In another sign of improving financial fortunes for LA Unified, the school board today approved multi-year contracts for many of the district’s most senior staff. In a break from previous years, when high level administration staffers worked on one-year contracts, several of Superintendent John Deasy’s most senior aides were given contracts of two and, in some cases, three years. Deasy declined to
Ken Previti:David Brooks is paid to preach the neo-con, neo-liberal gospel of the venerable corporate giants who own the NYT and hundreds of other media outlets that used to have greater autonomy. Those antonymous days are over. The Brooks parroting of a CCSS press release is strong evidence that aside from a few crumbs thrown our way to demonstrate the “fair and balanced” view of the NYT, their h
In comparison to Davonte’s Inferno by Laurel M. Sturt… Well, there is no comparison to this brilliantly descriptive memoir of the reality of public schools in New York. It stands by itself, and therefore needs to be read widely by teachers, parents and those who are interested and involved in public education today. The subtitle, Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag, tells in advance that
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Sent to the Wall Street Journal, April 22, 2014I do not share the enthusiasm about new digital technology in education ("Founding principles in the digital age," April 22). There is no evidence that the brave new online tests that promise "real time testing" will be any better than those we have now. In fact, we have not even seen them in action: According to Fair Test (fairtes
The National Collegiate Athletic Association has announced that it will no longer accept coursework by student athletes attending 24 online schools run by K12 Inc., a Virginia-based for-profit company. One of those schools is the Georgia Cyber Academy. I asked the director of Georgia Cyber for a comment and will ...
Florida had widespread problems with its FCAT, delivered–or not–by Pearson. Pam Stewart promised to seek damages from Pearson. Remember the bad old days when teachers tested students, graded the tests, and students got immediate feedback. Now state officials trust Pearson more than teachers. Who peddled the idea that all testing should be done online? Here is a report from FairTest: FairTest Nat
The NAACP Resolution on Charter Schools: Segregation is Not Innovation | Seattle Education: The NAACP Resolution on Charter Schools: Segregation is Not InnovationThe NAACP resolution on charter schools:In a process established by the NAACP Constitution, this resolution was adopted by the delegates to the 101st Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, during the legislative session in July, 2010
DIARY OF A PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHER!: From Director to Facilitator:Losing Control of the Classroom!: From Director to Facilitator:Losing Control of the Classroom!The other day I witnessed an interaction in my classroom that made me realize that my students were where I wanted them to be, independent of me.:)My students were writing blog posts about our trip to Frawley Stadium. They were inserting pic
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 CAPCalifornia's National Green Ribbon Schools - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)California's National Green Ribbon Schools - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's National Green Ribbon Schools
In a process established by the NAACP Constitution, this resolution was adopted by the delegates to the 101st Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, during the legislative session in July, 2010. It was subsequently ratified by the NAACP National Board of Directors at its meeting on October 15, 2010. This resolution is now the policy of the Association, and is “binding on the Board of Directors, the Executive Committee, the Officers, and all units.”
WHEREAS, charter schools are public schools which were originally designed to explore new approaches to educate students; and
WHEREAS, in some cases, charter schools have become a school model that is used to segregate students; and
WHEREAS, charter schools have too seldom informed the education community regarding innovative instructional strategies that accelerate academic achievement in the general population of students; and
WHEREAS, the Center for Research in Educational Outcomes (CREDO) which examined charter school data in fifteen (15) states and the District of Columbia confirmed that only 17% of the charter school students in the study outperformed their peers, while 46% performed no better and 37% performed worse; and
WHEREAS, charter schools operate more autonomously than traditional public schools in the use of funds, adherence to state laws and school policies, selection and removal of students, and the selection and removal of staff, thus creating separate and unequal conditions for success; and
WHEREAS, charter schools draw funding away from already underfunded traditional public schools; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP recognizes that at best, quality charter schools serve only a small percentage of children of color and disadvantaged students for whom the NAACP advocates relative to said population left behind in failing schools; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP recognizes the urgent need to provide quality education for all children, not only those fortunate enough to win lotteries to attend existing quality charter schools; and
WHEREAS, the NAACP is committed to finding broad based, effective solutions for immediate implementation to improve the quality of public education for all children.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP will strongly advocate for immediate, overarching improvements to the existing public education system; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the NAACP rejects the emphasis on charter schools as the vanguard approach for the education of children, instead of focusing attention, funding, and policy advocacy on improving existing, low performing public schools and will work through local, state and federal legislative processes to ensure that all public schools are provided the necessary funding, support and autonomy necessary to educate all students; and
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP will urge all of its Units to work to support public schools throughout the nation to educate all children to their highest potential.
Roslyn M. Brock Leon Russell Benjamin Todd Jealous Chairman Chairman President & CEO National Board of Directors Committee on Resolutions
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Please e-mail the Washington State Senate Committee on Early Learning and K-12 Education and let them know that you do not support charter schools.
From Director to Facilitator:Losing Control of the Classroom!
The other day I witnessed an interaction in my classroom that made me realize that my students were where I wanted them to be, independent of me.:)
My students were writing blog posts about our trip to Frawley Stadium. They were inserting pics from a Google Folder. This was a new concept, so I taught one or two of them. Teach two, they teach the rest.
I could see one of my students struggling at the back table. Although I was standing right beside her, she didn't say a word to me, did not bother to ask for help. She stood up, walked over to the desktop computers, and asked a student I had previously taught for help. That student walked over, and proceeded to guide her through the process. Listening to the way this student patiently explained it to the struggling student made me proud.:) Why? I was not part of the equation. They did not need me.
How many of us can let go of control in our classrooms?
How many of us can allow students to ignore us, and turn to their classmates?
How many of us can do this? Especially those of us who have believed that discipline and classroom management comes from rows in single file, and no talking?
That's the tradition I come from, but I relinquished that power a while ago.
Is my room a perfect slice of heaven? By no means! I have the same issues other classrooms may have. Disrespectful students, bickering, tattling, bullying, and/or students who don't want to work, but it doesn't happen often. I have 20 students this year, but it has worked with 27. I have students of all races, and they are not all "gifted." So, there's no, "Oh now I see how you do it!" here.
California's National Green Ribbon Schools - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education): State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's National Green Ribbon SchoolsSACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today commended three California schools and one school district honored by the U.S. Department of Education with its third annual Green Ribbon Schools award.Calif
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