Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have? | Seattle Education

The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have? | Seattle Education:



The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have?

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Much is going on in the wide world of education. Every time I’m ready to wrap up this post, something new comes across the wires.
First up:
Thanks to our state legislators who understand the negative ramifications of tying test scores to teacher evaluations, the bill that would have brought new meaning to the term “high stakes testing” was shot down even after Arne Duncan had a special meeting with our Governor explaining to him the importance of the Federal government determining local education policy.
It will behoove all of us to remember the members of our state Congress who voted this bill down. They will need our support in upcoming elections. Big money was behind this bill and they are not likely to go away after this defeat.
From Diane Ravitch:
The Education Department is pulling Washington state’s No Child Left Behind waiver because the state has not met the department’s timeline for tying teacher evaluations to student performance metrics.
Washington is the first state to lose its waiver. The loss will give local districts less flexibility in using federal funds.
For instance, they may now be required to spend millions on private tutoring services for at-risk students. The waiver revocation could also result in nearly every school across the state being labeled as failing under NCLB.
Washington had pledged in its waiver application to make student growth a significant factor in teacher and principal evaluations by the 2014-15 school year. But the state Legislature refused to pass a bill mandating that student performance on statewide assessments be included in teacher 
The Weekly Update: No money for Common Core in Seattle, Broad left Seattle in the cover of darkness and has reappeared in Oregon, ACT for Kindergartners, Creationism in schools and the US as an Oligarchy. How much more fun can one have? | Seattle Education:

4-26-13 Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement"

Engaging Parents In School… | Going Beyond Parent "Involvement":









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“Is Parent Involvement Really a Waste of Time?” – Excellent Response to “Broken Compass”
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APR 23

The Best Posts On Involving Fathers In Schools
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APR 22

inBloom Officially Folds, Blaming Everybody But Itself & Its Funders For Failure
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APR 20

Good Letter To NY Times Editor On “Broken Compass” Parent Involvement
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“The Middle Ground Between Opt Out And All In”
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APR 19

The Best Commentaries On The “Broken Compass” Parent Involvement Book
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“The relationship between single mothers and poverty is not as simple as it seems”
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A Most Repugnant Story of Teacher Abuse and Termination southbronxschool.com

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A Most Repugnant Story of Teacher Abuse and Termination

What I am about to share here I suggest that you read on an empty stomach. It is one of the most  revolting, repugnant, teacher abuse stories I have heard of in the 5 1/2 years I have been blogging. This story comes to SBSB courtesy ofFrancesco Portelos' new website; Don't Tread on Educators.

So many of us believed with the fall of the Bloomberg Empire that a new day had dawned within the confines of the NYCDOE. That the lawyers would be properly neutered so they would not reproduce, that out of control principals will finally be held accountable, that "GOTCHA!" will cease, that administrators will have their positions due to merit and not who they know. We looked towards Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina to lead us into a new day where children actually were the priority and where leaders will actually lead.

I still want to believe, I still want to hope that there is good coming to all who are involved in educating the children of New York City. But the more I see what is about to be posted and the more I hear from elsewhere I can't keep from thinking of the The Who's 1971 song, "Won't Get Fooled Again;"
"Meet the new boss, same as the old boss"
This is a letter from a discontinued guidance counselor to the superintendent of District 19, Joyce Stallings-Harte in Brooklyn. The school is Van Siclen Community Middle School, and the principal isAdonna McFarland of the Leadership Academy (DUH! What a shock!).

Carmen’s DOE Takes Another Young Career

March 28, 2014

New York City Department of Education
Superintendent Joyce Stallings-Harte
557 Pennsylvania Avenue – Room 201
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Superintendent Stallings-Harte,

I would like to take this opportunity to address the 2013-2014 year end rating I received on Monday, March 24th, 2014.

I can still recall my uncontainable excitement after I accepted the offer to serve as school counselor http://www.southbronxschool.com:

A Student-Data Collector Drops Out - NYTimes.com

A Student-Data Collector Drops Out - NYTimes.com:



A Student-Data Collector Drops Out

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To hear executives at inBloom tell it, their $100 million education technology start-up is shutting down after only 15 months of operation because it was too far ahead of its time.
The seed money for this nonprofit corporation came from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, along with the Carnegie Corporation of New York. InBloom aimed to streamline personalized learning — analyzing information about individual students to customize lessons to them — in public schools. It planned to collect and integrate student attendance, assessment, disciplinary and other records from disparate school-district databases, put the information in cloud storage and release it to authorized web services and apps that could help teachers track each student’s progress.
But the program ran into strident oppositionfrom a number of parents and privacy advocates. They warned that school district officials were unequipped to manage, or even audit, how outside vendors might use delicate material — like a student’s disability status. The resistance culminated a few weeks ago, when the New York State Legislature passed a budget that prohibited state education officials from releasing student data to amalgamators likeA Student-Data Collector Drops Out - NYTimes.com:

Great Schools for America | Teachers United Against Teach for America

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Teachers United Against Teach for America

Posted on April 26, 2014 by dmayer




Teach for America, Inc. is the flagship of the education reform movement. The organization replaces professional teachers with unqualified college grads in the classrooms of some of our nation’s most disadvantaged children. This practice harms students and the teaching profession. It must stop!
For years I have implored NEA to support a professional recruiting organization to rival Teach for America which is nothing more than a glorified temp agency with Billionaire Boy support. At the Network for Public Education conference in Austin, Texas, leaders of both unions, NEA and AFT, agreed to give the idea consideration. So far, I’ve heard nothing from either organization.
So, I’m starting without union support and asking for yours instead. You don’t have to be a teacher to join this group. Parents, students, and everyone who cares about education justice is welcome here! Please “like” our Teachers United Against Teach for America Facebook page as we expose the harm TFA does to kids, teachers, and schools. Follow our progress as teachers begin to stand up to the dastardly behemoth of an organization that poses as an advocate for poor minority children while robbing them of the education they deserve.

Billionaires influence judges to approve wage theft from teachers | Reclaim Reform

Billionaires influence judges to approve wage theft from teachers | Reclaim Reform:



Billionaires influence judges to approve wage theft from teachers

Judges are being openly influenced by major corporations and their billionaire owners to decide against constitutional protections. Openly influencing. Not secret plots and conspiracies. These are in-your-face influence events.
Public pension fund theft from both active and retired teachers is in the courts and in the news. Other public employees are suffering identical abuse.
Koch Brothers and judges
These judges will decide the financial fates of hundreds of thousands of people; these decisions involve billions of dollars. Present mandated pension “contributions” by active teachers and past earned wages, deferred compensation, by retired teachers are being attacked by attempting to influence the judiciary.
“As state courts across the nation prepare to referee numerous public pension reform disputes, a gaggle of interested parties — from major corporations to the Koch brothers — will next week sponsor an expenses-paid conference on public pension reform for judges who may decide the cases’ fates.” Yes, all expenses paid luxury hotel accommodations and more are being paid for by the Koch Brothers’ organizations, Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, General Electric, Dow Chemical, Pfizer Pharmaceutical, Conoco Phillips, and other major corporations.
Read Chris Young’s full Huffington Post account HERE.
Where and when? The Francis Marion Hotel in Charlotte, SC from April 27 -29, 2014.
What will be taught to these judges at this symposium? Avert the constitutional and legal contractual protections of public employees who have had their pension funds systematically Billionaires influence judges to approve wage theft from teachers | Reclaim Reform:

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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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