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9-10-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum

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City of Seattle Pre-K Initiative
Here's a thread to discuss the City of Seattle's pre-k ambitions and their co-ordination, or lack thereof, with Seattle Public Schools.
The District's Title IX PR Effort
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9-6-14 Seattle Schools Community Forum Week
Seattle Schools Community Forum:Seattle Schools Community ForumSeattle Times, This One's For YouGuess what?  According to a new Brookings study, teachers matter. Principals matter.Superintendents?  Not so much.Findings:In this report, the authors examine the extent to which school district effects on student learning are due to the superintendent in charge, as compared to characteristics of distri




Louisiana’s NCLB Waiver, Complete with Promised CCSS and PARCC | deutsch29

Louisiana’s NCLB Waiver, Complete with Promised CCSS and PARCC | deutsch29:



Louisiana’s NCLB Waiver, Complete with Promised CCSS and PARCC

September 10, 2014
No Child Left Behind (NCLB) was not reauthorized in 2007. Nor was it reauthorized in 2008. Nor has it been reauthorized in 2014.
NCLB, with its nonsense “100 percent proficiency in reading and math by 2014,” has been lingering on legislative life support, even as 2014 is surely coming to an end.
But the beauty of NCLB for test-driven reform lay in its “waivers.”
States had to petition USDOE for permission to be released from the idiotic “100 percent proficiency” goal noted above.
In February 2012, Louisiana State Superintendent John White submitted this NCLB waiver application to USDOE. In May 2012, the waiver was approved.
(For other Louisiana NCLB docs, click here.)
As part of Louisiana’s NCLB waiver deal, White assures USDOE that Louisiana will forge ahead with both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessments.
My favorite part is the guarantee of “overwhelming support from the public and from educators” in July 2010, when the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) adopted CCSS.
He doesn’t mention that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal and former State Superintendent Paul Pastorek signed the CCSS MOU in May 2009 and that they could not garner support for CCSS from the majority of school districts (only 26 out of 69 wanted CCSS in 2010).
In 2012, as part of a deal to remove Louisiana from life-support “100 percent Louisiana’s NCLB Waiver, Complete with Promised CCSS and PARCC | deutsch29:

In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger

In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger:



In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers

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Students hold the line against efforts by mounted policeman to break through
Students hold the line against efforts by mounted policeman to break through
Newark’s public schools will be saved from privatization only if supporters are willing to take risks. Yesterday,  Newark finally saw some risk takers–the high school students and handful of adults who blocked Broad Street for eight hours, refusing in a very adult way to give up their lines despite an effort by police to plow through, and a mayor who risked criticism for not arresting the students.
“The children are doing what the adults are not doing because the adults are too scared to do it,” said Antoinette Baskerville-Richardson about the siege of board headquarters at 2 Cedar Street organized  by the Newark Students Union. The school board member spent most of the day monitoring the protest.
But did it make a difference? Will the risks taken by the students and Mayor Ras Baraka–the courageous actions taken yesterday by both –hasten the end of Anderson’s tenure? Will it quickly end the “One Newark” plan that has brought so much pain to so many city families?
Maybe not. But this is what they will do: They will keep the fight alive, keep the light shining, in the face of the inertial forces that would try to gloss over the pain Anderson is causing and bring on a complacent, apathetic business-as-usual attitude that will allow Anderson to continue her plans unimpeded. Without the students, Anderson would be free to act without, not just restraint, but even without notice.
Although the children led the way yesterday with their act of civil disobedience, this is not child’s play. They were protecting the jobs and rights and income of adults. Eventually,  if employees do not resist, they will have to bend to the In Newark–finally, some heroes, some risk-takers | Bob Braun's Ledger:

History Scholars Criticize Social Studies Textbooks | The Texas Tribune

History Scholars Criticize Social Studies Textbooks | The Texas Tribune:



History Scholars Criticize Social Studies Textbooks

Scholars recruited by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund are criticizing social studies textbooks under state consideration, saying the books offer distorted views on history and current events. 
The historians said at a Wednesday press conference that the textbooks, which the State Board of Education will consider approving in November, exaggerate Judeo-Christian influence on America’s founding, portray Islam negatively, skim over gay and lesbian history and downplay violence in the spread of Christianity. The Texas Freedom Network is a nonprofit organization that describes itself as a watchdog of the religious right. The network says its education fund conducts research while supporting religious freedom.
“The board of education and these texts had the opportunity to empower high school students with knowledge — instead they chose to treat students as pawns in our cultural war,” said Emile Lester, an associate professor in political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Virginia. “Too often, these texts exaggerate or even invent history."
The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund paid ten scholars, seven of whom are doctoral students at the University of Texas at Austin, more than $20,000 to review the content in 43 textbooks. In a report released Wednesday, the scholars said that Texas' curriculum standards made it difficult for publishing companies to write textbooks that comply while remaining historically accurate and free of political bias.
State Board of Education member David Bradley of Beaumont, a Republican who has been on the board for 18 years, said the Texas Freedom Network complains to the board nearly every year and its concerns will likely fall on deaf ears this year. 
"Being that the Texas Freedom Network actively recruits liberal opponents to run against the board, I don’t think they are going to make much headway with the board’s majority," Bradley said. "If Texas Freedom Network is unhappy with [the textbooks], then I am probably going to feel pretty good about them."
The State Board of Education has been a source of conflict for many years. At times, it has History Scholars Criticize Social Studies Textbooks | The Texas Tribune:

Teachers For Social Justice: Talking with Students about Ferguson

Teachers For Social Justice: Talking with Students about Ferguson:



Talking with Students about Ferguson

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Chicago State University's
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Presents...

2014-15 Lecture Series
September Event*

Talking with Students about Ferguson
Meaningful Classroom Dialogue about What Happened in Ferguson & What it Means

Panel/Discussion with CSU Faculty, Area Administrators and Teachers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00-7:45 p.m.

CSU Library Auditorium (4th Floor) 
9501 S. King Drive 

3 CPDUs, Sandwich Bar & Dessert Reception,and Parking $22     

*Co-sponsored with JBV  
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Michelle Rhee, Education's Lightning Rod, Shifts Focus | C-Notes | OZY

Michelle Rhee, Education's Lightning Rod, Shifts Focus | C-Notes | OZY:



Michelle Rhee's Next Frontier: Q&A With the Former D.C. School Head


Why you should care

Michelle Rhee’s fingerprints are all over today’s debates on the best way to educate our kids. 












hen Michelle Rhee ends her tenure as CEO of education policy advocacy group StudentsFirst, as she announced Aug. 13, it will be the first time in nearly two decades that this education reform leader no longer has a day-to-day role in America’s education world. But the outspoken, sometimes combative, lightning rod isn’t getting ready to fade away.

Rhee told OZY she doesn’t have a timeline yet for stepping down — the search has begun for her successor. But she plans to remain involved not only with StudentsFirst, which advocates for state-level education policies like more rigorous teacher evaluations and the implementation of the controversial Common Core curriculum, but also with individual politicians across the country who support those policies. And she’s going to be heavily engaged in the future career plans of her husband, former NBA player and Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who’s being touted as a potential statewide candidate.

Rhee rose to national prominence as Washington, D.C.’s hard-charging public schools chancellor, earning a spot on the cover of Time magazine in 2008, but also the intense enmity of teachers unions and others, who decried what they described as a heartless and misguided approach to firing teachers and closing schools. Has the move to the Left Coast mellowed Rhee? She was certainly philosophical about her past mistakes, her public persona and the need to dial down the venom in America’s education policy battles. But she still gives no ground on her core beliefs or what she says was a misinformation campaigns by her critics.

Here are excerpts from that conversation.

OZY:

Why did you decide it was a good time to step down?

RHEE:

If you look at where we are as a country versus where we were five years ago, I think things have changed dramatically. We’ve got most of the states in the country now implementing rigorous teacher evaluation systems with the use of student achievement growth as a major factor in the evaluation of teachers. When we did that in D.C. in 2009, we were the first school district to do that. So I feel good about where things are from the education reform landscape.
But really what was driving this decision for me and my family was kind of where we were. Kevin and I are, relatively, still newlyweds, but since we got married we’ve been talking about our desire to align our professional lives a lot more. And so we felt like this was a good time to do that.
I think the polarization and the divisiveness is just not productive.

OZY:

People talk about you guys as this sort of political power couple. Would you ever consider running for office yourself?

RHEE:

Ohhh no. We only have one politician in this family.

OZY:

I’ve been struck by the level of polarization in the education debate. Is there some way to close the gaps?

RHEE:

I certainly hope so. I think the polarization and the divisiveness is just not productive.
It is totally acceptable for two people to have different viewpoints about a policy like equitable funding for charter schools. I think that what you see happening now, though, is it’s turned into these really odd personal attacks. If you are a proponent of charter schools then you are just this evil person who wants to privatize public education. They’re questioning people’s personal motives and their values and virtues.
We tell kids on social media, don’t bully, don’t do this or do that. And yet if you see how we, as educators, are engaging in this debate, it’s not at all the example we would want to set for our kids.
Did I do everything right in D.C.? Absolutely not.

OZY:

People have also accused you of being divisive in the way you’ve approached teachers and teachers unions, particularly during your tenure in Washington. What do you think of this now?

RHEE:

Did I do everything right in D.C.? Absolutely not. I could have done a whole lot of things a whole lot better, for sure.
But I do think a lot of the ways people framed me and that time is sort of a caricature.
People took small parts of what we did and sort of blew it up because it was exciting, and it had a lot of conflict and controversy. And now the things that we did that don’t fit into that narrative are being completely ignored.

OZY:

Common Core is getting more and more attention as it’s being implemented. What other issues are out there?

RHEE:

[Common Core] is definitely going to be a hot topic.
Maybe not in the immediate term, but in the next five years or so, you’re
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