue immunization card.
Nowhere is the impact of the law, Assembly Bill 2109, more anticipated than in Nevada County, a 

New Issue of Cream and Cherries: CPS: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools - Chicago Tribune

CPS: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools - Chicago Tribune:



CPS: Expulsion rate higher at charter schools

Disparity sure to become fuel in ongoing education debate

February 26, 2014|By Noreen S. Ahmed-Ullah and Alex Richards, Tribune reporters




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  • Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she inherited "a really punitive zero-tolerance code of conduct" and that the district will continue to seek to reduce the number of students who are suspended and expelled.
Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett said she inherited "a really punitive zero-tolerance code of conduct" and that the district will continue to seek to reduce the number of students who are suspended and expelled. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune)
As it continues to modify strict disciplinary policies in an effort to keep students in the classroom, Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday released data showing privately run charter schools expel students at a vastly higher rate than the rest of the district.
The data reveal that during the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, which have a total enrollment of about 50,000. In district-run schools, there were 182 kids expelled out of a student body of more than 353,000.
That means charters expelled 61 of every 10,000 students while the district-run schools expelled just 5 of every 10,000 students.
It's the first time the district has released student suspension data for every school and also the first time it has released data on expulsions for charters. For charter critics, the numbers will buttress long-standing complaints that the privately run operations push out troubled students, allowing their schools to record stronger academic performances.
CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett acknowledged the figures will become additional fuel in the ongoing debate over charters in the city.
"I think there's been a lot of supposition and conversation about what and how the charter success is measured, whether they throw kids out or they keep kids in," Byrd-Bennett said. "I think having the data is going to now lead to productive conversations."
Andrew Broy, president of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools, noted that the data show several charter schools do not have high expulsion rates, and discounted the argument that charters use discipline to improve their academic record.
"There's some above and some below the district average," Broy said. "You can't make the 

Study: Los Angeles charter schools outperform traditional district schools | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC
Study: Los Angeles charter schools outperform traditional district schools | Pass / Fail | 89.3 KPCC: Study: Los Angeles charter schools outperform traditional district schoolsKristen Muller | March 15th, 2014, 4:04pmPhoto by Don Harder via Flickr Creative CommonsStanford University's Center for Research on Economic Outcomes (CREDO) issued a report Saturday that found charter school students in Lo

Another Lawsuit in Tennessee |

Another Lawsuit in Tennessee |:



Another Lawsuit in Tennessee





 As per Diane Ravitch’s blog, “The Tennessee Education Association filed a second lawsuit against the use if value-added assessment (called TVAAS in Tennessee), this time including extremist Governor Haslam and ex-TFA state commissioner Huffman in their suit.

As per a more detailed post about this lawsuit, “The state’s largest association for teachers filed a second lawsuit on behalf of a Knox County teacher, calling the use of the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS), which uses students’ growth on state assessments to evaluate teachers, unconstitutional.
Farragut Middle School eighth grade science teacher Mark Taylor believes he was unfairly denied a bonus after his value-added estimate was based on the standardized test scores of 22 of his 142 students. “Mr. Taylor teaches four upper-level physical science courses and one regular eighth grade science class,” said Richard Colbert, TEA general counsel, in a press release. “The students in the upper-level course take a locally developed end-of-course test in place of the state’s TCAP assessment. As a result, those high-performing students were not included in Mr. Taylor’s TVAAS estimate.”
Taylor received ‘exceeding expectations’ classroom observation scores, but a low value-added estimate reduced his final evaluation score below the requirement to receive the 

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This film and investigation connects the dots and reveals why the Koch brothers are trying to end public education and how their wealth winds up in the hands of Jim Crow. Watch the video, then call David Koch and tell him to stop funding school resegregation now. His number is 212-319-1100. 

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Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About “Rich Curriculum” | deutsch29

Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About “Rich Curriculum” | deutsch29:



Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About “Rich Curriculum”

April 6, 2014

If one is going to entitle a post, A Sorry Attack on the Common Core, which is what Sol Stern did on March 2, 2014, one should really be certain that one’s logic is flawless.
Otherwise, someone might come along and write a post that rips through those weaknesses in logic and, well, show just how “sorry” a rebuttal the Sorry post is.
There was sooo much to address regarding Stern’s Sorry post that my original draft ran upwards 4,000 words. In order to reduce the length, I cut some sections andincluded them here for those who wish to read on.
Who Is Sol Stern? Setting the Stage
Who is Sol Stern? you ask.
Allow me to provide some background on Stern and his involvements.
Stern is a Manhattan Institute for Policy Research (MI) “scholar.” The MI has a board of trustees noticeably heavy on hedge fund managers; it should come as no surprise that MI promotes ”economic choice”;  ”market-oriented policies,” and “free market ideas.”
In other words, MI is a cousin to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC initially opposed CCSS; however, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush stepped in and changed that. Now ALEC “does not stand against” CCSS.
Stern also promotes E.D. Hirsch’s curriculum, Core Knowledge (CK), which was Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About “Rich Curriculum” | deutsch29:

4-6-14 @ THE CHALK FACE

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Sol Stern Thinks Common Core Is About “Rich Curriculum”
If one is going to entitle a post, A Sorry Attack on the Common Core, which is what Sol Stern did on March 2, 2014, one should really be certain that one’s logic is flawless. Otherwise, someone might come along and write a post that rips through those weaknesses in logic and, well, show just how “sorry” a rebuttal […]
  

All Week 4-5-14 @ THE CHALK FACE
@ THE CHALK FACE : All Week @ THE CHALK FACE Remember the musicians who changed their tuneAs organizations jumble and revise their official positions, remember those who tried to stifle you in the past. Forgive, cooperate, but never forget those who told you that, for instance, opting out was a great and radical evil. Remember those who called you crazy, passionate with no sense, and tried to teas

The Classroom of the Future: Student Centered or Device Centered? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

The Classroom of the Future: Student Centered or Device Centered? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:



The Classroom of the Future: Student Centered or Device Centered?

A basic question is emerging as our schools are urged to embrace the Common Core and the computer-based learning systems aligned to the standards. Are these digital devices becoming central to the classroom -- and coming to dominate the way we teach and learn? And how will this serve our students? 
 From Bill Gates last month we heard the virtues of the Common Core explained this way:
"If you have 50 different plug types, appliances wouldn't be available and would be very expensive," he said. But once an electric outlet becomes standardized, many companies can design appliances and competition ensues, creating variety and better prices for consumers, he said.
In the classroom, these "appliances" are the tablets and other digital devices now being aggressively sold. Gates explained this model of device-centered  "personalization" last year: 
Teachers have not had these tools before. Fragmented standards that differ from state to state and district to district have made it hard for innovators to design tools to reach a wide market. The common core will help change that.
In the classroom of the not-too-far-off future, kids will have computer devices with phenomenal interactive content. This will allow teachers to do what they call "flip the classroom." Instead of learning a concept in class and applying it at home, students would learn 

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"For these are all our children, and we will profit by or pay for whatever they become."


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All in the Family | Deborah Meier on Education
All in the Family | Deborah Meier on Education: All in the FamilyPosted on April 6, 2014 by debmeierDear readers, friends, and all,A story about “All In the Family” caught my eye. (New Yorker, The Great Divide, by Emily Nussbaum, April 7, 2014) It retells an anecdote that I’ve used many times, but somewhat differently. She recounts how this clever satire by liberal Norman Lear intended to defuse a
4-6-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum
Seattle Schools Community Forum: Please Vote for Prop 1Why?1) We should not be cutting back on public transportation.  It's just ridiculous when so many people count on it especially to get to work.2) The Times says you should vote no.  That pretty much should be your tip-off to vote Yes.  From The Slog:Their reasoning? Metro should cut more costs before asking for money, and Prop 1, which include
The Daily Censored » The San Francisco State Strike of 1968 vs. City College of San Francisco 2014
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4-6-14 The Answer Sheet
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4-6-14 Ed Notes Online Week
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Failed DC Chancellor Michelle Rhee still doesn’t get it
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NYC Educator: UFT-Unity Caucus Demonstrates How It Handles Dissent
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Louisiana Educator: Good Legislative News for Our Students
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4-6-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin' All Week
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Marie Corfield: The school to prison pipeline just got a whole lot shorter
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Morning Wink 4-6-14 AM Posts #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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4-6-13 Curmudgucation Week
CURMUDGUCATION: Six Heads of the Reformy HydraPublic education really does have many enemies these days, and while it may sometimes seem like they are a large amorphous mass, there are distinctions to be made. These six groups have come together in a perfect storm to bring us to the mess that is our current high stakes test driven corporate agenda status quo. To defend ourselves, it's best to see
4-6-14 Perdido Street School Week
Perdido Street School: Solidarity ForeverWell, the results haven't been officially announced, but the pro-Andy Cuomo, Michael Mulgrew- and Randi Weingarten-backed Revive NYSUT slate has won the NYSUT election.Given how many votes the UFT bloc of delegates had and how some smaller locals had fallen in line with the larger bloc, the results were not unexpected.Despite her protests to the contrary, t
4-6-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher who is just looking at the data.: Sunday reads.  IEA Retired members vote #19 on your mail-in ballot. Schools will be a big issue in Illinois governor’s race. Rauner and Quinn/Vallas on opposite sides? Really? Looking back to when Rahm was the Wolf of Wall Street. Coaches are management. Players are employees. Classroom teachers sayin
Pointing To Your True North | Connected Principals
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LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 4-6-14 Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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4-6-14 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"
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Video: Best Documentary of Evolution Crushing Faith for Education's Sake | MyFDL
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4-6-14 With A Brooklyn Accent Go BATs
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4-6-14 Wait What?
Wait What?: Susan Ohanian – “On 21st Century Drones, Destroyers and Teachers”Teacher, author, and public school advocate Susan Ohanian is one of the nation’s leading voices in the battle to take back control of the public education system from the corporate education reform industry.  She is also a winner of the NCTE George Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Lang
4-6-14 Scathing Purple Musings | Color me purple in Florida ALL Week
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4-6-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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Business as Usual in Corporations and Schools | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
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Common Core Copyright Fine for Students? | Missouri Education Watchdog
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empathyeducates – Can Schools Be Held Accountable Without Standardized Tests?
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