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Media Has No Idea What Special Education Is (Guest Post)

Guest Post by Jessica S. Martinez, in response to a recent editorial in the Albuquerque Journal. Once again, the Albuquerque Journal Editorial Board has placed its ignorance on display for all to see. Here is yet another example of those who know nothing about education sticking their noses where they do not belong. Allow me to […]


6-29-14 @ The Chalk Face
@ THE CHALK FACE: At the Chalk Face: Education Talk Radio (Sundays at 6PM EST)At the Chalk Face is the only progressive and pro-public education radio program available. Join Drs. Shaun Johnson and Tim Slekar LIVE Sundays at 6PM EST and Wednesdays at 7PM for commentary and interviews on the latest topics on education, including breaking stories from classrooms and schools nationwide. If you're a t


Friction in alliance between Democrats, unions over teacher tenure | MSNBC

Friction in alliance between Democrats, unions over teacher tenure | MSNBC:



Friction in alliance between Democrats, unions over teacher tenure
National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel and Nation Institute fellow Wayne Barrett look at the robust debate in the left over whether teacher tenure is in the best interests of students.






Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher

Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:



Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design?

Returning from protesting the Gates Foundation's funding of corporate education reform, I have been wrestling with some questions about the goals for their project.
The Gates Foundation's Vicki Phillips was interviewed the day of the protest, and had this to sayabout it:
At the Gates Foundation, the great thing about us, and about Bill and Melinda is that they believe that all lives have equal value, and in the US, the way to address many of these issues is through a much, much better education system. And that's a goal that we all share. What makes what's happening today really valuable is to make all the perspectives heard, and to have a rich, honest, candid, substantive conversation. Because we can be after the same ends, but differ perhaps on how you might get there.
I engaged in a rich, substantive dialogue with the Gates Foundation two years ago, but sadly, they seem to have taken very little away from the process.
In fact, I have been growing more and more skeptical regarding this benign notion that we are all after the same thing. I have noticed a disturbing pattern. In New York, the Common Core tests were intentionally engineered to yield a pass rate of only 30%. This was documented by Carol Burris last year, who explained:
...the New York State Education Department, with the help of Pearson, creates a test and then after it is taken and scored, decide what constitutes passing.   By showing those chosen to participate in the cut-score setting process other measures that they claim indicate college 
Common Core-Aligned Tests and the New Pearson GED: Failure By Design? - Living in Dialogue - Education Week Teacher:

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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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Parents United urges SRC not to take action on “devastating” budget options | Parents United for Public Education
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6-30-14 The Whole Child Blog — Got Questions on Differentiated Instruction? Join the #ASCDL2L Chat! — Whole Child Education
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4LAKids - some of the news that doesn't fit 6-30-14
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Neuman Celano library study: Educational technology worsens achievement gaps.
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NYC Public School Parents: Send the DOE and the Mayor a message today -- or else class sizes will likely grow even larger next year
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The Same Principal in Brooklyn Targets Another - southbronxschool
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Teachers, Birth Control, Unions, and SCOTUS | Reclaim Reform
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6-29-14 This Week in LA - School Report - What's Really Going on Inside LAUSD
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6-30-14 Jersey Jazzman Jammin'
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STEM Task Force Report - Year 2014 (CA Dept of Education)
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Marie Corfield: The Year of Living Danielson
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“Why Teachers Teach” wins L.A. Press Club Award! | Gatsby In L.A.
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What makes for happier teachers, according to international survey | Education By The Numbers
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California Teachers Pensions Take Another Hit From Politicians
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Teachers protest in downtown Seattle, say Bill Gates is ruining education - GeekWire
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With ‘Harris’ Ruling, Supreme Court Silences Voices of Working Families | NEA Today
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Morning Wink 6-30-14 AM Posts #edchat #edreform
BIG EDUCATION APE - MORNING WINK  AM POSTSLISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 6-30-14Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for allDiane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all: Lucy Calkins Vs. David ColemanNew York City and Néw York State have enthusiastically embraced the Common Core standards. In the background, however, is a simmering–one might say boiling battle be
LISTEN TO DIANE RAVITCH 6-30-14Diane Ravitch's blog | A site to discuss better education for all
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6-30-14 Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | …For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
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6-30-14 Fred Klonsky | Daily posts from a retired public school teacher
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6-30-14 Ed Notes Online
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6-30-14 Wait What? - Jonathan Pelto: Gubernatorial Candidate and A Really Nice Guy
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6-30-14 Answer Sheet
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How Finland Keeps Kids Focused Through Free Play - Tim Walker - The Atlantic
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6-30-14 Curmudgucation
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6-30-14 Perdido Street School
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School’s Out … Now What?? – redqueeninla
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The Danger of Creative Disruption as a School Reform Theory | janresseger
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Mike Klonsky's SmallTalk Blog: WEEKEND QUOTABLES
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Louisiana Educator: Statement to BESE on CCSS and PARCC
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NYC Educator: If Union Is a Choice, Why Not Government?
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Analysis: School Chief’s Rehiring Raises Questions, Reflects Broader Issues - NJ Spotlight
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Abusive Letter Sent to Jeff Storobinsky southbronxschool
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Nite Cap 6-29-14 #BATsACT #RealEdTalk #EDCHAT #P2
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